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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

An easy and delicious strawberry buttercream that is bursting with strawberry flavors!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting, Strawberry Buttercream
Servings 2 cups
Author The Tiny Fairy


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature prefer Plugra or Kerrygold brand
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries sourced at Trader Joe's
  • 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ¼ cup strawberry preserves prefer Bonne Maman, Braswell's or Smucker's


  1. Cream 2 sticks of unsalted butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  2. In a food processor, blitz 1 cup of freeze dried strawberries until powder. Sift powder and remove any larger pieces. Set aside.

  3. Measure and sift powdered sugar and set aside in a separate bowl.

  4. Once the butter is creamed, add the powdered strawberries and one cup of powdered sugar at a time. Beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

    Taste the frosting, if overly sweet for your taste, add a pinch of salt. See note below.

  5. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste or extract and ¼ cup of strawberry preserves.

  6. Beat on low speed until combined, then increase speed and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  7. Set frosting aside and cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying out until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Note:  If the frosting is too sweet, you can add a pinch of kosher salt or use 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter with 1/2 stick of salted butter instead of 2 sticks unsalted butter.   

If the frosting is too thick, add a teaspoon of whole milk at a time until the frosting reaches desired consistency.