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Peppermint Buttercream

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream recipe with crushed candy canes!

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes! I showed these photos to one of my friends and they said, “YUM! What kind of drink is that?!”

I replied that it wasn’t a drink, but that it was buttercream piped in a mug.

The response was “Oh, it looks like a drink.”

*palm to face* I guess only a food blogger would put buttercream inside a mug and not assume it was actually drinkable.

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes! Let’s just imagine.. if this was a drink, it would be awesome! We could pretend that the buttercream was peppermint whip cream piled high on top of hot cocoa. *Swoon*

..Not that I want to burst our dream bubble, but I can assure you that there is no hot cocoa hiding inside that mug. Just lots and lots of peppermint buttercream.

I hope we can all still be excited about this mile high peppermint buttercream. There are so many desserts that you can pair it with..

-chocolate cake or cupcakes
-filling for a cake roll

Next week this peppermint buttercream will make another appearance in the form of a 3 layer cake!! I’m excited about that!

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes! Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes! I remember when I used to be afraid of buttercream because I didn’t know how to make it. But I’m here to tell you that you can’t screw it up.

Get out an electric mixer and mixing bowl, I like one with tall sides. If you have a kitchen aid mixer, lucky ducky you, use that!

Step 1 – Beat butter and vegetable shortening together. Or you can choose to just do all butter.
Step 2 – Add in the peppermint extract, crushed candy canes, and powdered sugar. Stir with a spatula first, then beat with an electric mixer.
Step 3 – ta da – peppermint buttercream!

Now to find something chocolatey to spread this on :)

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes!

Peppermint Buttercream


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • (can substitute with 1/2 cup butter)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tbsp crushed candy canes
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing large bowl, combine the butter and vegetable shortening, beat using an electric mixer until fluffy, 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes, beat using electric mixer.
  3. Begin to add the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand first, then with the electric mixer. Continue adding powdered sugar until the frosting tastes good to you.
  4. Enjoy with chocolate cake or cupcakes, brownies, macaroons, cookies, or as a filling for a cake roll.

Easy 5 ingredient peppermint buttercream with crushed candy canes!
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  1. What a luscious looking buttercream! I can imagine this would taste fantastic on so many holiday baked goods, but I love that you put some in the cocoa too!

  2. This is a buttercream perfection! I can’t wait to see the cake! 

  3. Frosting in a mug makes perfect sense to me!! :) This looks AMAZING! I want to eat it with a spoon! 

  4. Really? When I saw this picture, I thought it was fabulous hot chocolate topped with the fabulous buttercream. What a disappointment, Beth! Haha, just kidding. It’s still the fabulous (hot chocolate looking) recipe;)

  5. Us food bloggers think on a whole different wavelength lol. Can I just eat the buttercream by the spoonful?

  6. Lol we’re very alike, because I do stuff like that all the time and my husband has to bring me back to what non bloggers would think of the picture ;)  I love the mug o’ buttercream!  I’d sit there with a spoon and just go to town lol

  7. The better question is, who wouldn’t want to drink a cup of peppermint buttercream? 

  8. This buttercream looks so fluffy!

  9. Yum YUM! This is such a perfect recipe to have around!

  10. This buttercream looks and sounds so dreamy! And how perfect for all those festive holiday desserts! :)

  11. Absolutely gorgeous buttercream Beth and I LOVE the mug sweater!

  12. Thank you for this recipe!! Just yesterday my kids were asking for something peppermint. Would I use the same amount of peppermint emulsion? 

  13. This looks wonderful…going to use it to fill chocolate macarons for Christmas

  14. Thank you for your recipes,good

  15. Would this be enough to frost a double tiered cake?

    • Hi Rebekah! What size cake? 6 inch rounds? 8 inch rounds? What type of decoration style? I would double the recipe just to be safe. Not having enough buttercream when frosting a cake is the worst!

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