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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
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 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


  • ½ cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 5-8 fresh strawberries
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened (12 tablespoons)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted if lumpy, plus more if needed
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 generous tablespoon strawberry jam


  • 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. Set the powder aside.
    Add the fresh strawberries to the food processor (no need to clean it out) and process until smooth (you will need 3 tablespoons of strawberry puree).
  • With a hand mixer, or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the beater as necessary. Add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time, beating until combined. 
  • Add freeze dried strawberry powder, 3 tablespoons 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.


Freeze dried strawberries: Adding the freeze dried strawberries adds a deeper strawberry flavor and a darker pink color. If you can't find them or you'd prefer to omit them you can make the frosting with only the strawberry puree and jam. 


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