Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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The search for the best Strawberry Frosting recipe is over! This homemade buttercream is made with freeze dried strawberries for natural berry flavor. Pipe onto cupcakes, roll into cake balls, spread over a cake, or just eat with a spoon. Strawberry heaven!

Why limit strawberries to the spring and summer? I get my strawberry fix all year long with desserts like Strawberry Streusel Bars and Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars.

Strawberry frosting swirled on top of chocolate cupcakes.
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Why this Recipe Works

You’ll see we paired this incredible strawberry frosting with our homemade strawberry cake recipe. The perfect duo. Also delicious on our strawberry brownies too!

  • It’s made with real strawberries in convenient freeze dried form. No artificial colors or flavors!
  • You only need five ingredients to make homemade strawberry buttercream.
  • It’s easy to adapt the consistency for different uses. Add more milk for a thinner frosting or less to make it extra thick!
  • Makes enough to generously cover a two layer cake or 24 cupcakes! The recipe doubles easily for a crowd too.

I know many people will wonder if they can use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe, and my answer is no. Fresh and frozen berries add too much moisture for the little flavor they infuse.

By choosing freeze dried berries you can add a TON of flavor without affecting the final frosting results!

Buy a few extra bags of freeze dried strawberries so you can whip up a batch of my favorite strawberry rice krispie treats next!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for strawberry buttercream frosting.

Freeze dried strawberries. These dehydrated berries are sold in 1 ounce packages. You can find them in the dried fruit aisle at the grocery store or online.

Vanilla extract. A good quality store bought or homemade vanilla adds a lovely dimension to the strawberry flavor.

Unsalted butter. Using unsalted butter yields most consistent results and gives the strawberry frosting best flavor.

How to Use Strawberry Frosting

The sky is the limit for homemade strawberry buttercream!

My favorite way to enjoy this fruity frosting is on a classic Strawberry Layer Cake.

Here are a few more ideas to get you started:

Cakes – Strawberry pairs well with so many flavors. Slather strawberry frosting on White Cake, Yellow Cake or Chocolate Cake.

Cupcakes – Pipe it onto Chocolate Cupcakes, Banana Cupcakes or Vanilla Bean Cupcakes. White Chocolate Cupcakes are a delicious match for strawberry icing too.

Cake balls. Bake up a boxed white cake mix, combine it with this frosting and scoop into delicious Strawberry Cake Balls.

Spread and dip. For an extra fun kids’ snack, spread strawberry frosting onto chocolate graham crackers or serve with animal crackers for dipping.

Step by step photos showing how to make strawberry frosting.

Tips and Tricks

  • Beat butter first. Before adding the powdered sugar, beat the butter on its own until pale and fluffy. This will help the frosting get fluffier and creamier.
  • Add milk a little at a time. This way you can adjust the frosting to your desired consistency. I like mine spreadable but still nice and thick!
  • Storing. If not using right away, store this strawberry frosting in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Add some tang. Use the freeze dried strawberries in our cream cheese frosting or add them to our vanilla sour cream frosting for a tangy strawberry treat.
  • You’ll see this gorgeous frosting again in my Strawberry Almond Cake with fresh berries too!
  • Raspberries. Use freeze dried raspberries for a flavor twist on this easy frosting. Then top your dessert with these delicious sugared cranberries. The tart fruit goes great with raspberries!

PRO TIP: We use freeze dried strawberries often. You’ll see them featured in our iced oatmeal strawberry cookies!

Strawberry frosting in clear glass mixing bowl with whisk attachment.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe with salted butter?

Yes, salted butter can be used if that’s all you have! The frosting will (of course) just have a very slight saltiness to it.

Can I substitute frozen or fresh strawberries for the dried ones?

Unfortunately, fresh and frozen strawberries don’t work in this frosting. Because they still have all their natural water and juices, they’ll make the frosting runny. They also won’t add nearly as much strawberry taste, as the flavor will be so diluted.

How long does homemade strawberry frosting keep?

If kept refrigerated, your frosting will stay good for about 1 week.

Can you freeze homemade frosting?

Yes, this homemade buttercream can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the fridge before adding to your cupcakes or cakes.

Strawberry frosting on a strawberry layer cake.

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5 from 7 votes
By: Aimee
The search for the best Strawberry Frosting recipe is over! This homemade buttercream is made with freeze dried strawberries for natural berry flavor. Pipe onto cupcakes, roll into cake balls, spread over a cake, or just eat with a spoon. Strawberry heaven!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 oz freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Instructions 

  • In a food processor, pulse freeze dried strawberries until fine crumbs. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat butter for 2-3 minutes until pale in color (scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed).
  • Add in powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and strawberry crumbs.
  • Beat an additional 2-3 minutes until well blended, and fluffy. Add in more milk if needed to achieve the consistency you want.

Notes

  • Enough frosting to cover a 2-layer cake or 24 cupcakes.
  • Beat butter first. Before adding the powdered sugar, beat the butter on its own until pale and fluffy. This will help the frosting get fluffier and creamier.
  • Add milk a little at a time. This way you can adjust the frosting to your desired consistency. I like mine spreadable but still nice and thick!
  • Storing. If not using right away, store this strawberry frosting in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 2mg, Sugar: 18g
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
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If you love strawberry desserts, this strawberry frosting recipe is a must make! With real berry flavor and perfect sweetness, it’s the only strawberry buttercream you’ll ever need.

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Posted on August 10, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    The BEST frosting ever! If there is a better strawberry frosting on this planet, I don’t ever want to taste it because I can’t leave this stuff alone! I used it as filling for strawberry macarons. It was literally perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times now and it’s by far my favorite! I try to keep some in the freezer just so I can have a little treat now and then 🙂 Seriously the best frosting and even better the next day!

  3. I do not like anything strawberry but this frosting was absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing such a good recipe.

  4. I finally located the strawberry buttercream frosting recipe that I did not save for some silly reason. I have it now and looking forward to tasting. love to bake and experiment with different ingredients to see what I can come up with for my grandkids. Today I am trying your recipe and cannot wait to try it. Will let you know how many cupcakes I eat

  5. 5 stars
    We made lemon cupcakes and this was the perfect frosting to go with them! Thank you, it was delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    Love the little speckles of strawberries in it. Everybody loves buttercream frosting & strawberry is the best!!

  7. 5 stars
    This frosting was incredible! I served it on simple vanilla cupcakes and the kids loved the frosting, they were asking me to add a second helping of frosting to the cupcakes 😂

  8. In ingredient notes picture it shows fresh strawberries, but under why this recipe works it says no fresh strawberries should be used and none are listed in the ingredients. Should the fresh strawberries not be in the picture? Thanks

    1. The picture is just a picture. They aren’t labeled as an ingredient and they aren’t in the recipe itself.

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