Great strawberry buttercream can be hard to come by. You can find commercially made strawberry frosting at the store, but it often has a chemical aftertaste since it’s rarely made with actual strawberries. The best strawberry buttercream is usually homemade — read on for my favorite recipe!
Making strawberry buttercream with real strawberries can be tricky
Many people skip using real strawberries in their buttercream because they can be tricky to use. The water content in the fruit sometimes results in buttercream that’s watery and bland.
So what’s the trick to perfect strawberry buttercream with fresh strawberries?
Cooking down the strawberries before you make the buttercream, thus condensing the flavor and reducing the moisture in one fell swoop.
Even with this step, this recipes comes together quickly and has a distinctly strawberry flavor and color. Use the best quality strawberries you can find — it makes a difference in the finished flavor.
Strawberry buttercream recipe
Makes about 3 cups
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries (stems removed)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
If you’d like your buttercream to have a little texture, leave the strawberries finely chopped. If you’re looking for a smoother buttercream, puree the strawberries in a blender and strain the seeds.
Place the strawberries or puree in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat; the berries will begin to release liquid. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by about half. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Add about half of the strawberry mixture, 1 cup of powdered sugar, the salt and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add the rest of the strawberry mixture, then add the remaining sugar bit by bit until the buttercream has reached your desired consistency.
What about frozen strawberries?
You can use frozen strawberries for this recipe as well; however, since it is more difficult to chop frozen strawberries, it is recommended that you puree frozen strawberries first. Additionally, the condensation on frozen strawberries may affect the time needed to cook down the liquid in Step 2.
What type of cake pairs well with this buttercream?
Strawberry buttercream pairs beautifully with a number of different types of cake. Here are some ideas:
Strawberry frosting and vanilla cake is a classic and delicious combination. Try our classic birthday cake recipe but swap the traditional vanilla buttercream for this strawberry version.
Chocolate and strawberry is a sophisticated and visually striking combination. Try our Man About Cake chocolate cake recipe, which is available as a free download.
Banana and strawberry are simply better together! The mellow sweetness of this banana cake recipe works in beautiful contrast with the brightness of this strawberry buttercream.
Cookies and bars
Cookies and bars taste even better when slathered with buttercream on top. Or, you could use this strawberry buttercream as an alternate center filling for a batch of Nanaimo bars!