Easy Strawberry Buttercream Frosting


This easy, pink strawberry buttercream icing recipe uses powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and strawberry syrup. This is a great recipe for any baked goods: decorating cookies, cakes or piping on cupcakes.

Easy Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, or strawberry icing, recipe for cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

This week is flying by!  I have a confession:  I have been super lazy this week and hibernating inside my house in complete seclusion until this frigid cold arctic weather passes.  I live in upstate NY and am a cold-weather wimp – figure that one out!  I HATE being cold and I hate bundling up to go outside just as much.  I’m a no coat and flip-flops kind of girl that probably should have been born in Florida.  In all seriousness, I am just complaining about the weather in good fun.  I am really not miserable here, but I do tend to hide away when the weather is in single digits as it has been.  Moving right along…

I have had this strawberry buttercream frosting in my files for a while now and used it a couple times.  It’s perfect anytime you need a pink frosting for any holiday or special occasion (think Valentine’s Day, baby shower for a girl, etc.)  I love that it works equally as well for frosting cookies as it does for piping on cupcakes or spreading on a cake.  I have seen many recipes using fresh pureed strawberries but those always end up turning out too wet for what I want to use it for.  This one was nice and thick and easy to spread on baked goods so I am keeping this recipe around for the long haul.  It would be awesome on these vanilla pound cake cupcakes.

I am SO excited to share what I used this strawberry buttercream frosting for this time and I will be doing that in the next week or so.  Stay tuned!  They might just be the cutest dessert I have ever made – you can be the judge of that.

Hibernate:  “to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.”  Yup – that’s me!  See you all in the summer! 😉

Easy Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: icing
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: about 1.5 cups
This easy, pink strawberry buttercream icing recipe uses powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and strawberry syrup. This is a great recipe for any baked goods: decorating cookies, cakes or piping on cupcakes.
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 2-3 Tablespoons strawberry syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Place softened butter, 2 Tablespoons of strawberry syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Using a mixer, beat on high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and lumps have disappeared.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed to blend.
  4. Once the sugar has begun to incorporate into the butter, mix on high speed for 1 – 2 minutes until the buttercream is completely smooth. Taste the buttercream to test the strawberry flavor, adding another Tablespoon of strawberry syrup if necessary, for a stronger taste. The frosting can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

26 Responses to “Easy Strawberry Buttercream Frosting”

  1. January 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM #

    Can I bring a spoon over and taste test these for you? Oh, and you might want to make another batch once that happens because I have to thoroughly check every bite to ensure it tastes OK. 🙂

  2. January 9, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

    What a perfect buttercream for Valentine’s Day or a baby shower. You just can’t beat strawberry-flavored desserts. Stay warm in NY!

  3. January 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM #

    That sounds amazing!

  4. January 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    Strawberry syrup?! I need to find me some of that! This frosting sounds so, so good!

  5. January 9, 2015 at 2:23 PM #

    It’s okay to eat this with a spoon right?

  6. January 9, 2015 at 2:29 PM #

    Gah – I am so with you on cold weather – though you might have a higher tolerance for it than me – when temps drop in to the 30’s, I start wanting to hibernate!
    This buttercream is perfect for the upcoming holiday! Thanks for sharing and stay warm!

    • January 9, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

      30 degrees sounds balmy to me right now! LOL

  7. January 9, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

    Aw, man! Now I want to know what you used this frosting on! It sounds exciting!

    I’m thinking you will never, ever, ever leave your house in the winter if you have kids because if there’s one thing worse than getting bundled up to go out in the cold, it is bundling up lots of extra small and unappreciative people too!! Haha.

  8. January 9, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

    I’ve got my spoon ready to dive in!

  9. January 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

    I can totally sympathize about this cold weather!! I hate it. In the meantime, we’ll just have to stay in and made yummy goodies like this frosting. Sounds delicious.

  10. January 9, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    Yum, I’d eat this with a spoon! Also the pastel color is so pretty!

  11. January 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    I’m a cold weather wimp too. And I complain incessantly until I see blossoms budding in the trees. I need to find me some of that strawberry syrup you’re talking about for this buttercream!

  12. January 9, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

    Wonderful Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, Ashley! You know what a sucker I am for a good buttercream. Yours looks divine and I can’t wait to see what you make with it! 🙂 Gosh, I have really missed your blog and I am so grateful to be well and back blogging again. Keep warm, my friend. It’s very chilly down here in Indy, too. Brrrrr! xo

  13. January 9, 2015 at 9:09 PM #

    Ohhhh, what a pretty frosting. It sounds so lovely and it does look like spring, I know it’s super cold by you but the frosting looks like spring to me 🙂

  14. January 10, 2015 at 6:25 AM #

    So pretty in pink! Perfect for that heart shaped Valentines day cake

  15. January 10, 2015 at 12:01 PM #

    I’m with you! Cold is for Alaska. Hahaha! This buttercream recipe looks so delish – I don’t even think I’d put it in a dessert – I’d just eat it!

  16. January 10, 2015 at 1:04 PM #

    Love the color of this and how easy it is to throw together. Dangerously easy because I can make this anytime I want which means eating this by the spoonful!

  17. January 10, 2015 at 1:37 PM #

    I’m so over the winter, too. I wouldn’t hate it this much if there were at least a little sun. I think it’s been a few weeks since I saw any. 🙁

    But hey, at least you have this yummy looking buttercream! I love how summery it is. 🙂

  18. January 10, 2015 at 3:05 PM #

    What a beautiful colour of this buttercream, I would easily just spoon it 😀
    Sending our heat to you!

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. January 10, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

    Well yeah, hiding away in extreme cold weather and even extreme hot weather is THE right thing to do. And look, out popped this fanciful pink frosting—-Little Girl Pink. Pretty nice.

  20. January 11, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    Looks like the perfect frosting for a girls birthday cake – or maybe a Valentine’s treat! Yummy!

  21. January 11, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    Pretty in pink! What a gorgeous color! And I bet it tastes delicious too! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  22. January 12, 2015 at 12:28 AM #

    This frosting looks so sweet and delicious! I sorta want to eat it with a spoon 🙂

  23. January 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

    This totally makes me think of my niece. Great, great idea on using the strawberry syrup. I’ll remember that.

  24. January 13, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

    I make this and keep it in my freezer! It’s perfect on EVERYTHING!


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