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Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes - bursting with strawberry flavor and so soft! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

These Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes are bursting with strawberry flavor and are so soft!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 18 cupcakes



  • 1 (16.25 ounce) strawberry cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (see note for substitute)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box dry instant strawberry pudding mix or 1 (3.0 ounce) box strawberry jello mix
  • 1/3 cup strawberry milk drink mix (such as Nesquik)


  • 1/2 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberry milk powder (such as Nesquik)
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk (may not use all of it)

For topping:

  • strawberry candies or gumballs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cavities with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs, dry pudding mix, and strawberry milk drink mix together with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until blended. Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling until about 3/4 cup full.
  3. Bake for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist - not wet - crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, vanilla, and strawberry milk powder together until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually add om the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the cream or milk one tablespoon at a time if the frosting is too thick.
  6. Spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. I used a Wilton 2D tip. If piping the frosting, you may want to double the frosting recipe. Top with strawberry candies or pink gumballs, then serve.
  7. I kept mine in the fridge because I did notice that the frosting gets soft at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Hayley's recipe calls for a box of strawberry pudding mix. I could not find it anywhere. I ended up using a box of strawberry Jello mix which still gave it ultra strawberry flavor. I do think if you are able to find strawberry pudding it would be fantastic and make the cupcakes super soft.

Buttermilk substitute: For every one cup of milk add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and let mixture sit for 5 minutes.

Source: Out of the Box Desserts