Thursday, April 6, 2017

Homemade Strawberry Frosting

The BEST homemade strawberry frosting bursting with real strawberry flavor! Can you guess the secret ingredient?

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The BEST homemade strawberry frosting bursting with real strawberry flavor! Can you guess the secret ingredient?

I've always loved strawberry frosting made with real fruit. It's world's better than strawberry frosting made with an extract. Really, artificially flavored frosting isn't even on the same playing field as a good homemade frosting made with real strawberries.

And I'm an unashamed canned frosting junkie, so that's saying a lot coming from me!

The trouble with using real berries in a buttercream recipe is that the liquid from the berries can really mess with the consistency of the frosting. I always struggle getting it to be firm enough that it spreads easily, but not adding so much powdered sugar that it's overly sweet. 



Over the past few years I've seen various bloggers make frosting using freeze dried fruit, and I've been dying to give it a try. So when my friend, Jenni, offered to let me try out Thrive Life's freeze dried fruit, I jumped on the opportunity to give this recipe a try!


The verdict: I think this is a brilliant way to make strawberry frosting! 

The flavor is concentrated with more strawberry goodness than other frosting recipes I've tried, the spreadability is perfect, and it is WAY easier to make than a frosting with pureed fresh fruit. All you have to do is blend up the berries into a fine powder and toss it in with the powdered sugar. Couldn't be easier.


Thrive Life freeze dries their fruit at the peak of ripeness, which means their products are unbeatable when it comes to flavor! And if you don't believe me, ask my two-year old. He'll tell you.

Enjoy this recipe! Maybe try it spread on top of our Copycat Lofthouse Sugar cookies. Yum!







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Homemade Strawberry Frosting

The BEST homemade strawberry frosting bursting with real strawberry flavor! Can you guess the secret ingredient?

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend the freeze dried strawberries into a fine powder using a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the berry powder, a cup of powdered sugar, and a tablespoon of milk. Beat together until mostly smooth (some lumps may remain).
  3. Add the remaining powdered sugar a cup at a time with a tablespoon of milk each time, and beat until smooth in between each addition.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again until smooth.
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