Experience the pure joy of strawberry frosting, crafted with real strawberries for an authentically fresh and fruity flavor. This vibrant frosting uses no artificial colors, relying solely on the natural hues and sweetness of freeze-dried strawberries. It’s perfect for adorning cakes, cupcakes, and more, adding a burst of berry flavor that’s sure to delight any dessert enthusiast.

I’ve always preferred using natural ingredients in my baking, and this strawberry frosting is a testament to the philosophy. By using freeze-dried strawberries, I’ve captured the essence of real fruit flavor and color in a spreadable, creamy frosting. It’s a favorite among my friends and family, and I love that it’s as beautiful in color as it is delicious in taste, making any dessert it graces a standout at gatherings.

If you love the sweet strawberry flavor, I have a whole list of things you need to bake! Try these to start: Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Shortcake, and Strawberry Pie.

Freshly made strawberry frosting

The Chemistry of Strawberry Frosting

The magic in this strawberry frosting comes from the combination of fat from the butter and liquid from the cream, which together create a stable emulsion when whipped. The powdered sugar dissolves into these ingredients, providing sweetness and helping to stabilizes the mixture further. The freeze-dried strawberries add not only a punch of real strawberry flavor but also natural color and slight textural contrast. The strawberry emulsion enhances the fruit flavor, ensuring that every bite is packed with the taste of fresh strawberries.

Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried?

Fresh strawberries can add too much moisture to the frosting, making it runny. Freeze-dried strawberries offer a concentrated flavor without altering the frosting’s texture.

How long can I store this strawberry frosting?

This frosting can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week. Ensure it’s covered tightly to prevent it from absorbing other flavors.

Chopped and sifted freeze dried strawberries

Is this frosting suitable for piping on cupcakes?

Absolutely! Whip the frosting until fluffy and it will hold its shape beautifully for piping on cupcakes or cakes.

Can I freeze strawberry frosting?

Yes, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and re-whip before using to ensure the best texture.

Freshly made strawberry frosting

What is in Strawberry Frosting?

Unsalted butter

Often the main ingredient of frosting, it adds structure to your buttercream. It also adds a smooth and velvety texture. Butter melts at body temperature, so it will make your frosting have a melt-in-your-mouth sensation.

Powdered Sugar

Is just finely ground granulated sugar. It will absorb moisture in your batter or dough. It dissolves easily, ensuring a smooth texture without grittiness. Because it is so fine, it can melt quickly in the oven and spread cookies out more. Powdered sugar also stabilizes and thickens the frosting, thanks to the small amount of cornstarch it contains.

Heavy Whipping Cream

Makes a softer, more spreadable frosting. When melted with chocolate it adds more fat and moisture to the mixture, resulting in a silkier blend.

Freeze-dried Strawberries

Impart a vibrant strawberry flavor and natural color.

Strawberry Emulsion

Enhances the berry flavor, ensuring a bold and fruity taste.

Storage Tips

Store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If needed for longer storage, it can be frozen for up to three months, though it’s best enjoyed fresh.

Freshly made strawberry frosting

Freezing Options

Freeze in an airtight container. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and re-whip to restore its fluffy texture.

Making Ahead

For best results, prepare this frosting a day in advance. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, enhancing the strawberry essence.

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Why make strawberry frosting?

Imagine creating a beautifully frosted cake with vibrant pink strawberry frosting. This cake captures the natural beauty and appeal of real ingredients, making it visually stunning and delicious.

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Strawberry Frosting

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
This sweet strawberry frosting is made with all REAL strawberries and no food coloring.


  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries **chopped & sifted
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp strawberry emulsion


  • In a standing mixer add the butter and mix until softened.
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined, it will be dry and crumbly.
  • Add the cream and mix until combined.
  • Add the freeze dried strawberries and strawberry emulsion. Mix until combined.
  • Turn the mixer on high and whip for at least 2 minutes, the frosting will be lighter in color and texture.
  • Frost your chilled cake, stacking 1 on top of the other with frosting in between. Enjoy!


Calories: 512kcal Carbohydrates: 58g Protein: 0.4g Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 20g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 84mg Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 275mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 52g Vitamin A: 982IU Vitamin C: 241mg Calcium: 15mg Iron: 4mg

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Freshly made strawberry frosting