Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peppermint Icing

I had decided to make Peppermint Icing to top my chocolate cupcakes after buying some neat Christmas sprinkles. The icing turned out really well and tasted great with the cupcakes, but I think that the next time I make this icing for a Christmas cupcake, I will mix in some crushed candy canes for some nice colour and texture!

I decorated my cupcakes with my new little gingerbread man sprinkles

silver candy beads

and classic green & red jimmies!

I used my basic vanilla buttercream recipe, and substituted most of the vanilla for peppermint extract.  This recipe was enough to decorate 24 regular cupcakes.

Peppermint Icing
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tsp to 2 tbsp milk 
  1. Beat the butter (or margarine) until pale and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla and the peppermint extract, and mix well
  3. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time, making sure the icing is smooth before adding the next cup of icing sugar
  4. After all of the icing sugar is incorporated, beat in the milk one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached (I used about 3 tsp for these cupcakes)
  5. Enjoy!


  1. Lovely! I bet the flavor of peppermint and chocolate is wonderful!

  2. Just made this to ice some Valentine's Day cupcakes! It's a delicious recipe! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  3. I am so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  4. These cupcakes are to die for, peppermint and chocolate is always a winner. Raspberries would be my second favorite :)

  5. I just made this icing today for my daughter's 8th birthday cupcakes. I tinted it pink, added a few crushed candy canes, and sprinkled sugar pearls on top. She loved it and it was a hit with the whole family! Thanks!

  6. Wow! I just made this today, and I have to say, I've never made an icing sugar recipe that tastes so good! I added some crushed candy canes for fun. I'm impressed and will definitely use this again.

    1. I am so happy to hear that you loved it! It is a favourite at our house too :) and you can never go wrong with some crushed candy canes on top,yum!

  7. ?????? How much does this recipe make