Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
Kids love the fruity surprise tucked inside these cupcakes. They really wow at parties, bake sales and snacktime. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package strawberry cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Halved fresh strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream and eggs. Beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes.
  2. Fill prepared cups half full. Drop 1/2 teaspoon preserves into center of each cupcake; cover with remaining batter.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean, 22-27 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Pipe frosting over cupcakes and top each with a strawberry half.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 228 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.