Easy-to-Make Peppermint Frosting Perfect for Chilly Nights

Hark! ‘Tis a new recipe that I bring forth to thee today – a grand peppermint frosting that is dairy-free and easy to make. Whether thou art a vegan or suffer from lactose intolerant, this frosting shall satisfy thy sweet cravings without any harms. It is perfect for those who seek healthier and organic food choices, as well as those who follow the gluten-free lifestyle.

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that thou shalt find in any household pantry. And when combined together carefully, it results in a creamy, minty frosting that would lift up the flavor of any chocolate cake or cupcakes recipe.

Furthermore, if thou art fond of the taste of candy canes and wish to replicate it in a frosting formula, then this recipe is for thee! With the addition of peppermint extract and crushed candy canes, this frosting shalt surely transport thee back to the festive winter holidays.

Therefore, come join me as I walk thee through the process of creating this delicious peppermint buttercream frosting that tastes just as good (if not better) than its counterparts with dairy!

Hie thee to the next section to learn more about why this recipe shalt thy favorite frosting to date!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Peppermint Frosting - Dairy Free
Peppermint Frosting – Dairy Free

Hark! Gather round, foodies and health enthusiasts alike! Today, I present to you a recipe that shall surely delight your taste buds – Peppermint Frosting, straight from the land of dairy-free and gluten-free wonders.

Mark my words, this frosting recipe shall leave you craving for more, with its sweet yet refreshing taste of peppermint, paired perfectly with vegan butter and powdered sugar. Made for those who crave a little sweetness in their life, but cannot partake in regular buttercream frosting due to dietary restrictions.

Peppermint Frosting is versatile too – it can accompany chocolate cupcakes, brownies, cakes and even peppermint mocha cupcakes. Imagine a dense chocolate cake with fluffy light peppermint frosting, topped off with crushed candy canes. Pure ecstasy!

The recipe is quick and easy to make while using only a few quality ingredients that are easily found at your local grocery store. With its unique blend of ingredients such as vanilla extract and light corn syrup alongside classic elements of icing like cream of tartar and powdered sugar – it’s a guaranteed palate pleaser.

So do not hesitate any longer, try this dairy-free Peppermint Frosting recipe today and indulge in the countless flavors it brings to your desserts. Indeed, there shall be no need for dairy products to enjoy dessert heaven – this frosting alone shall prove it possible!

Ingredient List

 Add a refreshing twist to your desserts with this dairy-free peppermint frosting.
Add a refreshing twist to your desserts with this dairy-free peppermint frosting.

Get Your Ingredient List Ready!

Before we start with the recipe, let’s have all the required ingredients for this Peppermint Frosting – Dairy Free Recipe ready on our kitchen counter.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

Make sure to use non-dairy alternatives, so it will be easier to create a frosting without milk. If you don’t have vegan butter, you can substitute it with coconut oil or vegetable oil. Also, make sure that your powdered sugar is gluten-free to keep this frosting free from any gluten content.

Now that we have all the recipe ingredients ready, let’s move on to the next section and get started with the recipe how-to!

The Recipe How-To

 Who says dairy-free desserts can't be delicious? Try this peppermint frosting for yourself and see.
Who says dairy-free desserts can’t be delicious? Try this peppermint frosting for yourself and see.

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients for our dairy-free peppermint frosting, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making it. Fret not, this recipe is easy and can be done even by new home cooks. Here are the instructions:

Step 1: Mix wet ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the softened vegan butter or vegetable shortening and whisk until creamy. Add in 1/2 cup of light corn syrup and mix them well.

Step 2: Add powdered sugar

Gradually add in 3 cups of powdered sugar to the mixture. You can adjust the amount depending on how stiff or loose you want to achieve your frosting.

Step 3: Flavoring time

Add in 1/4 cup of peppermint extract to make this frosting peppermint flavored! Mix it with an electric mixer until everything is well blended together.

Step 4: Thin out the mixture

Add 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk, like soy milk, to thin out your mixture if it’s too thick.

Step 5: Achieving right texture

Beat the frosting again using an electric mixer until you achieve a light and fluffy consistency.

