Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Quick and easy strawberry buttercream frosting recipe for cupcakes and cakes. This fresh strawberry frosting is smooth, creamy, easy to spread and pipe.

Strawberry frosting is not something that ever never blew me away UNTIL I made this fresh strawberry buttercream frosting.

When CHILLED, this strawberry frosting tastes like ice cream and it’s so good that you want to eat it by the spoonfuls! hehe.

One of my FAVORITE desserts is a strawberry buttercream cake, which is a yellow cake loaded with this buttercream and chopped strawberries…YUM!

This frosting was also an instant hit at my son’s Baby Einstein birthday party.

During my search for the best strawberry icing, I made strawberry frosting recipe with:

Strawberry jam

Strawberry preserves

Strawberry jelly

Dehydrated strawberries or freeze dried strawberries (The worst, in my opinion!)

Nesquik strawberry syrup

Fresh strawberry puree (My favorite!)

Strawberry buttercream with jam was my second favorite but different brands of jams were giving me different results and many of the jams had seeds, which I really don’t care for!

In this process of finding the best recipe, I also developed TWO more recipes: strawberry cream cheese frosting and strawberry whipped cream frosting. They are both incredible and I can’t wait to share those with you soon.

This strawberry cake icing is:

Smooth and creamy

Fruity and flavorful

Easy to spread on cakes and cupcakes

Has a firm and stable consistency, making it perfect for piping and using in cake and cupcake decorating

You can use this strawberry frosting for:

Cookies (Great in cookie sandwiches!)


Chocolate cake (The rich chocolate flavor compliments the fruity flavor so well!)

Angel food cakes (Decorate with some fresh strawberries to really take this cake to a whole new level!)

Lemon cupcakes

Macarons (it’s the perfect filling!)

Vanilla cupcakes

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

White cake

Sour cream pound cake

Here are some TIPS for making PERFECT strawberry buttercream frosting:

This frosting is NOT the same as a strawberry icing glaze. Glaze is much thinner and used on donuts and bundt cakes.

Use unsalted butter at room temperature. There is nothing worse than using salted butter in a frosting…Yuck!

Fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries can be used in this recipe. Just make sure the frozen strawberries have thawed a bit so that it’s easier to blend them into a puree.

Don’t forget to strain the strawberry puree or else your frosting will be very seedy.

I have noticed the flavor of this frosting gets DEEPER after it has a chance to rest in the fridge for 2 days.

Pink gel coloring can be added at the end to ENHANCE the color.

This frosting is enough to fill and frost a 6×2 round cake or 18 cupcakes.

Recipe can easily be DOUBLED to make a bigger batch frosting.

Piping this frosting is easier if you chill it for 20-30 minutes.

Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Here are some questions and answers, related to this strawberry buttercream frosting:

What is a strawberry puree?

Strawberry puree is made by blending fresh strawberries into a paste and then straining it to remove seeds and chunks.

How do you puree frozen strawberries? How to make strawberry frosting with frozen strawberries?

Let them thaw and soften a bit before processing them in a blender. Use the same instructions but replace fresh strawberries with frozen strawberries.

How to make strawberry frosting without powdered sugar?

Whenever I post a frosting recipe, I get a few messages asking me if it’s possible to do this. Honestly, I I don’t think that’s possible with my recipe. Powdered sugar helps to thicken the frosting and give it the

How to make strawberry frosting with cool whip? how to make strawberry frosting with whipped cream?

Just add 2 tbsp strawberry syrup to a container of Cool Whip and mix it together. If you are not using Cool Whip, prepare homemade whipped cream (I use 1 pint heavy cream) and add 2 tbsp strawberry syrup and mix it together. Add pink gel food coloring if you like.

How to make strawberry frosting with cream cheese?

This recipe is NOT made with cream cheese. I will be sharing that recipe soon. Stay tuned!

How to thicken strawberry frosting?

This is the rule of thumb => If frosting is too thick, add water to thin it out. If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar to thicken it.

How to make strawberry frosting with jam?

Replace strawberry puree with 3/4 cup of the best quality of strawberry jam you can find. You will probably need to add additional water or powdered sugar to get the desired frosting consistency.

How to make strawberry frosting without butter?

You can omit butter and use all shortening. However, butter adds so much flavor and richness to this recipe that the flavor will change slightly.

How to make strawberry frosting for donuts?

That is actually called a glaze. You can thin out this frosting with additional strawberry puree OR just use another recipe, specifically for donuts.

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this recipe for fresh strawberry frosting/ real strawberry frosting, be sure to check out more of these other homemade frosting recipes:

Mango frosting

Seven minute frosting

American buttercream frosting

Royal icing (dries hard- Perfect for cookie decorating)

Glace icing (Dries hard- Perfect for cookie decorating)

Chocolate buttercream frosting

Flour buttercream (Ermine frosting)

Best cream cheese frosting

Champagne buttercream frosting

White chocolate buttercream frosting

Healthy coconut cream chocolate frosting

Mocha frosting

Orange buttercream frosting

If you are looking for more strawberry dessert recipes, check out the following…

Strawberry rose smoothie

Strawberry coconut bars

Strawberry strudels

Strawberry oatmeal cookies

Easy homemade strawberry jam

Homemade jelly doughnuts

Pink velvet cake

Kit Kat cake with fresh berries

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Quick and easy strawberry buttercream frosting recipe for cupcakes and cakes. This fresh strawberry frosting is smooth, creamy, easy to spread and pipe.


  • 11/2 cup Strawberries (Fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup Butter (Unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Strawberry Extract (Optional but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Read the whole recipe on Cakewhiz