This time of year one of the most popular drinks is the peppermint mocha. The rich chocolate and peppermint flavor blended with fresh brewed espresso is enough to put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Not only is the peppermint mocha a tasty beverage that I thoroughly enjoy, it is also the inspiration behind my latest cake.
This Peppermint Mocha cake is full of flavor. Rich mocha cake is layered with vanilla and peppermint buttercream frosting. Then the entire cake is enrobed in a silky chocolate icing. Rosettes of chocolate ganache adorn the top of the cake and peppermint candies give a hint to the flavors inside.
The inside of the cake is pretty amazing. I love the candy cane effect from the alternating frosting colors. The cake is whimsical and looks like something out of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. Think of your guests delight when you cut this cake and reveal the inside for the first time. They’ll think it’s some sort of Christmas miracle. Ok, maybe not, but it will still be fun.
There are multiple components to this cake, and at first glance it may seem intimidating to make. However, I have provided step by step instructions that I hope you will find easy to follow. So what do you say? Are you ready to give it a try and make this decadent dessert a part of your Christmas dinner?
Peppermint Mocha Cake
|Serves||12 - 16|
- 10oz Water
- 3 tablespoons Instant Espresso Powder
- 2 1/4oz Cocoa Powder
- 14oz Sugar
- 8 1/2oz All Purpose Flour
- 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 large Eggs
- 5 1/4oz Vegetable Oil
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla
- 8oz Egg Whites
- 12oz Sugar
- 16oz Butter, Unsalted (softened)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- Red Gel Paste Food Coloring
- 6oz Dark or Semi Sweet Chocolate (chopped)
- 6oz Whipping Cream
- 2oz Butter, Unsalted (softened)
- 3oz Dark or Semi Sweet Chocolate (chopped)
- 3oz Whipping Cream
- 12 to 16 Peppermint Candies
To prepare the buttercream, I recommend the use of a digital instant read thermometer. You will also need to use a double boiler. No need for special equipment. You can make your own with a cooking pot.
You want a slice, don’t you?