Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Make the Strawberry Buttercream for Your Cakes

Don't you love buttercream frosting on your cakes?  Chocolate and cream cheese frostings have always been my favorites, but this time of year a fruit-flavored frosting is delicious.

Here's how you can make a delicious buttercream frosting with natural fruit flavors.  The secret is to use jam in the frosting. Wouldn't this frosting be perfect on your Valentine's Day cupcakes?

This frosting is perfect for Valentine's Day but is especially fabulous for birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers. Yummy and pretty!

Pretty Pink Cupcakes
Pretty Pink Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
This is a recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream, flavored with strawberry jam.  The key to a fresh fruit flavor in your frosting is to choose a really good quality jam.

I used strawberry jam, but you can use any flavor of jam that will enhance the cake you have made.  Be sure to choose a seedless jam to ensure a smooth frosting that can easily be spread.

I made these cupcakes and a "smash cake" for my grandsweetie's first birthday. A smash cake is a new-to-me concept, but I guess all the "cool" one-year-olds are doing it these days. Here's a picture of the smash cake.

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A Pretty Pink Smash Cake
A Smash Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

The smash cash is a six-inch, white cake.  I crumb-coated it first with the strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream frosting and then piped flowers all over using an M1 decorating tip with a cake decorating bag.

How to Make Strawberry Swiss Meringue Frosting
The cake has lots of yummy frosting that is sure to delight my sweet little one year old!  You don't have to be a one-year-old to love this frosting.  Its hint of strawberry flavor will delight everyone.

Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

The Strawberry Swiss Buttercream Ingredients
The Strawberry Swiss Buttercream Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a 12-ounce jar of seedless, strawberry or raspberry jam

Place the heat-safe bowl of your electric mixer over a pot of simmering water on your stove.  Attach a thermometer to the side of the bowl.

Add the eggs whites and sugar to the bowl.  Using a whisk, stir the mixture continuously until it reaches 160 degrees F.

Making Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Bring the Egg Whites and Sugar to 160 Degrees F

Return the bowl to your mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the egg mixture until it is fluffy and smooth, about six minutes.

Add the butter, in chunks, beating well after each addition. After all the butter has been incorporated, add the vanilla.

Swiss Buttercream Frosting
Swiss Buttercream before the Butter is Added

Put the jam into a small bowl to check for smoothness.  You don't want any chunks of fruit.  If necessary, puree the jam in your food processor.

Stir the jam into the frosting until it is completely blended with the frosting.  The strawberry jam will give your frosting a light pink color.

The Light Pink Color of the Strawberry Frosting
The Light Pink Color of the Strawberry Frosting

Now you are ready to frost your cake or cupcakes.

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