Strawberry Frosting

This strawberry frosting is the only one you’ll need for all your baked goods! Whether you bake from scratch or use prepared mixes, whip up this homemade strawberry frosting for an extra special treat!

Strawberry cupcakes on a white napkin ready to be eaten

Strawberry Frosting

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes that not only taste good, but make me look like a rock star in the kitchen.

One way to accomplish my mission is to make homemade frosting instead of purchasing a prepared frosting.

Homemade frosting tastes better than the prepared version.

Plus, you aren’t adding preservatives. In addition, the sweetener can be adjusted to your preference.

Heck, with all the power at your finger tips, strawberry frosting recipe can also be made sugar-free with a sugar replacement like Swerve.

Hold steady and I’ll show you how to adjust this traditional buttercream frosting to a low sugar and keto approved frosting.

Fresh strawberries chopped for strawberry frosting

How To Make Strawberry Frosting From Scratch

First, we need to pick some fresh strawberries to make the strawberry puree that’s folded in this recipe.

How To Select Fresh Strawberries

Whether you purchase your strawberries at a grocery store or the Farmer’s market look for the following when choosing your strawberries;

  1. Pick Strawberries that are bright red in color.
  2. Choose strawberries without bruises.
  3. The stems should be bright green. Avoid shriveled or brown tops.
  4. The size of the berries won’t matter for this recipe since they are chopped or pureed. Although, smaller berries tend to be sweeter.

Picking the best fresh berries are an all-natural strawberry flavor boost you’ll need for strawberry frosting.

Buttercream strawberry frosting in a clear mixing bowl

Easy Recipe For Strawberry Frosting

Next, make the strawberry puree. My recipe is made without sugar, but feel free to use regular sugar (swap 1:1) or make it without any sweetener if that’s what you prefer.

It only takes about 15 minutes to make strawberry puree. Let it cool completely.

While the puree is cooling leave the butter out to reach room temperature for at least an hour.

Whip up the butter to a creamy consistency.

Next, add confectioner’s sugar once cup at a time, and mix until the frosting is well incorporated (see recipe card). Add vanilla or almond extract.

Your strawberry frosting is almost ready!

Fresh strawberries mixed into buttercream frosting

From a Basic Buttercream Frosting to Buttercream Strawberry Frosting!

You just made a simple buttercream frosting.

Now it’s time to fold in the puree to turn a basic buttercream into a buttercream strawberry frosting! YUM

You’ll need about 1/2 cup of the puree to make strawberry frosting.

Use the remaining puree in this strawberry mousse recipe, yogurt parfaits or topped on fluffy pancakes.

PRO TIP – the texture of the strawberry puree can be adjusted. If you are using this frosting to pipe on cupcakes or cakes, then be sure that the strawberries aren’t too chunky so they can easily fit through your decorating tips.

Mixed buttercream frosting with fresh strawberries

Strawberry Frosting Ready to Top on Baked Goods

Now it’s time to get frosting! After a couple of tastes with your finger, of course!

Brownies topped with homemade frosting
Ghirardelli Brownie Mix with Strawberry Frosting

How Much Frosting Does This Make?

You’ll get about 2-1/2 cups of strawberry frosting. Enough to use for 24 cupcakes or one 8-9 inch layered cake.

If you are a pro baker and add extra piping to your treats, then you may need to mix another batch of frosting.

How Long Will Buttercream Strawberry Frosting Last?

Since you are using fresh berries in this recipe it’s best to use this right away because the frosting will only last as long as the berries stay fresh, which is under a week.

Although the base of the frosting can be refrigerated in a covered container for about two weeks.

To make this frosting in advance. Make the buttercream frosting first, and fold in the strawberry puree just before using on your baked goods.

Homemade butter cream strawberry frosting in a gray-blue bowl
Strawberry Frosting Recipe

How Do I Make A Sugar Free Version?

It’s easy to turn this recipe into a sugar free frosting (pictured above) by swapping the confectioner’s sugar to a powdered alternative.

I’ve used powdered monkfruit, erythritol as well as a mix of the two with stevia.

All the remaining ingredients can stay the same, although I found the texture to be extra soft, which is nice for spreading.

For a bulkier frosting, then add some cream cheese as noted below in the ingredient list.

Sugar Free Strawberry Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 ounce cream cheese (optional)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup Swerve confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extract
  • Heavy whipping cream as needed for consistency
  • prepared strawberry puree

Important to note – sugar alternatives need to be adjusted according to the type used. Each brand will state the sugar replacement swap ratio.

Sugar free cake topped with buttercream strawberry frosting on a white plate ready to be sliced.
Good Dee’s Cake Snack Topped With Sugar Free Strawberry Frosting

Time to get those fresh strawberries while you can. Get baking and make this frosting, friends!

Homemade butter cream frosting with strawberries in a gray-blue bowl

Strawberry Frosting

Butter cream strawberry frosting recipe for all your baked goods. Perfect for those homemade cupcakes, cakes and cookies as well as an easy way to spruce up any prepared baked treat. See the notes to adjust this recipe to a sugar free strawberry frosting.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, buttercream, cake, cupcakes, dessert, frosting, keto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 2 1/2 cups
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-6 cups powdered sugar depending on consistency wanted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk half-and-half or heavy cream, depending on consistency
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree


  • Make strawberry puree and let cool completely.
  • Add butter to large bowl or mixing bowl for stand mixer, beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla or almond extract.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with milk.
  • Fold in strawberry puree.
  • Decorate your baked goods.


Sugar Free Strawberry Frosting – use 3/4 – 1 cup sugar free confectioner’s sugar alternative like Swerve. In addition, add cream cheese after creaming the butter to add a thicker consistency. All other instructions remain the same.
Note the nutritional value will change from the posted information.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 82g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.


Creamy strawberry frosting recipe made with fresh strawberry puree. Top on all your baked goods!  Easy sugar free swap version as well in this recipe. #dessert #frosting #strawberry
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  1. I am from strawberry country so this makes me super happy! The perfect consistency and they pipe beautifully on my cupcakes I made last weekend.

  2. I can’t wait to try these when strawberries are in season!! It would be so good on vanilla cake, lemon cake….oh the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