Rating: 4.55 stars
452 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 339
  • 4 star values: 58
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 11

I wanted REAL strawberry frosting for my Real Strawberry Cupcakes and could not find an acceptable recipe. I wanted an intense strawberry taste without using an extract or gelatin. I came up with this recipe using a strawberry puree reduction that is truly the strawberry-est. If you love strawberries, you'll LOVE THIS!!!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place strawberries in a blender; puree until smooth.

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  • Transfer strawberry puree to a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring often, until puree is reduced by at least half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

  • Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy.

  • Beat 1 cup confectioners' sugar into butter until just blended.

  • Beat 2 tablespoons strawberry puree and vanilla extract into butter mixture until just blended.

  • Repeat with 1 cup confectioners' sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons strawberry puree two more times.

  • Beat last 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into mixture until just blended.

Cook's note:

For more intense strawberry flavor, reduce strawberry puree longer until desired intensity is reached.

Nutrition Facts

189 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 25g; fat 10.3g; cholesterol 27.1mg; sodium 73mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (368)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2012
I really wanted that strawberry flavor to shine--what I did was add one teaspoon of strawberry extract and add an additional teaspoon of confectioners' sugar to make up for the additional liquid. I also added a dash of salt because Grandma taught me to always do so when making homemade frosting. This was FANTASTIC. It turned out like bakery frosting and the family kept eating the frosting off the cake.........and leaving the cake! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2012
Made this frosting yesterday. The flavor was nice and the strawberry certainly came through well but the frosting was a little too sweet and the texture very grainy due to the seed remnants. A smoother creamier frosting would have been preferred. Read More
(63)
452 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 339
  • 4 star values: 58
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2012
I really wanted that strawberry flavor to shine--what I did was add one teaspoon of strawberry extract and add an additional teaspoon of confectioners' sugar to make up for the additional liquid. I also added a dash of salt because Grandma taught me to always do so when making homemade frosting. This was FANTASTIC. It turned out like bakery frosting and the family kept eating the frosting off the cake.........and leaving the cake! Read More
(267)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2012
Fabulous recipe. I did use more strawberries (I like the flavor) and ended up not using 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Overall divine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2012
This was a perfect find for me today! Me and the little guy made some cupcakes that we stuffed w/ Golden Oreos (we were playing, lol), and I was looking for a different type of frosting besides the usual chocolate or vanilla...then I stumbled upon Marianne's pic in the photo pages (Thanks, Marianne!), and I decided that this was it. It also worked out b/c I had some strawberries that were a little past their prime, so what better to do w/ them than make this... LOVED the fresh flavor, and so simple to make too! Thanks, Candice, for a wonderfully delicious frosting~YUM! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2013
I had a lots of complements about this frosting. I did make the following changes. I added a little more strawberries (about 1 1/2cups instead of the 1 cup) and added 1/8tsp of almond extract, which brings out the strawberry flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2012
Variations on a theme. At the suggestion of Redneck Grandma, I made MY OWN recipe using oranges instead of strawberries. It is beyond fabulous! TY RNG!!! I knew this recipe could easily be interchanged with other BERRIES, i.e., raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. RNG says she's made this versatile recipe using oranges and loved it. Well, RNG... we love it too. This batch was made for my wonderful neighbor who faithfully mows my yard(and is a Beaver fan). He was delighted and ordered more for the Civil War game yet to come. It did take twice as many oranges, cut up; about 2 cups and a little longer to cook down. But, it was so worth it. I also added orange zest. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2012
Made this frosting yesterday. The flavor was nice and the strawberry certainly came through well but the frosting was a little too sweet and the texture very grainy due to the seed remnants. A smoother creamier frosting would have been preferred. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2013
Fab recipe. I beat the frosting for 4-5 minutes after all the ingredients had been added and it made a lovely fluffy buttercream. I also strained the strawberry purée as I was serving the cupcakes to children and the buttercream was silky smooth. I will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2012
This will be my go-to strawberry frosting for the future. It has a wonderful, fresh strawberry flavor. I've made strawberry frosting with jam or fresh berries in the past and it always weeps or runs. Reducing the strawberry puree is the key. Will be making again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2012
I made this recipe the first time when it was a Personal Recipe (06-18-11). I've made it a couple of times since. Oh my gosh - you don't need a cupcake for this frosting you just need a spoon! This frosting has incredible strawberry taste. I made 66 mini white cupcakes and I had enough frosting to frost them all. Thank you Candice for creating this recipe. If you like strawberries you will love this frosting. It is MOST definitely a keeper! Read More
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