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Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate Buttercream

Piled high frosting in vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate is a wonderful way to bring some Neapolitan into your life!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Neapolitan Frosting Cupcakes, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate Buttercream
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke


Strawberry Buttercream

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 two-pound bag powder sugar about 7-8 cups
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® strawberry extract
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • dash salt
  • 1 -2 drops pink food coloring

Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 c unsalted butter 2 sticks at room temp.
  • 4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c good quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c whole milk or heavy cream (may not use all. Use a tablespoon at a time until reach desired
  • consistency)



  • Put room temperature butter, strawberry extract, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a
  • time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.
  • Add in food coloring a drop at a time to determine desired color.
  • If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk. I found that this is the perfect consistency for me to pipe roses using the 1M or 2D tip.


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar with butter.
  • Stir in milk and vanilla.
  • On medium speed, beat until smooth and creamy 3-5 minutes. Gradually add remaining sugar 1 cup at a time until desired consistency. You may not use all the sugar.


  • Place room temperature butter and vanilla into a stand mixer and beat at medium-high for about three minutes. You want it to appear lighter and fluffier.
  • While butter is in mixer add powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt to a bowl and mix with a whisk. (sift)
  • With mixer off, add in one cup of the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture. Turn mixer on to low and then slowly add in remaining powdered sugar mixture, one cup at a time.
  • With mixer still on low, add in milk. Turn mixer to medium high and blend for at least two minutes.
  • Frosting will appear very light, but it will darken as it sets.