Your tasty dairy-free peppermint frosting is now ready! Use it to top your favorite cakes, brownies, cupcakes or enjoy on its own.

Substitutions and Variations

 Frost cupcakes, cakes, cookies, or even brownies with this creamy and flavorful peppermint frosting.
Frost cupcakes, cakes, cookies, or even brownies with this creamy and flavorful peppermint frosting.

Hark! If thou seekest to amend thy Peppermint Frosting sans dairy, ’tis possible with a few simple substitutions. Fear not, for I shall guide thee through them.

– Vegan Butter: Substitute the regular butter in the recipe with 1 cup of vegan butter that’s slightly softened. Vegetable shortening is another alternative that can be used instead of butter if thou wilt.

– Non-Dairy Milk: Instead of regular milk, use 1/2 cup of soy milk or almond milk to make the frosting non-dairy. Mixing in some milk powder with water can also do the trick!

– Powdered Sugar: Use a gluten-free version of powdered sugar shouldst thou desire it. Moreover, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your sweet tooth!

– Peppermint Extract: Doth thou not have peppermint extract at hand? Fret not. You may use peppermint oil instead, but add no more than 1/4 teaspoon per recipe as it’s much stronger than extract!

– Candy Canes or Crushed Peppermints: Crushed candy canes or peppermints are a fantastic accompaniment to the Peppermint frosting. Sprinkle on top for texture and flavor or try substituting crushed candy canes with cocoa powder for a chocolate-peppermint variant – an excellent addition alongside brownies!

With these substitutions from classical ingredients to organic version, thou wouldst still be able to enjoy this easy and delightful recipe without any concerns!

Serving and Pairing

 If you're looking for a Christmas dessert that's both dairy-free and tasty, this peppermint frosting is your answer.
If you’re looking for a Christmas dessert that’s both dairy-free and tasty, this peppermint frosting is your answer.

Oh, what a lovely frosting! It pairs so well with numerous dessert items that it’s hard to choose just one favorite option. To begin with, its cool peppermint flavor blends flawlessly with the dark richness of chocolate cakes and cupcakes, making it a must-try for mint chocolate lovers. On top of that, sprinkling some crushed candy canes on this Peppermint Frosting could add an extra flair and make it ideal for serving at Christmas or winter-themed events.

Another outstanding choice for pairing could be vanilla cakes or cupcakes. The sweet vanilla flavor provides an excellent contrast to the minty taste of this frosting. The soft white color of the frosting also complements any cake with a pale base, such as angel food cake or white sponge cake. Plus, the lightness of those cakes balances out the richness of the peppermint buttercream.

Don’t hesitate to experiment further! This frosting can dress up any desserts you’re planning to serve. It works great atop brownies and can elevate your average muffins into gorgeous peppermint creations. Even more excitingly, you can use it as a dip for fruit plates, cookies or pretzels for a sweet snack.

Keep in mind that you still have plenty of options even if you’re avoiding gluten or dairy in your diet. This is an icing recipe that is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly! You can pair it with gluten-free chocolate cupcakes or vegan vanilla sponge cakes and not feel left out during any gathering.

Now you no longer need to worry about finding a suitable match for your rest-of-the-meal when you have this Peppermint Frosting on your dessert plate. Just let your imagination run wild and enjoy experimenting with various combinations!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Keep your desserts guilt-free with this dairy-free peppermint frosting recipe.
Keep your desserts guilt-free with this dairy-free peppermint frosting recipe.

Hark! for thou art wise to plan ahead, and this peppermint frosting can be made ahead of thy baking endeavor. Once the frosting hath been prepared, keep it stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When thou art ready to use the frosting, remove it from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Stir well before using and adjust the consistency with a little powdered sugar if necessary.

Mayhap thy baking dreams go beyond the immediate future, and thou wishest to store the frosting for an even longer time. Fear not! For this sweet concoction freezes well for up to two months. Just be sure to use a freezer-safe container and leave some room for expansion when choosing the vessel for storage. Defrost frozen frosting by placing it in the refrigerator overnight before use.

