Wonderful flavor and the peppermint was a great touch. I had some peppermint snow from William-Sonoma that I used that made it super easy. I was crunched for time so I used store bought cream cheese icing and it was so good. My only tip (and it sort of goes without saying...but I made the mistake!)make sure you level off the cakes and that they are even sizes. Mine totally cracked apart but it was because the layers were not even. Even with the crumbled mess, everyone at Christmas dinner loved this and asked for it again next year.
Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
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malorey279 Posted: 12/28/09
JennaB Posted: 12/14/08
I have made this cake every year since it was first featured in the magazine and is now an expected family tradition. No matter what I do to it, it turns out spectacularly!! Each year I change the decorations, and it's always fun to see what I'll do next! It's fun, delicious, and easy to make!
KBollman Posted: 12/23/08
Very easy and yummy recipe! I made this for a work Christmas party and several people asked me for the recipe. It kind of shifted in the car on the way to the party...but even a little lopsided, it looked and tasted great! :)
CookinProgress Posted: 12/15/10
This looks like a 5-star dessert in presentation. The cake came out perfectly, and it looks wonderful on display. I wasn't OVERLY impressed with the taste of the cake itself. The frosting is delicious and light, though. Definitely 41/2 stars.
kc1950 Posted: 12/18/10
ERROR??? The frosting recipe doesn't sound correct.... a 2 lb box of confectioner's sugar? The boxes are 1 lb. I want to make this for Christmas & don't want to mess it up.
mariannw Posted: 12/14/10
WONDERFUL! An Excellent TREAT!! Red Velvet has ALWAYS been a favorite cake of mine, & the peppermint adds JUST the right touch! PERFECT for the holidays!!!
mom2ab Posted: 12/17/10
I have been making this cake since it first appeared in Southern Living years ago, and it is always a hit. It is not only gorgeous but very delicious, especially for a cake that is made from cake mixes. It is moist, light, and the peppermint icing really goes perfectly with it. I have even bought a white cake mix and a red velvet cake mix to use instead (there was a BOGO sale on cake mixes), and the cake was still delicious. This method made more cake batter than needed, though.
GirlschoolFan Posted: 02/12/11
The cream cheese icing was way too heavy that it caused the cake to fall apart when you tried to frost it. The top layer of the cake opened up like the Red Sea and the cake started to fall to pieces. Sorry, but I wouldn't make this again. Too much work, and wasn't worth the effort.
jmcdonald721 Posted: 11/01/11
i started making this cake last year and its a HUGE hit! i use 1 box red velvet mix, 1 box french vanilla mix i just use regular cream cheese icing bc i buy andes peppermint chips (soft white chocolate peppermint) and mix half the bag in with my mix and the other half to decorate the top :) gives it a little crunch but without the peppermint pieces getting jammed in your teeth.
Lindsay86 Posted: 12/21/11
I made this for a Christmas potluck at work and everyone went crazy over it! Its easy to make AND it tasted as good as it looked. You could add a bit more cream cheese and butter to the icing, since it was pretty sweet, but careful to not add too much because you need plenty of powered sugar to thicken the icing to ensure it doesn't run on the cake. You would be ok if you did 3/4 of the amount of sugar this called for. I also decorated with cranberrries and sprigs from my Christmas tree- with gold sprinkles. Very pretty!
Keiko123 Posted: 12/24/11
Great cake..but the frosting recipe makes a TON of frosting..I think you could probably get by with the 1 lb package..I have so much left over frostng,I think I am going to have to make cupcakes or another cake..
ajoreilly Posted: 01/17/12
Every time I make this cake it get rave reviews. I do not marble the mix in the cake pans, I pour the red on top of the white in a large bowl and fold them together. I find this works just as well and is easier. I normally only make a 2-layer cake and then make cupcakes with the rest of the batter. The frosting recipe makes more frosting than is needed for the cake.
TracyKerr Posted: 12/23/12
I have been making this cake for several years at Christmas, it has become our family tradition. We skipped the peppermint the second year and liked it better. As mentioned before, there is always frosting left over.
bascabaker Posted: 11/13/12
This is a keeper-have made it many times for birthdays and parties during the winter holidays. Makes a tall, show-stopper cake. Agree with other reviewers: I never add all of the p. sugar as the right spreading consistency is reached with less.