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Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

These Strawberry Cupcakes are made with delicious yogurt. As a result, they are beautifully light and fluffy! Topped with strawberry buttercream, they are the perfect treat for Valentine's Day. 

Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes

Ah Valentine's day. The day dedicated to the ones we love. Valentine's day really hasn't been a big celebration in our house. I remember being in 1st or 2nd grade and a boy gave me a stuffed teddy bear for Valentine's Day. My Mom made a huge stink and told me to return it. She even went as far as to call the boy's mother, to tell her that it wasn't OK for this boy to be giving me a stuffed bear, and that we were too young to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Thankfully I wasn't old enough to be embarrassed, but I sure was upset that I couldn't keep the teddy bear, LOL.

Now that I'm grown Valentine's Day still isn't that big of a deal. I make it a point to tell and show my SO and my kids how much I love them every day. We don't need a certain day to do it. I do however love all the super cute and fun Valentine's recipes that float around on the internet. I try to make a few fun and yummy Valentine's day treats for the kids, just to make it a little more fun.

This year I wanted to make my Mom's cherry cupcakes.  She usually makes them for Christmas and they are some of my favourites. However, I was out of cherries, so decided to make vanilla sour cream cupcakes instead. I started to gather all my ingredients, to get to work, only to realize we were out of sour cream! I decided to go with strawberry yogurt instead. I added a bit of red food colouring to the batter, to make them pink. For the frosting I went with a simple buttercream, which I flavoured with strawberry jam. It brings a nice burst of flavour to the cupcakes.
Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes

What does Yogurt do to Cupcakes?

The tangy creaminess of yogurt helps keep cakes and cupcakes moist. The acidity helps activate the leavening agent (baking powder or baking soda), which leads to a light and fluffy batter.

What can Yogurt replace in Baking?

Yogurt can be used to replace sour cream, butter milk, and fat (oil) in baking. Keep in mind that yogurt has a tanginess, which may alter the sweetness of your baked good.

Can I bake with out of date Yogurt?

Yes! Baking with out of date yogurt is a great way to reduce food waste. The good bacteria in yogurt, ensures that it can still be used past it's best before date.


Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes
Equipment needed for this recipe
  • 12 count muffin tin
  • cupcake liners
  • mixing bowls (3)
  • microwave safe bowl
  • flour sifter, or mesh sieve
  • mixer
  • rubber spatula
  • measuring cups for both dry and wet measures
  • measuring spoons
  • piping bag (2) or disposable zip top bags

Strawberry Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

1 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
10 drops red food colouring
1/2 C (or two 100g containers) strawberry yogurt
2 oz ( 8 small squares) 70% dark Baker's chocolate
red sprinkle jimmies

1/3 C butter
3-4 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs strawberry jam (I used an all fruit variety)
2 Tbs milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and red food colouring. Slowly mix in half of the dry ingredients, followed by the yogurt and finally the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just combined; Do not overmix.

Scoop 1/4 C of batter into each cupcake liner. Bake for 17-20 minutes; until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool to room temperature.

While cupcakes bake, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, using 30 second increments. Pour the chocolate into a piping bag with a #2 tip. Pipe 1 inch hearts onto parchment paper and sprinkle with red jimmies. Place in the refrigerator to set.

Once cupcakes are cooled, cream the butter in a clean mixing bowl, until smooth. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, 1 C at a time, until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and strawberry jam. Add in 2 Tbs of milk, and beat until fluffy.

Scoop frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with chocolate hearts.


  1. Aww, young love is so sweet and innocent! My kid used to exchange Valentine's pressies with a friend from school and the parents were fine on both sides, being close acquaintances too:)). A bit older now, they can bake for themselves (and me!) and your pink cupcakes look so pretty, Im sure they'll be a hit!

  2. I love baking with yogurt! As adults we don't do much on Valentine's Day but this is the first year my youngest daughter has a boyfriend for Valentine's Day so she wants to do something special. These strawberry yogurt cupcakes look amazing, we will have to try them for her boyfriend and us!
    My older daughter's boyfriend will still be away in college so she won't be baking for him this year.

  3. Beautiful cupcakes. Yum! Perfect for upcoming spring.

  4. These cupcakes were so delicious! I didn't realize how moist they were with the yogurt! Total game changer!

  5. These look super tasty! I'm sure my son and husband would probably hurt themselves trying to devour those cupcakes. Also, I had never thought of using yogurt in cupcakes before. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These cupcakes really are pretty, and so perfect to share for Valentine's Day. Plus, we all love strawberries.

  7. Those cupcakes look amazing. May i use Greek yogurt? I have some at the house and would love to use it. I am with you, show your kids and your loved one how much you love them on Valentines and every days

  8. Looks absolutely delicious!!! I am so trying these out this weekend!

  9. These look amazing and perfect for valentines day! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Yogurt and strawberry are just so good together! The perfect cupcake for Valentines Day

  11. yummest strawberry and yogurt combo!

  12. The yogurt keeps these muffins so moist! Perfect Valentine’s Day treat!!

  13. Super moist cake and so flavorful! Love the homemade buttercream!

  14. These look so yummy and beautiful for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing.

    Pastor Natalie

  15. Just what I need this Valentine's Day! Thanks.

  16. Ooh these sound divine!! My daughter loves strawberries, and since it is strawberry season in Florida I think we just have to make these! :)

  17. These were incredibly moist and delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

  18. These are absolutely amazing!! So delicious and beautiful too. Thanks!

  19. super cute and perfect for vday!

  20. Oh now this looks amazing. I'm not a super fan of sweets but I would devour these in a heartbeat :)

  21. These cupcakes are so pretty, and the yogurt makes them extra moist, light and fluffy. Great recipe!

  22. Love the use of yogurt in these! So cute for Valentine's Day!

  23. Awww. What a cute story. My kids all had sweethearts when they were quite young too.
    Great idea to use cupcakes, I bet they are so tasty and fluffy!

  24. Oh my goodness, these are so cute and perfect for February!

  25. Those are lovely and would be ideal for Valentine's Day. My husband enjoys sweets so much that I'd like to try making them. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Beautiful for Valentine's Day!

  27. Yea, I would have wanted to keep the bear Cute story. The cupcakes look beautiful for Valentine's Day.

  28. What a lovely cupcake and I can't wait to try this with the yogurt on the batter - yum!

  29. I love that these use yogurt! Such a fun dessert for Valentine's day

  30. my DD will freak out when i bring these to her class!

  31. I love to bake with yogurt and usually have some on hand! These look so scrumptious!

  32. I've never tried yogurt in cupcakes before - these look super tasty. Also super cute! I love the little hearts!

  33. I love using yogurt in baking - it adds such great flavour and texture! Your cupcakes look so pretty, Cindy - and delicious too! What a lovely Valentine's Day Treat. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  34. These are so cute and dare I say healthier ha ha...a great alternative


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