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Easy Chocolate-Peppermint Cake

Recipe photo courtesy of Yunhee Kim

Peppermint-flavored icing gives this cake a seasonal flavor.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2004
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

To help the cake sit level, place the bottom of an empty baking pan on top of the inverted cake as it cools, and gently push down to flatten underside.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • MissKey
    28 DEC, 2008
    It was good, but I don't think it is worth the extra effort and all of the ingredients. Mine kind of sunk in the middle, but it was still good. The icing wasn't really that peppermint-y.
    • KLoy93
      5 NOV, 2018
      If you invert it then it shouldn't sink in the middle.
  • 1275
    5 FEB, 2013
    This cake was almost like a brownie, it was so dense and fudgy. The cake was very easy to make, good for beginning bakers. I reduced the sugar in this recipe by 1/2 cup, ( so I only used 3/4 cup.) Trust me, you don't miss all that sugar. Instead of using the ganache recipe listed I made a chocolate peppermint glaze to top it with (1 1/4 cups 10x, 1/4 cup cocoa, about 3 T. milk, and 1/4- 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract. Overall, great flavor combo, everyone loved.
  • Melissa76
    4 JAN, 2012
    I have made this cake my holiday tradition! It's super easy and looks so elegant and it always gets rave reviews. I have never had any problems making it. I follow the recipes exactly as given.
  • ltyrpak
    26 SEP, 2011
    This is an annual Christmas dinner favorite for me! For presentation, I put the cake on a stand and line the perimeter with uncooked cranberries. (Make sure to remind kiddos not to eat them!) The icing is the best part, in my opinion, but for those who don't like peppermint, you can leave the cake un-iced and offer yummy variations on the icing, using different extracts, and let folks glaze their own slices of cake.
  • RebeccaArtist
    20 JAN, 2011
    I served this cake for my Christmas Eve dessert. It was perfect. I topped it with homemade whipped cream and Williams Sonoma Peppermint Hot Chocolate shavings.
  • shamarlindblom
    16 DEC, 2010
  • ginnygk
    23 DEC, 2009
    I just made it and my cake sunk in the middle? Any ideas for why this happened?
  • tourtes
    27 DEC, 2008
    oops 1/2 tsp!
  • tourtes
    27 DEC, 2008
    I made this cake for xmas eve dessert. Turned out great, except the Peppermint Icing recipe did not taste like peppermint at all....and I followed the recipe as written....1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract!!! Will make it again, but add more extract.
  • T27
    10 DEC, 2008
    Where did you see that the Chocolate Peppermint Icing was storebought?? If you click onto "Chocolate Peppermint Icing", it will direct you to the recipe. Same goes for the Whipped Cream.

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