Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

If you like peppermint, then this Peppermint Buttercream Frosting is for you! It has just the right amount of peppermint and is not overpowering. It pairs really well with chocolate or vanilla cake. Another option is to elevate your holiday sugar cookies by decorating them with this frosting recipe!

The most important ingredients in this recipe are the extracts. I like to look for organic options and avoid any imitation flavors. I think it gives the frosting a much better taste. Also, sometimes you will find peppermint flavor instead of peppermint extract which you could also use.

I am a big fan of peppermint, as well as chocolate, so my first choice would be to use this frosting with my Chocolate Cake Recipe. Another great option would be my Vanilla Cake Recipe, although feel free to use your imagination! I also think it would be fun to use this recipe to decorate sugar cookies during the holidays! It would give a little extra flavor to your cookies. If you need a good sugar cookie recipe, you can find mine here.

The Peppermint Buttercream Recipe is below. There is no need to adjust for altitude for a frosting recipe so there is just one. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to leave a comment if you try it out or have any questions!

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Delicious peppermint frosting recipe that could be used for cakes, cupcakes or cookies! Recipe makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes, a 3 layer 6 inch cake, or a 2 layer 8 inch cake.


  • 2 cups butter
  • 32 oz. powdered sugar (two 16 oz. bags or about 8 cups)
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 6 tbsp whole milk


  • Leave the butter on the counter to soften a bit at room temperature. Or you can place two sticks of butter in the microwave and heat for 9-11 seconds to soften, then repeat with the other two sticks of butter. Once the butter is a little soft but is still firm then it is ready. You should be able to make an indent in the butter if you push firmly.
  • Place the butter in your mixing bowl and beat for a few minutes.
  • Open a bag of powdered sugar and add in about a third of the bag. Mix until combined. Continue until the whole bag is mixed in.
  • Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract. Mix until combined.
  • Open the second bag of powdered sugar and add in about a third of the bag. Mix until combined. Continue until the whole bag is mixed in.
  • Add in 3 tbsp of whole milk. Mix until combined.
  • Add in the last 3 tbsp of milk and mix until combined. If you need to adjust the consistency add in an additional tbsp of milk at a time.
  • Mix the frosting for about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl, then mix for another minute.
  • Mix the frosting by hand with a spatula or spoonula for a few seconds to try to get out some of the air bubbles and make sure everything is incorporated.
  • Frost your cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc.!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container. It will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, or you could freeze it for up to 3 months.