Glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes are delicious bite-sized treats that start with a strawberry cake mix. These mini cupcakes are dipped in a simple strawberry glaze to create a strawberries and cream flavor in an easy strawberry cake mix recipe!
Glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes are the perfect tiny treat for any occasion! A couple of years ago, I made these Little Lemon Drops and they instantly became one of my favorite recipes ever! I then created an orange version (which is delicious) and with Valentine’s Day coming up, I just couldn’t resist making a strawberry version. These little cupcakes are such a fun dessert to take to a party – they are easy to make and the recipe makes over 70 little bite-sized treats that are easy to serve!
One of the first things that you will notice about these mini strawberry cupcakes is the fact that they are upside down! The reason for this is that the glaze can then coat a larger surface area of the cupcakes this way. The bottom is also more porous so the glaze will absorb into the cupcakes more which gives you that strawberries and cream flavor in every single bite. Although these little treats are so small, you can probably eat them in one bite. But still. More glaze = more yumminess!
I have never been a huge fan of frosting traditional cupcakes, probably mostly because I’ve never quite mastered it so the frosting never looks very pretty and it just seems to take forever! With these little cupcake bites, all you have to do is dip each one in the frosting which you can do so quickly! The perfect cupcake frosting solution for all of us non-frosting experts out there!
Glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes recipe ingredients
To make glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes, you will need a box of strawberry cake mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, eggs, sour cream and milk. To make the glaze, you will need powdered sugar, a little bit of strawberry extract, butter, milk and water. I love that you only need a few simple ingredients to whip up these delicious strawberry cupcakes!
How to make Glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes
To make our Glazed Mini Strawberry Cupcakes, you’ll first preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray. This recipe makes 70-75 mini cupcakes so I ended up baking 3 batches in my mini cupcake pan that holds 24 cupcakes.
Beat the ingredients for the mini strawberry cupcakes in a large bowl with an electric mixer for several minutes until blended and smooth.
Fill each muffin hole about 1/2 way full. I used a small cookie scoop and it worked perfectly! Bake each pan for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 2 minutes and then turn the muffin pan over on a wire rack so that all the muffins are upside down.
Cool completely and once all the batter is cooked, you can make the glaze.
Ingredients for Mini Strawberry Cupcake glaze recipe
To make the simple strawberry glaze for the mini strawberry cupcakes, you will need:
-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 tsp strawberry extract
-2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
-1/4 cup milk
-1/4 cup hot water
How to make Mini Strawberry Cupcake Glaze
To make the easy strawberry glaze that you’ll dip each mini cupcake into, you will first want to place wire cooling racks over waxed paper. This will minimize clean up a ton!
Beat the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Dip each mini cupcake into the glaze upside down. The bottom side of cupcakes are softer and actually absorb the glaze so much better. Set the cupcakes on a separate cooling rack, keeping them inverted. So the cupcake bottoms are now the tops!
Let the strawberry cupcakes cool for 10-15 minutes, until the glaze is set. Make sure to eat a few – someone has to have the job of taste tester, right?!
STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM BITES
- 1 box strawberry cake mix cake mix
- 1 pkg 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream or greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp strawberry extract
- 2 Tbs. butter melted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Preheat the oven to 325. Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray. (I used almost 3 full pans of 24). Beat the ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer for several minutes until blended and smooth.
- Fill each muffin hole about 1/2 full. I used a small cookie scoop and it worked perfectly!
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 2 minutes and then turn the muffin pan over on a wire rack so that all the muffins are upside down. Cool completely and once all the batter is cooked, you can make the glaze.
- Place the wire racks over waxed paper. Beat the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Dip muffins in glaze to coat the bottoms (which are now the tops!) and the sides and let the excess drip off back into the bowl.
- Place each strawberry bite back on the wire racks until the glaze is set.
Can you freeze Mini Strawberry Cupcakes?
I recommend you freeze the mini cupcakes baked, but not dipped in the glaze. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container or freezer bags for up to 3 months in the freezer. Once you’re ready to serve them, let them thaw on the countertop, then proceed with the instructions for making the glaze and dipping the cupcakes.
Where can you find strawberry extract?
Many grocery stores carry strawberry extract. If your grocery store carries it, it will be near the vanilla and other extracts in the baking aisle. I’ve been able to find it throughout the years at a few different stores, but sometimes it’s hard to find. If it is not at the store, you can order this one online. I have also been able to find strawberry extract at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels in the candy/baking aisle.
Mary Kight says
I am planning to make the strawberry and cream bites as well as the orange and the lemon versions. They look wonderful. I have a 24 mini-muffin pan and 2 -12 mini muffin pans, but I have found that the spray coating doesn’t keep things from sticking very well. Any other ideas other than a Crisco-soaked paper towel to wipe each one?
Have you tried the non-stick spray specifically for baking? It’s found in the same section as the other non-stick sprays, but it’s a lot more effective for baked goods like this!
Mary Kight says
Have not tried the baking non-stick spray but I sure will.
Regarding the strawberry extract – have never looked for this – am I looking for imitation strawberry extract or am I to hunt fir the real strawberry extract?
I think they’re all imitation at this point! I find Walmart has the best selection of extracts- they’re by the spices.
Try bakers joy. It works great for me.
Baker’s Joy works great !!!!
Trudy Goddard says
I wonder if I made cupcakes using paper cups instead of mini bc I can’t find my pan for some reason would it work or would it stick to the papers??
If you use a regular muffin pan, I would probably still just use non-stick cooking spray and go without the papers.
How long would you bake for regular cupcakes?
I’d bake them for 15-17 minutes, watching carefully after 15 minutes and pulling them out of the oven if they are browning too much.
I noticed one reader recommended Baker’s Joy. I have found that Pam for Baking is much less messy and works better. Give it a try!
For the glaze, I use Pillsbury ready-to-use frosting. Just microwave for 30-seconds or until desired consistency
I’ve made and loved the lemon drops and everybody raves about them. I cannot find strawberry extract anywhere, even tho there is every other flavor of extract out there. Very surprising.
I thought I’d take the strained liquid from frozen strawberries and use that instead. Any idea how much I should use as I don’t want the glaze to be very watery.
Dennis Anderson says
How many does this recipe make? I only want 24.
The recipe makes about 70 little bite-sized treats. Maybe you can freeze the ones that you don’t need right away? Just make sure to freeze before frosting them. Or you can make the whole batch and give some away to your neighbors? These are pretty small so I would plan on more than 1 per serving.
HELP! I am making these tonight and just realized I do not have powdered sugar. Any ideas for substitute?!
I’ve actually run into that problem before too! You can actually make your own powdered sugar by just putting regular sugar in a blender – within seconds, it will be powdered!
Michelle Rapp says
Any thoughts of trying this with spice cake mix and pumpkin spice pudding? I am just unsure what extract to use in the glaze…vanilla?
Michelle- what a great idea! I hadn’t thought of this but now that you gave me the idea, I’m going to have to give it a try. You might see a new blog post up in the next week or two! But yes, I think vanilla extract would work great. Or maybe even maple? I’m going to have to experiment and see what works best!
April J Harris says
These are so cute! I love mini treats like this! Love the pretty pink colour too. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a lovely week ahead!