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Mint Frosting

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!
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 179kcal


Mint Frosting

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 16 oz
  • ½ tsp mint extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream up to 1/4 cup
  • 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


Mint Frosting

  • 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.


  • 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 a vibrant green color, use gel food coloring rather than liquid food coloring. 
  • 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! 
  • More Questions? Check out this American buttercream frosting recipe for more common American buttercream questions and answers such as how much a typical batch of frosting will cover, and how long frosted cakes and cupcakes can sit out. 


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.7mg