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close up shot of Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting on a cupcake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry cream cheese frosting is sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy. This yummy frosting is perfect for giving cakes and cupcakes a fresh strawberry flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cool Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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
 

For the 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.

For the 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.