‘Tis the season to be jolly! And, if you’re anything like Jodie and me, ’tis also the season to eat cake 🙂 We are huge fans of peppermint any time of year. But there is nothing like the flavor of peppermint for the holidays! When the holiday season rolls around every year we start to watch for all things peppermint to appear: peppermint bark, peppermint lattes and peppermint flavored anything. Yum! There’s just something about the flavor of peppermint! The aromatic scent. The slightly cooling, refreshing taste. And when mixed with sugar (and especially CHOCOLATE) it blends together to create the most luxuriously delicious combination! Is your mouth watering yet?
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Our Friend Angie @BusyMakingPie
I meet a lot of talented wonderful women on Instagram but most of the women I follow are in the Home Decor Niche. Somehow along the way I met Angie! Angie and I became friends instantly because of her kindness and generosity. When I went to look at her account I was surprised to see photo after photo of amazing desserts… but no decor in sight. I decided to break my own Instagram rule and follow her anyway. Yes, her posts have been known to make me crave chocolate chip cookies at all hours of the day or night but getting to know Angie has been so worth it! And when I got the idea of partnering with a really talented baker for a special Christmas dessert I knew exactly who to ask!!
When Angie and I started talking about making a holiday treat to share on our blog I didn’t even have to mention the word peppermint. She naturally read our minds! Julie and I are so delighted to be able to share one of Angie’s personal favorite cake recipes with all of you. To follow along on ALL of Angie’s baking adventures and find inspiration for your own baking ideas be sure to follow Angie’s Instagram account @busymakingpie Happy Baking everyone!!
WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CAKE RECIPE
This gorgeous peppermint cake is the perfect addition to any holiday celebration. It’s delicious and festive-looking. It would be the crown of any holiday dessert display. Enjoy!
- 2 ¼ cups cake flour (cake flour is needed to produce a light fluffy cake)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- 2/3 cup oil
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 ½ tsp peppermint extract (don’t substitute mint extract for peppermint extract)
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips or baking bar (finely chopped)
- red food coloring (optional)
- 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks taken out of refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before use)
- 1 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- 1 – 3 tbsp heavy cream, whole milk, or half and half (I prefer heavy cream)
- ¼ – ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 box candy canes for crushing (The mini candy canes are easier to crush. I use a rolling pin or kitchen mallet to crush peppermint candy canes in wrapper to prevent mess. Once crushed, remove crushed candy canes from wrappers)
- White chocolate curls, shavings, or chips (You can buy or make your own white chocolate curls or shaving).
White Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cake
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and lightly flour three 6-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper (I use PAM baking spray with flour).
- In a medium bowl, whisk cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar and mix on medium speed until light and airy (Approximately 1 minute).
- Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add oil.
- Add half of the flour mixture to eggs, sugar and oil. Mix on low speed to combine. Then add milk and sour cream and mix until just combined. Add remainder of flour mixture and mix on low until just combined making sure not to over mix. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula and gently mix, just to be sure everything is incorporated.
- Divide batter in half. To first half add 1 ½ teaspoons of peppermint extract and a few drops of red food coloring and stir until red color is mixed in. To second half of batter add 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla and finely chopped white chocolate and stir until fully incorporated.
- Pour ¼ cup of white chocolate batter into center of greased pan. Then pour a ¼ cup of peppermint batter directly on top of white chocolate batter. Repeat until you have all three pans equally filled.
- Bake approximately 25 minutes or until cakes are cooked through (since each oven bakes differently start checking around 22 minutes). To test if cake is done, insert a toothpick into center of cake. If toothpick comes out clean, it’s done.
Vanilla/Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter for approximately one to two minutes.
- Turn mixer to low, and gradually add powdered sugar ¾ cup to 1 cup at time. Once 1 cup is mixed in add next cup. Be sure to stop mixer and scrape down sides occasionally.
- Once all powdered sugar is mixed in, turn mixer to med speed. Add salt, vanilla extract, and if you prefer a more pepperminty taste, add peppermint extract. Continue to mix, and slowly add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until you have achieved desired consistency.
- Turn mixer up to medium – high speed and beat frosting until light and fluffy (approximately 3-4 minutes)
- For a smooth finish, mix frosting by hand with spatula for a minute or two to decrease air bubbles. This is also a good time to add food coloring if desired.
- Trim tops of cake layers until even.
- Place one layer on cake board or serving plate and add approximately ½ cup frosting and spread evenly. Once layer is frosted, sprinkle with crushed candy cane and place next layer on top. Repeat process for second layer.
- Add final layer. Once all layers are assembled, apply a thin coat of frosting to entire cake and stick in refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes. This will set all crumbs so you can easily apply your last layer of frosting.
- Frost cake with spatula or frosting smoother.
- Store cake in refrigerator and remove approximately 20 minutes before serving.
All we need to do now is put on some Christmas music and find our fuzzy slippers. I think I’ll cozy up next to the fire and have another slice!
One of our favorite gifts to give at Christmas are our family’s secret Spiced Nuts recipe. Well, it’s not so secret now that we’ve shared it, but that’s how much we love you. They are unforgettable, trust us.
We hope you have fun using this recipe for your own parties and holiday celebrations this coming season. And let us know how it turns out. We can’t wait to hear from you.
With love and blessings,
Jodie & Julie