Frostings, Gluten Free, Pantry Staple Recipe

Strawberry Frosting (2 ways!)

Today I am showing you guys how to make the BEST strawberry frosting, 2 different ways! You can make this frosting like a buttercream, or a less sweet, cream cheese frosting. Either way, this frosting is flavored with real freeze dried strawberries. I love making frostings, but this type is my favorite to make, mostly because I get to taste test it ;).

What this frosting pairs well with:

  • Vanilla cupcakes/cake
  • Strawberry cupcakes/cake (pictured above)
  • Marble cupcakes/cake (neapolitan)
  • Soft Sugar Cookies (see my recipe!)
  • Simply eating by the spoonful

This frosting will generously frost 12 cupcakes, and half the recipe, then add it to the whole one to frost a 2 layer 8-9 inch cake.


  • 1 cup of butter, softened to room temperature OR 8 oz brick of cream cheese + 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened.
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of very fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of very fine salt
  • *Optional* 1 drop of pink/red food coloring
  1. Pulverize the freeze dried strawberries to be a very fine powder.
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream together the 1 cup of butter, and salt OR cream cheese, salt, and butter until light and creamy, about one minutes.
  3. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. The mixture may not come together at first, but just keep mixing! Add the pulverized freeze dried strawberries through a sifter. Mix on medium until combined. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, and coloring. Beat on high for 30 seconds.
  4. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you all love this frosting!


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