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Vanilla Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

These Vanilla Yogurt Cupcakes are made with a whole cup of yogurt. They are fluffy, moist, and perfectly light! Topped with strawberry frosting, these cupcakes would make a wonderful Valentine’s treat.

Vanilla yogurt cupcakes with strawberry frosting topped with a strawberry slice on a purple napkin.

Today is the start of several Valentine’s recipes I have for you.

These cupcakes are one of the best vanilla cupcakes I’ve ever made. I took a huge risk by adding a whole cup of vanilla yogurt, but the results were fantastic.

Hubby took these to the office with him and he said they disappeared rather quickly. That’s when I knew I had to share the recipe with you.

Vanilla yogurt cupcake topped with strawberry frosting and a strawberry slice on a piece of white parchment paper.

The cupcakes are incredibly moist, buttery, and sweet. Because of the extra liquid, I had to extend the baking time by about 5 minutes.

This could vary for you so be sure keep a close eye on them. With the extended baking time, the cupcakes will develop a slight crust on the outside.

Sort of like a pound cake but not quite as dark. It’s quite wonderful.

On top of these delectable beauties goes a light strawberry frosting. It’s the perfect combination.

Vanilla yogurt cupcake with a bite taken out of it.

I made a basic vanilla buttercream frosting and mixed in strawberry jam for flavor. I love how light and creamy the frosting is.

Frost the cupcakes and garnish with fresh slices of ripened strawberries.

These vanilla yogurt cupcakes are wonderful and much better than any cupcake from a box. Surprise your love with these for Valentine’s day.

Side view of vanilla yogurt cupcakes with strawberry frosting.
Vanilla yogurt cupcakes with strawberry frosting topped with a strawberry slice on a purple napkin.

Vanilla Yogurt Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

Yield: 15 cupcakes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These vanilla yogurt cupcakes are made with a whole cup of yogurt and topped with strawberry yogurt. They are fluffy, moist, and perfectly light!

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup milk

For the frosting

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ⅓ cup strawberry jam
  • fresh strawberries for garnish, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Beat in the yogurt. Add the eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with milk. Begin and end with flour mixture. Mix until well blended.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each cup ⅔ full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes immediately from pans, and cool on a wire rack.

To make the frosting

  1. Beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Stir in the strawberry jam. Frost the cupcakes, garnish with fresh strawberries, and enjoy.

Notes

Make ahead tip

  1. Cupcakes will keep for up to 5 days stored in the refrigerator.
  2. The plain cupcake can be made 1 day in advance. Cover and store at room temperature.
  3. The frosting can be made 1 day in advance. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Both frosted and unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Nicole

Friday 14th of May 2021

Your recipes are just perfection! Easy, delicious, balanced and so enjoyable to make! Thank you! Over the years, I’ve developed a worsening gluten intolerance. I would love to try your cupcake, brownie, cake and cookie recipes with 1:1 substituted gluten free flour. Could you possible help with adjustments that might need to be made? I’d be happy if you could even just help get the ball rolling with this delicious cupcake recipe!

Jen Sobjack

Friday 14th of May 2021

Typically Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free flour is a great alternative and usually doesn't require any changes to the recipe. I've not tested this recipe with anything other than what's listed in the ingredients/notes so I can't say for sure if it will work or if anything needs to be adjusted.

Cat

Sunday 4th of April 2021

The cupcakes were sooooo delicious. The frosting melted a lot and was pretty sweet. But still really good. I definitely recommend this recipe without the frosting and eat it fresh.

Gabrielle

Monday 1st of March 2021

Can you make these with regular yogurt, or do I have to use Greek yogurt?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Greek yogurt has less water content than regular yogurt. Using regular yogurt in the recipe can affect how the cupcakes will turn out.

Linda Trevino

Sunday 28th of February 2021

This recipe sounds delicious, however, I don't have Greek yogurt.

May I substitute regular vanilla yogurt?

Thank You so much Jen.

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Greek yogurt has less water content than regular yogurt. Using regular yogurt in the recipe can affect how the cupcakes will turn out.

Rochelle

Monday 19th of October 2020

I made it with my daughters and it’s absolutely delicious! We made our own chocolate frosting but your strawberry recipe looks like heaven.

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