Sprinkles’ Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

ncSprinklesCups2nm A few days ago, I did a post about Sprinkles: The First Cupcake Bakery. And now I’m posting the Sprinkles recipe for their delicious strawberry cupcakes! I didn’t get the recipe from Sprinkles myself…my friend Stephanie told me it was at MarthaStewart.com. Somehow, Martha was able to get ahold of this wonderful recipe! 🙂 I made these cupcakes for a baby shower and they are really good. The cupcakes are sweet and light, and they’re topped with a creamy, buttery frosting. Both cupcakes and frosting are flavored with a strawberry puree that you make in your blender or small food processor. They are such a treat and perfect for any kind of summer get-together. This recipe makes 1 dozen cupcakes. BATTER INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries (unsweetened), thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside. Place strawberries in a blender or small food processor; process until pureed. This should make about 1/3 cup of puree. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside. In a large bowl or your stand mixer bowl, cream butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and mix until butter and sugar are well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended. Then, with mixer on low, slowly add half of the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Add the remaining flour mixture slowly, and mix until just blended. Divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes, or until tops are just dry to the touch (the original recipe says 22-25 minutes, but mine were done around 21 minutes, so I lowered the baking time…you might want to check the cupcakes at 20 minutes if your oven tends to run hot). Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing. SPRINKLES’ STRAWBERRY FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (unsweetened), thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted (I didn’t sift mine, and it still turned out good!)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Place strawberries in a blender or small food processor; process until pureed; set aside. In mixer bowl, beat butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioner’s sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 Tbsp. strawberry puree (if you have extra puree, save it for the next time you make a smoothie!); mix until just blended (do not overmix). Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy. I frosted my cupcakes by putting a large dollop on each cupcake and adding a strawberry on top. ncSprinklesCups1nm You can frost them your favorite way; putting little sprinkles on top would be cute, too. Here’s what the actual Sprinkles version looks like (photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com):

Any way you decorate them, they’re sure to be a hit! Linked to Sundae Scoop, Potluck Sunday, Sunday Showcase, Mouthwatering Monday, Market Yourself MondayJust Something I Whipped Up Monday, Cupcake Tuesday, Topsy Turvy Tuesday, Rednesday.


30 thoughts on “Sprinkles’ Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

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  2. ashlee

    I’ve been looking for a good strawberry cake recipe! I’d love it if you’d link up to my Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s tomorrow! These look SO good!


  3. Danielle

    I personally like your cupcake decorting better than Sprinkles’ 😉 I saw the recipe on Martha’s website too but haven’t given them a try. Now that you gave it a good review, I think I will! Stopping by from The Girl Creative.


  4. Cheryl B.

    Hi 🙂 I stopped by via your link-up on Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.
    For what it’s worth – I like the looks of your cupcakes better than the bakeries! Honest! I can almost taste these … gonna have to try making them myself!


  5. Sally

    Yum, cupcakes! Yours look so divine, wish I could reach into the screen for one. 😉

    Hubby and I ran over to the Beverly Hills Sprinkles store after Oprah announced them a favorite on her show – line out the door, down the block and almost every cupcake gone by the time we made it to the counter to order. WAH! There was a woman in front of me, just about drooling while telling us how wonderful the frosting is at Sprinkles. The funny thing is I don’t even remember how the cupcakes tasted, just the experience of it all.


    1. nancyc Post author

      Thanks for sharing about your visit to Sprinkles–it makes me want to go even more! 🙂 I have to agree, too with the comment the woman made to you about the frosting–the strawberry frosting is so good, so I’m sure all their frostings are just wonderful! Thanks for visiting!


  6. ann

    Yummy…those are some delicious looking cupcakes. I’m on a “new way of eating plan” and certainly wish that those fit into my plan.:( Guess I’ll go chew on a piece of sugarfree strawberry gum instead!!
    The Tattered Tassel


  7. angelia

    I love Sprinkles cupcakes! I will have to try this. Martha can get her hands on anything!! Just visiting fro Girl Creative. I love your creative gift giving ideas!!!!


  8. Wendy

    Oh my goodness. I wish I had Wonkavision. I want to reach in a grab me one of those delicious looking delights. Thank you for the recipe. I cannot wait to try and make these adorable little cupcakes.
    Happy REdnesday….
    Wendy from Wonderland


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