Our latest flavor of Buttercream frosting is a gigantic hit … it definitely deserves the title The Best Peppermint Buttercream Frosting. We think it tastes just like a butter mint candy – sweet, creamy, buttery with just the right amount of peppermint flavoring. This one is a keeper!
How to make The Best Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
You will need:
- 1 pound (4 cups) of Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup Butter (We use Salted Sweet Cream Butter)
- 1 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint Extract
- Wilton Color Right Food Coloring – Red
- Decorating Bags
- Wilton 2D Decorating Tip
I use my food scale to measure 1 pound of Powdered Sugar. (If you don’t have a food scale the equivalent would be 4 cups.) You can sift the powdered sugar if it is really lumpy. I do not always do this. Instead I will mix the powdered sugar on low for 30 seconds to break up any large lumps.
Add 1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter. I only ever use real butter, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Although I think margarine changes the taste, your buttercream frosting made with margarine will still be better than canned frosting.
Start your mixer (or electric beater) on the lowest setting. I usually put a clean dishtowel around my mixer to keep the sugar from flying out. Keep on low until the butter and sugar are incorporated and then kick your mixer up to medium high.
Add 1 tablespoon of milk. I keep the milk handy to add at the end if I need to thin it out. Once fully incorporated, after a minute or so, stop the mixer and check the consistency and taste. At this point your frosting may be a little dry. Add a little bit of extra milk, mix and check again.
Now add 1 1/4 teaspoons Peppermint Extract and mix until incorporated. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS taste your frosting. You are trying to determine if the consistency is wrong, if it needs more milk, more peppermint extract etc.
One way to serve this yummy Peppermint Buttercream Frosting is completely natural … swirl it onto a cupcake or spread it onto a sheet cake. Add some crushed peppermint candies and you have yourself a great Holiday dessert.
But if you want to get a little fancier you can add a little red food coloring and create a candy cane effect. Separate the Peppermint Buttercream frosting into two equal portions and color one of them red. Get your decorating bag ready with the decorating tip you want to use. (We used a Wilton 2D Decorating Tip here.) Spoon the red peppermint frosting into one half of the decorating bag. They add the white peppermint frosting into the other side.
Swoop on a candy cane like swirl of Peppermint Buttercream Frosting. So pretty and festive!
Whichever technique you choose, you are now ready to frost your dessert with a super yummy Best Peppermint Buttercream Frosting that will enhance whatever you put it on!
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More Great Frosting Recipes …
- 4 cups of powdered sugar (or 1 box)
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 tbsp of milk
- 1¼ teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- Add powdered sugar to mixing bowl.
- Add softened sticks of butter
- Add 1 tbsp of milk.
- Beat on low until powdered sugar is incorporated. Then move mixer up to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When completely mixed the frosting may appear dry.
- Add more milk, a little bit at a time until frosting is the proper consistency.
- Add Peppermint Extract
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