Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is thick, silky, and bursting with strawberry flavor thanks to a special ingredient...crushed, freeze-dried strawberries!

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I know a certain little 4-year-old who adores all things strawberry. Strawberry smoothies, strawberry ice cream, strawberry muffins, strawberry cake...if it starts with strawberry, she's a fan. She's requested strawberry cupcakes for her last couple of birthdays, and I've typically just topped them with my family's favorite Classic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe with some fresh strawberry puree blended in.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting swirled on vanilla cupcakes

The problem is that fresh strawberry puree tends to be pretty watery. And that means that adding too much makes for thin, runny frosting. But adding too little means the strawberry flavor gets overpowered by the cream cheese. So what's a cream cheese frosting-loving mom with a strawberry dessert-loving daughter supposed to do???

Glass bowl filled with slices of freeze-dried strawberries

Secret Ingredient!

Well, I'll tell ya what she's to do. She's to procure a bag of magical, freeze-dried strawberries. And she's to dump them into her blender or food processor and pulverize them into a bright red, strawberry-packed powder. And then she's to whip that powder into her tried-and-true cream cheese frosting recipe!

Freeze-dried strawberries in pulsed into a powder in food processor

This recipe is super easy to whip up and it's good enough to eat with a spoon. It's thick and silky. It has a strawberry flavor that's big and bold. And take a gander at that gorgeous color!

Close-up of frosting in electric stand mixer, being beaten by paddle

This frosting is a beautiful, scrumptious complement to strawberry cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, but it's equally delicious on vanilla or chocolate treats. I mean, how good would this stuff be slathered on a rich, fudgy pan of brownies?!

Zip top folded over a glass to make a piping bag full of frosting

Other Flavor Options

And can I let you in on a little secret?

The beauty of this recipe is that you can take the general concept and flavor your cream cheese frosting with different types of freeze-dried fruits!

Peaches, cherries, mangoes, pineapple, bananas, blueberries, blackberries...a wide variety of freeze-dried fruit is readily available these days.

Just be sure you're using freeze-dried fruit -- which can be easily crushed into a fine, dry powder -- as opposed to dried fruit -- which is chewy and leathery and won't turn into a powder now matter how much you beat on it. 😉

Also, since freeze-dried fruit is always available, you can make fruit flavored frosting year-round, without worrying about what fruit happens to be perfectly sweet and in-season.

Piping bag ready to frost, with spatula and strawberries scattered on table

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting will make your desserts happy.

It'll make your family, friends, and bake sale recipients happy.

And I can guarantee that it'll make any and all 4-year-old strawberry lovers verrrry happy.

Tips & Tricks

  • The longer you whip this frosting, the lighter and fluffier it will become.
  • As depicted in a couple of the photos in this post, I like to scoop my frosting into a gallon-sized plastic baggie, snip off the corner of the bag, and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a spiral, starting from the outside perimeter and working towards the center. Piping the frosting as shown in these photos requires a lot more frosting than spreading it with a knife, so in that case, plan on making a double recipe of frosting for 24 cupcakes.
  • The small amount of almond extract gives the frosting a nice, but not overpowering, undertone. However, if you don't have any almond extract on hand, the frosting will still be delicious if you leave it out.
Close-up of frosted cupcake

More Strawberry Treats

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting ~ thick, silky, and bursting with strawberry flavor thanks to a special ingredient...crushed, freeze-dried strawberries! | FiveHeartHome.com

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is thick, silky, and bursting with strawberry flavor thanks to a special ingredient...crushed, freeze-dried strawberries!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes (about 3 cups total frosting)
Calories: 105kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sliced freeze-dried strawberries, about 1 ounce
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar, depending on your desired consistency & sweetness of frosting
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoon pure almond extract, optional

Instructions

  • Pour freeze-dried strawberries into a blender or small food processor. Pureé until crushed into a fine powder (with some small lumps remaining). Set aside.
  • Using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer with paddle attachment), beat together the butter and the cream cheese. Slowly and gradually blend in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then beat until smooth and well-combined, scraping the bowl as necessary. Slowly blend in the strawberry powder, then beat on high until it's completely incorporated.

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Notes

The longer you whip this frosting, the lighter and fluffier it will become.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 120.5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I had to add a couple splashes of whipping cream at the end to make it a good spreading texture. And absolutely make sure the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature otherwise you’ll get chunks of it in your icing. I learned that the hard way.

    1. Yes, unless the cake is sitting out on a really hot day...then it might slide off. 🙂 After frosting the cake, I would refrigerate it and then let it come to room temperature before serving. Unless "room temperature" is the blazing heat of summer, the frosting will stay put.

  2. This is the best frosting EVER! Its a hit every time I make it. I cut the sugar down a bit to make it a bit more tart which is nice when you have it on a sweet cupcake. Yesterday I used it on fairy bread instead of plain butter and it flew off the plate in a matter of minutes! Was wondering if this would freeze well as I always have a lot left over.

    1. So happy to hear you enjoy this frosting! I have not tried freezing it myself, as it keeps in the fridge for a good while. However, cream cheese frosting supposedly can be frozen for up to 3 months, so it might be worth a test! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Yum, I love this frosting. I love strawberries and I love cream cheese frosting so naturally this needed to be made. I can envision it on vanilla cupcakes. strawberry cupcakes, chocolate fudge cupcakes, all sound wonderful but I am a big fan of the combination of strawberry and banana so I frosted my favorite banana cupcakes with it and it was all I could do to share them. I wanted them all. So delicious. Thank you Samantha

    1. 5 stars
      Haven’t made yet but planning to tomorrow - if I make the frosting ahead of time, how would I store? In the fridge or freezer?

      1. Store this frosting in the fridge and then let it come to room temperature and stir well before frosting your cake/cupcakes. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Folks this icing is amazing. The freeze dried strawberries add soooo much more flavor than strawberry puree! I made a double batch of frosting. Double butter cream cheese and vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of almond extract & 6 cups of powdered sugar. I think 1.5 times the recipe would work next time as I have leftover frosting. I piped it but not anle to do the beautiful tall peaks if icing like in the photo. 🙂 10 out 10!! And if anybody cares my cupcakes are homemade strawberry.

  5. I haven't made it yet.I was wondering how much is a little Almond extract??
    I don't want to over use the amount.

    1. Hi Gigi! I agree that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to almond extract! The recipe card calls for 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, but it is optional for those who might find it overpowering. That being said, I like it in this recipe, but just a little bit. So if you're not sure, you could start with *half* of your 1/8 teaspoon (or do you have a 1/16 teaspoon?), mix it in and taste, and then add a few more drops if you like. Hope that helps! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Wanted a strawberry frosting to go on chocolate fudge cupcakes. Wanted a chocolate strawberry feel/taste. This frosting is delicious. I only used 3-1/2 cups of powdered sugar which worked well. So good, will share and make again.

  7. 5 stars
    The hardest part is finding the freeze dried strawberries in the store. I found them at Whole Foods. I used my coffee grinder to powder the strawberries. The recipe is easy to make, easy to spread and tastes good. I would make it again.