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The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

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Get ready to take your cakes and cupcakes to the next level with this amazing Strawberry Buttercream Frosting recipe! With just four simple ingredients – butter, strawberries, powdered sugar, and milk – you can whip up the fluffiest, most irresistible frosting that’ll have everyone coming back for seconds. So if you’re craving something sweet and fruity to top off your baked goodies, look no further – this frosting is the ultimate game-changer!

A bowl of strawberry buttercream frosting

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Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Buttercream

When I stumbled upon the quest for the perfect creamy strawberry buttercream, the struggle was real! But then, imagine my delight when I discovered the magic that freeze-dried strawberries bring to the table. Talk about an authentic, fresh strawberry flavor that’s hard to find anywhere else. And the vibrant natural color? Simply stunning! 

Every spoonful of this creamy strawberry frosting screams elegance and simplicity, yet it packs a punch with its rich, real strawberry flavor. Crafted using simple ingredients like unsalted butter, freeze-dried berries, heavy cream or milk, and confectioners’ sugar, it’s a straightforward recipe that delivers big on flavor. 

What I absolutely love about this fluffy frosting is its versatility; whether it’s topping your favorite cupcakes or being the star of a homemade celebration cake, this sweet frosting is a winner. Plus, during strawberry season, using these natural treasures ensures the best strawberry buttercream frosting, hands down. So, why not give your desserts a sensational upgrade with this easy strawberry, creamy strawberry buttercream?

Freeze dried strawberries to make strawberry buttercream

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Gathering the ingredients for this homemade strawberry frosting felt like embarking on a magical culinary adventure, one where simplicity meets explosive taste. Here’s what you need:

  • Unsalted Butter: The creamy base that ensures our frosting achieves that dreamy, creamy consistency. Make sure your butter has been softened to room temperature.
  • Freeze-Dried Strawberries: The star of our show, packing a powerful punch of natural strawberry flavor, transforming the frosting into a fresh strawberry buttercream extravaganza. Find a package of freeze-dried strawberries on the baking aisle of you local grocery store near the raisins. 
  • Milk or Heavy Cream: A dash of this gives our frosting the perfect creamy strawberry frosting texture, making it easy to spread or pipe. 
  • Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioners’ sugar, it whips into the mix, adding sweetness and contributing to that silky-smooth, sweet frosting we all crave. 

Opting for freeze-dried strawberries over fresh or frozen berries is the secret to imbuing our easy strawberry buttercream with the best strawberry buttercream recipe accolades. It’s not just about flavor – the vibrant, natural color it lends is unmatched. By choosing high-quality ingredients, we guarantee the best strawberry buttercream frosting that tastes like it’s straight from strawberry season, with a real strawberries twist. 

How to Make Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

[Step 1] Add the package of freeze dried strawberries to a food processor and process until it has turned into a fine powder.

Freeze dried strawberries in a food processor to make strawberry frosting

[Step 2] Add the strawberry powder and softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat at medium speed until incorporated.

Freeze dried strawberry powder for strawberry buttercream

[Step 2] Measure 2 tablespoons of milk or cream into the bowl and mix.

Milk for strawberry buttercream

[Step 4] Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Check the consistency of the frosting. If needed, add 1 or 2 more tablespoons of milk or cream.

Powdered sugar to make strawberry frosting

[Step 5] Whip the frosting on high speed for 2-3 minutes.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

[Step 6] Add the frosting to a piping bag to frost cupcakes or use to frost your favorite cake!

Helpful Kitchen Tools 

Strawberry buttercream in a piping bag

How to Store Frosting

Storing this creamy strawberry buttercream is as easy as pie, or should I say, as simple as this delightful frosting! To keep that fresh strawberry flavor and creamy consistency intact, follow these quick storage guidelines. In the refrigerator, your homemade strawberry frosting will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container. 

Need it to last longer? No problem! Freeze it, and you’ll extend its life to 3 months, ensuring those creamy strawberry frosting moments can be revisited time and again. When you’re ready to bring back that creamy strawberry delight, simply thaw it overnight in the fridge. 

