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Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen

This decadent cake recipe is from Victoria magazine’s 2018 Holiday Bliss. A great many recipes go through my "test kitchen," but only a few are shared. This Chocolate Cake is one of those easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat recipes that I cannot keep to myself.


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock

The cake recipe can be found on the Victoria website, along with the original peppermint frosting recipe. The cake is delicious, and I followed it to the teaspoon. However, I ended up using one of my frosting recipes because I found theirs to be far too sweet and buttery. I also used a lot less frosting in between the layers to cut down on some of the sugar and calories (every bit helps).


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock

Did you know? Peppermint candies have been popular since the mid-nineteenth century when they were sold on the streets of London, and quickly found popularity throughout Europe. However, centuries earlier, mint was used for medicinal purposes (and still is). Today, the bulk of the US mint supply comes from the Pacific Northwest. It also makes a great ingredient in home-made pest repellents.


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock

I am not personally a fan of candy canes or anything with too much mint flavor (except the occasional chocolate peppermint patty), which is why peppermint is not included in my frosting recipe (printable PDF at end of post). Instead, I sprinkled a few peppermint baking chips in between each layer and a few more on top. It turned out to be just enough flavor without overpowering the cake or frosting.


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock

This cake makes a festive holiday treat, and is not at all difficult to make. The buttermilk keeps it moist and adds extra richness. The recipe is similar to a few others I make, but this one is now in my top-three favorites.


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock

Pair it with tea, coffee, or even sugar-free cocoa.


Did you know that reading a book while eating a delicious treat will cut the calories by 50%? Did you also know that I'm probably making that 100% up . . . but why risk it?


Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake ~ Writer in the Kitchen - MK McClintock



Chocolate Peppermint Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting




May you have a sweet, safe, and hope-filled holiday season.

—MK


Enjoy, and thank you for visiting!

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