This super creamy and fluffy strawberry buttercream frosting recipe uses fresh strawberry puree rather than processed strawberry syrup… A must try!
Have you ever had one of those days in the kitchen where literally nothing turns out the way you want it to? Yeah, that was my Monday…
It started with a cake recipe I’ve been wanting to try. I found it on Pinterest (of course!), and it uses pie filling to replace the oil and water in a boxed cake mix. I thought it would easily convert to cupcakes, but I was less than impressed. They were totally meh — more like muffins than cupcakes and very artificial tasting. Bummer!
So I scrapped that idea in favor of straight-out-of-the-box pink velvet cupcakes, thinking I would dress them up by converting my favorite whipped buttercream frosting recipe into a delicious fresh strawberry buttercream frosting — which turned out a grainy, gloppy mess. Whomp, whomp whomp…
I really had my heart set on using fresh strawberry puree instead of a processed strawberry syrup, so I called it quits for the day and did a little research instead.
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Pink Velvet Cupcakes
How pretty are these pink velvet cupcakes?! As I mentioned, I settled on a boxed cake mix so I could focus on perfecting the strawberry buttercream frosting. My girls went crazy for the gorgeous pink color, and the delicious buttery vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with the frosting — once I got all of the kinks worked out, at least!
You’ll notice when you mix up the batter that it’s much thicker than your average cake mix. I definitely recommend using a large cookie scoop to fill the cups. The package says that it should make 24 cupcakes, but I only managed to get 18 out of it. Of course, I may fill the cups slightly higher than average, but I still think you’d be hard pressed to eke out two dozen. Just something to keep in mind if you need a specific number for an event!
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Back to the strawberry buttercream… After a little research and thinking about what might have gone wrong in my initial strawberry buttercream attempt, I realized two things. One, I didn’t factor in how long it would take my butter to soften up enough with the cold temps we’re experiencing. It was still too firm in the center. And two, I didn’t add the strawberry puree at the proper time in the mixing process.
My second attempt at a fresh strawberry buttercream frosting turned out pretty darn close to perfect! The only adjustment I might make in the future is to use a clear vanilla extract, as I think the regular vanilla extract gives the frosting a very slight orangish undertone. But then again, I prefer to use pure vanilla extract whenever possible. I’ve never found a clear vanilla extract that’s not imitation, so I’m okay with the tradeoff in color. What do you think?
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Tuesday 9th of August 2022
How thick does the puree need to be? I made one that is cooked with water and sugar, then strained. It is loose- pourable. Is that too loose for this buttercream?
Wednesday 10th of August 2022
Hi Lorie! This sounds like it should be fine. However, since it's already sweetened, you may want to decrease the amount of confectioners' sugar you use
Thursday 4th of August 2022
Could I substitute the strawberry puree for raspberry puree? Or do you have a recipe for raspberry buttercream?
Friday 5th of August 2022
Yes, you could just substitute an equal amount of raspberry puree!
Monday 23rd of February 2015
Don't have a paddle beater what else can I use
Tara @ Unsophisticook
Tuesday 24th of February 2015
Hi Mary! You can use a hand mixer to make this, as well -- it just may take a little longer.
Wednesday 16th of July 2014
Just made this frosting to pair with white "wedding cake" cupcakes for a co-workers' birthday who requested strawberry frosting. I followed the recipe just as written, and it came out perfectly! I had enough to pipe on 40 small cupcakes and topped them off with halved small fresh strawberries. 2 dozen of them were gone before noon! I received many compliments on this frosting. I will definitely be making this again.
Wednesday 12th of February 2014
Oh your so good! My granddaughter is sitting here and saying "Oh lets make those". They look delish!! Thanks, Tara