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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you're looking for a really indulgent frosting recipe, check out this strawberry cream cheese frosting featuring fresh strawberry puree packed into a creamy frosting. 
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  1. Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This strawberry cream cheese frosting is creamy and tangy, with a subtle sweetness from the juicy strawberries. It’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, or any other dessert that you want to dress up a little bit with fresh strawberry flavor.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FLAVOR: You could also use other fresh berries to create a different flavor of frosting. Try making raspberry cream cheese frosting with a fresh raspberry puree reduction.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your creamy frosting.

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How to Make This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

For the Strawberry Puree Reduction

STEP ONE: In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the chopped strawberries over medium heat. Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.

strawberries and sugar mixed together in a pot

STEP TWO: Use a potato masher to break down the strawberries as they cook. You want them to be as finely pureed as possible. Continue simmering, stirring frequently, until nearly all liquid has evaporated. 

strawberries smashed with a potato masher in a pot

STEP THREE: Cook for about 10 minutes total until the puree has reduced by half. You will have ½ cup of strawberry puree when done.

STEP FOUR: Remove the puree reduction from the heat and cool to room temperature in the refrigerator before preparing the frosting.

smashed strawberries in a pot

For the Frosting

PRO TIP:

This is a softer frosting. It will work well for frosting cupcakes or cakes. Basic piping with open tip 1A or star tip 1M is shown here. Detailed piping is more suitable with stiffer frosting.

STEP ONE: With an electric mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

cream cheese and butter blended together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

vanilla extract blended into the cream cheese mixture in a bowl

STEP THREE: Beat in 5 cups of powdered sugar, working in batches to reduce spillage.

powder sugar blended into the cream cheese mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Beat in the cooled strawberry puree reduction.

strawberry puree blended into the cream cheese mixture in a bowl

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

The beauty of this frosting is that you can make it in advance and store it in the freezer until the day you are ready to use it.

How To Serve

The fresh strawberry flavor of this divine, creamy frosting will take any birthday cake to the next level. Use this frosting to make a pink cake or cupcakes to celebrate a little person’s birthday or at a baby shower.

For an easy cake recipe to use your frosting, how about on top of our vanilla cupcakes, or what about our homemade strawberry cake recipe?

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover frosting in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze strawberry frosting for up to 1 month until you are ready to use it on top of cakes or cupcakes.

PRO TIP:

To use this frosting after refrigeration or freezing, set the frosting on the counter at room temperature for an hour or so until the frosting softens. Then beat in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy before spreading on top of the cake or cupcakes.

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Packed with real strawberries, this strawberry frosting is perfect for topping cakes or cupcakes, and it’s so good that you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful! Best of all, the recipe is really easy to follow. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds will thank you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this frosting ahead of time?

This strawberry frosting freezes really well and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month, ready to use when you are.

My frosting didn’t turn out as pink as I would like it to be, how can I fix this?

If you would like your frosting to be a deeper pink color, add a drop or two of red food coloring for added color.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this frosting? 

While fresh strawberries are best, you could use frozen strawberries. We’d recommend letting them drain a bit when thawing to remove any excess liquid.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you're looking for a really indulgent frosting recipe, check out this strawberry cream cheese frosting featuring fresh strawberry puree packed into a creamy frosting. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Strawberry Puree Reduction

  • In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the chopped strawberries over medium heat. Bring the strawberry mixture to a boil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
  • Use a potato masher to break down the strawberries as they cook. You want them to be as finely pureed as possible. Continue simmering, stirring frequently, until nearly all liquid has evaporated.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes total until the puree has reduced by half. You will have ½ cup of strawberry puree when done.
  • Remove the puree reduction from the heat and cool to room temperature in the refrigerator before preparing the frosting.

Frosting

  • Beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Beat in 5 cups of powdered sugar, working in batches to reduce spillage.
  • Beat in the cooled strawberry puree reduction.

Notes

  • The beauty of this frosting is that you can make it in advance and store it in the freezer until the day you are ready to use it.
  • This is a softer frosting. It will work well for frosting cupcakes or cakes. Basic piping with open tip 1A or star tip 1M is shown here. Detailed piping is more suitable with stiffer frosting.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your creamy frosting.
  • To use this frosting after refrigeration or freezing, set the frosting on the counter at room temperature for an hour or so until the frosting softens. Then beat in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy before spreading on top of the cake or cupcakes.

Nutrition

Sodium: 483mg | Calcium: 87mg | Vitamin C: 14mg | Vitamin A: 1964IU | Sugar: 104g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 149mg | Cholesterol: 158mg | Calories: 942kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Fat: 57g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 108g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Judy MacCorquodale says

    Can you use tha strawberry purée and fold it into cool whip?
    It sounds lovely as is but we can’t have all that sugar wth a diabetic.
    Thank you.

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