Strawberry Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cupcakes

The Bake-Along this week is supposed to be a Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cake by Cake Keeper Cakes… but I made several changes and it turned out to be a totally different cake – a Strawberry Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cupcake – but they still tasted pretty not bad (thankfully)!

There were several ideas I had in mind when I baked this cake, the first to make this a no-mixer-is-needed-cake, so I swapped out the butter with olive oil – so all I needed were just a whisk and two bowls!

The second idea is to make the cake a bit healthier and into a breakfast cake – so I replaced the white sugar with brown sugar, cut down the amount used by 35% and omitted the white chocolate chips. I wanted to see if I could substitute the flour with oat flour but after some researching, I found that it’s not possible to substitute the plain flour with oat flour on a 1:1 ratio because that would make the cake too dry (unless I adjust the liquid which I’m not prepared to do so), so I substituted 40 grams of plain flour for 45 grams of instant oats instead. I think I will substitute more in the future for a more oat-y cake (need to do some experimenting!)

Overall it’s an extremely easy cake to put together and it is very soft. The baking soda reacts with the buttermilk and together with the baking powder, creates a beautiful rise in the cake. And the good thing is, it requires the use of an egg yolk, which helps to clear the stash of egg yolks I have from all the macaoron baking. It’s a very light and not-so-sweet cake, perfect for breakfast and tea!

Onto the step-by-step photos and recipe!

Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

Whisk to mix them all up.

Egg, egg yolk, buttermilk, vanilla, olive oil in a measuring cup.

Whisk to incorporate them together.

Whisk in the brown sugar.

Whisk it into the dry ingredients.

Fill the cupcake liners.

Top with strawberries!

How about some blueberries for a change?

Easy-peasy and delicious for breakfast!

The blueberries version – warm it up in a toaster and it’s delicious!

I’m submitting this to Bake-Along (27 Mar 2012) hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids. Do drop by (click the froggy picture below!) to see their and other bloggers lovely bakes! We are making crème brûlée for the next Bake-Along (10 Apr 2012) – am really excited because I’ve never tried it before (another item to strike off my will-bake-this-one-day-list).

Strawberry Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cupcakes
Makes 12 mini cakes
  • 115 grams plain flour
  • 45 grams instant oats / rolled oats
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 125 ml sour cream / buttermilk, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
  • 30 ml olive oil / vegetable oil / melted unsalted butter
  • 125 grams brown sugar
  • 200 grams strawberries, quartered
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line cupcake moulds with cupcake liners.
  2. Measure the plain flour, instant oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk with a wire whisk to mix them altogether and to get rid of any huge lumps.
  3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine the egg, egg yolk, sour cream (or buttermilk), lemon zest (if using), vanilla extract, olive oil (or vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter). Whisk with a wire whisk to mix them altogether. Add in the brown sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved (not all will dissolve but that's alright).
  4. Pour the liquid mixture directly into the centre of the dry mixture and whisk together gently until all the dry mixture has been fully incorporated.
  5. Spoon the batter into the cupcake cups until half-full, top with 3 strawberry quarters - make sure the batter does not exceed ⅔ of the cupcake liner, otherwise it will overflow.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for 2-3 minutes then remove them to cool completely on a wire rack (so that condensation doesn't occur on the bottom of the cupcakes).

Super Naggy:

[1] You can also use rolled oats if you have that on hand. Don’t use oat flour because it will cause the baked goods to be very dry.

[2] To make your own buttermilk, place 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar / lemon juice in a measuring cup. Top up with enough full-fat fresh milk until it reaches the 125 ml mark. Stir and leave it for 5 minutes. Proceed on with the recipe.

[3] If you’d like to mix the strawberries into the cake, mix the cut strawberries with 30 grams of plain flour before mixing it into the cake batter. Similarly, do not fill the cupcakes more than 2/3 full unless you want them to overflow and make a mess during baking!

[4] Substitute the strawberries with blueberries. Toss them in 25 grams of plain flour before mixing it into the cake batter.

[5] To bake a full cake – bake the cake in an 8-inch square tin for 45 – 50 minutes (remember to butter and line the bottom of the tin with baking parchment).


Thank you for visiting Foodie Baker! Follow Foodie Baker to receive freshly published Foodie Baker recipes and travelogues in your inbox. Your email will forever be kept confidential and will never be recirculated or sold to marketers.

Enter your email address and start following!


  1. says

    Hi Anuja, I have a bit of problem leaving comments on your blog, not sure whether it got through… do let me know whether you received the comments! :)

  2. says

    Wow these are amazing! Love the way you played around the recipe and managed to create your own splendid version.
    Thanx for sharing the oatmeal tips :)

  3. says

    Thanks Lena! I used light olive oil (extra virgin olive oil is too expensive and I always don’t have vegetable oil on hand haha), so the cupcakes actually don’t have an olive oil taste. I’m going to make the cheese swirled cake this weekend (probably into cupcakes too), thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to see everyone’s bake! :)

  4. says

    Thanks Bobbi! I love the new template too, allows me to put bigger photos! I hope the font is not too small for you all though! Take care :)

  5. says

    it’s nice seeing you tweaked the recipe a little by adding some oats into it and also with olive oil. i cant remember whether have i used olive oil in cakes before but vegetable oil, yes. Does that cake taste a hint of olive oil? have you made the cheese swirled cake? i halved the recipe and the size was good enough.

  6. says

    Congratulations! You sure got a winner, looks good, taste delicious and best of all healthy. I would keep the chocolate though, but dark instead of white..

  7. says

    Thanks Alice! I hope the sweetness will be just right for you, because I really reduced it quite drastically. Have a great day ahead too! (:

  8. says

    It’s pretty fun to “mess-up” an original recipe huh? Haha. It can really create something new and delicious at the same time! Thanks for dropping by! (:

  9. says

    Your re-make fresh strawberry and blueberry cupcake looks splendid to me. It is something very interesting too when you add additional oatmeals in it. So healthy

  10. says

    Hi Jasline, this is a smart idea to make the cake has the right level of sweetness and healthier too, easy to make also
    thks for sharing your creativity – will give it a try next time
    have a great day :)

  11. says

    Thank you! I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate… but I might actually add in some milk or dark chocolate chips in the future for a more sinful cake hehe. Yes creme brulee sounds a bit scary! But I’m also excited at the same time to try them! :) All the best in your creme brulee making!

  12. says

    Thank you! When the cupcakes are fresh from the oven, the blueberries actually burst inside our mouths when we ate them… it was really good!

  13. says

    Thanks Zoe! I’ve been munching at least 2 of them for breakfast… hehe. Thanks for hosting the bake-along! Can’t wait for the next one! ;)

  14. says

    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful bake-along! I’m glad the cake still turned out delicious after all the alterations. Have a great week ahead too! :)

  15. says

    Your version is indeed more healthy minus the chocolates…I am having butterflies thinking of making creme brulee! I have not done that before either!

  16. says

    Your “re-make” is very creative and looks really good! And a good idea too to bake these into cupcakes. Both the strawberries and blueberries looks wonderful! A lovely bake! Thank you for baking-along with us! Have a nice week!

Would love to hear from you!