Made some strawberry cupcakes since a dear friend had requested that flavor when I had told her I wanted to bake something for her this weekend. Because it was her grandsons bday and that was his favorite flavor, strawberry cupcakes it was! When I went to look up different strawberry frostings, I found one that used freeze dried strawberries instead of strawberry jam to make the frosting! I tried it and loved it. The jam, I had used in the past always seemed to add a little too much sweetness, since you already had so much sweet from the powdered sugar! So this was exactly what it needed. Also I ended up adding about 1 healing teaspoon of dry strawberry jello before beating to add some extra flavor and color.
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter at room temp
1 heaping teas dry strawberry jello
1/3 cup crisco shortening
1 (1.2 oz) package of freeze dried strawberries (ground to a fine powder in food processor)
Whipping cream or half n half to get to spreading consistency
1 teas vanilla extract
Cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add rest of ingredients and beat until smooth! Add whipping cream or half n half gradually until frosting is easy to spread !