This mint frosting recipe is a simple buttercream frosting that is perfect for cupcakes and cakes! Using only 4 ingredients and one bowl, you can whip up a batch in 10 minutes so try this easy and delicious frosting today! Plus, you can easily add chocolate chips for mint chocolate chip frosting!
How to Make Mint Buttercream Frosting
This frosting is an American buttercream frosting so it is incredibly easy to make. You put everything in a bowl and mix, the whole process uses one bowl and takes about 10 minutes. How great is that?!
First, you cream the softened butter for a good 3-5 minutes in a standing mixer or with a hand mixer in a large bowl. This makes it light, pale, and fluffy. Then, you add the powdered sugar and mix on low until it starts to incorporate. After it starts to turn to a crumbly mixture, turn to medium to medium high and mix for another 3-5 minutes. After you’re done mixing, add your extract, and milk or cream. If you want green frosting, also add one or two drops green food coloring. Remix for another minute and that’s it! It’s ready to pipe onto cake, cupcakes, or fill sandwich cookies.
How to Make Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
For a fun variation, you can add chopped chocolate to make mint chocolate chip buttercream. After you’ve made the mint frosting, mix in one 3.5 oz bar of your favorite chocolate, roughly chopped, or ¾ cup mini chocolate chips.
Because this buttercream is full of chocolate chunks, you’re not able to pipe the frosting as you would a normal buttercream frosting as the chocolate gets stuck in the piping tips. This cookie dough frosting has same issue and a lot of readers piped the base frosting and added the chocolate after, which still gives the same flavor profile and looks great.
Tips for Making Mint Buttercream Frosting
- A little mint extract goes a long way. ½ tsp gives it a pretty strong mint flavor. I think a ½ tsp is good for this recipe but you can even start with ¼ tsp and try it. If you think it needs more, add the other ¼ tsp.
- If your powdered sugar is old or has lumps, be sure to sift before adding to the butter.
- After adding the powdered sugar, be sure to start mixing on low so your powdered sugar doesn’t fly everywhere and make a mess. Once it’s incorporated you can turn the mixer higher.
- For the Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream, you can not pipe with a piping bag as the chocolate chunks clogs the piping tips. You can still spread the frosting with a knife, or add the chocolate chunks after piping, but my favorite is to use an ice cream scoop to scoop the frosting on chocolate cupcakes. So cute!
Uses for Mint Frosting
In addition to using on cakes and cupcakes, this is a delicious frosting for filling macarons or sandwich cookies and because it’s often tinted green, it’s a great frosting for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. Mint and chocolate go so well together, I personally love it with this easy chocolate cake and cupcake recipe.
When using with cupcakes or cake, you can drizzle on melted chocolate or sprinkle on more chopped up chocolate. And of course, adding a sprig of mint completes the mint theme!
Storing Mint Frosting
Like most buttercream frostings, this keeps well in the fridge or freezer. It’s so easy to make, it’s preferable to make the day you use it, but it will last up to a week in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer. Make sure it’s very tightly wrapped so it doesn’t take on any other flavors from your fridge or freezer. When you’re ready to use, defrost in the fridge and stir or remix with a mixer.
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- 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar 16 oz
- ½ tsp mint extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
- 1-2 drops green food coloring optional
Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
- ¾ cup chopped chocolate bar or mini chocolate chips one 3.5 oz chocolate bar
- In the bowl of a standing mixer or using a hand-held mixer with a large bowl, beat the butter for 3-5 minutes until it is pale and very creamy.
- Add the powdered sugar and beat on low for 30-60 seconds until it incorporates and starts to look crumbly. Once it’s combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Start mixing again on medium to medium high for another 3-5 minutes.
- Turn off the mixer and add your mint extract, milk or cream, and optional food coloring.
- Remix for another 30-60 seconds until it is fully combined.
Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
- Once you’ve made your mint frosting, fold or mix in chocolate.
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