How to make a simple and delicious easy raspberry buttercream! This takes just minutes to whip up and is an excellent buttercream for cakes and cupcakes.
This buttercream is such a perfect addition to a cake when you don’t want a strong chocolate or peanut butter flavor. We love finding creative ways to make buttercream easy to make perfectly every time – the raspberry preserves make this so simple and delicious!
This recipe uses raspberry preserves, butter, and powdered sugar to make a simple homemade recipe. If you’re worried about what’s in your store-bought raspberry preserves, buy an all natural kind. We like Smucker’s Natural preserves.
You can also use real raspberries for this recipe! We haven’t tried it for this recipe, but you can try the method we used for the frosting in our From Scratch Strawberry Cake post. It’s a slightly longer process because you have to reduce the fresh fruit but still very simple if you follow the steps.
Raspberry preserves are a simple combination of raspberries and sugar that are boiled down until the berries are soft and formless. While jams have no chunks of fruit in them, preserves sometimes do. With raspberry preserves there are minimal pieces of fruit.
Buttercream freezes well compared to other frostings. Store in an airtight container, and your frosting will freeze up to 3 months. When ready to take out, let it thaw completely before opening the container.
If it seems like it needs fluffing, beat the thawed frosting with a mixer for 2-3 minutes before spreading on a cake.
Because buttercream has a dairy base, it is best stored in the fridge. Leaving the cupcakes out on the counter too long will make them spoil. Frosting will store for a longer amount of time in the fridge, where the butter and milk will stay cold.
Here are a few hints to taking your easy raspberry buttercream from good to great:
We love straight spatulas for getting smooth frosting on both the top and the sides of cakes. This is the one we use.
We don’t use food coloring in this recipe, but if you’d like your raspberry buttercream to have more of a “raspberry color”, mix a little bit of pink or red food coloring into your frosting. We recommend using a toothpick or a tiny drop to make sure you get the right amount of coloring in your buttercream.