This Peppermint Cocoa Cake is rich, moist, and chocolaty with a whipped cream frosting that's laced with peppermint!
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Peppermint Cocoa Cake

This Peppermint Cocoa Cake is rich, moist, and chocolaty with a whipped cream frosting that's laced with peppermint!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peppermint cocoa cake
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 557kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

Ingredients

Cake:

Frosting:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Toppings:

  • Peppermint Patties
  • Peppermint Candies
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease 2 (8x2-inch) or 3 (6x2-inch) round cake pans with butter and flour or cooking spray and lining the cake pans with parchment paper.
  • Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
  • Beat in eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, the batter is going to be very thin.
  • Pour 2 cups of batter into each 6-inch pan or divide evenly between the two 8-inch pans.
  • Bake 6-inch cakes for 30-35 minutes and 8-inch cakes for 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes clean from center.
  • Cool in pans for at least 10 minutes and loosen from sides of pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Whip frosting ingredients together in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add about 1½ to 2 cups of frosting to the top of one of the layers of cake, spreading evenly over it, then topping with the second layer of cake. Use a frosting spatula to generously frost the outside of the cake. Serve within 2 hours or store in the fridge for up to 24. Top with candy just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1.9mg