Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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This homemade Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake is as delicious as it is pretty! It has a moist chocolate cake and creamy peppermint frosting that makes a perfect dessert for the holidays.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake

Whoa — this is my 10th dream cake! And big surprise, I made it with my favorite chocolate cake base. I have actually had this flavor combination in my head for the past two years and now this Christmas cake miracle has finally become a real thing!

However, the first year I was pregnant and had zero interest in eating anything chocolate. Year two, I had twin newborns and I could barely make dinner…much less a cake. Turns out, Ellie was the chocolate hating baby and she still has zero taste for it.

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Cake

My Daughter Loves This Homemade Chocolate Cake

As you can see, Lyla does not have that same aversion to chocolate. In fact, if you look closely enough you will see her clutching the empty container of her mini m&ms from days ago. She keeps carrying it around hoping that more m&ms will magically appear.

As soon as she spotted me taking photos of this cake, she stared me down until I gave her a few huge bites. Bless her little chocolate lovin’ heart.

Holiday Dessert Recipe

This Cake Is Perfect For The Holidays And Tastes Delicious

I used my favorite super moist chocolate cake base and topped it with creamy peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes. I considered adding mint to the chocolate cake as well, however I am so glad I didn’t. It was perfect as is…and any more mint would have been too much. It actually turned out tasting like a Peppermint Patty!

I gave over half of this cake away to neighbors and they texted me that by the end of the day there was only a tiny sliver left. To me, that means it was a damn good cake! 😉

Recipe note: If you use a different type of peppermint extract than I did, I would start with a little and taste as you go. Mint can become overwhelming if you aren’t careful. 

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Cake Recipe
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Yield: 12 slices

Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake

This Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake is delicious and pretty! The moist chocolate cake & creamy peppermint frosting makes it a perfect holiday dessert.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time50 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups powdered sugar

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8 inch round cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  • Whisk in vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Quickly beat in eggs (do this quickly so they don’t cook) into the chocolate mixture until combined. Whisk in dry ingredients, until smooth.
  • Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool in pans until cool to the touch – then frost.


  • Cream butter and shortening in a stand mixer. Add vanilla, peppermint extract and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  • When all sugar has been mixed in, beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Assemble the two cake layers with a thick layer of frosting in between the layers. Frost cake as desired.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve. (With no milk in the frosting, it does not need to be stored in the refrigerator.)


Serving: 1 slice, Calories: 849kcal, Carbohydrates: 126g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 518mg, Potassium: 158mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 105g, Vitamin A: 964IU, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 3mg


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I have baked this cake four times. It is so moist that there isn’t any structure to it. The center of each of my 8 inch round cake pans, con caves. It’s actually too moist. I can’t even hardly move it to position it for frosting it falls apart. It is so yummy. We eat all the crumbles. I have never been able to put the frosting on it because it won’t hold together. Any suggestions or recommendations? I live in a very dry part of the United States at about 6500 feet in elevation.

4 stars
I used my own chocolate cake recipe for the peppermint cake, but I did follow this recipe for the frosting. I used a whisk attachment instead of a paddle and it turned out great! The only slight downside was that the frosting was pretty thick, but it was still spreadable and once I ate it it tasted great!

5 stars
My daughter and I make this cake every year for Christmas and it’s WONDERFUL!!!! It’s so good and moist. We do make 1 1/2 recipes of the icing so there is plenty to cover. We then take small individual ginger bread houses and decorate just the front panel of them and put them around the edge of the cake for more Christmas decor. It has been our mother/daughter tradition now for about 5 years at least.

i give this a five star review this cake is amazing!!!

After reading the comments I wanted to come make a comment. I made this slightly modified – dairy-free butter and used some canned frosting that was also dairy-free. I also made it in a 9×13 pan because I don’t have round pans. The cake is super moist and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

Unfortunately, I didn’t even bake this cake. Dumped it all before I even put it in the oven. I could tell from the way the ingredients were mixing together that it was not going to be a moist cake. Remade with my standard chocolate recipe and given the frosting comments, going to make my own and add the peppermint. Beautiful picture, but the ingredients just don’t seem to be correct.

