Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting

This Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting is perfect for the holidays! It’s buttercream frosting at its finest – mint lovers look no further!

buttercream frosting on whisk attachment

 

Candy Cane Crunch Frosting

Buttercream frosting is so simple to make and goes perfectly with cupcakes, cakes, graham crackers and even just right on a spoon!

Why is buttercream icing so good? Well I guess because it is mostly butter and sugar, ha! I am in love with this peppermint crunch frosting. It is good enough to eat right from a spoon or use it to frost your favorite baked goods. It’s really good with graham crackers too! Break out some butter and be prepared to fall in love with this recipe!

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creaming butter and powdered sugar for Buttercream Frosting

How to Make The Best Peppermint Frosting

  1. Place butter into stand mixer and beat until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, peppermint and candy cane pieces. Beat until combined, but be cautious to not over mix. Remove and store in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days. If you refrigerate, thaw to room temperature before using.
  2. Use frosting for your favorite cakes, cupcakes and cookies….and crackers…and with a spoon.
  3. Makes Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake.

candy cane pieces for Buttercream Frosting

I cannot say enough about this bag of crushed candy canes. It’s made for baking, so it doesn’t get all melty and sticky. I found it at World Market…$2.99. I need to go grab another bag, it’s awesome.

adding candy cane pieces to buttercream frosting

Add 1/4 cup crushed candy canes to the frosting, beating to combine.

buttercream frosting on whisk attachment

I mean come on!! This stuff is dangerously delicious. Enjoy!

What’s The Difference Between Buttercream and Traditional Frosting?

Great question!

Both buttercream and frosting are made with powdered sugar, fat, flavoring and sometimes milk or water. The difference is the type of fat they use.

Frosting is usually made with shortening or cream cheese. That’s why frosting is a good option if you want a bright white cake — buttercream often has a yellowish tint. However, shortening-based frostings can have a slight chemical taste. This is because unlike butter, shortening has no flavor, making it easier to taste any artificial flavorings from colorings or other additives.

Buttercream is a butter-based frosting. Butter gives the icing a richer and creamier taste, and it can also cut down on the sweetness. For silky smooth buttercream, make sure your butter is at room temperature. Chilled butter is tricky to cream.

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting

This Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting is perfect for the holidays! It's buttercream frosting at its finest - mint lovers look no further!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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Equipment

  • Bowl
  • spoon or whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks salted butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil or 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces for baking

Instructions

  • Place butter into stand mixer and beat until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, peppermint and candy cane pieces. Beat until combined, but be cautious to not over mix. Remove and store in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days. If you refrigerate, thaw to room temperature before using. Use frosting for your favorite cakes, cupcakes and cookies....and crackers...and with a spoon. Makes Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake.

Notes

Use frosting for your favorite cakes, cupcakes and cookies....and crackers...and with a spoon. Makes Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 41g
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