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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

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Strawberry buttercream is both colorful and flavorful, and the best part both are completely natural thanks to freeze dried strawberries. It tastes just like a strawberry milkshake, but in frosting form.

vanilla cupcake topped with swirl of pink strawberry buttercream.

The frosting is what takes a good dessert to great. This strawberry frosting is easy to whip up and is perfect for piping or spreading over your favorite treats.

Making fun new frosting flavors is one of my favorite pastimes. There are endless possibilities and it is fun to mix and match the different types with all different kinds of cookies, cakes, and more.

bowl of buttercream with freeze dried strawberries ready to go in.

This strawberry buttercream is no different. Just think how good it will be on chocolate cupcakes or fluffy white cupcakes.

I had a couple ideas for cupcake recipes I had been wanting to try. But a batch of buttery vanilla cupcakes seemed like the perfect way to showcase this frosting.

Getting Bold Strawberry Flavor in Frosting

The easiest way to add big fruit flavor to an American buttercream base is to add freeze dried fruit. That way you don’t have to worry about the liquid that comes along with a puree, but you still get a really natural fresh fruit flavor.

If you add fresh strawberries, even if they are cooked down, you will need more powdered sugar to balance out the additional moisture content.

Even if you use strawberry jam, it has a tendency to make the frosting curdle a bit. That can be fixed by adding more powdered sugar, but then you risk getting a frosting that is too sweet.

Mixing bowl filled with pink strawberry buttercream.

Processing freeze dried berries down to a powder not only gives you a really smooth frosting, but it gives big concentrated flavor without adding any liquid. In fact you can use it to replace some of the powdered sugar, which helps to balance both the texture and the flavors.

If you want a strawberry lemonade feel, use fresh lemon juice to thin out the frosting rather than milk or cream helps accentuate the berry flavor as well. That tart balance with the sugar makes the final product really sing.

Paddle filled with strawberry buttercream.

Tips for Making Strawberry Frosting

Use a food processor or blender to make the freeze dried berries into a powder. If you plan on piping it, you will want to get them processed to a pretty fine consistency.

For a super smooth consistency, you can put the powder through a mesh sieve to get the seeds out. The seeds don’t bother me, so I opted not to do that.

vanilla cupcakes getting strawberry buttercream piped on.

Make sure your butter is at room temperature. Cold butter can leave chunks, whereas properly softened butter will ensure you end up with smooth frosting easily.

Use the paddle attachment rather than the balloon whisk on your mixer. That will allow you to still get fluffy frosting without having huge air bubbles.

cupcakes with swirls of strawberry buttercream and mini chocolate eggs on top.

Be sure to scrape the sides of your mixer bowl a few times along the way. You don’t want ingredients sticking to the sides of the bowl.

Beat your buttercream on medium speed for at least 3-4 minutes to make sure the frosting is fluffy. Then drop it down to low speed for 2 minutes to get out any big air bubbles.

bowl of strawberry buttercream truffles topped with sprinkles with a bite taken out of one showing the soft pink center.

What To Do With Leftover Frosting

Turn any frosting you have leftover into delicious buttercream truffles. The strawberry frosting really adds a nice fruity pop and goes perfectly with the chocolate shell.

They may just become your new favorite homemade candies. If you didn’t have a good excuse for making a double batch of frosting before, you do now! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy freeze dried strawberries?

Most grocery stores carry them. They are likely with the other dried fruits or in the health section. Aldi usually has them, so does Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, and Amazon.

What is the best way to store buttercream?

This frosting can be stored at room temperature for several days. It can be refrigerated for a week or two, just bring it to room temperature and give it a stir before you try to use it.

Can I freeze this frosting?

Homemade strawberry buttercream also freezes well. Just put it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 or 4 months.

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vanilla cupcake topped with swirl of pink strawberry buttercream.

Homemade Strawberry Frosting

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
American buttercream that is packed full of strawberry goodness. It tastes like a strawberry milkshake in frosting form! 🍓
4.94 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • Beat butter until light and fluffy, at least 2 minutes. 
    ¾ cup butter
  • Add powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and a Tablespoon or two of milk or cream.  Add more milk or cream as necessary to get a nice smooth frosting.  Beat at least 3 more minutes. 
    4 cups powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Process the freeze dried strawberries in a blender or food processor until they are a fine powder. 
    1.2 ounces freeze dried strawberries
  • Mix the strawberry powder into the frosting.  Adjust the final texture with a little more powdered sugar or milk as necessary.
  • Use right away or store in an airtight container. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 75mgSugar: 18g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 9th of June 2019

Thank you!


Saturday 11th of May 2019

Hey Carlee, these would fit beautifually with a theme for Food on Friday. hope you have time to bring them on over. Cheers from Carole's chatter


Sunday 9th of June 2019

Thanks Carole


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Carlee, these cupcakes are beautiful! I think that they are perfect since spring is in the air and it is strawberry season.


Sunday 9th of June 2019

Thank you!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Hi Carlee, I love the idea of using freeze dried strawberries. I imagine they add a nice tang that balances out any sugariness. The only fruity frosting I've tried is lemon and even then it's more of a mild tang than a zing.



Sunday 9th of June 2019

They really do add great flavor!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I was so excited for this recipe. Looks and sounds so creamy and delicious! xo


Sunday 9th of June 2019

This is definitely one of my new favorite frostings!