Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes


The addition of diced fresh strawberries makes this Strawberry Milkshake Buttercream the perfect complement to the french vanilla cake beneath in this Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake!

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes TidyMom

I wasn’t planning on posting these cupcakes when I started to make them.  I made them on a whim last week when I was craving a cupcake.  They are so simple, yet turned out to be one seriously delicious cupcake!

I was browsing thru several “new to me” blogs one day, and someone had mentioned frosting that tasted just like a strawberry milkshake.  I didn’t bookmark it or pin it……but couldn’t get those words out of my head.  Then I started searching for the post, I couldn’t even remember what blog I was on.  I don’t even think the post was about the cupcakes, maybe they just mentioned cupcakes they ate some where.

I started searching frosting until I found one that sounded good – with strawberry jello in it!  I wanted to try it with Nesquik Strawberry Milk, but I didn’t have any, so I stuck with the jello.

One bite into these cupcakes, I realized that they taste amazingly like strawberry milk or milkshake — flashback to my childhood! I remember coming home from school, making myself strawberry milk and settling down to watch The Brady Bunch.

Not only do these Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes take you back to being a kid, the vanilla cake makes the perfect partner to the dreamy  strawberry frosting.  Best of all, you could easily tweak this recipe if you are more of a chocolate strawberry lover, by using chocolate cake!………oh I think I see another batch in my future, you know….to compare and see which is better! 😉

I used my favorite Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake mix, doctored up like I usually do, with butter in-place of the oil and a little less water.

 Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake TidyMom

I raided my cupcake liner stash, and found these adorable liners I picked up at Michaels a few weeks ago.  I don’t know who makes them, or what they are called exactly, I can’t find them on the Michaels website, and I don’t see them on Amazon.  But they sure are pretty aren’t they?  I do remember they only came in solid colors.

These would make perfect Valentines Day treat, if you’re looking for something easy and delicious!  If you’re a chocolate lover, I would use Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.

*this post is NOT sponsored by Duncan Hines, I just love their cake mixes 🙂


Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

Yield: 24 regular size cupcakes

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

The addition of diced fresh strawberries makes this Strawberry Milkshake Buttercream the perfect complement to the french vanilla cake beneath in this Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake!


  • Your favorite Vanilla Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines French Vanilla)
  • Strawberry Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp clear vanilla
  • 2½ tsp strawberry flavored gelatin (jello powder)
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • pink gel food coloring (optional)
  • 4 strawberries, diced extra strawberries is you'd like to use as garnish too)


    For Cupcakes
  1. Mix and bake according to recipe on box.
  2. For Strawberry Buttercream
  3. Beat butter and shortening for 2 minutes on high.
  4. Add vanilla extract and gelatin.
  5. Slowly add powdered sugar then whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Fold in strawberries then add a little pink gel food coloring if you'd like your frosting more pink and beat on low just until combined.
  7. Pipe buttercream on to cooled cupcakes, garnish with strawberries or sprinkles.


Strawberry Buttercream adapted from Your Cup of Cake. See how I make a cake mix taste more like "from scratch

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Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes at TidyMom

Shop What I used:

(click items to find on them on Amazon )

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe French Vanilla Cake Mix

Clear Vanilla Extract

Strawberry Jello

pink gel food coloring

White cupcake Liners 

Chicago Metallic Cupcake Pans

extra large round pastry tip

Wilton Disposable 16″ Pastry Bag

Cupcake Courier (for storage or transporting)

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More Strawberry Cupcake Recipes you might enjoy:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

Are you a fan of Strawberries and vanilla or chocolate?  Do you have plans for Valentines Day?

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. That is absolutely the kind of frosting you take a swipe with your finger when no one is looking! Looks amazing.

  2. oh yum, my kid will only drink strawberry milk, never plain or chocolate.

  3. Does your milkshake bring all the boys… Ok, I’ll stop. I am blown away by this idea of frosting that tastes like milkshakes. That’s totally brilliant.

  4. Oh good grief Cheryl! All of these delicious things are going to go straight to my butt! LOL These look amazing – will have to try these ASAP. I love strawberry milkshakes. – Claire 🙂

  5. Could I possibly eat that frosting with a spoon? Because yeah I would be all over that. Wow!

  6. So fresh and cute! Perfect for Valentines Day Parties.

  7. Oh my goodness I haven’t thought about strawberry milk in the longest time! Except I watched Little House On The Prairie!!!

  8. How adorable are these!! Swoon! My girls will love these cupcakes. They are huge fans of strawberries: )

  9. Beautifull! One of my favorite flavors!

  10. Beautiful as well as delish! Thanks so much for sharing ~

  11. Super delish and beautiful!! Pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. yummers!!!

  13. I can just picture little TidyMom coming home from school to have a strawberry milk and watch The Brady Bunch! So cute! Who was your favorite? I always loved Cindy!

    The cupcakes are just gorgeous!

  14. What a great cupcake recipe idea! Yum!

  15. I’m thinking this is what I’m having for supper! 🙂

  16. That frosting looks delicious and makes for a very pretty cupcake.

  17. Oh my goodness – those pictures and that recipe! Whoa! Looks so good!

  18. These are just gorgeous Cheryl! I’ve never baked with jello but I think it must add such a great burst of flavor. Gonna have to try these! 🙂

  19. I absolutely love these cupcakes! Especially like adding strawberries to the frosting. Brilliant.

  20. These are so pretty! I used to love strawberry milk too. 🙂

  21. Those look wonderful. And take it from me, it’s probably a good thing you didn’t have strawberry Quik and had to use the Jello instead. A few years ago my husband decided he was going to bake me a birthday cake. He found a frosting recipe & I guess didn’t know where the food color was so added strawberry Quik, and ended up with a grainy brownish pink frosting. It wasn’t very pretty or appetizing because of the graininess. It’s the thought that counts right? It’s now the joke in the house if I’m making frosting-just add Quik, not! lol Although I have made frosting with Tang by dissolving it in cream first & doing something similar might work with the Quik but not sure.

  22. dang, cheryl your pictures are amazing! i mean, it’s like i can reach out & touch the cupcakes. just beautiful!!!
    and of course, the cupcakes look amazing!

  23. Your cupcakes look darling. I love the icing and how chunky it looks with the sprinkles of strawberry bits. It looks finger lickin’ good

  24. Strawberries and chocolate is just perfect Valentine’s day and your cupcakes look so festive! Love those waved liners, adorable.

  25. Oh my gosh, when I was little I used to have such a thing for strawberry milk!

  26. I am totally coveting those liners…and drooling for whats in them. Great recipe Cheryl and gorgeous pics, as always. 🙂

  27. What a great idea to make milkshakes into cupcakes! So cute!

  28. Mmmm these cupcakes look delicious! That frosting looks so yummy!

  29. Drooling on my keyboard….. enough said.

  30. Cheryl, what beautiful pictures, and the recipe sounds delicious! I love when strawberry season rolls around. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s been pinned. Have a wonderful day!

  31. These look absolutely delicious!! LOVE your photography too, Cheryl! Pinned 😉 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  32. those look seriously AMAZING!!!! SO impressed :o) Would love for you to come share at my tuesday link party sometime :o)

  33. These Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes look so easy to make… and delicious!

    You’re definitely welcome to join us for our weekend link party The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope to see these little delicious treats there!

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  37. Made these yesterday and they were SO delicious! Frosting tasted just like a strawberry milkshake.. a few people said it was the best cupcake they’ve ever had! 🙂

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