If thou art one who prefers to reheat thy frosting before use, simply place it on a heat-safe bowl and set it over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Stir regularly until the frosting has melted but is not too warm or else it may lose its structure. If needed, adjust consistency with a splash of soy milk or powdered sugar until perfect. Thou canst now frost thy cakes, cupcakes, or pair them with brownies – whatever comes unto thy mind with this deliciously dairy-free peppermint buttercream frosting.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This peppermint frosting is so easy to make, you'll never go back to store-bought frosting again.
This peppermint frosting is so easy to make, you’ll never go back to store-bought frosting again.

To achieve perfect peppermint frosting, there are several tips and tricks to keep in mind. Here are my top tips for making the best dairy-free peppermint frosting:

1. Sift the powdered sugar: Sifting the powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting mixture will help remove any lumps or clumps, resulting in a smoother texture.

2. Use room temperature ingredients: Make sure your vegan butter and vegetable shortening are at room temperature before using them, as this will make it easier to blend them with the other ingredients.

3. Gradually add the powdered sugar: Gradually adding the powdered sugar to the frosting mixture will prevent it from becoming too dry or stiff, allowing you to achieve the perfect consistency.

4. Add liquid sparingly: If you need to thin out your frosting mixture, add liquid (such as non-dairy milk) sparingly and gradually while mixing, as adding too much liquid can result in a runny frosting.

5. Chill the frosting: After making the frosting, place it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let it firm up before using it on cakes or cupcakes.

6. Experiment with different extracts: If you want to change up the flavor of your frosting, experiment with other extracts such as almond or vanilla extract instead of peppermint extract.

By following these tips and recommendations, you’ll be well on your way to creating a perfect dairy-free peppermint frosting that’s sure to impress!


Hark, methinks you may have some questions about this delightful peppermint frosting recipe. ‘Tis normal to have inquiries about ingredients, measurements, and possible substitutions, forsooth. Worry not, as I shall endeavor to anticipate your queries with the following FAQ section. Peruse it carefully and quell any doubts you may have along the way.

What can I use for frosting instead of milk?

When creating frosting that is free of milk, it’s essential to use a substitute dairy liquid in place of milk such as cream, half and half, or evaporated milk. Using plain water can also be a viable option for those looking for a more neutral taste. For those seeking a flavorful frosting, adding ingredients like orange or lemon juice, fruit puree, coffee, melted chocolate, cocoa, caramel, or liqueur can provide a delicious taste sensation.

How do you thicken non dairy frosting?

If you’re struggling to thicken up your frosting, I have a great tip for you – cornstarch! It’s likely that your powdered sugar already contains some cornstarch, so adding a bit more will give your frosting the perfect consistency.

What type of frosting is dairy free?

If you’re looking for a versatile icing that can be used for decorating various sweets like sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, and cakes, look no further than royal icing. Despite its fancy name, this icing is simple to make using just a few ingredients and is perfect for any day or special event. Bonus – it’s dairy-free!

Can I substitute yogurt for milk in frosting?

I want to share about using yogurt as a milk substitute in recipes. Yogurt can be a great addition to your ingredient list when you need to add some moisture and a bit of tang to your meals. It can replace milk in a one-to-one ratio, but it’s best to avoid using flavored yogurt.

Bottom Line

Thus, this Peppermint Frosting – Dairy Free Recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in delicious treats without sacrificing their dietary requirements. By using vegan and gluten-free ingredients, you can not only cater to your health needs but also satisfy your taste buds with this refreshing peppermint buttercream frosting. It is easy to make, versatile, and pairs well with different cakes and cupcakes, including mint chocolate and peppermint mocha cupcakes. So go ahead and give it a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy Baking!

Peppermint Frosting - Dairy Free

Peppermint Frosting - Dairy Free Recipe

A yummy frosting - don't be put off because it is dairy free, it is really good!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy-free
Calories 971.7 kcal


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring


  • In small bowl, blend on high egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually beat in sugar until glossy.
  • Gradually beat in corn syrup and vanilla.
  • Add peppermint extract and blend well.
  • Beat until stiff peaks form (about 6 minutes).
  • Blend in green food colouring.

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Serving: 383gCalories: 971.7kcalCarbohydrates: 248.1gProtein: 7.2gFat: 0.6gSodium: 851mgSugar: 119.6g
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