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Old-Fashioned Peppermint Cocoa Cake recipe

An old-fashioned holiday chocolate layercake with crushed peppermint candy baked inside the cake layers,filled and frosted with a creamy cocoa buttercream and garnishedwith more crushed peppermint candies.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned PeppermintCocoa Cake

Cake:2 cups all-purpose flour2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon baking powder3/4 cup butter, softened1 2/3 cups granulated sugar3 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/3 cups water1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermintcandyCocoa Buttercream Frosting:6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extractAdditional crushed hard peppermint candy

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Greaseand flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13 x 9 x 2-inchbaking pan.
  • For Cake: In medium bowl mix togetherflour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine butter, sugar,eggs and vanilla and beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with waterto butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in crushed peppermintcandy. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until woodenpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; removefrom pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • For Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: In mediumbowl beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla tospreading consistency, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon ata time, if needed. Fill and frost sides and top of cake. Garnishwith additional crushed pepper candy.

    Makes 10 servings.

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    i ve been looking for a timeless chocolate cake doughnut recipe like this for ages! I am a sucker for chocolate and peppermint. I cannot get enough of it lately. Carrie, these look like perfection.

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