I’ve been making homemade strawberry buttercream frosting for a few years. But now I’ve come up with the best strawberry buttercream frosting recipe ever, using a few fresh strawberries, butter, sugar, jam and half-and-half. It’s fluffy, creamy and has just the right balance of fresh strawberry flavor.
A few weeks back my brother and nephew were visiting from out of state, so I decided to surprise them with my homemade strawberry buttercream frosting on cupcakes. This was one of those visits that definitely revolved around food. So what better treat to have after getting off of a tiring plane ride…right?
To make these cupcakes more special, I topped them with white dipped strawberries.
The best part of summer is that fresh strawberries are in season and delicious. So why not add them to everything we can.
Now to be perfectly honest with you, I’m not an expert with a pastry bag, but even I can swirl a decent-looking cupcake. Do the cupcakes need to all look identical? No, not really, but if you swirl them all in a clockwise direction, starting at the center of each cupcake, working out and then upward, you will see consistency in the way they look.
If you feel unsure, practice on a piece of wax paper first. Or, if you don’t like the look of how a cupcake came out, you can always, remove the frosting with a butter knife and re-frost it with your pastry bag. I like to fill two pastry bags with frosting and chill them before I get started, so that I don’t have to stop decorating to refill.
For the dipped strawberries, I use about 6 ounces of Wilton’s White Candy Melts for 2 dozen strawberries. I love how smooth Winton’s Candy Melts melt in the microwave without ever burning and that’s why I also use them to drizzle my cookies like my White Chocolate Raspberry Bars.
Start by melting the white candy melts in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, until they’re mostly melted. Stir with a spoon until smooth. Then dip each strawberry 3/4 of the way into the white chocolate and set them on wax paper to cool.
Perfect Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe
1 Cup butter, softened
3 Tablespoons fresh strawberries, pureed (about 5 to 6 whole strawberries)
1 Tablespoon seedless strawberry jam
4 Cups confectioners sugar, (plus a 1/4 cup more if needed)
1 to 2 Tablespoons half-and-half
1. Combine the butter, strawberry puree and jam in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer.
2. Mix in 1 cup of confectioners sugar at a time, until all sugar is combined.
3. Add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of half-and-half, until consistency looks smooth and sticks to beaters.
4. Spoon frosting into a pastry bag with a star tip and chill in refrigerator, until ready to use.
If frosting is too thin, add in a 1/4 cup more of confectioners sugar to it.
If frosting is too thick, add an extra tablespoon of half-and-half.