I'm doing a strawberry cake tomorrow. I'm thinking about flavoring the buttercream. Do you recommend just adding drops of strawberry extract? Is there such a thing? I haven't looked yet in the store for it. Anyone had good luck with strawberry buttercream?
Yes, there is such a thing as strawberry extract. In fact, on the McCormick website, it mentions adding 1 1/2-2 tsp of the extract to vanilla frosting to make strawberry frosting. I have not personally used the strawberry, but I did add lemon extract to buttercream once and it was quite tasty!
You can use practically any flavoring in buttercream to enhance your cake flavors. The amounts depend on the strength of the flavoring. Lorann's is highly concentrated so you only use afew drops, where some other brands such as McCormick, you use about the same amounts as you would vanilla, or butter flavor.
I used strawberry extract in my buttercream to make my daughter's B-Day cake this year and to enhance the fresh strawberries I had put between the layers. It helps to add flavor. But be mindful that the pink color of the extract tints your buttercream pink. For my cake, this was definitely an advantage.