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I stumbled upon this combo while on a quest for a grownup strawberry frosting. Like most frosting recipes you'll want to add ingredients slowly and to your taste to get just the right consistency and flavor.


  • 1 cup fresh ripe strawberries
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp high quality aged balsamic vinegar (the kind you can eat with a spoon!)
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1-2 Tbs of sour cream
  • 1lb+ powdered sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 300F
  • 2. Hull and slice strawberries in half.
  • Toss to coat with brown sugar and spread strawberries on a baking sheet (preferably on non-stick, or silpat).
  • 3. Bake for 45min - 1hr until strawberries are darker in color and shriveled.
  • 4. Allow to cool and puree (if you plan on using piping this frosting you may want to go the extra step and strain this mixture to remove seeds).
  • 5. Add balsamic vinegar and set aside.
  • If you can't find the syrupy sweet aged balsamic this recipe calls for (it can be tricky to find and a bit pricey - it's really a topping or dressing vinegar rather than a cooking vinegar) you can substitute 1/2 tsp regular balsamic, less if your balsamic seems super tart. Addendum - The VSOP Balsamic by Olivier is one of the more reasonable domestic aged balsamics I'd recommend.
  • 6. Blend cream cheese, butter, sour cream and strawberry puree in mixer.
  • Add powdered sugar by the cup until desired consistency is achieved.

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