These Vegan Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes are officially my FAVORITE cupcake recipe for spring! This small-batch recipe makes 5-6 perfectly fluffy cupcakes and is topped with those most luscious and fluffy vegan strawberry buttercream frosting. I truly can’t wait for you to make these moist, flavorful, and downright delicious vegan cupcakes!
Last year, I made Earl Grey Cupcakes with Vegan Blueberry Frosting and you all went a bit crazy over them! I figured this year I’d bring another cupcake to the mix with a new fruit-flavored frosting filled with fresh strawberries. Plus, the base of this cupcake recipe is based off my favorite Lemon Olive Oil cupcakes for a delicious strawberry filled lemon cupcake recipe.
How to make strawberry lemon cupcakes
Without further ado, let’s jump into the ingredients and steps to make these absolutely decadent cupcakes.
Ingredients for cupcakes:
- Strawberry purée
This is essentially strawberries blended up until they resemble a smooth paste. It allows you to evenly infuse the cupcakes with strawberry flavor without any large chunks. While I like chunks of fruit in muffin recipes, for these vegan strawberry cupcakes you want a smooth batter.
- Olive Oil
I truly LOVE the moist texture olive oil gives cupcakes. However, any liquid vegetable oil will work such as avocado oil or grapeseed oil. I don’t love coconut oil in cupcakes (it can clump up), but if you do use it make sure to melt it before adding it so it blends in.
- Vanilla extract
- Lemon zest & lemon juice
Make sure it’s fresh for the best flavor! This is also a great time to mention that lemon is crucial to this recipe to balance out the 1/8 tsp of baking soda (it needs an acid to react with). If for any reason you don’t have lemon, sub for lime juice 1:1 or replace with 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar.
- Oat milk
I used oat milk to keep these cupcakes completely nut-free. However, any plant-based milk works. Almond, rice, soy, cashew all work great! The only milk that *may* be a bit too thick for cupcakes is canned coconut milk because of the extra fat. If all you have on hand is canned coconut milk I recommend using 1 Tbsp coconut milk and filling the remainder of the 1/3 cup with water for a better consistency.
- Organic Sugar
Make sure it’s vegan and is not processed with bone char!
- Pastry Flour
You may have noticed that 90% of my cupcake & cake recipes on SGTO call for pastry flour. That is because it makes a MUCH more tender and light cupcake. If you don’t have pastry flour you can use the equivalent gram measurement in all-purpose flour and add in 1 Tbsp of cornstarch for a similar texture.
- Baking powder & baking soda
Don’t skip the salt! It brings out the sweetness in any baked good and is necessary for this recipe.
Baking the cupcakes
After you’ve mixed & assembled all the ingredients, just add to a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Cupcake liners are super important to use when baking cupcakes as the batter is pretty delicate and needs this added structure. I use If you Care muffin liners and love them because they are unbleached and compostable!
After you’ve filled the cupcake liners about 3/4 cup full with batter, let the batter rest and preheat the oven. This extra resting time helps the cupcakes get fluffier! While I made 6 cupcakes, if you want even higher cupcakes, split the batter between 5-6 cupcakes. It is worth noting that the cupcakes will be a bit higher and fluffier if you spread them between 5 cupcakes vs. 6.
Then bake at 350F for 22-24 minutes, remove, and let cool completely before frosting.
How to make vegan strawberry buttercream frosting
This strawberry frosting could not be easier to make and it only contains 4 simple ingredients- yay!!
- Vegan Butter (I use Miyokos or Earth Balance)
- Shortening (I use Spectrum Organics, but if you do not want to use palm oil, you can replace 1:1 with Miyokos vegan butter)
- Strawberry purée (just fresh blended strawberries!)
- Organic powdered sugar
When making vegan frosting, the first step is to cream the cold butter and shortening together. This helps to remove any clumps in the frosting and whip them to the right texture.
Next up, add in that strawberry purée and whip together.
