Chocolate Peppermint Cake

June 20, 2011

in American,Cakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Boy did I get an earfull from the guys the day I brought this chocolate masterpiece into the office—I suppose I should have seen it coming, being the mother of three boys and all. They went on about how in the past seven years that we’ve been working together, I had never taken the time to make something like this for them.

You would think the “guys” who usually get first dibs on everything else I bring into the office. ie. french macarons, cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, banana bread—practically 80-90% of what you will find on this blog has made it’s way into the office—would be OK with me making a special cake for a couple of non-IT birthday girls.

The girls were even sweet enough to share the cake with everyone—thanks for sharing Michelle & Melissa! Birthday Girls

On a lighter another note… let’s talk about this delicious Chocolate Peppermint Cake. Not only was it loaded with chocolate as you can very well imagine and expect, the chocolate flavor of the cake was equally balanced with Peppermint thanks to the variety of mint elements that took part in the making of said masterpiece.

There is however, a particular form of mint I used in this cake that I’d like to talk more about…

Chocolate Mint

And that is, the handful of Chocolate Mint Leaves picked from my garden which were washed and steeped in heavy cream, then used to make the Chocolate Peppermint Frosting.

Up until only a few month’s ago I had never heard of a Peppermint Plant of the “Chocolate variety”. That was until I visited my local nursury during their annual plant sale, I literally had to do a double-take. I read and re-read the sign “Chocolate Mint” which stood out—like the lit up Hollywood sign over Hollywood Hills—among the number of pots that contained this hardy, yet fine and deliciously smelling herb.

I think I’ll try and make some Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream with it next…

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peppermint Cake
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 5 ounces Andes Baking Chips
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Position racks in the bottom and top thirds of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Spray three 9×2-inch round cake pans with baking spray and line each with a parchment round.
  2. Combine the butter, oil, chopped chocolate, and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until melted.
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Pour hot chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture and whisk until combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then whisk in buttermilk and vanilla. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans.
  4. Set two pans on the top rack and the third on the lower rack. Stagger the pans on the oven racks so that no pan is directly over another. Bake, swapping and rotating the pans' positions after 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on racks for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks, remove the parchment, and cool completely.

Chocolate Curls
5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Curls/Shards
  • 4 ounces Andes Baking Chips
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  1. Melt Andes baking chips in microwave in 30 second intervals.
  2. Spread a thin layer over a cookie sheet and transfer to refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cookie sheet from refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 7 to 10 minutes. Time might need to be adjusted depending on how hot/cold the temperature in your kitchen is.
  4. With a spatula placed at approximately 100 to 110 degree angle against the cookie sheet. Run spatula against the cookie sheet along the length of the cookie sheet trying to create curls of approximately 1 to 1½ inch width.
  5. Repeat the same process with the bittersweet chocolate, however once chocolate has been melted, stir in the peppermint oil before spreading the chocolate over the cookie sheet.
  6. Keep chocolate curls in the refrigerator until ready to decorate the cake.

Frosted Chocolate Peppermint Cake
5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup fresh chocolate mint leaves (optional)
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher saltt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint schnapps
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  1. In a 4-quart saucepan over low heat combine heavy cream, butter, and chocolate mint leaves. Stir occasionally until butter has melted. Turn off heat, cover saucepan and let the leaves steep for 10-20 minutes.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa June 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Delicious!!! I need some milk with this.


2 Daydreamer Desserts June 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

What will it be… Plain, Chocolate, or Chocolate-Mint? ;)


3 DessertForTwo June 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I adore chocolate peppermint. Along these lines, have you seen lime basil? :)


4 Daydreamer Desserts June 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I have’t! Oooo that’s one I would LOVE to add to the garden! I’ll try and keep an eye out for it.


5 Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks June 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Got any job vacancies in your office? An utterly gorgeous cake.

Re the plant: The chocolate mint that I’ve tasted at the nursery, the chocolate undertone is quite faint. Perhaps the flavor is stronger when it’s a larger plant?


6 Daydreamer Desserts June 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Actually we are hiring… ;) and indeed the chocolate undertone is a bit fain,t but in my opinion it was to be expected. The aroma of the leaf however totally blew me away!


