Thursday, June 2, 2011

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

This sweet, refreshing treat is perfect for a hot summer's day! Using the dried strawberries gives it great flavor and vibrant pink color. This frosting is simple, beautiful, and has a great consistency for piping. This frosting can be eaten on most cupcake flavors(or with a spoon),  but is especially good on chocolate cupcakes.
 Adapted from Veg SF

 The Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 Tablespoon whipping cream
1 bag (1.2 oz.)(2 cups) freeze-dried strawberries
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 

For crushed strawberries:
I used Trader Joe's freeze dried strawberries:

Pour the entire bag (2 cups) into blender, and pulse until powdered.

For Frosting:
Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.Slowly add whipping cream in a small stream into the bowl while beating. Continue to beat on medium until fully combined and fluffy.Add crushed strawberries and powdered sugar.  Mix until combined. Add vanilla. Beat on medium speed until very fluffy(about 5 minutes) Adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more powdered sugar or a bit of milk (1/2 teaspoon at a time).