Last up, gradually add in the sifted powdered sugar.
It is SUPER important to sift your powdered sugar if you don’t want any clumps in the frosting. I can’t stress this enough so PLEASE don’t skip sifting if you want a pretty & smooth frosting. Also, I always give a range for powdered sugar because I don’t like very sweet frosting. However, I know some people do, so please use the higher measurement recommended for a sweeter frosting.
To pipe the frosting, add it to a piping bag with your preferred piping tip. If the frosting has gotten too soft, add the piping bag full of frosting to the fridge for around 5 minutes and you will have perfect frosting ready to be piped!
As you can see this recipe makes a pretty large amount of frosting (bite shot below for reference). If you don’t like that much frosting, simply cut the frosting recipe in half!
How to store vegan cupcakes
While this is a small batch cupcake recipe that makes 6 cupcakes, I totally get that you may have leftovers!
Please, do not store homemade cupcakes or cake in the fridge as it really dries them out.
Instead, unfrosted cupcakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored between sheets of parchment paper in a closed container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
If you frosted the cupcakes already, they store beautifully in the freezer. I seriously freeze frosted cupcakes all the time and it’s so easy to enjoy them later! Just add them to a closed container and be careful not to squish the frosting. Then, store for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, just let them defrost at room temperature and then dig in. YUM!
I’m SO excited to be sharing another fruit-filled cupcake recipe with you all and hope it brings you some bright & cheery spring joy. I truly love these Vegan Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes made from scratch and hope you find them just as delicious as I do!
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The most fluffy strawberry lemon cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream frosting!
Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes:
- 2 Tbsp fresh strawberry purée (32 grams of blended fresh strawberries)
- 1.5 Tbsp olive oil (20 grams, vegetable or avocado oil also works 1:1)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (3 grams)
- 1 tsp lemon juice (6 grams)
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/3 cup 0at milk (80 mL)
- 1/3 cup organic sugar (75 grams)
- 3/4 cup pastry flour (80 grams)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (2.4 grams)
- 1/8 tsp baking soda (.5 grams)
- 1/4 tsp salt (1 gram)
- 1/2 cup cold vegan butter (113 grams)
- 1/3 cup shortening (52 grams)
- 2 Tbsp strawberry purée (32 grams)
- 3/4– 1 cup powdered sugar (100-133 grams)
- Begin by adding all the wet ingredients to a large mixing bowl including the strawberry purée, olive oil, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, oat milk, and sugar. Whisk gently to combine.
- Then, add in the sifted dry ingredients to the bowl including the pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until a smooth batter forms.
- Fill a muffin tin with 5-6 cupcake liners and fill each liner 3/4 of the way full with batter. Let rest and preheat the oven to 350F.
- Once the oven reaches 350F add in the cupcakes and bake for 22-24 minutes until baked throughout and very light brown on top.
- Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
- While the muffins are cooling, make the vegan strawberry frosting. First add the cold vegan butter and shortening to a mixing bowl and cream together until smooth and fluffy. Then, add in the strawberry purée and whip together. As a final step, gradually add in the powdered sugar to your desired sweetness level. Once all the powdered sugar is in beat the frosting for 3-5 minutes until fluffy.
- Add the frosting to a piping bag. If the frosting is too soft, place the piping bag in the fridge for 5 minutes to firm up slightly. Then, pipe the cupcakes. This recipe makes a large amount of frosting for 6 cupcakes, so please cut the frosting recipe in half if you like less frosting.
- Serve the frosted cupcakes and enjoy!
- Unfrosted cupcakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored between sheets of parchment paper in a closed container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
- Frosted cupcakes are best stored in the freezer. Add them to a closed container and be careful not to squish the frosting. Then, store for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, just let them defrost at room temperature and then dig in.
- Strawberry purée can be subbed 1:1 for any berry purée in this recipe
- Lemon is crucial to using baking soda in this recipe. If you do not have lemon, please replace with 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar.
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