Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

Servings: 18


  • 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
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  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