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Chocolate-Peppermint Icing

Use this icing with the Chocolate-Peppermint Cake. Peppermint extract is highly concentrated, so a very small amount is all that is needed.

Chocolate-Peppermint Icing

Source: Everyday Food, Special Issue 2007


  • 4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a boil over high heat; stir in peppermint extract. Strain cream into chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes; stir until smooth (mixture will appear oily at first.) Cool until mixture falls in ribbons when spoon is lifted, 2 to 6 minutes.

  2. To ice cake, set the cake on a serving platter. Tuck parchment or waxed paper under sides of cake (to keep platter clean). Pour icing onto center of cake. Use an offset spatula or a dinner knife to spread evenly over the top and down the sides. Let set, about 30 minutes.

Reviews (7)

  • Mai-Britt 10 Dec, 2008

    oh sorry, I didnt realize I had to click on the word PEPPERMINT ICING.....

  • turtlegrins 9 Dec, 2008

    Congratulations, Linda013!!
    I'd say that's just about the best compliment a cake could get!
    Well done! (I hope mine turns out as well as yours did!) :)

  • arwenspipes 8 May, 2008

    This cake is delicious and moist. I added about a tablespoon of sugar to the icing and will definitely be making this for mother's day!

  • Linda013 9 Dec, 2007

    Made this cake for a friend. He loved the peppermint. I got a proposal.

  • mmsrjs 5 Dec, 2007

    Don't like peppermint, then you cant go wrong sticking with Vanilla, I use the pure vanilla.

  • Potpainter 5 Dec, 2007

    The chocolate icing would probably be good without adding any additional flavor, but when I think about some of my favorite chocolate bars orange or hazelnut extract could be delicious.

  • ami11561 5 Dec, 2007

    What can you use instead of peppermint? I dislike this flavor but the cake sounds good.

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