Fluffy, smooth, and wonderfully sweet, strawberry buttercream frosting is the perfect topping for your favorite cake, cupcakes, or cookies.
If you’ve never made your own frosting, let me beg you to start. There’s absolutely no comparison between a homemade version and the cloyingly sweet kind you buy at the store. Making a buttercream like this from scratch isn’t as difficult as you might think it is; if you don’t believe me, check out the simple four-ingredient recipe below.
This particular strawberry buttercream frosting is smooth and rich and carries the perfect touch of berries. Because you make the strawberry sauce yourself, using real berries, there’s no artificial flavor or unappealing aftertaste. The subtle strawberry flavor perks up plain cupcakes or plays well with flavored cake. Or, don’t ask me how I know this, it tastes divine straight from the spatula.
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
1 c. strawberries, diced (about 6 large berries)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c. butter, room temperature
7 c. powdered sugar
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine strawberries and vanilla. Stir constantly for three to five minutes, or until the berries are beginning to break down and form a sauce. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
When the sauce is cool, use a standard blender or a hand blender or puree the sauce.
Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing after each until incorporated. Add the strawberry sauce- it should be about three quarters of a cup- and mix well. If the frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar; if it’s too thick, add a small amount of milk (or more sauce, if you have it).
This recipe yields enough frosting to frost 24-32 cupcakes or a large layer cake. I suggest these strawberry limeade cupcakes.
(this post contains affiliate links; to learn more, see my disclosure policy)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Well I’m just strawberry crazy right now! So perfectly sweet!
Me too, Rebecca! I can’t get enough 🙂
Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple says
This looks yummy! I just bought a ton of strawberries (they were on sale!) I planned on making chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for a bday party this weekend – but might swap the frosting out for this! I think it would be delish 🙂
That would be great! You can’t go wrong with any homemade frosting, but then add strawberries…yum!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
Yum!! I am making a strawberry cake for my oldest on Saturday for her birthday party – I may have to use this as the frosting!
I hope you gave it a try! And Happy Birthday to her 🙂
Cristina @ I Say Nomato says
Homemade buttercream is where it’s at! And it’s so easy too. I’ve recently started playing with Swiss Meringue Buttercream, that’s some next level delicious right there but it is complicated! The strawberries would go so well with so many flavours, but those lime cupcakes look yummy!
I think Swiss meringue buttercream might be my next challenge, but I’m so in love with the simplicity of recipes like this one. The fact that it tastes amazing doesn’t hurt, either.
Jenna @ A Savory Feast says
I love that this frosting is made with real strawberries! So much better than store bought frosting that has artificial flavoring and all sorts of other crap in it!
I can’t believe I even used to eat store bought frosting. I know I’m a little bit of a food snob, but the homemade version is just way better.
Yum! I’ve never tried making buttercream with fresh fruit, looks fresh and delicious!
It’s definitely both! And any leftover strawberry sauce is perfect in homemade lemonade.
Yum!! This looks so so good!!
Thanks, Kelsie! I promise it’s as delish as it looks.
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
You can’t go wrong with homemade frosting. I can’t remember the last time I had any from the can. I love the pink color on this buttercream and wish I had that spatula full of some right now!
I’m with you on the canned stuff- it just doesn’t compare. And yeah, it’s impossible to not enjoy at least a spoonful of homemade straight from the bowl 🙂