Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe – Chocolate Cake has to be an all-time favorite cake recipe and this Peppermint Chocolate Cake version is perfect for the holidays.

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe - Chocolate Cake has to be an all-time favorite cake recipe and this Peppermint Chocolate Cake version is perfect for the holidays. // addapinch.com

Oh friends, this Peppermint Chocolate Cake recipe has just got to show up on your Christmas list of must-make cake recipes. Seriously.

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe - Chocolate Cake has to be an all-time favorite cake recipe and this Peppermint Chocolate Cake version is perfect for the holidays. // addapinch.com

Hello, deliciousness.

I’ll spare you all of the amazing comparisons and just tell you, it tastes like the best peppermint bark you’ve ever tasted. In cake form.

And since peppermint bark is Sam’s most favorite candy in the whole wide world, obviously this is a cake that he loves, loves, loves.

 

Peppermint Chocolate Cake | ©addapinch.com

If you don’t have peppermint bark on hand to chop and toss on top of the cake as garnish, you can either omit it or crush a few candy canes to sprinkle on top.

Peppermint Chocolate Cake | ©addapinch.com

I sure hope you love this Peppermint Chocolate Cake as much as we do. It is perfect for Christmas and New Year.

Yield: 12

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe

Total Time 1 hour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe - Chocolate Cake has to be an all-time favorite cake recipe and this Peppermint Chocolate Cake version is perfect for the holidays.
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Ingredients

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 3 - 4 cups confectioner’s sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk heavy cream, or half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup chopped peppermint bark for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare chocolate cake as instructed. Allow to cool completely. As cake is cooling, prepare peppermint buttercream frosting.
  2. Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
  3. Place softened butter into the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on a medium setting and cream the butter until it is smooth and has lightened in color, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add confectioner’s sugar, ½ a cup at a time. After each cup has been incorporated, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting and for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.
  5. Add peppermint extract and a pinch of salt and combine until well-incorporated.
  6. Add milk, heavy cream or half-and-half until the frosting has reached the preferred consistency. For a firmer frosting, add more confectioner’s sugar, a ¼ cup at a time. For a softer frosting, add more milk or cream, a tablespoon at a time.
  7. Frost cake and sprinkle chopped peppermint bark on top of cake as garnishment (optional).

Notes

For 3 layers - I simply split the cake batter between 3 cake pans instead of 2. For 3 layers, check cake for doneness after about 25 minutes.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe - Chocolate Cake has to be an all-time favorite cake recipe and this Peppermint Chocolate Cake version is perfect for the holidays. // addapinch.com

Originally published 2013.

29 comments on “Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe”

  1. This is a great idea! I love peppermint bark, but it never dawned on me to put it in cake form.

  2. How do you make the peppermint icing for this?

  3. This cake is suuuuuch a dream!! Yum!

  4. Wow, Robyn! This cake is absolutely gorgeous. The chocolate-peppermint combination is my favorite this time of year!

  5. Chocolate and peppermint is the best! Such a beautiful cake, Robyn!

  6. Peppermint bark in cake form?! Yes, please!

  7. THAT is one gorgeous cake. Just gorgeous.

  8. I am so excited to make this cake for my coworker’s birthday! She loves peppermint bark. I’ll have to assemble the cake at work after an hour and a half bus ride. Do you know how far in advance I can make the frosting? Any suggestions on storage/transport? Do you think it would be okay to make the frosting the night before and refrigerate? Thanks so much!!

  9. I am about to make this cake and the instructions for the cake say to bake in two pans, but you’ve got three layers in your photo. Should I bake this in three pans or just have a two-layer cake? And if it is a three pan recipe, what should the baking time be?

  10. How do you feel about using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

  11. Hello I love this idea but am confused. Do you mean 3 to 4 cups of confectioners sugar OR
    3… 4 cups of Confectioners sugar.. as in 12 cups?????

  12. Wow! What a cake! I to am curious about the three layers. Do you use three cake pans for the amount the recipe makes? Or do you make more cake batter? Thanks ahead of time!

  13. The cake recipe calls for 2 9″cake pans but the picture for the peppermint cake shows 3 layers – do you just use the receipe as indicated and spread between 3 pans or do you adjust the recipe for the 3rd layer?

  14. I made this tonight for our family party tomorrow! I just tasted the buttercream and it’s amaaaaazing! I did double the peppermint extract because I’m insanely crazy about peppermint. Cannot wait to serve this tomorrow! Happy holidays and thanks so much for this great recipe!

  15. Made this today after seeing it pinned on Pinterest! It’s awesome….love Peppermint Bark.
    I used Andes Peppermint chips on top and it turned out super cute and pretty!

  16. This looked so delicious I checked out the recipe, and it certainly must be, so I’ll get the ingredients and try this luscious cake out. Thank you for sharing, Robin!

  17. Oh, Robyn! That is a GORGEOUS cake!!!

  18. Hi!
    I made this cake last Christmas and it was delicious!
    But I got an idea..if I use cream cheese frosting instead , will it work?
    Thanks!

  19. hi.i came across a choc cake using 5ml expresso coffee..i cnt seem to find it again..can u mayb help me out as to where i cn find it again(chocolate cake)..ive been searchin for two hours..

  20. Great recipe. It was a hit.

    A few notes that I made for myself.

    1. I will add chocolate chips to the cake next time. Just extra decadent.

    2. Make extra icing. Just because more is always better.

    3. May need more mint extract. Also could be that you need a fresh bottle of mint extract.

    4. I didn’t have the peppermint bark so I us d crushed candy canes for the top. Looked great.

    Enjoy. Thanks, Robyn.

    –Chris

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