Note to self: Read reviews before using recipes.
The cake was crumbly; the frosting too stiff (even with added milk).

This cake was absolutely a hit. I had trouble with the cake sinking — and I was going to pitch it but when I was leveling it, I tasted the cake and it was so good. I just piled more icing to make it level. I added a bit more peppermint to the icing and a little more salt. This was a favorite. Super moist!! Everyone loved it and it is definitely on my list of cakes to bake again and again

This cake was a disaster. I didn’t read the reviews online first, becuase all of the other cakes I have made from you were FANTASTIC. This was not. The cake was not usable, it crumbled and fell apart and the icing was way to thick even with only 5 cups of P.sugar.
I really wish I had seen the reviews first.

My family got together for Christmas late this year which worked out for me because it gave me time to make this cake. SO FLIPPIN GOOD. My dad had THREE slices throughout the day. He kept telling me I was his new Chef and he was kicking my mom out of top spot. Thanks for making me seem like a better baker than I am.

Not the best taste. The cake tastes a bit watery and like soap. It doesn’t really taste like chocolate.

I made this for Christmas and I was so disappointed. The cake was super crumbly and the icing was unbearably thick. 0/10, worst cake I’ve ever made.

I started making this and the recipe does not separate the cake recipe from the frosting. Very difficult to figure out which amounts go with what.

Hi! I just baked this recipe and the cakes turned out WAYYY too crumbly. They were impossible to work with. What do you think could have went wrong?

I noticed there was not separate recipe for the frosting. It was hard to tell what the correct measurements were for each one.

Something went terribly wrong with my frosting g. It was dry and wouldn’t spread well on my cake. But it taste so good. Any idea what happened here?? Thanks 

I so wanted to make this for Christmas Eve…. I knew something was wrong because the 2 8-in pans were way too full. What did I do wrong? Was I supposed to boil off more of the water? Good thing I always have a brownie mix on hand!

I just made this cake. It was a total flop. Everythi g went wrong. Both layers sunk in the middle. The texture was chewy, www. The frosting was actually crumbly. I had to brush my teeth to the the taste off my tongue.
Had to throw the whole thing in the garbage.
I have no idea what I did wrong. Followed all instructions to the letter. So sad…


Just made this cake and like mentioned above, I stopped at 6 cups of icing sugar because it was turning hard like a paste. I also added cream up to 1/4 cup but should of added more. Disappointed with the end result because it was hard to spread which made the cake crumble and it tasted too sweet and not creamy.

Hello Jessica and family, I made this Super delicious cake for New Years Celebration which I also took the opportunity to sing happy birthday to the last 3 birthdays of the love ones before the year 2016 ended, and it came out BANGING the fact that you don”t have to use milk is awesome and the peppermint outstanding , the cake still outside the fridge and we still eating the taste has not changed .I just want to thank you, as a baker myself I can say I have found another way to make chocolate cake to delight whosoever ask for, THANKS AGAIN and may GOD bless you abundantly in this New Year 2017 and throughout your life. With much appreciation Daisy a Satisfied Central Florida Baker.

5 stars
I just made goodie! I am entering in to a bake off sponsored by my company. I would have gone in a totally different recipe but decided to take a risk. Intially I was hesitant with the steps outlined. My cake successfully cooled off, I added peppermint extract to the batter to give it an extra kick and glad it worked out well. I have to agree with all regarding the frosting, I’m often reminded to stick to the script but I don’t. It this case it worked out for me, I added 4oz of cream cheese to it and an additional 1/2 a stick of butter. It resulted into a creamy frosting but with consistency. I also added additional peppermint since the taste of sugar was overpowering the frosting. I took a chance and added a hint of orange extract. Wow! So I am so sorry to hear about the bad experiences but suggest to give it another try and color outside the lines. Happy Holidays!

I just made the frosting, and with 6 cups of powdered sugar, it came out so stiff even after letting the Kitchenaid work it for several minutes. I ended up adding some cream (1/2+ cup!) and 2 tsp meringue powder to make it work for me. With that, it’s delicious on a chocolate cake!

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