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Strawberry Curd

Sweet and delicious Strawberry Curd is perfect for filling cakes and cupcakes. It’s an easy recipe and a good jam replacement.

Get a bunch of strawberries and make some homemade strawberry cud. It's sweet and so yummy on cakes and cupcakes.

Strawberry Curd

It’s my birthday week!! I’m always excited the week of my birthday! To celebrate, I made MY Favorite cake! It has this strawberry curd in between layers of vanilla cake coated with swiss meringue buttercream! I’ve made lemon curd several times and I’ve made ginger lemon curd. This was my first foray into any other type of curd, so I was curious as to what the difference between curd and jam.

Homemade Strawberry Curd. Easy and Delicious.

According to, jams and jellies have pectin added to them (either naturally from apples, or in powder form). Jelly is clear and does not have fruit chunks. Fruit curd is made with eggs, sugar and BUTTER.  Well darn – this recipe doesn’t have butter in it…  I guess what I have is a fruit butter? Or some sort of hybrid fruit butter jam….

Well, whatever it is, I really wanted to just eat this up! It was really good, especially since it’s not exactly strawberry season. But if you shop at Costco as I do, you know there is always yummy fruit there.

I'm sure you've had Lemon curd, now you can enjoy some homemade strawberry curd in your cakes, cupcakes and morning toast.

My Mom came into town over the weekend special for my birthday. I’m not sure what our week holds for us, but I’ll fill you in as the week progresses. I’m just happy that my mama is here and I’m so fortunate to still have my mom in my life and my daughter is lucky to have all four grandparents in her life.

Homemade Strawberry Curd. Easy and Delicious.

This recipe is part one of a three part series including Swiss Meringue Buttercream and this Strawberry Birthday Cake.

Homemade Strawberry Curd, Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and a Six Layer Strawberry Birthday Cake!

Here’s a few more Fruit Curd Recipes:

Blueberry Curd

Homemade Blueberry Curd is thick and chunky and great for mixing into bakes good.

Ginger Lemon Curd

The heat from the ginger and tang from the lemon pair splendidly in this simple Ginger Lemon Curd. It's great in cakes, on toast and over ice cream.

Lilikoi Curd

Yield: 2 cups

Strawberry Curd

Get a bunch of strawberries and make some homemade strawberry cud. It's sweet and so yummy on cakes and cupcakes.

Fresh Strawberries are best, but frozen ones will also make a great strawberry curd for a cake filling.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 8 oz strawberries, stems removed and cut into quarters
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cups sugar (test sweetness of strawberries)
  • 1 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Put the strawberries into a pot and cover. Heat over medium-low heat for 7 minutes. Use a potato masher to break up the strawberries and cook for another 2 minutes. It should be soupy.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar and salt until it's smooth and lightened in color. Add in cornstarch and lemon juice and stir until combined.
  3. Add a cup of the hot strawberries to the egg mixture to temper the eggs. Stir it constantly as you add the hot berries being careful not to cook the eggs. Add the egg mixture back into the pot and constantly stir with a silicon spatchula the strawberries for 5 minutes over medium -low heat. Increase the heat to medium and and stir until it boils. Let it boil for 1 minute while stirring and then pour it into a glass bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will prevent it from forming a film.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.


recipe from Scientifically Sweet

Nutrition Information:


2 tablespoons

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Made with cream cheese and whipped cream, these Homemade Strawberry Bon-Bons are perfect for snacking on while watching your favorite show.
Homemade Strawberry Bon-Bons
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Jennifer Heckert

Friday 7th of May 2021

Hello Karyn, I’m going to use this with a pistachio cake I’m making this weekend! How much does this recipe make? It says 2 TBSP but your strawberry cake recipe calls for 2 cups so just wanting to clarify. Thank-you!

Karyn Granrud

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Yes, it makes about 2 cups worth of curd. The serving size is listed as 2 tablespoons.

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Monday 25th of February 2019

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Diann Athey

Monday 9th of April 2018

Is there a substitute I could use for the cornstarch? I have an allergy to corn products. Looks delicious, maybe I'll just use a spoon! D

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I did a quick google search for ya and found this - It can be replaced with flour, arrowroot, potato starch, tapioca, and even instant mashed potato granules. I'd try the arrowroot first.

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Wednesday 13th of May 2015

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Thursday 26th of February 2015

Can you tell me what role the lemon juice plays, and if there is any noticeable lemon flavor in the curd?

Karyn Granrud

Sunday 1st of March 2015

No, there is no noticeable lemon flavor. The citrus acid acts more as a preservative and thickener.

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