Item# WLRECIP-8824

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Item No. WLRECIP-8824
3 cups
Prep Time
20 min
Skill Level
Total Time
20 min

Add the perfect touch to your holiday baking with this delicious peppermint frosting. Great for filling, piping or frosting cupcakes, this sweet and refreshing frosting is sure to become a new holiday favorite. Add a little red food coloring or top with crushed candy canes for added holiday fun.



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  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)


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  • Large bowl
  • Electric hand mixer or stand mixer



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  • Notes:

    Make sure to use room temperature butter: Room temperature butter is crucial to creating perfect buttercream every time. To test if your butter is ready, press your finger into the butter. If your finger makes an indent but doesn’t slide around, you’re good to go. If your finger comes out greasy or goes through the butter too easily, your butter is likely too soft. Read more about how to soften butter effectively here.

    Frosting needed for cupcakes:

    • If you’re frosting cupcakes with a spatula, this recipe should be able to frost 36 cupcakes (1 cup per 12 cupcakes)
    • If you’re piping swirls onto cupcakes, this recipe should be able to frost 18 cupcakes (1 cup per 6 cupcakes)

    Top with crushed peppermint or candy canes: Top your baked goods with candy canes or crushed peppermint candies for a festive holiday touch

    To Color: Use Icing Colors or food coloring to tint frosting to any color without disturbing the consistency of the frosting.

    To Store: Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Frosting can also be frozen for up to three months. Bring frosting back to room temperature and re-whip using a paddle attachment until it’s the correct consistency before reusing.

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