Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on August 10, 2015

A couple years ago I made my original recipe Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cake.  These cupcakes are the babies to that original cake. With a special twist of course!


Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I can’t think of any better time to enjoy a strawberry shortcake than the long, golden and warm days of summer.  So adding this cupcake to my summertime baking was a really natural progression!  I love the light whipped cream and the fresh tart strawberry in combination with the dreamy red velvet cake.

The reason this version of the classic Strawberry Shortcake is the best is that of the awesome Red Velvet Cupcake recipe. Perfectly decadent and rich, when paired with the strawberries and whipped cream, these cupcakes are WINNING!

Easy Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes


However… I made one very tiny teensy weensy addition.

Grenadine!  I drizzled a bit (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) over the top and let it soak into those glorious strawberries.  Then, realizing just how amazing that tasted, I got the idea to drizzle some more on the cupcake prior to assembling them.  Do it.  Just do it.

Assembling these cupcakes it really easy:

Prepare red velvet cupcakes. (recipe below)

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes!

Drizzle grenadine. (optional. Nevermind, not optional! ๐Ÿ˜‚) Cut up strawberry into flat slices.  Place on the cupcake.  Drop a dollop of whipped cream on top.  Cover with more strawberries.

Drizzle with more grenadine.

Then eat seven because it’s fruit and good for you.*

*It’s not good for you.  Don’t listen to me, I write a blog about sugar and cake.

I used Cool Whip because I love it, but you can certainly use a homemade whipped cream.  (this recipe is great, simply swap out the peppermint for vanilla)

Red Velvet Cupcakes!


That extra layer of strawberries under the whipped cream makes such a difference.  Then when you bite into the red velvet… it’s so unexpected!  But amazing.

Seriously amazing.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes!

5 from 3 votes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

A couple years ago I made my original recipe Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cake. These cupcakes are the babies to that original cake. With a special twist of course!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red velvet cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/4 cup (156g) all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup (180g) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (112g) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 -3 tablespoons red food coloring use as much or as little you need to reach the desired color
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. To the large bowl of a stand mixer add buttermilk, oil, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes.
  4. With mixer on low speed, slowly beat in flour mixture until blended.
  5. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on rack.


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  • Alexis @ Upside Down Pear says:

    These look incredibly delicious!! I like the addition of grenadine. I have enough of it laying around my house as we stopped adding it to our drinks recently. This will be the perfect way to use it!

    • Amanda says:

      Oh yay! Let me know if you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    these are beautiful & look so wonderful!! perfect!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Angelyn! You are too kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    Brilliant idea – these look fab! I just love red velvet!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!!

  • Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    These are summer in a little wrapper! Such a great idea to combine fresh strawberries and red velvet!

  • Dorene says:

    These were so moist and heavenly!!! I added more cocoa powder in mine to make them taste more chocolatey and they turned out amazing!

  • Lene says:

    I’ve tried it drenched with passion fruit and it’s yummy too. Gonna try grenadine next!

  • Cakespy says:

    These are just lovely – and so sweet and summery!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Fun! What a pretty color too!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    These look insanely delicious. I think you need to make me one. Or twelve.

  • Emily @ Layers of Happiness says:

    Oh my gosh. I am still obsessing over the red velvet strawberry shortcake you made a while back, and now cupcake form?! You are killing me!! YUM!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    These are so pretty! I love the red velvet twist! So creative and delicious!

  • allie says:

    would regular red food coloring work instead of gel?

  • Dipti says:

    All yr recipes r awesome n r very helpful I want to learn more of yr cakes pls if u can share sm sample cake recipes 4 d bigneers….thx

  • Monica Gallo-Elwell says:

    I love this post!! You made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿ˜€ I will definitely follow you! I am glad someone is silly like me.

  • Arlene Lobusta says:

    Hi what brand of food color do you use?

  • Helen Rodriguez says:

    Awesome works and love your recipes!

  • Mdm Nor says:

    So fluffy n yummy cupcakes
    Everyone love it as the chocolate cupcakes everybody favourite.
    If oil change to butter melted it
    It will give u buttertaste cupcakes more flavour n turn yummy when time u
    enjoy it

  • Rosita monroe says:

    Im going to try it

  • Laura says:

    My daughter’s sweet 16 is coming up in a couple days. She LOVES red velvet. She LOVES strawberries, and who doesn’t love whipped cream and grenadine?!?! I’m going to make these for her special day. She’s probably going to eat all of them! lol

  • Alejandra Lopez says:

    Thanks love yours recipes

  • Taki says:

    Only ever cooked simply stuff but since I’ve been following you I absolutely love baking now and trying everything out, even my family love what I make. Sometimes it doesn’t work out but I call that trail and error and I just keep going. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

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