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This Double Chocolate Peppermint Cake has two chocolate cake layers, white chocolate whipped cream and is finished off with crushed candy canes and chocolate shavings — this is the dessert you want to bring to the Christmas party!

Double chocolate peppermint cake on a cake stand.

Hi, hi! Ashley from The Recipe Rebel here with you again and I’m bringing you a cake that I am super, super excited about.

I don’t know about you all, but I for one love mint and chocolate. Really, I love chocolate and anything. Am I the only one?

A side picture of the double chocolate peppermint cake.

I know some people who don’t like white chocolate, or don’t like mint and chocolate, or they don’t like fruit and chocolate, and I will admit — I think they’re a little bit crazy. When it comes to anything chocolate, you won’t see me turning it down!

Like this cake? The day I made it I offered it up to my Facebook friends because I needed to get it out of the house before I ate the whole thing. Needless to say, I got a text from a friend about 3 minutes later saying, “yes!! Yes, me! I’ll take it!” And there she went.

A slice of double chocolate peppermint cake and a white plate with a fork on the side.

The chocolate cake is originally the Black Magic Cake from Hershey — it’s the best chocolate cake there is (in my mind), and it seems like almost everybody has reshared it in some form. I made a couple changes, and my method is a bit different (because I bake the way my mom taught me, which is sometimes a little less conventional!), but it is still the same delicious, fudgy, chocolatey piece of Heaven.

I do like to use whole wheat flour when I’m baking a chocolate cake, because I find the nutty flavor is hidden in the rich chocolate flavor, and you can’t see or taste the difference so why not make things a little healthier? I’m all about eating cake and feeling a little less guilty about it. Aren’t you??

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cake

This Double Chocolate Peppermint Cake has two chocolate cake layers, white chocolate whipped cream and is finished off with crushed candy canes and chocolate shavings -- this is the dessert you want to bring to the Christmas party!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12



White Chocolate Whipped Cream


  • crushed candy canes
  • chocolate shavings



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 8" round pans with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, vanilla, mint extract (if desired) milk and eggs.
  • Add the salt, baking soda and baking powder and whisk until combined. Stir in the coffee.
  • Add the cocoa powder and flour and stir just until combined. Divide evenly between prepared pans and bake for 28-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.

!White Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream and chocolate in 45 second intervals on high, stirring each time, until completely smooth.
  • Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (it won't whip if it's warm!).
  • After cream is chilled, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl. Let sit for 1 minute, then microwave on high for 20 seconds or until dissolved. Set aside to come to room temperature.
  • Beat cream mixture with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  • Stir in room temperature gelatin mixture and powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate and top with half of the whipped cream. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and chocolate shavings. Repeat layers one more time, using remaining whipped cream.
  • Chill at least 2 hours so the whipped cream can set properly before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


*You can add mint extract to the cake or not, depending on your tastes! If you want a very mild peppermint flavor, simply cover in crushed candy canes and omit the extract.


Calories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 418mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 4gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 368IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Ashley Fehr

Ashley loves all kinds of food: easy, healthy dinners, extravagant desserts, baked goods, and homemade breads! She believes in enjoying everything in moderation and strives to find ways to make her favorite foods a little healthier (including sneaking in those veggies occasionally!)

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  1. Don’t use the gelatin!! It seized up and I had to strain it out of my beautiful frosting. But, the cake and frosting (after I removed the gelatin) were AMAZING!!

  2. I had the same problem as the other commenter. Whipped cream mixture turned into butter instead of forming stiff peaks. I think I will try to reduce the water with the gelatin bc normally I use significantly less in other recipes. . Cake smells wonderful though.

  3. So what did I do wrong? The unflavored gelatin set up like a block when I let it come back to “room temperature”. The cream did not get thick. I tried whipping it longer, but ended up with it breaking and I had sweet white chocolate butter.
    One thing I will say, though; if you want to cut time off the whole process, I used a commercial cake mix, used the coffee for the liquid component, and added Andes Mint baking pieces with mint extract added. I chopped up Dove peppermint bark candies and put more of the Andes mint pieces on top.

  4. I LOVE chocolate & mint. But my ‘thing’ now is chocolate & orange. /me thinking how this would work with orange instead of mint.

  5. OMG I almost did a face plant into my keyboard when I saw this. Sadly, I live in a household where anything mint is shunned (even the toothpaste isn’t mint but some medicinal herb thing). Had I known about the mint aversion earlier, it would have been a deal breaker. Now I must decide whether to secretly make and eat an entire cake by myself, or to just look at your pictures and imagine.