Up-level everyday desserts and pastries with this sweet and summery strawberry buttercream frosting!

While we love vanilla and chocolate frosting, this version has fresh strawberry flavor. It’s a sweet and buttery topping for everything from cakes to cupcakes and toast to waffles!

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Homemade Strawberry Buttercream

  • Strawberry buttercream frosting can be used to frost cupcakes, cakes, or anything else that needs a great frosting.
  • Multi-purpose strawberry buttercream can also be used as a sweet berry frosting for vanilla, lemon, or chocolate layer cakes!
  • Fresh or frozen berries can be used so this recipe can be made all year round!
  • Pipe buttercream frosting on cupcakes, or spread onto shortcakes, add to shortcake trifle cups or use on homemade strawberry tea bread.
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Ingredients & Variations

STRAWBERRIES: Fresh or frozen berries will work, too. Frozen berries require additional cooking time to get the right consistency. For extra color and texture, toss in a handful of whole blueberries, chopped cherries, or even raspberries!

FROSTING: Use real butter, real cream, and vanilla extract for the best results in terms of flavor. In a pinch for time? Use pre-made vanilla or cream cheese frosting and gently stir in the strawberry puree.

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How to Make Strawberry Buttercream

Only two simple steps to decadent and sweet summer frosting!

  1. Puree strawberries with a blender or food processor.
  2. Cook down to create a thick paste (as per the recipe below).
  3. Add the cooled berry mixture to butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
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How to Store Buttercream Frosting

Keep frosting in a covered container in the refrigerator for 4 days, and let it come to room temperature before using. Freeze strawberry buttercream for up to 3 months in the freezer in zippered bags and whisk it thoroughly after thawing in the refrigerator.

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Summer Sweets with Strawberries

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Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

This Strawberry Buttercream is sweet & fluffy with fresh strawberry puree.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
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  • 1 pound strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 – 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Cut the tops off of the strawberries and place strawberries in a blender or food processor. Puree strawberries until smooth, you should have about 1 ½ cups of puree.
  • Place the strawberry puree in a medium non-stick saucepan. Heat over medium heat and let simmer while stirring until reduced to ⅓-½ cup (approx 25-30 minutes) or until the puree is just a bit thinner than tomato paste. Cool completely. (This step can be done 48 hours before making the frosting).
  • Cream the butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Add the cooled puree and mix well.
  • Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time mixing after each addition.
  • Continue beating until the frosting is thick and fluffy. If the mixture is too thick, heavy cream can be added 1 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.


  • The larger the pan or pot, the faster the puree will thicken.
  • Use a non-stick pan or the strawberry mixture will stick/burn.
  • The puree should be just about the consistency of tomato paste.
  • Ensure cupcakes are cool before frosting or the butter in the frosting will melt.
  • Keep buttercream in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Let it come to room temperature before using.
  • Freeze strawberry buttercream for up to 3 months in a zippered bag. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 492 | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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