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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 24
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


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)


  • Prepare chocolate cake as instructed. Allow to cool completely. As cake is cooling, prepare peppermint buttercream frosting.
  • Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add peppermint extract and a pinch of salt and combine until well-incorporated.
  • 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.
  • Frost cake and sprinkle chopped peppermint bark on top of cake as garnishment (optional).


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.