‘Wimbledon’ Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes | Vegan, GF

Hi guys, I know this recipe is a little late in the game, but I wanted to make it anyway. Today is Wimbledon final day. You may not have noticed that because it’s also the World Cup Final today. I knew I wanted to do a Wimbledon themed recipe, but I’m only just getting chance to put this one together. In true Wimbledon style, I’ve made strawberries and cream cupcakes with a green buttercream icing. You can decide whether the green is grass or a tennis ball… 

Thankfully, even though the tournament is nearly over, strawberries and cream cupcakes make a great summer treat anyway. These ones would be perfect for kids’ parties! And you wouldn’t have to make the icing green either… 

Originally, I’d planned to make these with a fondant icing, the colour of a tennis ball with the white curve going through. Then I started to doubt my decorating ability and played it safe instead.  

strawberries and cream cupcakes

Now, there’s debate over whether tennis balls are yellow or green. The official colour is chartreuse, which is described as a colour between yellow and green. Although, some people see more yellow and others see green. Wanting to be a perfectionist, I bought yellow and green food colouring. And despite using over double the amount of yellow, my icing is most definitely a shade of green. I tried. If you make these, please do not feel the need to be this obsessive about it.  

Before we get into the recipe, what colour do you think tennis balls are? I used to think they were green, now I see them as more yellow?  

strawberries and cream cupcakes

This recipe is vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free and dairy free. 

Serves 6 



  • 100g strawberries, hulled  
  • 2tbsp flax seed mixed with 4tbsp water 
  • 90g self-raising GF flour  
  • 50ml sunflower oil 
  • 50g light brown sugar 
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda  


Betty Crocker vanilla icing is also vegan if you don’t want to/ don’t have time to make it yourself.  

  • 30g vegan margarine (Vitalite, Flora Dairy Free and Pure) 
  • 100g icing sugar  
  • Splash of dairy free milk (approx 20ml) 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • Food colouring (you can choose yellow, green or both). Use amounts recommended on packaging.  


  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line a muffin or cupcake tin with paper cases or greseproof paper. 
  2. Use a fork to mash the strawberries until they become pulpy and juicy.  
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the oil, sugar and strawberries and beat to combine. Add the flax mixture and stir in. Then sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda and gently fold in. 
  4. Spoon into the cases and flatten the tops. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes.  
  5. While the cupcakes are in the oven, make the icing. Add all icing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until it’s thick and creamy and food colouring has evenly dispersed.  
  6. When cupcakes are cooked, remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Once fully cooled, you can spread the icing over the top.  

strawberries and cream cupcakes

Serve and enjoy!  

Do you like the sound of strawberry cupcakes for summer? Let me know your thoughts on the colour of the icing!  

Until next time,  


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  1. 15th July 2018 / 8:03 pm

    these look super cute and sweet! I always used to see tennis balls as yellow, but then now sometimes they look green? It is a very weird one! Thanks for sharing another great recipe! x

  2. Rmma
    15th July 2018 / 8:03 pm

    WOW these look and sounds amazing! Will definitely be giving this a go 🙂 the green icing looks fab!

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

  3. 15th July 2018 / 8:04 pm

    These cupcakes sound amazing! My family is tennis obsessed so Wimbledon has been talked about a lot in my household. I sometimes see tennis balls as green and sometimes as yellow. It definitely varies. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 15th July 2018 / 8:08 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve bookmarked it!

  5. 15th July 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this post since I saw the photo earlier! You know, I’ve never thought about what colour a tennis ball is and now I’m not sure whether I’d lie more with yellow or green?

    Anyway, these look and sound delicious! I love the bright icing and I think I knew that Vanilla BC icing was Vegan before but never really took it as gospel. That’s good to know anyway 🙂 xxx

  6. 15th July 2018 / 8:14 pm

    These look absolutely DELICIOUS! Also, I definitely see Tennis balls as green – I will admit that is a greeny yellow, but no way would I say they are totally yellow.
    Jas xx

  7. 15th July 2018 / 8:14 pm

    I love the green icing haha! sounds yummy x

  8. 15th July 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Those cupcakes just look so good! The colour of the icing looks more green to me and I’ve always thought tennis balls looked more green! Cupcakes have always been a favourite thing for me to bake and I haven’t made some in ages so I definitely think that I’ll give these ones a try, great post x

  9. 15th July 2018 / 8:21 pm

    These look delicious! Definitely must try. I love the color of the icing. Bright colored icing is always fun!

