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Strawberry cream cheese frosting is intensely strawberry-flavored. It has a thick creamy texture and is perfect for piping on cakes and cupcakes!

A group of cupcakes on white topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting topped with a fresh strawberry

For cream cheese frosting fans like me (I LOVE my chocolate cream cheese frosting), strawberry cream cheese frosting is a great alternative to strawberry buttercream or strawberry whipped cream. The cream cheese cuts the butter flavor of buttercream and adds a nice tang to the frosting.

What Makes This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Work

When I originally created this recipe almost ten years ago, I used fresh strawberries in the frosting. I got comment after comment about the frosting coming out soupy and not pipeable. Fresh strawberries are too wet for a cream cheese frosting. They can also make the frosting curdle.

Adding strawberry powder to strawberry cream cheese frosting

My recipe uses strawberry powder made from freeze dried strawberries. Strawberry powder gives the frosting an intense strawberry flavor (way more than fresh strawberries) without compromising the consistency of the frosting.

How to Make Strawberry Powder

To make strawberry powder, you’ll need freeze dried strawberries.

bag of freeze dried strawberries

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Freeze dried strawberries are fresh berries that have been frozen to below zero degrees Fahrenheit and placed in vacuum chamber under low heat.

While in the vacuum chamber, a process called sublimation occurs when frozen water crystals evaporate directly from ice to water vapor. The fruit then goes through one more drying stage under slightly higher temperatures to remove any remaining water molecules. This produces a dry, crunchy strawberry.

Tip: Although it’s not exactly the same, you can make freeze dried strawberries from scratch by dehydrating berries and freezing them. You can read more about this in my post on fruit powder.

Place freeze dried strawberries in a food processor.

Freeze dried strawberries are fairly easy to find at U.S. supermarkets. I’ve seen them at local chains as well as Trader Joe’s.

freeze dried strawberries in a food processor

Food process the freeze dried strawberries until they become a powder.

strawberry powder in a food processor

Tip: You can also use freeze dried strawberries for fun things like making homemade Pixy Stix!

What is the Best Cream Cheese to Use in Cream Cheese Frosting?

I recommend using full-fat cream cheese sold in bricks vs. the whipped style of cream cheese. Whipped cream cheese often costs more and there is no need to buy whipped cream cheese when you will be whipping it yourself.

What are the Ingredients in Cream Cheese Frosting?

Although cream cheese is a main ingredient in cream cheese frosting, it isn’t the only one. Cream cheese frosting is made by using cream cheese and butter in a 2 to 1 ratio.

butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer bowl

To thicken cream cheese frosting, use powdered sugar.

Tip: Some powdered sugar can be very clumpy. If yours is, be sure to sift it first so you have smooth frosting.

Adding powdered sugar to strawberry cream cheese frosting

All frosting is better with a a touch of salt. The salt helps to bring out the other flavors. I recommend that you use table salt rather than the large grain Kosher salt.

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Use the paddle attachment on an electric mixer to mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. This should take about 3 minutes on high speed. If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can mix frosting by hand, but it will require some serious elbow grease – expect to be mixing for at least five minutes.

Tip: It is VERY important that the cream cheese and butter be at room temperature before mixing. If the ingredients are not at room temperature, they will not mix together properly.

Cream cheese frosting before powdered sugar has been added in the glass bowl of a stand mixer

Mix in salt and strawberry powder.

Adding strawberry powder to strawberry cream cheese frosting

Mix in powdered sugar.

Tip: The more powdered sugar you add, the thicker the frosting will be. If you add less powdered sugar, it will be spreadable but not pipeable.

strawberry cream cheese frosting before powdered sugar is added

How to Store Cream Cheese Frosting

Food safety experts say that you should always refrigerate cream cheese frosting. I live life on the edge and leave mine out on the counter for up to week and I’ve never gotten sick. But, just in case you try this, don’t say that I didn’t warn you about the expert advice.

Tip: Cream cheese frosting can also be kept in the freezer in an air-tight container. Defrost and give it a quick whisk before using.

Variations

To switch this recipe up, try making other freeze-dried fruit powders from freeze-dried raspberries or freeze-dried blueberries.

Best Tips for Making Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Make sure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature.
  • Use unsalted butter so that you can control how much salt is in the recipe.
  • Sift the powdered sugar if it is clumpy.

Uses for Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes frosted with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • You can never go wrong with switching up the frosting on the ultimate chocolate cupcakes or the ultimate vanilla cupcakes by using strawberry cream cheese frosting instead. These cupcakes have both been EXTENSIVELY tested and you’ll see when you read the comments that hundreds of people have raved about them.
  • You might also love strawberry cream cheese frosting on strawberry cupcakes for a double dose of strawberry.
  • This frosting would also be wonderful on red velvet cake. Red velvet cake is typically frosted with cream cheese frosting and the strawberry element would make it extra special.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry cream cheese frosting is intensely strawberry-flavored. It has a thick creamy texture and is perfect for piping on cakes and cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese frosting recipe, strawberry cream cheese frosting, strawberry frosting
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 233kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy - about three minutes on high speed.
  • Food process the freeze-dried strawberries until they form a powder.
  • Mix in powdered strawberries (you should have about 2 1/2 tablespoons) and salt until fully combined.
  • Mix in powdered sugar.
  • Spread or pipe onto your favorite cakes and cupcakes.

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.
  • Make sure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature.
  • Use unsalted butter so that you can control how much salt is in the recipe.
  • Sift the powdered sugar if it is clumpy.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 7.4%
Vitamin C 219%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 18.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Love strawberry desserts? Try this Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. It is intensely strawberry-flavored, with thick creamy texture and is perfect for piping on your favorite cakes and cupcakes! It's not made of fresh strawberries so it's pipeable. Try this for your next dessert cravings!
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