This natural pink frosting recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day! It’s a beautiful shade of pink and it’s flavored with strawberries. Because it doesn’t have fresh strawberries in it, it holds well after a few days and makes a perfect buttercream frosting.
This is my favorite (and only!) natural pink frosting recipe. I love that the dehydrated strawberries yield a beautiful shade of pink (or red, depending on how much strawberry you add) and a subtle berry flavor.
For this, you’ll need to start with the basic buttercream frosting. Then, you’ll add crushed freeze-dried strawberries and beat until the frosting is fluffy and colorful. It’s so pretty and so hard to resist!
Ingredients Needed for Natural Pink Frosting Recipe:
- powdered sugar
- unsalted butter, room temperature
- freeze-dried berries
Pop your freeze-dried berries in a food processor, and process until fine. You might want to cover the top opening of the processor, or a very fine strawberry cloud will poof out and dust your countertop. Once finished, put this to the side.
In the bowl of your mixer, dump your butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt into the bowl. Mix on slow, until all the powdered sugar has been combined. Then, raise speed to high and beat for a few minutes until the mixture lightens and fluffs up.
Now, add your strawberry to the frosting, and beat on low speed for a minute. Then, raise the speed to high another minute or two.
Next, incorporate your 2-3 tablespoons of water to the frosting. This water will lighten up the frosting and make it more fluffy.
And there you go! You’ve got pink, strawberry flavored frosting. Perfectly sweet for Valentine’s Day!
Some quick notes and our favorite tools to use…
- Freeze-dried strawberries are fun, crunchy little snacks. You can often find them in the snack aisle of the grocery store. Here’s the brand that I used!
- I love my food processor. When I lived on my own, I had a tiny food processor. When I started cooking a lot more, I upgraded to a bigger one – like this one! It’s amazing, easy to use, a breeze to clean, and I use it quite often.
- My cute “Love is Love” spatula is from Williams Sonoma. Because there’s nothing better than cooking with a heart patterned spatula that celebrates all love on Valentine’s Day!
- If you want a buttercream frosting that’s more red than pink, then you’ll want to increase your strawberry amount. To get this vivid red in the photos above and below, I used the entire bag of berries; however, the tiny taste-testers didn’t approve of this version since it was too tart. I’ll have to play around with the powdered sugar content to see if it gets an approval next time. But still, regardless of tartness, it’s perfect for little kids, and *ahem* grubby hands. As you can see, little Z couldn’t wait to snag his piece of cookie…
Naturally Pink Frosting Recipe
- Food Processor
- stand mixer
- 2.5 cups Powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch salt
- 2-3 tbsp watler
- Process freeze-dried strawberries until fine. Set aside.
- In mixer, mix butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined.
- Beat on high speed for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add processed strawberries. Beat on low until inocrperated, then high for 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add 2-3 tablespoons of water.
- Slather on cookie bars, cupcakes, or yummies!
If you need something to slather this frosting on, this recipe is perfect!
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