  10. Bailey Armitage
    15th July 2018 / 8:23 pm

    These look amazing! Really want to try them

  11. 15th July 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I’ve been craving something sweet all day and these sound like they’d hit the spot perfectly! I never knew the Betty Crocker icing was vegan so that’s cool to know! These look so pretty, I think tennis balls look more green than yellow personally!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  12. 15th July 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Oh man I LOVE any sort of strawberry flavouring in cakes, just adds such a nice sweetness to it! On first glance I did wonder why the hell they were green if they were strawberry though haha. Personally, I’d probably say the balls were yellow? I’ve actually never really thought about them being green before you bought this up and now I’m starting to question myself… Either way, another delicious looking and sounding recipe, Sophie!
    Alice Xx

  13. 15th July 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Mmmm….. I love strawberry cupcakes! This really looks yummy. I think the green color is lovely!

  14. 15th July 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Those look absolutely delicious! You’re debate on whether the tennis ball is considered green or yellow made me giggle! I definitely see yellow with a tinge of green. Thanks for the recipe it looks so yummy I’ll have to give it a go. xx


  15. 15th July 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I’m in love with how you obsessed with the technicalities of the coloring to match a tennis ball. You’re so adorable! Also these look DELICIOUS and I am officially craving a cupcake. Great post, love!

  16. 15th July 2018 / 10:40 pm

    wow, these look amazing! I like strawberries and cream so will have to give this recipe a try for sure. Love the tennis theme too

    Melissa |

    Moonlight Mel

  17. 16th July 2018 / 12:18 am

    These strawberries and cream cupcakes sound delicious! Hehe, the green looks super rich. I agree with you, this is still a nice summer treat. Bigger plus is that it is vegan-friendly. I like that it is easy to make the cupcakes. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  18. 16th July 2018 / 8:36 am

    Yay! I love strawberry cupcakes!!! It’s better late than never- they say! So, yay! You’re on point, a recipe is always on point and time, never too late!

    Xoxo Babita


  19. 16th July 2018 / 12:10 pm

    These sound absolutely amazing! I am going to have to give these a try – The look great too, even if the icing isn’t quite the colour you were aiming for lol
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

  20. 16th July 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I’ve never made strawberry cupcakes or actually even tried them but I really love the sound of them as strawberries are my favourite fruit! I also love how you’ve added the green icing to make them stand out for Wimbledon! x

  21. 16th July 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I love their colour! so funny and eye catchy! anything strawberry flavored, send it my way! they look delicious!

  22. 16th July 2018 / 5:22 pm

    The green icing reminds me of a Heston Blumenthal style bake, so much fun! X

  23. 16th July 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Wow!! These look so tasty Sophie! I could eat one right now! Good question on the tennis balls, I’ve always thought of them as yellowish but nice to know the technical shade for them. I hope chartreuse will come up in some kinda quiz now he he! Great post and thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  24. 16th July 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I have a really big sweet tooth so these are perfect for me! I’ve been trying to eat healthier but I can’t seem to stay away from sweets so thank you for this healthy option!

  25. 16th July 2018 / 5:34 pm

    I have a really big sweet tooth so these are perfect for me! I’ve been trying to eat healthier but I can’t seem to stay away from sweets so thank you for this healthy option!

  26. 16th July 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Wow these look amazing. I want some!

  27. 17th July 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Ah! I love the way you’ve incorporated the classic strawberries and cream! They’re perfect for summer even when it’s not Wimbledon! I always see tennis balls as green so I’m not too fussed about the green icing!! I’m definitely going to be making these for my summer parties!

    Lots of love,

    Molly xo

  28. 19th July 2018 / 11:06 am

    These look so good! Would definitely love to try one.

  29. 30th July 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Sophie! How on earth do you keep coming up with such amazing free from recipes! These look amazing and I’ll definitely be making them for the boyfriend one weekend! I love the theme too!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  30. 2nd August 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Ha! The bit about the colour of tennis balls made me laugh out loud! I’ve ALWAYS thought of them as green and it wasn’t until this year’s Wimbledon that I discovered there was even a debate about it. I asked my housemate and she thought I was crazy for thinking they may be green! (But then again, she thought the dress was white and gold so what would she know…)

    Anyway, great recipe and your yellow-green cupcakes look awesome!

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