Peppermint Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Lorraine Published: February 2, 2021 Modified: October 7, 2021
Peppermint Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting Recipe

How To Make Peppermint Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

This chocolate cake is a rich, decadent and fluffy treat infused with refreshing peppermint flavors, down to the frosting.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Cake:

  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2cupsgranulated sugar
  • ¾cupunsweetened cocoa powder,plus more for pans
  • tspbaking soda
  • tspbaking powder
  • ¾tspsalt
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • ½cupvegetable oil
  • 2large eggs
  • 1tsppeppermint extract
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 1cupwater,boiling, measured after it reaches a boil
  • peppermint candies,crushed, or red sprinkles, for decorating

For Frosting:

  • cupsbutter,(preferably 1 cup unsalted and ½ cup salted), room temperature
  • 5tbspheavy cream
  • tsppeppermint extract
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • cupspowdered sugar

Instructions

Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch round baking pans and line with a round of parchment paper, butter parchment. Lightly dust pans with cocoa powder shaking out excess. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  3. Add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, peppermint extract and vanilla extract, then using an electric hand mixer, blend the mixture on low for 2 minutes, until combined. Increase speed to medium and mix. Mix in boiling water. 

  4. Divide the batter evenly among prepared baking pans.

  5. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. 

  6. Run a knife around edges of the cake to ensure they are loosened, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip the butter until pale and fluffy. Add in 3 tablespoons of the cream, the peppermint extract and vanilla extract and 1 cup of the powdered sugar, then mix until combined.

  2. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix on low speed until blended. Increase to medium-high speed and whip until light and fluffy, while adding in additional cream ½ tablespoon at a time, to reach the right consistency.

  3. Once the cake is cooled, frost with the peppermint buttercream frosting.

  4. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 541.42kcal
  • Fat: 27.41g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.09g
  • Trans Fat: 0.75g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.48g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.11g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.40g
  • Fiber: 1.87g
  • Sugar: 60.85g
  • Protein: 3.78g
  • Cholesterol: 76.04mg
  • Sodium: 305.87mg
  • Calcium: 69.83mg
  • Potassium: 118.94mg
  • Iron: 1.41mg
  • Vitamin A: 177.22µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.22mg
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