How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

You only need six ingredients and 10 minutes to make this luscious strawberry cream cheese frosting.

The fresh, sweet flavor of strawberry cream cheese frosting pairs beautifully with any number of cake flavors, from a simple 13×9 cake to a show-stopping layered birthday cake. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand any time you want to make a special, strawberry treat.

We love cream cheese frosting—it lends a little extra decadence to any cake. It’s sweet but less so than typical buttercreams. It has a subtle tang from the cream cheese that’s especially delicious when paired with fresh strawberries.

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces fresh strawberries (about 2 large or 4 medium), washed and hulled
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Editor’s Tip: Before starting the recipe, make sure the cream cheese and butter are softened. Let them sit out at room temperature for about 30-40 minutes. Here’s a trick to soften butter quickly.

Instructions

Step 1: Blend the first four ingredients

Ingredients for strawberry cream cheese frosting.Nancy Mock for Taste of Home

Beat the softened cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla extract and salt on medium-high speed in a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Beat the ingredients for a few minutes, scraping the bowl once or twice until the mixture looks light in color and fluffy.

Step 2: Puree and add the strawberries

Mixing bowl holding blended butter and cream cheese plus strawberry puree.Nancy Mock for Taste of Home

Puree the strawberries in a food processor or mini chopper until they’re liquefied and smooth. Add only two tablespoons of the puree to the butter-cream cheese mixture and blend it in well. Hold any remaining puree aside.

Editor’s Tip: No fresh strawberries on hand? Frozen strawberries will work, too. Allow the berries to completely thaw, drain off excess liquid and puree them as above.

Step 3: Slowly add the sugar

Mixing bowl holding strawberry cream cheese frosting.Nancy Mock for Taste of Home

Add one cup of confectioners’ sugar to the bowl and blend it in on low speed. Scrape the bowl, add another cup of sugar and repeat. Continue until all of the sugar is mixed in. Increase the speed to medium to whip the frosting one last time.

If the frosting seems too stiff, blend in more strawberry puree, a little at a time. If the frosting is thin, add confectioners’ sugar a tablespoon at a time until it’s firm enough. Chilling the frosting will also help it firm up.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Chocolate cake frosted with strawberry cream cheese frosting.Nancy Mock for Taste of Home

Now spread that made-from-scratch frosting on your favorite cake. The recipe makes about 3-1/2 cups of frosting, enough for a two-layer cake, a standard sheet cake or 24 cupcakes. You can even bake a batch of your favorite oatmeal cookies and sandwich this frosting between them!

Editor’s Tip: Cakes and other baked goods frosted with cream cheese frosting should be wrapped and refrigerated to prevent spoilage. Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

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Discovering restaurants, tasting bakery treats, finding inspiration in new flavors and regional specialties—no wonder Nancy loves being a food and travel writer. She and her family live in Vermont and enjoy all things food, as well as the beautiful outdoors, game nights, Avengers movies and plenty of maple syrup. Find Nancy’s writing and recipes at her website: Hungry Enough To Eat Six.