Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

This homemade strawberry frosting recipe is an easy twist on the traditional buttercream. The creamy strawberry flavoring contrasts beautifully with a rich chocolate layer cake or adds a sweet zing to tart lemon cakes. Real strawberries make for an authentic soft pink color that adds a warm, rustic visual note to naked cakes and other simple sweets. The sweet flavoring and blush pink appearance combination make this frosting ideal for a Valentine’s Day dessert or a springtime treat.
  • Prep30 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount4 cups


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  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the fresh strawberries and lemon juice until a smooth puree forms.
  2. Strain puree in a fine mesh strainer, discarding the strawberry seeds (1/2 cup puree should remain). Discard solids.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the shortening and butter with an electric mixer until well combined.
  4. Gradually add sugar one cup at a time, beating after each cup. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl often.
  5. Add meringue powder, salt, and lemon zest, and beat until combined. Frosting will appear dry.
  6. Slowly add 1/2 cup of strawberry puree. Beat at a medium speed until well combined and fluffy.


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