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Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake

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This chocolate peppermint holiday cake screams Christmas to me. These two flavors combined together create a delicious and moist holiday dessert.

When the holidays roll around, I bring out the extra special coffee to share with my friends and family. I create fancy desserts to enjoy while we sip cup after cup of delicious hot coffee.

This year, the cake that I made was OVER the top!- Everyone thought I had purchased it from a bakery because it was that good. Little did they know I have a couple of secrets! Today I am sharing the recipe and my secrets with you!

How to Make a Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake

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Here is my secret — this is a boxed cake y'all. All my girlfriends thought I got this cake from the bakery. I have a secret to making boxed cakes taste just like bakery cakes.

You start with putting your cake mix into your mixing bowl.

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To that, you just need to switch a few things out —

  • Add 1 extra egg (if it calls for 3 use 4)
  • Switch out the water for milk (if it calls for 1/4 cup of water — use 1/4 cup of milk)

And that's it! If you do that, your cakes will come out super moist and taste just like bakery style cakes.

Now — once you get your cake mixed up, line your cake pans with parchment paper. This ensures that your cakes do not stick to the bottom.

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Once the cake bakes and cools, just run a knife around the edges and it should pop right out. Then just peel away the parchment paper for a perfectly flat bottom cake.

Now, while the cakes are cooling, you are going to make homemade frosting. It is not hard at all!

Let's Make Some Frosting

One of my favorite homemade frostings is my Cream Cheese Frosting. I use on birthday cakes and my delicious Homemade Carrot Cake.

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All you need is —

  • 1 cup of solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 sticks of butter softened
  • Peppermint Extract — 2 teaspoons
  • 2 lbs of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of milk, half and half, or heavy cream

Cream together the shortening and butter. Add in your vanilla and then 1 cup at a time add in your powdered sugar and milk. If you add it all in at one time, you will end up with a cloud of dust.

Now, set your icing aside. You are going to want to level your cakes next. This is simply cutting off the bubble that forms on the top of your cake. You want a super flat surface. Take a knife and shave the top of each layer off.

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To keep your cake plate from looking messy, take wax paper pieces and place in different sections so that when you are done icing your cake, you can pull them out and your cake  plate stays clean and neat.

Now — you are ready to icing.

Which is where my next tip comes in. To make your icing smooth, simply take a glass of hot water and set it beside you so that as you are spreading the icing, you can dip your spatula in the water, which heats it and it will help make a smooth transition around your cake.

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Now, for the decoration part! I buy chocolate peppermint candies instead of hard peppermint candies to decorate with.

I chop them up into little tiny pieces (but you can buy them pre-chopped to skip this step) so that I can use them on the cake.

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Once I get them chopped up, then I take the cake and put them all around the base of the cake, pressing them into the frosting to make a beautiful red, white, and pink base.

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Then, I take the leftover frosting and tint it with a pink gel and using the largest 2″ star tip you can purchase, I decorate the top and the sides.

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Then for the end, I simply take a few of the peppermint candies and place on top for the perfect looking holiday cake you will ever create!

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Serve this delicious dessert with a cup of my Caramel Machiatto and if you are looking for a good coffee maker, check out the Ninja Coffee Bar. It is my favorite.

Yield: 10 slices

Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake

This holiday cake is perfect for friends and family. Full of Peppermint mocha flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 chocolate boxed cake
  • 1 extra egg
  • use milk instead of water

For the Icing

  • 1 cup of solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 sticks of butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 2 lbs of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of milk, half and half, or heavy cream

For the decorations

  • Chocolate Peppermint candies
  • #2 Star Tip
  • Pink Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

For the cake

  1. Follow the directions on the box. Make sure you add in one extra egg and then exchange the water for milk. Bake as directed.

For the Icing

  1. Cream together the shortening and butter. Add in your vanilla and then 1 cup at a time add in your powdered sugar and milk. If you add it all in at one time, you will end up with a cloud of dust.

For the decorations

  1. Take a toothpick and dip in the pink gel food coloring and tint the remaining frosting. Then, using a star tip, pipe on cute decorations.
  2. Chop up candies and press into the base of the cake and sprinkle on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 773Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 0gSugar: 93gProtein: 2g

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

This looks incredible! I bet it tastes just as good as it looks. Bookmarking!

Rozilyn Cool

Sunday 4th of December 2016

Yum! This sounds amazing, love anything peppermint this time of year. Never thought about milk instead of water, in a mix. I can't wait to try.

Silvia

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

I love everything peppermint right now! This cake looks absolutely amazing and the recipe is easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!

Silvia www.lovelysilvia.com

CourtneyLynne

Saturday 3rd of December 2016

Omg can we say yum?!?! This cake looks absolutely delicious!!!! I must give it a try

Maria Hann

Friday 2nd of December 2016

Looks a yummy peppermint cake, I bet this is so yummy and perfect for Holiday

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