Just thought I’d share what was one of my favorite recipes from last Christmas :) I used this frosting recipe with my chocolate espresso cupcakes (look in my cake photos at the Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes). Hope you all enjoy as much as I did!
White Chocolate Peppermint Buttercream
12 ounces butter, softened
4 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Red food coloring (optional)
Prepare the buttercream: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter with the confectioner’s sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled white chocolate until well combined. Add enough of the heavy cream until the buttercream reaches your desired consistency for piping or spreading and beat on high speed for 1 minute more. Beat in 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract (depending on how strong you want the peppermint flavor to be.) Color with red food coloring, if desired. (I used a small paint brush to stripe the inside of my decorating bag before placing the icing inside it to achieve the candy stripe look of my icing swirls on my cupcakes.)
Pipe or spread the buttercream decoratively onto the cupcakes and top with a peppermint candy or crushed peppermint candies.
Becky, North Carolina, http://www.cakesbybecky.blogspot.com