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Strawberry Buttercream

An easy recipe for buttercream frosting filled with fresh strawberries. This frosting is all natural, with no dyes or artificial coloring. It's delicious on cake, cupcakes, brownies and more!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 cups (enough to generously frost 12 cupcakes or a single layer 8 or 9 inch cake)
Calories 223kcal
Author Allison - Celebrating Sweets


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened, 12 tablespoons
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted if lumpy, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries optional (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh strawberry puree see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 generous tablespoon strawberry jam


  • If using freeze dried strawberries: In a small food processor, blend freeze dried strawberries until they turn into powder. Pour the powder into a fine mesh sieve, discarding the solids and seeds, keeping the fine powder that came through the sieve. Measure out two tablespoons of the powder to use in the frosting. Proceed below. 
  • With a hand mixer, or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the beater as necessary. Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time, beating until combined. 
  • Add freeze dried strawberry powder (if using), strawberry puree, vanilla extract and jam, and beat on medium speed until fully combined, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and beater as needed. If necessary, adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more strawberry puree to thin it out. Place in a piping bag, or use an offset spatula to frost cake or cupcakes.


To make fresh strawberry puree: Place about 5-7 chopped strawberries into a mini food processor and blend until pureed. TIP: If you are also using freeze dried strawberries, blend those in the food processor first, then remove them and add the fresh strawberries.
Freeze dried strawberries: Adding the freeze dried strawberries adds a deeper strawberry flavor and a darker pink color. I especially recommend using these if you are using fresh strawberries that are not super sweet, ripe and flavorful. 


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg