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Raspberry Frosting is a from scratch buttercream made with butter, powdered sugar and raspberry jam! Perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, or sweet rolls!

Raspberry Frosting with a lemon cupcake

Raspberry Frosting

Raspberry frosting is definitely one of those frosting recipes that you probably haven’t tried before but I guarantee that you won’t turn back soon after making this recipe! Not only is it easy and delicious, but it pairs well with so many treats!

The raspberry frosting flavor actually acutely reminds me of homemade raspberry ice cream. Yes, I know. I’m drooling, too. 😉

I personally like to add this frosting on top of lemon cupcakes. The flavor combination is out of this world! But really, on top of chewy brownies, or in between two chocolate cookies is also delicious. You really can’t go wrong with this frosting. 

cupcakes with raspberry frosting on top

Ingredients needed to make Raspberry Buttercream

  • Butter: I use salted butter whenever I make buttercream frostings because I love the depth of flavor that the salt gives. The frosting does not taste salty, but it enhances the sweetness. If you only have unsalted butter on hand, I would strongly suggest adding a tiny pinch of salt to the recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar: This is a must for making homemade frosting, no way to substitute this one!
  • Milk: This is to thin out the frosting, if needed. I used about 1 tbsp. The fat content isn’t as important, anything from skim to whole to half n half would work well!
  • Vanilla: Just a tad!! This is what really gives it that raspberry ice cream taste.
  • Raspberry Jam: Homemade or store bought! I like to purchase the seedless raspberry jam at my local grocery store which yields in a smooth frosting without seeds.

raspberry frosting in the mixer

Do I need a mixer to make homemade frosting?

Using a mixer like pictured above definitely makes this recipe much easier and much faster, although it is not required. If all you have is a electric hand mixer, you will be able to successfully make this recipe, too.

If you don’t have either of those, you can use a whisk/ silicone spatula. Make sure your butter is room temperature and soft, though! You will need to use a bit more milk to be able to work with the frosting, the taste would still be amazing, it would be hard to get it to piping consistency, though.

How to make Homemade Frosting

Making homemade frosting is a really easy task with my helpful tips! Follow all of these and you will be golden!

  • Use an electric mixer, if possible.
  • Start with room temperature butter, not softened.
  • Cream the butter completely and then start adding in the other ingredients.
  • Alternate adding in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and the liquid, until all of the ingredients have been added. In this case, the raspberry jam is counted as a liquid.

raspberry frosting on top of cupcakes

Does homemade frosting need to be refrigerated?

This is a question a lot of people have, the short answer is: no. The long answer is: No, because there is so much sugar in this recipe it stabilizes the small amount of milk that is in the recipe causing it to not spoil.

Once your treat is frosted, it can safely be kept at room temperature for a few days.

How to store Frosting

You can store frosting at room temperature for a few days, but if you are wanting to extend the life of the frosting to about a week or so, I would definitely recommend keeping it in the fridge. Pull the frosting out about 30 minutes prior to using to allow it to come to room temperate. You may need to whip it a little bit with you mixer to achieve the original texture.

What should I use my Raspberry Frosting on?

This raspberry frosting is delicious on so many treats!! Below are a few of my favorites.

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Raspberry Frosting

Raspberry Frosting is a from scratch buttercream made with butter, powdered sugar and raspberry jam! Perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, or sweet rolls!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp raspberry jam


  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. 
  • Add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  • Add in the milk. Mix.Add in 1 more cup of powdered sugar. Mix well. Add in the vanilla. Mix.
  • Scrape sides and add in the final cup of powdered sugar. Mix well. 
  • Add in the raspberry Jam and mix until combined and smooth.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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