Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Four cupcakes topped with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting and purple, blue, and pink sprinkles

When I was first learning how to cook, I was willing to experiment and try all kinds of recipes to teach myself different cooking techniques and to see how flavors worked together.  However, one thing I never wanted to experiment with...was frosting.

Making frosting intimidated me.  It's such a key part of a cake, or cupcakes, and I was scared to mess up such an important element. I was afraid the dessert would then be ruined, so I would always resort to using canned frosting. While canned frosting tastes just OK, homemade frosting tastes so much better!  Think about the feeling you get when you eat a piece of cake from a great bakery or in a nice restaurant and the frosting is rich and light and, often for me, the best part of the cake.  Right?

A round cake topped with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting and purple, blue, and pink sprinkles on a cake stand

So here is my recipe for a fluffy and rich Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. It's such an easy recipe!  To bring out a sweet strawberry flavor, I use a strawberry syrup. I'm certainly not looking to cut calories when I'm making frosting, I mean...c'mon really?  I've found that this particular syrup is a perfect consistency and its deep red color  makes the color of the strawberry buttercream lovely.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

A perfect recipe for icing or decorating a cake or cupcakes. The strawberry syrup gives the frosting a wonderful flavor and vibrant color.
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Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup salted butter softened, 2 sticks
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar powdered
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry syrup I use Walden Farms brand
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Beat the butter for a few minutes with a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  • Reduce the speed to the lowest speed setting and add one cup of the confectioners sugar at a time until the sugar has fully incorporated with the butter.
  • Add the strawberry syrup and the heavy cream and increase the speed of the mixer to medium and beat for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.

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