The other day I had an epiphany while I was perusing the aisles at Trader Joe’s. I stumbled upon their selection of freeze dried fruits and when I saw the raspberries I knew I had to try them in a buttercream recipe. The results? Absolutely flawless flavor, not too sweet (like when you use raspberry jam or preserves), not watery (like when you use fresh raspberries), and so easy to work with!
What are Freeze Dried Raspberries?
The process of freeze drying simply removes the moisture from the raspberries while keeping them packed with flavor. They’re perfect for baking in your favorite scone recipe, throwing into pancake batter, or in this case, grinding into a fine powder with a food processor and tossing into a buttercream recipe. And just look at the color!
I’ve used this raspberry buttercream recipe to fill and frost cakes, decorate cupcakes, and have even gotten a bit crazy and mixed it with vanilla buttercream to make a flavor ombre as a cake finish. It pipes like a dream and is so easy to work with. A great pairing for pretty much any cake flavor you could think of!
Freeze-Dried Raspberry Buttercream
- 1 Cup (226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 Cup (18g) freeze-dried raspberries
- 3 Tbsp (45ml) whole milk, room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 Cups (360g) powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- With a food processor, grind the raspberries into a fine powder. Sift out the seeds (if a few seeds end up in the powder that is totally ok) and set the powder aside.
- Whip the butter using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until it’s creamy and light in color (5 minutes). Add vanilla, milk, and raspberry powder and continue to mix on medium until fully combined.
- Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix on low speed, scraping down the bowl and paddle after each addition. Add a pinch of salt and mix on low speed until fully combined and smooth, 1-2 minutes.
- Frost 12-15 cupcakes with a piping bag
- Fill and crumb coat a three-layer 6-inch cake or two-layer 8-inch cake. To have enough for frosting and decorating as well, double the recipe.
Here’s how I’ve used this raspberry buttercream in the past:
As a filling and frosting in my raspberry chocolate cake recipe. So delicious!
As a filling for my matcha cake recipe. It would also pair perfectly with a chocolate, vanilla, or lemon cake.
What will you do with your raspberry buttercream? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe!