Indulge in the refreshing flavor of peppermint with this delicious Peppermint Buttercream Frosting recipe. Perfect for holiday baking or anytime you want to add a festive touch to your treats. This creamy and fluffy frosting is sure to impress your friends and family!

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes | Serves: Frosts 12 cupcakes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2-4 tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Crushed candy canes (optional, for garnish)


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter until smooth.
  2. Add 3 cups powdered sugar, peppermint extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Mix on low speed until combined.
  3. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more cream. Adjust consistency as needed.
  4. Beat on high speed for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Spread or pipe the frosting on cooled cupcakes or cakes. Garnish with crushed candy canes if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 200 || Carbohydrates: 25g || Fat: 12g || Protein: 0g

What I Love About This Recipe?

  1. The perfect balance of sweetness and minty flavor.
  2. Easy to customize by adjusting the amount of peppermint extract to suit your taste.
  3. Creamy and fluffy texture that makes it easy to spread or pipe onto desserts.
  4. Goes well with chocolate, vanilla, or peppermint-flavored cakes and cupcakes.
  5. The festive touch of crushed candy canes adds a fun holiday vibe.

What To Avoid While Making this Recipe?

  1. Avoid using too much peppermint extract as it can overpower the frosting.
  2. Avoid overmixing the frosting once it reaches the desired consistency to prevent it from becoming too dense.
  3. Be careful when adding powdered sugar, as adding too much can make the frosting too sweet.
  4. Ensure the butter is softened but not melted to achieve the right texture for the frosting.
  5. Make sure the cupcakes or cakes are completely cooled before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.

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