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Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes

This easy recipe for moist homemade Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes is going to become your new favorite! Flavorful vanilla cupcakes with a simple cream cheese frosting and a yummy, fruity strawberry crunch topping. The highlight of these Strawberry cupcakes is the delicious strawberry shortcake crunch that adds the most amazing texture and flavor to the cupcakes!

If you grew up in the US, you must remember those Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars! If not, you must try them when you next visit the States! Full of vanilla and strawberry flavor with just the right amount of crunch from Golden Oreos and freeze-dried strawberries is what makes my strawberry crunch recipe irresistible! It’s an amazingly good nostalgic taste and super versatile. You can sprinkle strawberry crunch on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, frostings, or even add it to batters. Strawberry crunch is easy to make and the perfect addition to so many different desserts just like these Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes! Or, why not try also my Strawberry Crunch Cake?

This frosting is super simple, however, if you want to learn more about it check my ultimate cream cheese frosting without butter guide.

It consists of full-fat Philadelphia cream cheese, mascarpone, and a small amount of icing sugar / powdered sugar whipped until it is a pipeable fluffy consistency. I love this recipe and use it to frost my pink cupcakes and my pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting as well.


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  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients listed on cake mix box (eggs, oil, water)
  • 1 cup strawberry frosting
  • 1 cup strawberry cereal (e.g., Strawberry Rice Krispies)
  • Fresh strawberries, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the cake mix box. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Prepare the vanilla cake batter according to the instructions on the cake mix box.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with the prepared cake batter.
  4. Bake the cupcakes according to the instructions on the cake mix box, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Once cooled, frost each cupcake with a generous amount of strawberry frosting.
  7. Sprinkle a layer of strawberry cereal over the frosting on each cupcake, pressing gently to adhere.
  8. Garnish each cupcake with a fresh strawberry, if desired.
  9. Serve and enjoy these delightful Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes!
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