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{VIDEO} THE BEST All-Natural Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Ultra creamy, sweet, all-natural pink strawberry frosting, whipped to perfection, for a super easy melt in your mouth buttercream that is perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes, sandwiching between cookies, or topping desserts.



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I've shown  you how to make my favorite vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting, so naturally, I had to add strawberry to the recipe collection.

Classic Vanilla American Buttercream

Classic Chocolate American Buttercream

I used my favorite vanilla buttercream as the base for this frosting, because it is super rich and buttery and makes the perfect starting point for tons of flavor options. To create an all-natural strawberry flavor and pretty pink pop of color, I added my secret ingredient, a bag of freeze-dried strawberries that I crushed in into a powder, to add to the frosting base. This way, we get a pink frosting, without any food coloring and a powerful punch of strawberry flavor, without watering down our frosting with all the juices from fresh strawberries or added sugars from jam. 





I found mine at my local grocery store by the raisins and dried fruit, but you can also get these online too.



I love using freeze-dried strawberries, rather than fresh strawberries of preserves in my frosting, because you get so much more color and flavor from the freeze-dried fruit. All of the moisture has been removed during the drying process, so you don't get that watery, runny frosting that you get when you try to make it with fresh fruit and there is a ton of flavor in just a small amount. The best part is, there is no artificial flavoring or coloring in the frosting, because you don't need to use any food coloring or artificial extracts.


I've also used these in my 3 Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream" video, when I first discovered these little freeze-dried gems, so if you like this recipe, you will looove my healthy ice cream!


Once you have a batch whipped up, use it on cakes, cupcakes and brownies, for an extra fun gourmet touch!


I've used this on some of my favorite cupcakes!












ALL-NATURAL Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

YieldAbout 2 cups (enough to frost 12 cupcakes or a single layer 6"-9" cake*)
*double recipe for a 8-9" two-layer cake


Ingredients
  • 15g (about 1 cup or half of a 1.2oz pouch) freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/4oz) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1/2lb) powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar), sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (sub half and half or milk if necessary)
*If you can't find freeze dried strawberries, you can dissolve 3-4 tablespoons of strawberry milk powder or jello/gelatin powder in the cream instead


Directions
Pulse freeze dried strawberries in a food processor or high speed blender, until it turns into a powder (or crush in a resealable bag with a rolling pin until you have a fine powder); set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter on medium-high speed until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla, salt and strawberry powder. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, starting on on low and increasing to medium, until fully incorporated, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Add cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Scrape down bottom and sides of bowl. Increase to medium-high speed and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes until smooth, light and fluffy.