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.
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