Amazingly, your sensational strawberry buttercream, packed with real strawberry flavor, is as good as on the day you made it. Just give it a quick stir to revive that perfect creamy consistency, and spread it to create your sweet frosting masterpieces. 

Strawberry frosting and vanilla cupcakes

Tips & Tricks

When whipping up your own batch of creamy strawberry buttercream, a few simple tips can make all the difference in achieving that perfect, smooth consistency and burst of fresh strawberry flavor. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Sift the confectioners’ sugar to avoid any lumps for that silky, smooth texture we all love in a sweet frosting. 
  • Adjust the milk or heavy cream carefully to find that dreamy, creamy consistency. The goal is creamy strawberry frosting that’s just the right kind of spreadable. 
  • Add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. This little trick enhances the natural strawberry flavor, making it taste even more like real strawberries. 
  • Taste as you go to ensure the frosting meets your sweet spot. Freeze-dried strawberries pack a powerful punch, so it’s easy to adjust for your perfect level of fresh strawberry flavor. 
Strawberry buttercream frosting piped onto a strawberry cheesecake cupcake

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute freeze-dried strawberries with fresh or frozen ones?

While this recipe is optimized for freeze-dried berries to ensure the best strawberry buttercream flavor and a vibrant color, you can use fresh strawberries. Just remember, the moisture content will be higher, so you may need to adjust the confectioners’ sugar to achieve the right consistency. 

How can I enhance the strawberry flavor further?

For an even more intense strawberry experience, consider adding a small amount of natural strawberry extract. This will boost the real strawberry flavor without altering the creamy consistency of your frosting. 

What if my frosting is too thick or thin?

Easy fix! If your strawberry buttercream is too thin, gradually add more powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency. If it’s too thick, a splash of milk or heavy cream will help achieve that perfect creamy consistency. 

What Are Freeze Dried Strawberries?

Freeze dried strawberries are strawberries that have had the moisture extracted to preserve the fruit from spoiling.

Where Can You Buy Freeze Dried Strawberries?

You can find freeze dried strawberries at most groceries stores, Wal-Mart, Target, and online at

How Much Frosting Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe will yield about 2 1/2 – 3 Cups of frosting. It was the perfect amount to frost 24 cupcakes and could easily frost an 8 inch cake 2-layer cake.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Final Thoughts

Well, we’ve journeyed through the ins and outs of creating what I believe to be the best strawberry buttercream frosting—a recipe that’s as simple as it is sensational. Using just four humble ingredients, we’ve unveiled the secrets to a frosting that boasts an authentic, rich strawberry flavor, so far removed from the artificial taste that often taints store-bought varieties. It’s all about the real strawberries here, specifically those vibrant freeze-dried strawberries that pack the intense, natural strawberry flavor we all crave. 

There’s something quite magical about whipping up your own creamy strawberry buttercream, especially during strawberry season. Imagine the joy of folding those simple ingredients together—unsalted butter for that creamy consistency, confectioners’ sugar for sweetness, a touch of heavy cream for luxuriousness, and those all-important freeze-dried berries for the best strawberry flavor. This is a recipe that not only celebrates the simplicity of its components but elevates them to create the best strawberry buttercream frosting—one that could easily become a staple in your baking repertoire. 

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A bowl of strawberry buttercream frosting

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 2.5 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The best, most fluffy, strawberry buttercream frosting made with just four ingredients. Butter, strawberries, powdered sugar and milk!


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Package (about 1 Ounce) Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk or Cream
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar


  1. Begin by adding the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Add the package of freeze dried strawberries to a food processor and process until it has turned into fine crumbs.
  3. Pour the strawberry powder into the mixer with the softened butter and mix until incorporated.
  4. Measure 2 tablespoons of milk or cream into the bowl and mix.
  5. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
  6. Check the consistency of the frosting. If needed, add 1 or 2 more tablespoons of milk or cream. 
  7. Whip the frosting on high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add the frosting to a piping bag to frost cupcakes or use to frost your favorite cake!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 28th of November 2021

This strawberry buttercream is amazing if you want that full punch of strawberry flavor. I made this a year ago and my family went crazy over it. Now it's the most requested frosting.

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