Peppermint Chocolate Cake will have you singing carols from the rooftops with its layers of rich, mega moist chocolate cake, peppermint frosting center and shell of rich, silky chocolate ganche frosting.
Even though we been playing Christmas music since before Thanksgiving (I love the old stuff – good ol’ Bing Crosby style), I cannot believe Christmas is next week! I got more in the Christmas spirit last night by attending a Bethlehem Walk put on by a local church with my family which was complete with live goats, a donkey, Bethlehem vendors and the culminating nativity scene. While I was there, I randomly ran into my favorite teacher ever – my freshman English teacher – who I hadn’t seen in almost 18 years! She didn’t immediately recognize me but when I told her my last name, tears immediately filled her eyes as she remembered my family and particularly remembered attending my brother’s powerful funeral. It was an honor to tell her how much she meant to me and to see how much those words meant to her. A precious reminder to share our love with everyone, not just during Christmas time.
I try to share my love with word and food. Lots of food.
Once Thanksgiving hits there is hardly any time to bring you Christmas recipes and I don’t want to pull a department store on you and start feeding you Christmas recipes in October, so I hope you don’t mind my Christmas cramming until Christmas and don’t get too sick of me! I hope my recipes help fill you with the Christmas spirit and not just hopeful yearning hunger pains. But how could this Peppermint Chocolate Cake not fill you with the Christmas spirit?
I slightly adapted this cake from a friend (originally from Southern Living) who texted me his proud creation of the cake he had made for his wife’s birthday. What an awesome husband! And if he can make this cake, then you can make this cake. And you should make this cake.
The chocolate cake itself is so rich and soft full of melted chocolate morsels, cocoa powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, sour cream and finally hot water which makes it so extra moist. The cake is then topped with Peppermint Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. The name says its all – buttery, with peppermint and vanilla extract for the perfect festive flair.
The cake is then coated in velvety Chocolate Ganache Frosting. Heavy cream, butter and melted chocolate thats been whipped into frosting. Who can resist chocolate ganache frosting?!
Finally, the cake is drizzled with melted peppermint candy melts and crushed candy canes because, afterall, its Christmas and ribbons of peppermint will fill everyone with the Christmas spirit!
But you don’t have to garnish with the peppermint candy melts, the Peppermint Chocolate Cake alone is enough to make everyone happy with its layers of moist cake and peppermint frosting filling all enveloped in silky ganache.
But if you really want to make everyone on your wish list happy, microwave the individual slices for 20 seconds or so for warm chocolaty cake, oozing peppermint frosting and melty chocolate ganache. That’s all I need to be filled with the Christmas spirit. I should just start the season off with this Peppermint Chocolate Cake next year. Done and done. Merry Christmas!
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Recipe adapted from Southern Living
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