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.

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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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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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