For those who love strawberries, strawberry frosting with real strawberries is a tasty treat on top of strawberry or vanilla cake or cupcakes. Most strawberry frosting recipes consist of sugar or confectioner’s sugar, butter, pureed strawberries and sometimes eggs. These recipes call for quite a bit of liquid, which can make it hard to get the frosting to the right consistency. If the strawberry frosting is too thin, there are a few options available to thicken it up.

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Add more sugar. If the frosting for a basic buttercream strawberry frosting is too thin, you might have added too much strawberries or butter. Adding more sugar or powdered sugar and beating it on low speed will help thicken it up.

Reduce the liquid in the recipe. If you are using a strawberry puree, milk or other liquid in the recipe, reduce the juice from the puree or the milk by 1 to 2 tbsp, depending on how thick you want the frosting.

Add strawberry chunks to the frosting. Instead of making a strawberry puree for the frosting, which adds more liquid, rinse whole strawberries and dry them completely. Chop up the strawberries into small pieces, but do not puree, and make the frosting as usual. The results should be a thicker frosting with chunks of real strawberry.


  • If you can’t make homemade strawberry frosting, add chopped strawberries to store-bought vanilla frosting.