Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is so popular for fall with pumpkin cake, carrot cake and spice cake! But, why not enjoy it in the spring and summer with fruity cakes? I love making strawberry cream cheese frosting during the spring and summer months. This recipe is quick and easy, imparting a nice natural strawberry flavor in every bite. If you choose to use the optional strawberry powder, make your own using a dehydrator or buy one from a source that is all natural. Some strawberry powders contain artificial ingredients just like many strawberry extracts do. Nature Restore offers an organic natural strawberry powder.

Strawberry Cream Cheese

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Yield: This makes about 4 cups of frosting.

With the great taste and texture of cream cheese frosting, this strawberry version is perfect when paired with lemon cake, strawberry cake or vanilla cake.

You'll Need...

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup pureed strawberries *concentrated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or strawberry powder
  • dash salt

Directions

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until creamy, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times while beating to ensure everything is mixed well.[BEAT]
  2. Add the confectioner's sugar, pureed strawberries, salt and vanilla or strawberry power.[COMBINE]
  3. Beat on medium speed for another 3 minutes.[BEAT]

Additional Notes

To have a strong strawberry flavor, you can make your strawberry puree more concentrated. Start with a pound of frozen berries. Place them in a saucepan on the stove with about 1/4 cup sugar. The sugar helps release the juice. After they are thawed, use a stick blender to blend them. Cook over low to medium heat until they are reduced by half. Allow to cool before using in the frosting.

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