Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting

4.5 from 2 votes

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

What You’ll Need

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • peppermint extract
  • candy cane pieces

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.

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.

buttercream frosting on whisk attachment

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

How To Serve

Serve frosting over your favorite cupcakes, cake or even use as a dip for graham crackers and chocolates!

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover frosting in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting
4.5 from 2 votes

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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49 Responses
  1. Anna

    When you say 2 sticks of softened, unsalted butter, how many grams or ounces is that? I’m in Australia. Thanks.

    1. Sam

      It’s best room temp. If you are in a rush. Put hot water in a tall glass, empty it and put it over the butter for about 15-20 mins, then repeat if needed till its soft.

  2. KA

    Here’s a heads up. Picky Palate blogger neglected to mention that unless your butter is VERY soft, you will tear up your cake trying to frost it. I don’t know if she ever used the frosting for anything other than eating it off a spoon, but it’s not the easiest to spread on a cake.

    1. Karen

      Yes – was curious how this would pipe onto cupcakes with the pieces of candy cane… anyone?

  3. Susan

    I had to add a couple tablespoons of milk to make it a buttercream frosting, otherwise it was just a butter sugar crumble. I used crushed candy cane pieces. It was better the second day. 😉

  4. samantha

    can you use regular candy canes or does it have to say “candy cane pieces for baking”

  5. Taylor

    Do you think this would be good as a filling for “sandwich” cookies? Do you have a chocolate cookie recipe that would be good with it? Thanks! I want to try something new for the holidays!

  6. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    Oooh I LOVE this! I need to find a bag of those crushed candy canes – genius!

  7. Tori@Gringalicious.com

    Yes, Yes, Yes, and did I say Yes! Frosting is my favorite part of any dessert. No kidding, I could leave the cake any day if I can just have the frosting!

  8. Mary @ Bake Me A Scone

    This would be so fantastic on the chocolate cake i’m planning to make Christmas day!

  9. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    Buttery yum! I want this slathered all over a dark chocolate layer cake!!

  10. Beth

    So, if no one else in my family likes peppermint (I KNOW, they are freaks, right???) is it perfectly acceptable for me to eat this all by myself??? Yes? I thought so! 😉

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Whoa baby!!! Now, that is what I call holiday frosting! Pass the bowl!

  12. Cody | Cody Uncorked

    This looks amazing! Thinking I’m going to make it for a chocolate layer cake. 🙂

  13. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Of course I’m in love. It involves peppermint! Fun.Fun. And yes…how is it only 10 days away. Goes too quickly!

    Enjoy your week Jenny!

  14. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    This peppermint buttercream frosting is right up my alley with Christmas right around the corner.

  15. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    10 days????? OK, a little bit of Christmas panic just hit. I’ll need that bowl of frosting and a spoon to cope, please and thank you!

  16. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    It’s perfectly acceptable to want to faceplant into the bowl and eat my eat my way out before even putting this frosting on anything right? It looks PERFECT. Pinned!

      1. Karen

        I agree…faceplant…and necessary to get through the next few days…forget using on cookies…….it is gorgeous!

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