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  • Writer's pictureGrace Grogan

Candy Cane Buttercream Frosting

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

With the Holidays right around the corner, it’s a good idea to have at least one holiday recipe… well… in your corner. (Haha hilarious right?!). Anyway, this candy cane buttercream frosting is always a show stopper, guaranteed to pair amazingly with almost anything you choose! Personally, I highly recommend trying this recipe with chocolate cake, brownies, or sugar cookies, but the choice is yours! Happy baking!!

Close up of red candy cane buttercream frosting


2 crushed candy canes

1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 cup milk or water

Red food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large bow, cream the softened butter for 2 minutes. Add in your powdered sugar, milk/water, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract.

  2. Starting off at a low speed, mix until just combined. Turn mixer up to high speed and mix for 2-3 minutes, this is to get the fluffiest icing possible!

  3. fold in your crushed candy canes.

  4. Use as desired, serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips and Recipe Notes:

  • Storage: store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 7 days. Freeze for up to 7 months!

  • Make sure you don't use over 1 tsp of peppermint extract, otherwise it will completely overwhelm the flavor and taste like toothpaste! Yuck!

  • If your icing has too many air bubbles in it, leave it in the mixer for 2 minutes on the lowest speed possible. If your mixer goes too fast, spend 2-3 minutes stirring the icing with a spatula to release the extra air!

  • This icing is perfect for all cakes, cupcakes, and frosted desserts!

  • This icing can be used for both decorating and flavorful purposes!

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