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

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

The problem is that fresh strawberry puree tends to be pretty watery. And that means that adding too much makes for thin, runny frosting…and 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???

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

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!

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

This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is amazing, y’all. It’s super easy to whip up and it’s good enough to eat with a spoon. It’s thick and silky with a strawberry flavor that’s big and bold. And take a gander at that gorgeous color!

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

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, fudgey pan of brownies?!

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

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.

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

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, since freeze-dried fruit is always available, you can make fruit flavored frosting year-round, without worrying about what fruit happens to be sweet and in-season.

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 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰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

dessert

American

Yield: Approximately 3 cups of frosting (enough to frost 24 cupcakes)

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced freeze-dried strawberries (about 1 ounce)
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour freeze-dried strawberries into a blender or small food processor. Pureรฉ until crushed into a fine powder (with some small lumps remaining). Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, 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.

Notes

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.

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  1. This may be a dumb question but where do you get freeze dried strawberries? Im thinking they are different than a regular bag of frozen strawberries? This looks delicious!

    • Christine McGee says:

      Whole Foods has them – the 365 brand sliced freeze-dried strawberries in 1.2 oz bags. They are $4.49 in CA so they aren’t cheap (because Whole Foods) but there ya go.

    • Target carries them. I made this frosting, using the 4 cups powdered sugar. I also piped it on, using a #4FT tip, and one recipe was enough to frost 24 cupcakes. Wish I could post my photo!

  2. Your cupcakes are beautiful and I totally want to grab a hunk of that frosting and taste it!

  3. Lori Eldridge says:

    This frosting Is awesome!! My whole family loved it on white cake and cupcakes for my daughter’s 12th birthday. Especially her. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To the poster looking for the strawberries, I found mine at Target in the snack- bag dried fruit and raisin area.

  4. Well…..I’m not sure what I did or didn’t do. I tried this recipe and the frosting was waaay too thin. I even tried adding extra confectioners sugar and chilling it for a brief time. Against my better judgement, I attempted to frost my cake with it, and it all just went running down the sides of my (cooled) cake. So bummed and frustrated. It was meant to be a homemade cake for my son’s first birthday tomorrow.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Renee. I’m honestly perplexed, as there’s nothing in this frosting to turn it runny. The only thing I can guess is that perhaps you made a modification to one of the ingredients? If you used real strawberries instead of freeze-dried, the moisture in the strawberries would thin out the frosting too much and cause consistency issues (ground-up freeze-dried strawberries actually make the frosting thicker). The consistency of the frosting also could have been altered by using low-fat/fat-free cream cheese or alternative butter. I know when I made my kids’ first birthday cakes, I was avoiding dairy and I used a vegan butter in my homemade frosting, which made it turn out very slimy and runny…my little one was hesitant to even dig his fingers in it when it came time to smash it — ha. Made as directed, however, this frosting recipe should be thick and glossy, as it is in the photos. Adding more confectioners sugar and chilling it should have thickened it further. At any rate, I’m sorry that this recipe didn’t turn out for you and I hope some of these tips help you figure out what may have gone wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just a question, this recipe calls for “freeze dried” strawberries. I have strawberries that I have dehydrated (not freeze dried) I am assuming I can use those?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Gayle! Freeze-dried strawberries have a very different texture than dehydrated strawberries, as you can see in the photos in this post. Freeze-dried strawberries can be ground into a powder, which is what gives this frosting its flavor, color, and smooth texture. (If you do a quick search on Amazon, you can see some of the brands available…I’m able to find Karen’s at my regular grocery store and additional brands at natural foods stores.) Dehydrated strawberries (more along the line of raisins) are more leathery, so I don’t think this frosting would turn out the same, though you could certainly try using them. The strawberry flavor would be there, but I’m guessing the color and texture of the frosting would be different. Hope that helps!

  6. My consistency came out nice and thick but holy cow this frosting was sweet. I only did 3c of powdered sugar instead of 4…my strawberry powder was the culprit I think. Next time I may try sweetening only with the strawberry powder as I prefer a more cream cheesy taste.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You can definitely cut back on the powdered sugar and add more strawberry powder for a less sweet frosting, Denise! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Yummy! Even better when made the day before. Aldi’s sometimes has the freeze dried strawberries.

  8. Can I use less powdered sugar? So it wonโ€™t be that sweet and will it melt if cup cakes are left outside the fridge . Can I do it a night before using it ?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Maribel! Yes, you can definitely use less powdered sugar, though the consistency of your frosting may turn out a little looser. This frosting definitely softens at room temperature, and especially in the heat. You can make the frosting and frost your cupcakes the night before, but after frosting them, I’d recommend keeping your cupcakes refrigerated until just before serving. Hope that helps!

  9. Strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting has been long-time, often-requested favorite at our family and social gatherings. I’m making one for a weekend get-together and decided to look for a solution to the ubiquitous “runny strawberry cream cheese frosting” problem. I found this tip in a search and decided to give it a shot. I put it together last night and it immediately proved much more sturdy than my usual concoction. After a night in the cold box, the flavor has ripened to taste as good or better than frosting I’ve made with fresh or frozen berries. I’ll bake the cake later this afternoon, , and if anything, I may need to stir in a touch of milk or strawberry puree to make it more easily spreadable. Thanks for a great tip!

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