Peppermint-Hot Chocolate Cake

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

This outstanding Peppermint-Hot Chocolate Cake is full of holiday cheer. This winning cake combines the flavors of a favorite cozy winter drink with the ultimate Christmas candy--fudge.

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 40 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 25 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 (4-oz.) milk chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Fudge Filling
  • Peppermint-Cream Frosting

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 3 (8-inch) round cake pans.
  2. 2. Pour boiling water over chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).
  3. 3. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate and vanilla, beating until blended. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
  4. 4. Beat egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. 5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 40 minutes).
  6. 6. Meanwhile, prepare Fudge Filling; spread between cake layers. Spread frosting on top and sides of cake.
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