7 Katrina June 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This would be my moms favorite cake! Thanks for this. So yummy sounding.


8 Joe June 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’m still a little bit bitter about it… but I managed to steal a piece. And it was it! Delicious. Hopefully next time I won’t have to steal it. As far as them sharing… I wasn’t offered anything. I had to fend for myself. but i’d gladly do it again! Remember, October 20th is my birthday. ;)


9 Daydreamer Desserts June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Joe, hopefully the bitterness will wear off prior to Oct 20th… ;)


10 Sally - My Custard Pie June 21, 2011 at 1:34 am

I’m going to look out for those seeds – chocolate mint sounds almost as good as your cake.


11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2011 at 3:48 am

That’s a showstopper for sure. The chocolate shards exude elegance.


12 Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

I love chocolate paired with real, fresh mint. The mint is so much smoother in taste than extracts. This looks amazing


13 Annie Oakley's Kitchen June 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and peppermint but nobody else in my house does :( Needless to say I rarely make or buy treats like this. Oh, what I would give for a slice of that cake right now. It looks soooooo good!


14 Daydreamer Desserts June 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

That’s a shame… I say you should treat yourself to some!


15 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

I have never heard of that variety either, I am going to have to search it out. This cake looks AH-MAZING!! I love chocolate and mint together, and you did such a pretty job of it!


16 RavieNomNoms June 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

Not gonna lie, that cake looks pretty fantastical! Wow!! I am so impressed…it looks just gorgeous and I have no doubts that it would taste a million times better than it looks. Love the recipe!


17 Tina@flourtrader June 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

I love mint and chocolate! This cake looks awesome. Also thank you so much for the information on the mint chocolate plant-I will now be looking for that. Fantastic post!


18 The Chocolate Priestess June 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’ll have to look for these plants. Are they a crossbreed somehow? I’m trying to think how one could crossbreed a tree with a mint plant…


19 foodie June 21, 2011 at 10:12 am



20 Pam June 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

What a cake! Way to go and I’m sure the office loves you! I love the mint addition, perfect with the chocolate and you did a great decorating job! I’m new here and so glad to find your blog. Now, I’ll be looking around!


21 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos June 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

i love chocolate + peppermint combo on anything…. ice cream, cookies, chocolate….. this just sounds divine!


22 Sandra June 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Such a good flavor combo. Seconds would surely be in order!


23 Liz June 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Stunning dessert…and darn delicious, too!!! Buzzed this winner~


24 Kathy June 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Oh gosh, would I just love to have a slice (or 5) on my birthday!


25 Jeanne June 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

I’m going to have to look for a job at your office! ;) Chocolate peppermint is my favorite flavor combo. What lucky office-mates you have! That cake looks divine.


26 Jan June 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Andes baking chips? I have never seen those!
This cake looks wonderful. I must hunt-down those baking chips!


27 Chef Dennis June 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

OMG !! I officially declare that cake to be one of the new wonders of the world!!! You really outdid yourself with all that delicious chocolate….sigh. I would have loved a supersized slice of that tasty creation!


28 Jenn June 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’ve been growing a variety of different “flavored”/scented mints for years and HAD NO IDEA that the flavor would actually come through in cooking. It never occurred to me! I’ve got ginger out on the balcony this year, but have enjoyed orange, apple, pineapple and yes, chocolate. I just like brushing my hand through them and enjoying the scent. NO IDEA. STUNNED. I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog! Looking forward to learning lots more!


29 Ana Helena Campbell June 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Wow! It looks so amazing! I love the chocolate and peppermint together. Great recipes. Thanks for sharing.


30 Mariko June 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Gorgeous curls. I’m sure this cake was extra special with the chocolate mint herb! Which I had no idea existed until now…


31 TripleScoop June 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

A masterpiece!


32 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This cake looks amazing! I love chocolate and mint desserts but have never had that in a gorgeous cake like this!


33 Nish July 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

oh wow! I’ve been meaning to make a chocolate mint cake and this looks perfect! :)


34 Shari Eckstrom September 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

This cake looks delicious. Great job with the pictures too. Looking forward to making this one.


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