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Maraschino Cherry Frosting {Pink}

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Quick, easy cherry frosting recipe (creamy cherry buttercream icing)- Made with 4 simple ingredients: butter, sugar, maraschino cherry juice, almond extract. Perfect for piping.

This icing just screams Summer. It’s fruity, silky smooth, creamy and has a beautiful pink color. You can also use it for icing cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies and bars. It’s just as pretty and delicious as my Strawberry Frosting (With Fresh Strawberries).

Easy Cherry Buttercream Frosting Piped on Top of Cupcake

Cherry buttercream icing is made with 4 ingredients!

  • Butter– This should be unsalted and at room temperature.
  • Sugar– This should be powdered and sifted.
  • Almond extract- This adds a wonderful flavor and aroma.
  • Cherry juice– Can use fresh cherry juice or maraschino juice.
  • Food coloring- Add some pink gel color to intensify the color but this is optional.
Ingredients For Cherry Icing in Glass Bowls on Marble Background

How to make easy homemade cherry frosting recipe from scratch?

  1. Beat butter– Until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar– Mix until frosting starts to become thick.
  3. Add remaining ingredients– This includes cherry juice, almond extract, powdered sugar.
  4. Mix– Until frosting is thick and smooth.
Collage Image With Step by Step Pictures on How to Make Cherry Icing- Process Shot

Frosted cookies

A great way to enjoy this buttercream is on my Sugar Cookies as a topping or as a cookie sandwich.

Pink Maraschino Cherry Frosting in Glass Bowl

Flavor variations

Add cream cheese Cream together 8 oz cream cheese with the butter and add mix in powdered sugar until frosting thickens to your desired consistency.  More powdered sugar will be needed that what’s written below in the recipe card.

Add chocolate chips– Stir in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips in the prepared frosting at the very end.

Use fresh cherries– Pit and puree fresh cherries in a blender and run it through a fine sieve and use this liquid instead of maraschino juice.

Use black cherries– Puree black cherries in a blender and run it through a fine sieve and use this liquid instead of maraschino juice.

Use frozen cherries– Puree frozen cherries in a blender and run it through a fine sieve and use this liquid.

Try other extracts- Such as vanilla or coconut.

What to pair with this icing? This tastes great on Vanilla Cupcakes and Brownie Cupcakes. You can spread it on top with a spatula or pipe, using this tutorial on How to Decorate Cupcakes.

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Tips and techniques

  • If frosting is too thick, thin it out by mixing in some more juice (1 tsp at a time).
  • If frosting is too thin, thicken it by adding more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time).
  • Use unsalted butter to prevent icing from becoming too salty.
  • All ingredients must be at room temperature because they will blend together more smoothly.
  • Frosting is enough for icing 24 cupcakes or filling and icing an 8 inch round cake.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • Almond extract has a strong flavor. Use it sparingly.
  • You can stir in finely chopped maraschino cherries but it becomes very difficult to pipe it since the cherries get stuck in the piping tip. However, you would have no issues if you are spreading frosting on cakes/cupcakes with a spatula.
  • Add pink gel coloring to enhance the pink color. A small amount of red coloring would work well too.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Freeze– In a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy it, thaw in fridge overnight and then whip again to make it fluffy.

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Maraschino Cherry Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Quick, easy cherry frosting recipe (creamy cherry buttercream)- Made with 4 ingredients: butter, sugar, maraschino cherry juice, extract. Perfect for piping
Yield: 5 cups

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add some powdered sugar and mix until frosting starts to become thick.
  • Mix in cherry juice and almond extract.
  • And more powdered sugar and continue mixing until frosting becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Add some pink gel color to intensify the color but this is optional. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 900kcal, Carbohydrates: 146g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 329mg, Potassium: 51mg, Sugar: 143g, Vitamin A: 1135IU, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 900
Author: Abeer Rizvi

11 comments on “Maraschino Cherry Frosting {Pink}”

  1. Love me some frosting! This sounds delish!!!
    5 stars

  2. This look so tasty and easy to make!5 stars

  3. Just made this recipe tonight and it is DELISH!!!!! Filled and topped it with a chocolate cake. Nom nom!!! Thank you for sharing this! 5 stars

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