Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe – Sally’s Baking Habit

Let me educate you the way to make naturally flavored (and naturally coloured) strawberry buttercream frosting. The key is to interchange some confectioners’ sugar with freeze-dried strawberry powder. This strawberry buttercream is extremely creamy and easy, with a great deal of actual strawberry taste.

Initially printed in 2017. New images & success suggestions added in 2023.

chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting on top and garnished with chocolate covered strawberry.

Let’s speak about the way to make naturally flavored, naturally pink strawberry buttercream frosting.

Have you ever ever tried making frosting with recent strawberries? I’ve, and the outcomes have been disastrous. I chopped up the strawberries, even blotted the moisture somewhat bit, pureed them, after which added it to a vanilla frosting. The buttercream immediately curdled on account of the surplus moisture—yuck! Similar factor occurred with strawberry jam, which additionally made the frosting too candy.

As an alternative of counting on synthetic strawberry taste, I attempted a trick I discovered whereas writing my cookbook Sally’s Candy Addiction. Use freeze-dried strawberry powder!

chocolate cupcake with strawberry buttercream frosting.

I’ve a recipe for strawberry buttercream candies in that cookbook—they’re truly the beautiful pink striped candies you see on the quilt. The filling is creamy and easy with plenty of concentrated strawberry taste, which comes from—you guessed it—floor freeze-dried strawberries. I made a decision to make precise strawberry frosting the identical precise method. If you happen to’d like a visible information for the way to make it, watch the video tutorial within the recipe card under.

It’s very easy.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting (6 Elements)

  1. Freeze-Dried Strawberries: You’ll grind these right into a powder. Wish to make a raspberry buttercream? Use freeze-dried raspberries as an alternative.
  2. Unsalted Butter: Begin with room temperature butter. Room temperature butter is definitely cooler than you suppose. If the butter is simply too heat, the frosting will likely be greasy.
  3. Confectioners’ Sugar: Confectioners’ sugar is the majority of this frosting, sweetening it and binding the elements collectively.
  4. Heavy Cream or Milk: Liquid thins out and provides creaminess to the frosting. You should use heavy cream, milk, and even half-and-half.
  5. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract provides unimaginable taste.
  6. Salt: A pinch of salt offsets all of the sweetness.

That’s it! No synthetic flavoring or meals coloring on this fairly pink strawberry frosting.

ingredients on marble counter including confectioners' sugar, freeze-dried strawberry slices, butter, and heavy cream.

Grind the freeze-dried strawberries into powder utilizing a food processor or blender:

strawberry powder in food processor and shown again being spooned out.

Success Tip for Tremendous Clean Strawberry Buttercream:

If you happen to choose a smoother strawberry buttercream, with not one of the teeny-tiny seeds, you’ll be able to sift out the seeds and bigger items of the bottom freeze-dried strawberries with a fine mesh sieve, and use simply the super-fine strawberry mud. If I’ve an additional minute, I often do that.

sieve with red pieces of freeze-dried strawberries in it.

The remainder of the recipe is much like making common vanilla buttercream or chocolate buttercream. You’ll want a handheld or stand mixer.

strawberry frosting in a glass stand mixer bowl with a whisk attachment
pink strawberry frosting and a filled piping bag
I like this strawberry frosting on lemon cupcakes.

The place Can I Purchase Freeze-Dried Strawberries?

I all the time discover freeze-dried strawberries in my common grocery retailer within the dried fruit aisle. Dealer Joe’s, Complete Meals, some greenback shops, Goal, and Amazon carry them.

Don’t use “dried strawberries,” that are chewy like raisins or dried apricots. They’ve a gummy texture and don’t grind right into a powder. You want freeze-dried strawberries, which have all the moisture eliminated. They’re the identical strawberries we use in strawberry and cream cookies.

What Tastes Greatest With Strawberry Buttercream?

The flavour-combo prospects are countless! This recipe makes sufficient for a dozen cupcakes, a 3-layer 6-inch cake, or a 9×13-inch quarter sheet cake. I’d 1.5x the recipe for a 2-layer cake.

I additionally halve the recipe and use it to fill these chocolate lined strawberry cupcakes.

Strawberry Frosting Variations

If you happen to love strawberry buttercream frosting, you’ll additionally love these scrumptious variations!