Indulge in the delightful sweetness of homemade strawberry buttercream frosting with this easy-to-follow recipe. Made with simple ingredients like butter, powdered sugar, fresh strawberry puree, and a hint of vanilla extract, this luscious frosting is perfect for topping your favorite cakes, cupcakes, or cookies. Whip up a batch in no time and treat yourself to a burst of fruity flavor that will elevate any dessert!
Is this American Buttercream?
Yes, this strawberry buttercream is an American buttercream. American buttercream typically consists of butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, whipped together until light and fluffy. It’s known for its sweet flavor and smooth, creamy texture, making it perfect for spreading or piping onto cakes and cupcakes. Additionally, American buttercream can be easily customized with different flavors and colors to suit any occasion – like we are doing with this recipe!
How to Use Strawberry Buttercream
Strawberry buttercream frosting is a versatile topping that pairs wonderfully with various dessert recipes. Here are some delightful treats you can create using strawberry buttercream:
- Vanilla Cupcakes: Spread or pipe strawberry buttercream frosting generously atop classic vanilla cupcakes for a delightful burst of fruity flavor.
- Strawberry Buttercream Layered Dessert: Layer cubed chocolate cake, strawberry buttercream frosting, and sliced strawberries in individual serving glasses or a trifle dish for a stunning layered dessert that’s both visually appealing and delicious.
- Lemon Bars: Add a dollop of strawberry buttercream frosting on tangy lemon bars to balance out the tartness with a hint of sweetness and fruity freshness.
- Sugar Cookies: Sandwich two sugar cookies together with a generous smear of strawberry buttercream frosting for a delightful twist on traditional sandwich cookies.
- Strawberry Shortcake: Use strawberry buttercream frosting as a filling between layers of fluffy sponge cake and fresh strawberries for a classic and indulgent strawberry shortcake dessert.
- Brownies: Top rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of strawberry buttercream frosting for a delightful contrast of flavors and textures.
- Macarons: Fill delicate macaron shells with strawberry buttercream frosting for an elegant and flavorful treat that’s perfect for special occasions.
- Pancakes or Waffles: Spread a layer of strawberry buttercream frosting on warm pancakes or waffles for a sweet and fruity twist on breakfast favorites.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to get creative and experiment with different recipes to find your favorite way to enjoy strawberry buttercream frosting!
How to Make Strawberry Puree
- Remove the top from about 1 or 1 1/4 cups strawberries.
- Cut in half or quarters.
- Mash or blend until your desired consistency.
- For this recipe, use 3/4 cup of the strawberry puree.
Ingredients for Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
- Powdered sugar
- Strawberry puree
- Vanilla extract
For the full list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions, see the recipe card below.
How to make Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, whip your butter and strawberry puree until it’s nice and smooth and combined.
- Add the strawberry puree and whisk together until it’s combined.
- Add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, mixing gradually until it’s all combined. Don’t add it in all at once unless you want a huge mess on your hands, counter, floor, etc.
- Add in the vanilla and milk. Just add in enough milk to get to the thickness and consistency that you want. See note.
- Whip the buttercream mixture until it’s light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
How to store strawberry buttercream
When you aren’t planning on using it soon, keep your buttercream in a covered bowl or airtight container in the fridge. After you’ve frosted your goodies, it’s a good idea to keep them stored in the fridge until you’re ready to eat too.
How long does strawberry buttercream last?
If you keep your buttercream properly stored in the fridge then you can expect it to last up to 4 days. Due to the berries in the frosting, it may not last as long as traditional buttercream frosting so it’s recommended to eat it sooner rather than later.
Can you freeze strawberry buttercream?
Yes, you can! You can freeze buttercream frosting in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To thaw and use simply place it in the fridge overnight and let it get soft enough to pipe, spread, and use.
How Much Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Does This Recipe Make?
This recipe makes 2-3 cups of buttercream frosting, the amount varies depending on how much of the powdered sugar you use. It will be enough to decorate an 8-inch layer cake or up to 24 cupcakes. How much frosting you use will determine how many treats you can ice with it!
Strawberry Buttercream Recipe
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 7-8 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup strawberry puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk see note
- To make the strawberry puree, smash or blend enough strawberries to get 3/4 cup – about 1 – 1 1/4 cups of strawberries with the tops cut off.
- Whip the butter until it is smooth and combined.
- Add the strawberry puree. Whisk until combined.
- Add the powdered sugar gradually until it is all combined.
- Add the vanilla and enough milk to create a smooth and creamy consistency. Add the milk just 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Whip until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.