This delicious and creamy mint frosting is ready in just 5 minutes! Made with just 6 ingredients, this mint buttercream is so easy to make.
This mint frosting is a classic American buttercream! It's made with simple ingredients like butter, confectioners' sugar, a splash of heavy cream, and of course, mint extract!
If you're a thin mint lover or just a mint lover in general, this mint frosting is the recipe for you. It's such a simple frosting recipe to whip up and you just need 1 bowl!
Why you'll love this recipe!
- Simple: It uses simple ingredients, you only need 6 ingredients to make this frosting recipe!
- Easy to make: American buttercream is one of the easiest frostings to make.
- Customizable: You can customize the color, I went for a very light mint green but you can make it darker or a different shade of green!
- Confectioners' Sugar: Also known as icing sugar or powdered sugar, this is going to sweeten the frosting.
- Unsalted Butter: I always use unsalted butter in my recipes so I can control the amount of salt. I also prefer to use European-style butter which is much richer and creamier.
- Heavy Cream: This is going to make the butter creamy and spreadable.
- Mint Extract: Make sure you're using mint extract and not peppermint extract, which will give more of a toothpaste taste.
- Food Gel: My favorite brand of food gel is Americolor. I used the shade mint green here!
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, mix the room temperature butter with the confectioners' sugar on low speed. Once combined, beat on medium-high speed until thick, about 2-3 minutes.
Step 2: Stop the mixer and add the salt, green food gel and mint extract. Beat on medium-high speed for another 2 minutes.
Step 3: With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in the heavy cream until the frosting is the consistency you want.
Step 4: use immediately to spread on cakes, cupcakes, brownies or to fill sandwich cookies!
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Begin by beating the butter and confectioners' sugar together on low speed until combined, this is going to help the powdered sugar not fly out of the bowl and all over your kitchen!
- If you're using gel food coloring you only need a couple of drops to dye the frosting, but other types of food color might need more to get the color you want.
- Make sure the butter is at room temperature before you start making this frosting, otherwise, the frosting won't be smooth.
- Don't use peppermint extract, you want to use mint extract!
Frequently Asked Questions
When you're pouring in the heavy cream, stop as soon as the frosting is the consistency you want. If it is too thin you can add a ¼ cup of confectioners' sugar at a time until it is the consistency you desire.
If you don't want to add food coloring or don't have it on hand, you can leave it as is! Just note it will be a shade of white or yellow depending on the butter that yo use.
Yes, make the frosting and place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. It might need to be mixed with a handheld mixer before being used to frost a cake or cupcakes.
This makes enough frosting to generously frost 12-14 cupcakes or a two-layer 8-inch cake.
Place any leftover frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To freeze, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw at room temperature and mix with a handheld mixer before using.
Try these frostings next!
- 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
- kosher salt
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- mint extract
- green food gel
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners' sugar together on low speed until well combined.2 sticks unsalted butter, 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes until it becomes very thick.
- Stop the mixer and add the salt, food gel, and mint extract. Beat on medium-high speed for another 2 minutes.kosher salt, mint extract, green food gel
- Turn the mixer to your lowest speed and pour in the heavy cream. Beat until it becomes very creamy and spreadable.¼ cup heavy cream
- Frost cupcakes or a layer cake!