Easy Strawberry Buttercream

If you like strawberries, you’ll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.

If you like strawberries, you'll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.

Nothing says summer like a fresh cake with strawberry buttercream. Homemade strawberry buttercream can be tricky to make if you are using fresh strawberries, but this easy strawberry buttercream recipe is about as quick as you can get using a shortcut!

Strawberry jam gives this strawberry frosting it’s pink color and strawberry flavor. I like to use Welch’s Natural Strawberry Spread because of the flavor. Smucker’s Simply Fruit is a great option, too! The frosting has a very light pink color, but if you’d like it a brighter pink, you can simply add a drop of red food coloring. Be careful…it doesn’t take much to deepen the pink color.

If you like strawberries, you'll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.

What is this easy strawberry buttercream good on?

Try it on a quick strawberry cake, on cupcakes or even on strawberry cookies or cutout cookies.

Looking for a 100% from scratch strawberry cake with frosting using fresh berries? Try this one! 

If you like strawberries, you'll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.
If you like strawberries, you'll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.

Easy Strawberry Buttercream Recipe

3.73 from 54 votes
If you like strawberries, you’ll quickly fall for this easy strawberry buttercream made simply with strawberry jam for a delicious strawberry flavor.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • Red food coloring optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream if needed to make the icing more spreadable

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2 minutes until it is almost white in color.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla flavoring, and strawberry jam. (If you’d like a pinker color, this is where you’d add in a drop of food coloring.
  • Beat on low speed for 2-3 minutes. If the frosting is too stiff for spreading, you can add in a tablespoon more of jam or a tablespoon of heavy cream.
  • Spread the buttercream on the cooled cupcakes with a knife, or use Wilton tip 1M to pipe on a swirl of frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 316

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5 stars
This is a wonderful strawberry buttercream. It was easy and delicious. Will use this again for sure.

Your ingredients list calls for vanilla. Then your instructions call for almond. So which one am I to use

Do you use salted or unsalted butter? I see you add salt so I’m assuming it’s unsalted butter.

Can I make this in advance? Also, how long can I leave it in the fridge?

Would this be enough to frost two layers of cake?

do you need to refrigerate buttercream with jam or preserves in it? or is an airtight container ok? thanks!