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Pink Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

If you are looking for the perfect holiday frosting recipe, THIS IS IT! I randomly whipped up this pink peppermint buttercream frosting on a whim while trying to figure out what toppings my chocolate cupcakes needed. It was a recipe worth keeping AND sharing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dessert recipe, holiday, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 229kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened 2 sticks
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-3 drops red food dye


  • Mix softened butter with an electric mixer or stand mixer on a medium setting and cream the butter until it is smooth and has lightened in color, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time. After each cup has been thoroughly mixed, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting. Mix in vanilla and a pinch of salt.
  • Add the heavy cream, peppermint extract, and food dye and mix well. Now frost yourselves! (Name that movie.)


For a firmer frosting, add more confectioner’s sugar, a ¼ cup at a time. For a softer frosting, add more cream, a tablespoon at a time.
Yield 4 cups


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 5mg