Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Elevate your cakes and cupcakes to new heights of deliciousness with our irresistible Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. Bursting with the fresh and fruity taste of strawberries, this delightful frosting is the perfect combination of creamy, tangy, and sweet. Made with real strawberries and cream cheese, it’s a decadent treat that will leave your taste buds singing with joy.


  • 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 oz freeze-dried strawberries, blended into fine powder
  • 2 tbsp pureed or finely chopped strawberries (chunks are okay)


  1. Prepare Strawberry Powder: Begin by blending the freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder using a blender or food processor. Set the powder aside for later use.
  2. Prepare Strawberry Puree: Next, blend about 3 large strawberries in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth strawberry puree. Alternatively, finely chop the strawberries into small pieces. Set aside.
  3. Whip Cream Cheese and Butter: In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and unsalted butter. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat them together for 1-2 minutes until light, fluffy, and well combined.
  4. Incorporate Flavorings: Add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 cups of powdered sugar to the cream cheese and butter mixture. Beat on low speed for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. Adjust Sweetness: Taste the frosting and adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding up to 1 more cup of powdered sugar if desired. Beat the frosting until smooth and creamy.
  6. Add Strawberry Flavors: Add the freeze-dried strawberry powder and 2 tablespoons of pureed or finely chopped strawberries to the frosting. Beat on medium speed until the strawberry flavors are fully incorporated and the frosting is smooth and creamy.
  7. Frost and Enjoy: Use the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting to generously top your favorite cakes and cupcakes. Spread it evenly with a spatula or pipe it decoratively for a beautiful presentation. Any leftover frosting can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Prep Time: 8 minutes | Cooking Time: N/A | Total Time: 8 minutes | Servings: 2

Serving and Storage Tips:


  • Spread the Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting generously over cakes, cupcakes, or cookies using a spatula or piping bag for a beautiful and delicious finish.
  • Garnish frosted treats with fresh strawberry slices, mint leaves, or edible flowers for an elegant touch.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature, depending on your preference and the type of dessert you’re frosting.
  • Pair desserts topped with this frosting with a glass of cold milk, a cup of hot tea, or a refreshing fruit-infused beverage for a delightful indulgence.


  • Store any leftover Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Before using leftover frosting, allow it to come to room temperature and give it a quick whip with a spoon or mixer to restore its creamy texture.
  • To freeze the frosting, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, leaving some room for expansion, and freeze for up to 1-2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using, then remix to achieve the desired consistency.


Lemon Strawberry Frosting:

  • Add a refreshing twist by incorporating lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice into the frosting. The bright citrus flavor complements the sweetness of the strawberries beautifully.

Coconut Strawberry Frosting:

  • Infuse the frosting with tropical flair by folding in shredded coconut or coconut extract for a hint of coconutty goodness.

Berry Medley Frosting:

  • Mix in a variety of freeze-dried berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, to create a colorful and flavorful berry medley frosting.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frosting:

  • Stir in a tablespoon of cocoa powder or melted chocolate to the frosting for a decadent chocolate-covered strawberry flavor sensation.

Almond Strawberry Frosting:

  • Add a touch of almond extract or finely chopped almonds to the frosting for a subtle nutty undertone that complements the strawberry flavor.

Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake Frosting:

  • Blend in a few tablespoons of softened cream cheese to create a rich and creamy strawberry cheesecake-inspired frosting.

Balsamic Strawberry Frosting:

  • Drizzle a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar into the frosting for a unique and sophisticated flavor profile that enhances the sweetness of the strawberries.

Honey Strawberry Frosting:

  • Substitute some of the powdered sugar with honey for a naturally sweetened frosting with a hint of floral notes.

Spiced Strawberry Frosting:

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the frosting for a warm and cozy flavor that pairs well with the fruity sweetness of the strawberries.

Strawberry Lemonade Frosting:

  • Combine the flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy lemonade by incorporating lemonade powder or freshly squeezed lemon juice into the frosting for a refreshing twist.

Raspberry Swirl Frosting:

  • Create a beautiful swirl effect by folding in swirls of raspberry puree into the frosting. Simply spoon small dollops of raspberry puree onto the frosting and gently swirl with a toothpick for a stunning visual and fruity flavor.

Strawberry Lemon Zest Frosting:

  • Add a burst of citrus freshness by incorporating freshly grated lemon zest into the frosting. The combination of strawberries and lemon creates a bright and vibrant flavor profile that is both refreshing and delicious.

White Chocolate Strawberry Frosting:

  • Melt white chocolate and let it cool slightly before stirring it into the frosting for a luxurious and decadent twist. The creamy sweetness of white chocolate complements the fruity strawberry flavor beautifully.


  1. Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried strawberries?
    • Fresh strawberries can be used, but they may alter the consistency of the frosting and make it thinner. Adjust the amount of powdered sugar accordingly to achieve the desired texture.
  2. Can I make this frosting ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the frosting ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before using and remix if necessary.
  3. How can I prevent the frosting from becoming too runny?
    • Ensure the cream cheese and butter are properly softened but not melted before mixing. Gradually add powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Can I omit the cream cheese from the frosting?
    • Yes, you can omit the cream cheese, but keep in mind that it contributes to the creamy texture and tangy flavor of the frosting.
  5. Can I use this frosting to fill cakes or as a filling for macarons?
    • Absolutely! This frosting works well as a filling for layer cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and macarons.
  6. How do I make the frosting pinker?
    • Increase the amount of pureed strawberries or add a few drops of food coloring until the desired shade of pink is achieved.
  7. Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh or freeze-dried strawberries?
    • Frozen strawberries can be used, but they may release excess moisture, affecting the frosting’s consistency. Thaw the strawberries and drain any excess liquid before using.
  8. Can I use this frosting to decorate a cake with fondant?
    • Yes, this frosting can be used under fondant as long as it’s chilled and firm enough to support the weight of the fondant.
  9. How long can I leave a cake frosted with this frosting at room temperature?
    • Due to the cream cheese content, it’s best to refrigerate cakes frosted with this frosting if not serving immediately. Allow the cake to come to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.
  10. Can I use this frosting to make strawberry-flavored macarons?
    • Yes, this frosting can be used as a filling for strawberry macarons. Pair it with strawberry-flavored macaron shells for a delightful strawberry experience.

With its vibrant color and irresistible flavor, our Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting is sure to become a favorite addition to your baking repertoire. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, this frosting adds a delightful burst of strawberry goodness to every bite. Give it a try and indulge in sweet bliss with every spoonful!