Sweetheart Strawberry Cupcakes

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I was experimenting in the kitchen today while preparing to head over to my sister’s classroom with a sweet treat! I had a boxed cake mix on hand, and managed to whip up one of the sweetest (and easiest) cake recipes and just in time for Valentine’s Day! There are only two simple ingredients to these cupcakes, and honestly, you won’t believe how wonderfully rich and moist they turn out. You can make these cupcakes with any variation of cake mix that you (or your sweetheart) would like. You could also use a heart-shaped cake pan for a treat for your sweetheart (and he/she never has to know it’s light!)


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 30-35 Minutes.


Preheat oven to 350, and line (2-12 muffin tins) with cupcake liners.


If you are using anything other than a 12 oz can, measure out 1 1/2 cup of pop.


Beat cake mix and pop together until batter is smooth and creamy.


Pour cake mix into lined muffin tin, filling each cup about half way full.


Place cupcakes in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.


While cupcakes are baking, mix together Pudding Mix, Milk, Cool Whip, and Food Coloring.  Slowly beat or whisk whipped topping until all of the ingredients are just combined. (Be careful not to overmix). Add as much food coloring you need in order to get the color you desire.


Place whipped topping in a bowl, and chill in the fridge until cupcakes are cooled and ready to be frosted.


When cupcakes come out of the oven, let cool completely before frosting. When ready to frost, place whipped frosting in a large ziplock bag. Cut the tip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze frosting down to the cut corner. Squeeze frosting out while making a swirling/upward motion and lift at the peak!


Sprinkle with red sugar if desired! Serve to those you love and ENJOY!


Strawberry Cupcakes:
1Box strawberry cake mix (or any regular or low sugar cake mix of choice)
1 (12 oz) Can diet red pop (or any diet pop of choice)
Whipped Frosting:
1 (8 oz) Container Cool Whip™
1 boxSugar free vanilla pudding mix
1 cupSkim milk
3-4 dropsRed or pink food coloring

Nutrition Breakdown

24 Servings
116 Calories Per Serving
3 g Fat
20 g Carbohydrate
10 g Sugar
2 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Molly @ MollyRunsFresh said:

I am making these cupcakes to take to school on Monday. My teachers love when I bake for them mwahaha oh yah and my friends :)

February 10th, 2011 — 8:24pm  |  Reply

Allison said:

Looks delicious, Katie! Will definitely be trying these out for Valentines day :) Thanks!

February 10th, 2011 — 9:59pm  |  Reply

Lori said:

You always amaze me with your recipes!!! I am DEFINITELY gonna make these. Thank you:)

p.s. Your photos look great!

February 11th, 2011 — 6:43am  |  Reply

Lori said:

February 11th, 2011 — 6:44am  |  Reply

Rachel - A Southern Fairytale said:

very cute!
The pictures are wonderful and the recipe sounds delicious!

“seconding Lori on the print friendly!”

All food bloggers need print buttons on their site! :-)

February 11th, 2011 — 9:07am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

I like your pictures. Usually on blogs with recipes they suck.

February 11th, 2011 — 11:09am  |  Reply

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

Those are SO pretty! and yet, practically guilt free! you truly are amazing!

February 11th, 2011 — 2:25pm  |  Reply

Sarah Graf said:


One question……R we not preparing the cake mix per intructions and only adding the 1 and 1/2 C. of red pop??

I’m confused:/


February 13th, 2011 — 2:22pm  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

can I have these in a pink room too and wear a pink apron? SO nice!

March 17th, 2011 — 6:08pm  |  Reply

Christine Barrett said:

These are on my list to make! I didn’t get to them for Valentines Day because that’s also my wedding anniversary!

March 18th, 2011 — 7:32am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

pink is my favorite color and i love faygo pop, i think its highly underated, especially red pop! Just wait until word gets out about these awesome cupcakes!

March 19th, 2011 — 4:03pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

I made these last night. So yummy

March 21st, 2011 — 8:50am  |  Reply

Catherine C. said:

yummm i love all cupcakes :)

March 31st, 2011 — 8:26am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:


I just made these cupcakes. They are awesome!!!!

December 31st, 2011 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

April said:

I made these but when I went to make the “frosting” its says 8oz box of sugar free vanilla pudding mix… what am I missing… my box is for 1 oz and it was sort of thin. I love the taste of the cupcakes and frosting, I just wonder if I did something wrong or have the wrong size box of pudding? thanks! Love your blog and recipes!

February 23rd, 2012 — 3:08pm  |  Reply

April said:


March 4th, 2012 — 7:26am  |  Reply

Caylin said:

Found your recepie on Pinterest and I can not wait to try it! I have one question, do you have to use skim milk?

May 12th, 2012 — 1:37pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Nope you can use an alternative

May 12th, 2012 — 2:43pm  | 

Joy Hardin said:

May 25th, 2012 — 4:16am  |  Reply

Julia Swanson said:

Katie, I made these last week for my family. They LOVE them. Hubby said they were the best cupcakes I have made to date!! Thanks so much for such a great resource! Can’t wait to try more recipes!

August 9th, 2012 — 11:33am  |  Reply

Chris said:

How do you make it so they don’t stick to the wrapper and fall completely apart when pulling off the paper? Thanks

September 27th, 2012 — 9:22pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try spraying the wrappers with cooking spray

September 28th, 2012 — 9:47am  | 

Amber said:

Made these with cream cheese flavored instant pudding since that was what I had on hand and oh my goodness…they were absolutely FABULOUS!!! The football team gobbled them up waaay too fast and begged for more! :) Thank you for such a tasty recipe and for making me indespensible at large gatherings. ;)

September 28th, 2012 — 2:07pm  |  Reply

Katherine said:

If you bake the night before do they need to go in the fridge? Will topping melt if left out?

February 13th, 2013 — 8:15pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) fridge is a must

February 14th, 2013 — 9:56am  | 

Ann said:

Omg this recipe is so good! Thanks.

November 30th, 2013 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Lori! :) I’ll have my hubby look into that print option (he does all the mechanics on my site!) He also does the photos..So i’ll tell him you said they look great! :)

February 11th, 2011 — 7:12am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

haha thanks sarah..my hubby takes them! :)

February 11th, 2011 — 11:31am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Liz…Your so sweet! :)

February 11th, 2011 — 2:36pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Haha sorry Sarah! yes it’s only the 1 1/2 cup of pop! :) Nothing else! :)

February 13th, 2011 — 10:08pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

sorry about that april, just use a big box of pudding next time! :)

February 26th, 2012 — 6:54am  |  Reply

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