Basil and Strawberry Cupcakes

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Basil and strawberry cupcakes with a herb twist - Yummy!

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly!

Serves: 12


  • 120g butterBasil and Strawberry Cupcakes are lovely to make in the summer months. Adding the basil to the strawberry gives an extra twist.
  • 120g self raising flour
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 120g fresh strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • Handful fresh basil leaves (the more you use the stronger the flavour)
  • 100ml whipping cream
  • 60g cream cheese
  • 350g icing sugar

You will also need:

  • An apronBasil and Strawberry Cupcakes are lovely to make in the summer months. Adding the basil to the strawberry gives an extra twist.
  • 2 large plastic bowls
  • A sieve
  • A saucepan
  • A fork
  • A spoon
  • 12 cupcake cases
  • A cupcake tin
  • A wooden spoon
  • A knife
  • A chopping board
  • A wire rack


Preparing the frosting:

  1. Heat the whipping cream in a saucepan (do not boil). Wash and tear the basil leaves but save some for decorations later. Add to the pan.
  2. Remove pan from heat and allow the basil to flavour the cream for up to an hour. Put in the fridge to chill while you make the cupcakes.

Making the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ gas mark 4 and place 12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tin.
  2. In a large bowl cream the sugar and the butter with a wooden spoon. Then add the eggs one at a time and beat well.
  3. Sieve the flour in a separate bowl. Add half the flour a little at a time to the wet mixture.
  4. Wash and hull the strawberries and put some aside to decorate later. Mash the strawberries in a bowl with a fork and add to the mixture. Stir well until the mixture goes pink.
  5. Add the other half of the flour and mix well.
  6. Spoon the cake mixture into the cases - not quite to the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. Leave the cakes for a few minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Making the frosting:

  1. In a bowl beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together until smooth.
  2. Sieve the basil cream over the bowl a little at a time mixing as you go.
  3. Have fun decorating the cupcakes with the frosting, strawberries and the basil leaves.
You can add more icing sugar to the mixture to make a thicker frosting if you wish. You could also add torn up pieces of basil to the cake mixture for cooking if you love the basil flavour :-) Parents – If you try this recipe with your child, I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me a photo, share it on the Handy Herbs Facebook page or pin it to your recipe board! sign
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55 thoughts on “Basil and Strawberry Cupcakes

  1. These look delicious, I’ve never thought about using herbs and fruit together in a cake, I will definitely have to try making more cakes to see what it tastes like! We have got loads of oregano and rosemary in the garden, but our mint has been rubbish this year. It’s in a pot so maybe I need to split it up. I need to get some basil for the windowsill so I can try this recipe out.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

    1. Thanks Jenny. Basil and strawberry seem to go together well. Basil grows pretty well indoors as long as it is in a sunny spot. Good luck – and I hope you enjoy the cupcakes if you make them 🙂

    1. Thank you! The basil and strawberry combination seems to work really well. Thanks for reading and hope your children enjoy them if you decide to make them 🙂

  2. I’ve never thought about using basil like this, it’s a great idea. Love your blog, we desperately want to be good at growing herbs but it doesn’t always work out! Having said that we do currently have basil and this summer we grew quite a few herbs outside. Will keep reading for more ideas! #HowToSunday

  3. OH this is right up my street I love cupcakes any flavor I never thought to use basil in it sounds yummy will have to pin for later. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  4. Oh these sound delicious! I’m going to be making more effort in the kitchen now as I’ve become a lazy cook, I’ll have to try these at some point 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

    1. Thanks. We think they are scrummy. Hope you enjoy making and eating them if you do try the recipe. Thanks for hosting 🙂

    1. The basil and strawberry combination works well in a salad and seems to work in the cupcakes too. Thank you for reading 🙂

  5. Hello Handy Herbs! So we made toffee fudge cupcakes the other day – totally unhealthy 😛 This recipe must be good for you – it’s got strawberries in it! I’d have never thought to put basil in the icing, we shall have to try it! Sabrina xx #twinklytuesday

    1. Haha – toffee fudge sound delicious 🙂 The basil strawberry combination seems to work really well. I hope you give it a try. Thank you for reading 🙂

  6. Is the whipping cream already pre-whipped? Or whipping cream that isn’t whipped yet….if that makes sense!! lol Love basil and must try these! Thanks for linking #famjamlinky

    1. Thank you! We love the combo here. I am sure you will be able to come up with a healthier free from version! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. Wow… these look AMAZING!! What a fab combination, my girls would love these, I think we will have to give them a go!! Thankyou so much for linking up with #kidsinthekitchen it’s always a joy to see your lovely links!

    1. Thanks! We love the basil and strawberry combo here. I hope your girls enjoy them if you try them out. Thank you for hosting 🙂

    1. They are really tasty. I hope you give it a try. Basil and strawberries work well together. Thanks for reading 🙂

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