Hey all! I made delicious Strawberry Lemonade Macarons for a sunny week!
These Strawberry Lemonade Macarons are filled with a strawberry lemonade curd, and strawberry lemonade frosting.
They are so delicious! I wanted to eat the strawberry lemonade curd with a spoon. It was so good!
The Strawberry Lemonade frosting wasn’t too shabby either.
I used strawberry powder with cream cheese, butter, and confectioner’s sugar. Oh, and lemon zest, of course!
Strawberry Freeze Dried Powder is so much better to make frosting than actual strawberry jam. The jam, or coulis will often make the frosting watery, or make it separate. The freeze dried strawberry powder works like a charm, and you don’t need a whole lot of it. The taste is delicious too!
You can buy strawberry powder on Amazon, already in powder form, or you can buy freeze dried strawberries and process them in a blender cup to form the powder.
Check out how creamy and delicious this strawberry lemonade frosting is.
We start with our regular Macaron shells, my standard recipe uses the Swiss Method. I have tones of resources for you to learn how to make macarons. Check out my other macaron recipes and tutorials here. You can also find some videos on my Youtube channel.
The video you see on this page was actually made with this batter, and it explains in more detail how to nail the meringue stage. There’s also a blog post about it How to Make Macarons: the Perfect Meringue.
I try to be pretty detailed in my recipe, but it always helps to research and read a lot about macarons when trying to perfect them.
Once we have our shells cooled down, the frosting ready, and the curd chilled, we can start assembling our Strawberry Lemonade Macarons.
Pipe a ring of the Strawberry Lemonade frosting around the edges of the macarons.
I used a large tip when piping the frosting around the edges of the macaron, because I wanted a tall barrier to keep the curd in the macaron, and enough room to put a lot of curd in the center.
Spoon some of that delicious strawberry lemonade curd in the middle. Resist the temptation to lick the spoon. You can use a piping bag also, like I did here.
Once your macarons are assembled, you should leave them in the fridge overnight, this will help the macarons mature, develop flavor and optimal texture.
If you want to see more options of macaron flavors and ideas, check out my Macaron section.
Here are some popular macaron flavors you might like:
- Cherry Macarons
- Kiwi Macarons
- Strawberry Macarons
- Blueberry Macarons
- Cookie Dough Macarons
- Lemon Macarons
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Strawberry Lemonade Macarons
- 3 egg whites 100 grams, 3.5 oz
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 100 grams, 3.5 oz
- 1 cup almond flour 96 grams, 3.4 oz
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar 90 grams, 3.17 oz
- Yellow food coloring optional
Strawberry Lemonade Curd
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberry powder (about 1 cup of freeze dried strawberries processed until a fine powder)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Strawberry Lemonade Buttercream
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese room temperature (2 oz, 56 grams)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature (1 oz, 28 grams)
- 1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (4.5 oz-6.75 oz, 127 grams-191 grams)
- 1 cup freeze dried strawberries (0.85 oz, 24 grams)*
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Before you start, get all of your ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it. You can make your own or print it from the internet, and just place it under silicon mat, or parchment paper.
- Measure out all of your ingredients.
- Sift powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set aside.
- Now you can finally start.
- Place egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl or in a double boiler. Over a pan of simmering water, whisk the whites and sugar until frothy and sugar completely melted. It will take a couple minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking mixture over the water bath.
- Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
- Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.
- With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one minute, until mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise speed to high for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed.Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
- You don’t want to overbeat the mixture at this point, because you don’t want to add too much air to it. Just whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
- Pour powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.
- Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula. Add the food coloring at this point, if using.
- It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this, and you might have to have a couple failed batches before you get this right.
- First, I pick up some batter with my spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
- Then, I grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto my parchment paper or silicon mat.
- If the batter stays stiff and doesn’t spread out a bit, I start folding a little bit more, about 3 folds.
- Test again.
- Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy on the parchment paper, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
- You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to overmix. It’s always best to undermix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
- This is the most important part about making macarons in my opinion.
- Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each. This will release air bubbles that are in the batter and prevent your macaron shells from cracking.
- Let your trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
- Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
- Bake one tray at a time.
- Bake for 4 minutes, rotate tray.
- Bake for 4 more minutes, check if it needs to be rotated again. You will know if it needs to be rotated again depending on how the macarons are baking. Take a look at them, if one side seems taller then the other, maybe you have to rotate the tray again.
- Bake for around 4 minutes or so. Really keep an eye out, not to overbake. I would say I bake for a total of 18-20 minutes.
- When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet.
- Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
- Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
Strawberry Lemonade Curd
Cream butter at medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar and lemon zest to butter and keep creaming at medium speed for a few minutes, until mixture is light in color and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, waiting until egg has been completely incorporated before adding the next one.
Add salt and freeze dried strawberry powder. And finally, add lemon juice, and stir on low speed.
- Pour mixture in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat, while stirring nonstop.
- You are looking for a very thick and creamy curd. Don’t stop stirring, don’t look away.
- The temperature of the curd should be reaching 170F.
- When that happens, remove from heat and pour into a heat proof bowl.
- Let it cool in the fridge.
- STORAGE: The shelf life of lemon curd will be up to 1 week in the fridge, and up to 3 months in the freezer, if well protected.
Strawberry Lemonade Buttercream
- Place strawberries in a blender cup, process until they become powder. Or simply use powdered freeze dried strawberries instead.
- Sift powdered sugar and strawberry powder together. Set aside
- Cream butter and cream cheese at medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 1 minute. With the mixer off, add all of the powdered sugar, and powdered strawberry in.
- Mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Once they are incorporated, turn speed to medium and cream for 1-2 minutes until very fluffy. Add vanilla and milk in, beat for another 30-45 seconds.
- If the consistency of the frosting seems a bit runny, add more powdered sugar in it to make it thicker. If the consistency of the frosting seems too stiff, add more milk, only 1 teaspoon at a time, as necessary.
- STORAGE: Store buttercream in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How to assemble
- Pipe a circle of frosting around the edges of the macaron, in a way that you have a little hole in the middle. Fill the little hole with a bit of strawberry lemonade curd. Don’t overfill it. Place another shell on top.
- STORAGE: This Strawberry Lemonade Macaron’s shelf life is up to 3 months in the freezer, and up to 1 week in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend keeping it out of the fridge unless it’s for just a couple hours.
*If you process 1 cup of freeze dried strawberries, you’ll obtain about 1/4 cup of freeze dried powder.