The Perfect Raspberry Jam Buttercream Recipe

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This raspberry buttercream frosting with jam is the perfect filling or frosting, and perhaps one of the easiest and quickest ones ready in just under 20 minutes! Follow along step by step and make your own delicious homemade raspberry jam buttercream.


This raspberry jam buttercream yields 12 cupcakes to be frosted, however, you can adjust the amount to your liking. This same recipe can also frost double the amount of mini cupcakes, or work on other sweets.

To make my natural raspberry buttercream with jam you will need:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam, (preferably seedless)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • beetroot powder to liking (optional for red color)

Instead of food coloring which is very unhealthy, you can use natural food dyes, such as beetroot powder for the beautiful red color in this case.

How to make raspberry buttercream with jam

Considering this recipe has only three ingredients, it could not be any easier to make! Follow these simple steps below:

  1. Chop up the butter into cubes and place in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer, with a paddle attachment in place
  2.  Mix butter until smooth, for about 2 minutes
  3. Add jam and mix again until well mixed with butter, another 2-3 minutes
  4. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing until fully combined and free of lumps. (you can always taste the buttercream and add more powdered sugar as desired)
  5. Finally, add in the beetroot powder one teaspoon at a time and beat until you reach your desired red color

NOTE: be careful when adding extra powder sugar, as your frosting can become too thick. If this does happen, add milk, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until it becomes smooth again.

How to make raspberry buttercream with homemade jam

If you have the time and recourses, it’s a great idea to go the extra step and use homemade raspberry jam. This is a much healthier way as homemade jam doesn’t have food coloring or preservatives.

To make 1 cup of homemade raspberry jam you will need:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange zest (optional)

Stir all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Using a potato masher mash the mixture until smooth. This process should take 8-10 minutes. Let jam cool and store in the fridge.

You can use this natural homemade jam substitute with the same methods above.

raspberry buttercream with jam

What can I use raspberry jam buttercream on?


The subtle yet delicious flavor of raspberry buttercream with jam makes it the perfect frosting with many treats. These are some of the best types of sweets you can use this icing on.

Use it on cupcakes

The most common way to use this icing is to top off some cupcakes with it. The flavor of raspberry is not very strong and bold, making it easy to pair with almost all cupcake flavors. These are some of the most common cupcake sponge flavors to pair with raspberry jam buttercream.

  • vanilla cupcake
  • lemon cupcake
  • chocolate cupcake
  • red velvet cupcake

These are just some of the flavors that go well with this frosting, you can try out other flavors and find one that you really love. Aside from flavor, raspberry jam buttercream also adds beautiful color to the top of your cupcakes and looks beautiful with decorations like fresh raspberries, chocolate drizzles, rose petals…etc.

Use it on wedding cakes

Not many people think of this, but why not have a pink/red wedding cake? Most people just choose the boring simple white buttercream for their wedding cakes, ignoring all the other creative options. Even if you still want a white appearance, you can use this buttercream as a filling in between your cakes, and keep the white buttercream for the cake cover.

If you were to use raspberry jam buttercream to frost your wedding cake, it would go very well with some fresh berries on top of the cake and some red, pink, or white flowers.

Use it on birthday cakes

Very similar to wedding cakes, just a smaller version. A colorful birthday cake is something that will certainly create a memorable birthday and impress your guests. ESPECIALLY when the color of the cake is natural and healthy, using natural ingredients instead of food colors.

raspberry jam with buttercream on macarons

Use it to fill macarons

A more creative way to use this frosting is to fill some macarons with it. A classic look can be making your own raspberry macarons and filling them with raspberry jam buttercream, which really brings out the beautiful raspberry color and flavor. If not, you can try using this buttercream with different macaron flavors.

Use it on cookies

Another creative way to use raspberry jam buttercream is to top some cookies with it. Cookies go really well with buttercream because of their crunchy texture which is balanced out by the smoothness of the buttercream. Raspberry jam buttercream goes best with chocolate cookies, but it can be paired with other flavors too. It’s mostly about trying the different pairs and seeing which one you like most.


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