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Peppermint Cake

on December 13, 2011

I know, right? Not the two things you’d normally assume go together, but trust me, it is AWESOME! Need to make a dessert to impress and amaze your friends and guests? This is it! If you can mix a box cake mix and grease a fluted pan, you can so make this! Sorry, I don’t seem to be able to take pics these days! I made it for a teacher luncheon at my daughter’s school today and put the cake on a dinner plate that’s white w/silver trim and used a cranberry red charger plate. O.M.G. Just gorgeous and festive if I do say so myself! If you don’t believe me, you can ask the teachers!

Peppermint Cake

1 pkg white cake mix

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1/2 tsp red food coloring

1/2 C + 2 tbsp crushed peppermint candies

1 tub ready to use vanilla frosting

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. prepare cake according to package instructions.

2. Well grease a fluted cake pan (aka Bundt), and preheat oven to 350F.

3. In a small bowl, put 1C of cake batter. mix in red food coloring, peppermint extract, and 1/2C crushed candies.

4. Pour 1-1/2 C of remaining plain batter in bottom of fluted pan.

5. Carefully spoon red/peppermint mixture over plain batter. Top with remaining batter.

6. Bake at 350 for 35 to 45 min, or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean.

7. Cool in pan 5 min, then turn out on a cooling rack to cool completely. **Note-don’t allow cake to stand in pan too long, any of the peppermint candies in the peppermint layer that have sunk thru the batter to touch the pan itself, will stick to the pan as it cools and when you turn it out, will stick to the pan and take chunks out of the cake.

8. When cake has cooled, place it on the serving dish you want to use.  Microwave container of frosting (minus the foil top and lid) for approx 30 seconds on high, or until the frosting is liquid enough to be pourable. Drizzle over the cake to your liking. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp crushed candies.

**Fun side note*** peppermint candies will melt. Yes, MELT. If you want to have some on your cake that look a little different, you can put unwrapped candy on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in a 350 oven for  5-7 min and they will melt. They will spread out and become a flattened disk about 2 inches in diameter.  They look really pretty and fracture in a different way than the regular, unmelted mints.  If you’re really quick and talented, you can use a metal spatula and before they cool, wrap them around a wooden handle to give them a curved or conical appearance.

**ANOTHER NOTE** I had candy canes about because it was nearly Christmas and thought, hey why not use them? They’ll be pretty and festive. Well, while they did look festive, they did not have the powerful peppermint kick the  mints do. The cake was not nearly as good with them. I love to taste the peppermint in the middle and it just didn’t happen the second time around.

Something else I thought about is using a chocolate cake mix. My children and I love chocolate mint anything. The next time I will try it that way, but leave out the red food coloring. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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2 responses to “Peppermint Cake

  1. Sounds great…I LOVE peppermint!

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