Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

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With a lovely flavor and a naturally soft pink color, strawberry buttercream frosting is perfect for piping on all sorts of desserts. I make mine with pureed fresh or frozen strawberries and a few other basic ingredients, and the whole recipe easily comes together in about 10 minutes.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

This frosting blends up in an electric mixer with just a few simple ingredients: unsalted butter, strawberry puree, powdered sugar, and salt.

I highly recommend that you use fresh berries to make the puree, but you can always use frozen ones if it’s not strawberry season. Make sure you defrost them first and strain off all of the liquid before pureeing, as I show below.

How It’s Made

Start with room temperature ingredients. You should be able to lightly press into the butter with your finger and leave an indentation. It’s too soft if the butter smooshes completely down when you press it.

Tip: You can bring butter to room temperature by microwaving it. Microwave the butter for five seconds at a time until it reaches room temperature.

Butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachement

First, make strawberry puree. Wash and remove the tops from fresh strawberries. Then, puree them in a food processor [paid link] until you have a thick, seedy liquid.

Liquefied strawberries in a food processor

If berries aren’t in season, you can defrost frozen strawberries to make the puree.

Before food processing thawed frozen berries, use a sieve to strain off all of the extra liquid. If you skip this step, your frosting will be way too wet!

strawberry juice being strained off of strawberries using a sieve
Straining berries with a sieve is only necessary if you use frozen berries.

Beat your room temperature butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or using an electric mixer) on high speed for about three minutes to completely aerate it.

Whipped butter in the bowl of a stand mixer

Next, mix in the strawberry puree and salt.

Adding strawberry puree to strawberry buttercream frosting

Finally, in multiple additions, mix in the powdered sugar. Mixing it all in at once will result in a kitchen covered in it!

Tip: As with many other frosting recipes, use the listed powdered sugar quantity as a guideline. Add more or less as needed to make the frosting a consistency that you like.

Adding powdered sugar to strawberry frosting

Expert Tips and FAQs

a cupcake frosted with strawberry buttercream frosting and topped with a strawberry
How can I store this frosting?

You can leave this buttercream out on the counter for up to three days. But, if you aren’t going to be using it right away, store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.

Always bring it back to room temperature by first putting it in the refrigerator overnight and then leaving it on the counter for a few hours. You will need to re-whip it before using it.

Which cupcakes does this frosting work well on?

I love it on both my chocolate cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes – both recipes have been extensively tested and you can’t go wrong with either. If you’re a true strawberry lover, pipe a healthy swirl onto strawberry cupcakes. It would also be amazing on devil’s food cake or strawberry cake!

One strawberry cupcake with strawberry buttercream frosting
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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

With a lovely strawberry flavor and a naturally soft pink color, strawberry buttercream is perfect for piping on all sorts of desserts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 214kcal
Author Stefani

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup strawberry puree about 5 large strawberries food processed until they are a thick, seedy liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Beat butter for three minutes (or until light and fluffy) in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix in strawberry puree and salt.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Spread or pipe on cupcakes, cakes, or cookies.

Notes

This recipe yields about two cups of frosting. This should be enough to frost twelve cupcakes. Double the recipe to frost a two layer eight-inch cake.
  • Be sure to beat the butter for at least three minutes so it is light and fluffy.
  • Use less ripe strawberries. Riper strawberries tend to be more moist and could end up making the frosting too wet.
  • Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and always start on low speed to keep it from making a mess in your kitchen.
  • If your strawberries were frozen, be sure to defrost them and drain off any excess liquid before using them.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 5mg
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17 comments:

  1. Leahsays:

    2 stars
    It is a pretty simple recipe however even adding the strawberries the frosting is too plain. I double the strawberries and added vanilla pink food coloring and milk to make the frost creamy With a cup more of sugar.
    For beginners or bakers who love different flavors frosting this would be great Especially for kids

    • Stefsays:

      The strawberries you used could have been a factor. The better the berries taste, the better the frosting will taste.

  2. RENATAsays:

    QUE DELICIA

  3. Kayleesays:

    My frosting was a little watery so I added more powdered sugar…and also doubling it wasn’t enough for my cake.

  4. Puppyperson1999says:

    nice. very tasty, the whole family loved it. x

  5. Evelynsays:

    5 stars
    Just finished a batch for a fund raiser and got a way high thumbs up from my resident taster (husband). He offered to buy them instead of delivering. Yes they are yummy!

  6. Bonniesays:

    Can you use freeze dried strawberries (other berries)?

  7. Debbiesays:

    Does the cake need to be refrigerated when using this recipe ? I will be delivering the cake an hour away

  8. dwi ayusays:

    5 stars
    It looks so yummy..!! and i just love the flavor of strawberry. I was searching for a new delicious idea for a perfect dessert with strawberry flavor and i think i got it. thank you very much.

  9. Meagen Brosiussays:

    5 stars
    These are adorable AND delicious! It’s a win win!

  10. Renee Goergersays:

    5 stars
    Don’t tell anyone but I have been know to eat this strawberry buttercream frosting with a spoon. It’s THAT good!!

  11. Sommersays:

    5 stars
    Love that the strawberry flavor isn’t artificial! Makes into some of the best cupcakes and cakes I’ve had!

  12. Mallorysays:

    5 stars
    Thanks for a great recipe! The strawberry flavor in this frosting is perfect. My new favorite flavor.

  13. Stephsays:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love strawberry frosting! This recipes looks so easy to make, thanks!

  14. Ashley Fsays:

    5 stars
    This is so pretty and has great flavor!

  15. Tonisays:

    5 stars
    I love this buttercream! So fresh and fruity.

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