Peppermint really reminds me of the season. Candy canes, red and white and the smell, immediately I’m thinking Christmas. I thought what a better time to make a buttercream frosting but with a twist. If you have not seen my basic buttercream frosting click here. This frosting has a little more going on to balance the flavors happening but of course, you could use this recipe for a basic buttercream as well. Enough talking about it, let’s get into it!

The ingredients you need include butter, powdered sugar, shortening, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, milk and peppermint pieces. 

Basically, you let your butter get to room temperature and then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Cup by cup add the powdered sugar to the butter. Then add the shortening, the two extracts and a bit of milk and mix through. Lastly, crack your peppermint into small pieces. You could make them as fine as the ones on the top of the picture or as chunky as the ones on the bottom. Just remember, when you have larger pieces you can’t pipe a design because they will get stuck.

The buttercream is complete! It is ready to decorate with.

I frosted a chocolate cake because nothing compliments peppermint like chocolate. 

My chocolate cake recipe is going up tomorrow so stay tuned for that one! I made a chocolate cake mix from the box but with a twist to make it even more delicious. Subscribe down below so you will be reminded every time I post! Thank you so much for catching the wave. If you try this recipe leave a comment down below and let me know how it went. See ya tomorrow🌊

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Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 1 cake


  • 1 and 1/2 cup Butter

  • 4 tsp Shortening

  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar

  • 1/2 tbs Peppermint Extract

  • 1/2 tbs Vanilla Extract

  • 1/4 cup Crushed Peppermint

  • 1 tbs Milk


  1. Using an electric mixer beat butter together.

  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.

  3. Then add the shortening, milk, and extracts.

  4. Lastly add in your crushed peppermint and combine. Don't forget if you plan on piping with this frosting your pieces need to be small enough to fit through the tip.

  5. Easy as that! All done.

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