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Strawberry Cupcakes (Doctored Cake Mix)

These Strawberry Cupcakes use a cake mix base with the addition of real fruit for an extra punch of flavor!

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These strawberry cupcakes are high on the list of most requested but they have a secret…

They start with a white cake mix.

Insert your gasps here.

I promise even from scratch bakers will fall in love with the bold flavor of this little cake.

The addition of jello and fresh fruit really jazz things up and give these a wonderful strawberry taste! A cream cheese frosting (with the addition of more fruit) tops things off giving them the perfect finish!

Strawberry Cake Mix Cupcakes

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Doctored cake mix recipes are totally in. They are so simple to make and are almost fool proof. I have seen countless cookbooks and bloggers adding fun twists on the classics. This is mine.

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They puff perfectly and have a gorgeous red color.

Top them with a simple strawberry cream cheese frosting and maybe a candied strawberry for presentation and you have yourself a gourmet style cake.

5 tips for bakery worthy cupcakes

  1. Bring your ingredients to room temperature. This one seems silly, especially when you are using a cake mix, but is super important. Room temp ingredients help everything blend and combine together leaving you with a smooth batter ready for the oven. It is even more important with the frozen strawberries in this recipe. They need to be THAWED or your cupcakes will sink.
  2. Do not over mix the batter. The shortened reason why you should be careful? If you over mix you will have a dense cake.
  3. Use a cookie scoop. Using a scoop to get your batter into your liners ensures even cupcake sizes.
  4. Preheat your oven. I get pretty impatient and have been known to stick my cupcakes in the oven before it is ready. The result is almost always under or over baked cupcakes. Let your oven heat up to the right temperature before starting.
  5. Remove your cupcakes from the pan right away and cool completely before frosting. Your cupcakes will continue to bake as they sit in the hot pan. Pop them out onto a cooling rack. Also, avoid frosting until they are cooled completely. This will help your frosting stick and keep it from melting.
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Is the pink color perfect for spring?

The leftovers filled our house with a wonderful berry smell and had me craving cupcakes for days after!

Try them out and let me know what you think!

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How to make Strawberry Cupcakes with a cake mix:

Strawberry Cake Mix Cupcakes

Strawberry Cake Mix Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These Strawberry Cupcakes use a cake mix base with the addition of real fruit for an extra punch of flavor!


  • 1 (15.25 oz ) box white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 oz package strawberry Jell-O
  • 10 oz frozen strawberries, thawed and pureed in a blender. 1/4 cup reserved for the frosting.
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 oz cream cheese, soft
  • 1/4 cup butter, soft
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Place the first 7 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. Blend on medium speed until smooth. 
  3.  Divide into you prepared cups filling 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooled.
  5. Frosting: Cream together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. Add the 1/4 cup pureed strawberries and mix until combined. Stir in the heavy cream a little at a time and whip until a thick consistency is formed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 cupcakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390
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Wednesday 29th of January 2020

do you make the actual Jell-O and then put it in or is it straight Jell-O powder into the mixing bowl?


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Great question, it is just the jello mix added to the cake batter.


Monday 21st of October 2019

Made these for my cousins bday and topped it off with a white chocolate buttercream icing. Everyone loved them!!


Monday 21st of October 2019

What a great idea! That sounds delicious.

Pam Leafblad

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

For the strawberries, did you use whole unsweetened frozen or the kind that are sugared and frozen?


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

I've used both but prefer the unsweetened.

Melinda Castellano

Thursday 21st of March 2019

Does this recipe call for 2 boxes of cake mix? I’m not sure if that’s what the 1 box 1 box means? Making today so help!


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Good catch. Just one box of cake mix. It looks like I accidentally typed it twice.


Monday 29th of October 2018

We made these cupcakes for a Halloween party this weekend and they were a hit! I made sure that I used frozen berries that thawed completely and also added a few minutes to the baking time as suggested by a different comment.

They were tasty. I can not wait to make them again


Monday 29th of October 2018

I'm glad you love them as much as we do! Thanks for taking the time to rate my recipe, Stacy!