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