Raspberry buttercream made with rich raspberry jam and fluffy whipped butter and sugar is a delightful frosting for cookies and cakes!
Our raspberry buttercream frosting recipe whips up in just minutes and will absolutely wow your friends and family. Use it to ice your favorite cakes or even breakfast treats like our sour cream scone recipe!
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Raspberry Buttercream Ingredients
- Butter – Unsalted, softened.
- Sugar – Powdered sugar. Sometimes called confectioners sugar or icing sugar.
- Vanilla – Real vanilla extract, not imitations
- Raspberry jam – Seedless.
- Milk – Whole milk.
How do you make raspberry buttercream frosting? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, in a large mixing bowl whip the butter until fluffy.
⭐ Then, gradually add in the powdered sugar until it is all combined.
⭐ Next, whip in the vanilla extract and raspberry jam.
⭐ Finally, whip in the milk in small increments until you reach your desired consistency.
Can you make raspberry frosting ahead of time?
Absolutely! This is a great way to cut down on bake day prep time. Store it in the refrigerator for a day or two, or in the freezer for longer.
What kind of raspberries for raspberry buttercream frosting?
We use a high quality raspberry jam for this recipe. Make sure you get seedless jam if you want a smooth finish!
Try using different jams until you find a brand and flavor you particularly love.
How do you make raspberry buttercream thicker?
To thicken the frosting, slowly add additional powdered sugar while mixing with the electric mixer until you reach the desired consistency.
Leftovers and storage
Do you have to refrigerate raspberry frosting?
Yes, it should be refrigerated because it contains dairy (milk). Store in a clean airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze raspberry buttercream?
You can freeze buttercream frosting! Store in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
Is icing and frosting the same?
The terms frosting and icing are frequently used interchangeably, but if you want to get technical, frosting is typically fluffy whereas icing is often thinner or even runny.
How do you make frosting harden?
If you want your frosting to harden, you’ll want to add extra confectioner’s sugar (about half to 1 cup). The frosting will be thicker and stiffer, but should still be pipeable.
What to eat with raspberry buttercream frosting (serving suggestions)
Well first and foremost, definitely the lemon raspberry cupcakes we have pictured below! I don’t know what it is about lemon + raspberry, but YUM! It would also be delicious piped onto sugar cookies.
Or make our chocolate chip cookie cups with white chocolate chips and fill them with raspberry frosting!
More delicious raspberry recipes
- Raspberry cobbler dump cake
- Easy raspberry dumplings
- Raspberry cheesecake cookies
- Raspberry ricotta pancakes
- See all our yummy recipes with raspberries!
Other frostings and fillings you’ll enjoy
- Pumpkin spice cream frosting
- Cream cheese frosting
- Chocolate ganache
- Butterscotch ganache
- Eggnog frosting
- Chocolate mousse
- Lemon mousse
- Chocolate buttercream
Tools we love
- 1M Open Star Piping Tip – This is my favorite piping tip and the one we use to make the rosettes on the side of our orange cake.
- Kitchenaid stand mixer – A work horse! If you do a lot of mixing, this is a must.
- Electric handheld mixer – I love my stand mixer, but this handheld version comes out at least as often if not more!
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How to Make Raspberry Buttercream
- 3 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 1 pound powdered sugar (16 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- 18 ounces raspberry jam seedless
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- In a large mixing bowl whip the 3 sticks of butter until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add in the powdered sugar until it is all combined.
- Whip in the vanilla extract and raspberry jam until fully incorporated.
- Whip in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
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LOVE the pink! This might be the prettiest buttercream I’ve ever seen! Super delicious and so creamy. Absolutely perfect on fudge brownies!
this buttercream is amazing! thank you for sharing this recipe! delicious!
Smooth and creamy! The consistency was perfect for the cupcakes I made!