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A bowl of gluten free Strawberry Buttercream stirred by a spatula.

Strawberry Buttercream

This Strawberry Buttercream is smooth and creamy with a mild strawberry flavor. The pale pink color is all natural from the fresh strawberries that we use to make this. Not vegan? No problem! Just swap out the vegan baking sticks for unsalted butter. As always, it’s gluten free and nut free too! 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 614 kcal


  • 1 ¾ cups quartered strawberries fresh or frozen
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegan baking stick 1 stick unsalted butter or unsalted vegan baking stick
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt


  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the quartered strawberries and granulated sugar. Stir constantly for about 5-8 minutes until the strawberries have liquified a bit and the sugar has dissolved. Use the back of your spoon to mash the strawberries apart. 
  • Set a strainer or a mesh colander over a bowl and strain the strawberry liquid. You don’t want any of the seeds, you just want the liquid. You should have about 4 tablespoons of liquid.
  • With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, or using a large bowl and a hand mixer, beat the softened vegan baking stick until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, water, strained strawberry liquid (4 tablespoons), salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth and combined. If the strawberry liquid solidified a bit, that’s ok. Just use a spatula to scrape it into your mixing bowl.


This is enough frosting to make about 16 whoopie pies, to frost 18 cupcakes or a 2 layer cake.
If using in a 4 layer cake, double the recipe.
To make with dairy, use unsalted butter instead of a vegan baking stick.


Calories: 614kcalCarbohydrates: 157gFat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 5mgSugar: 155gCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Buttercream, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Frosting, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Strawberry, Vegan
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