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!
hot coffee or water
unsweetened cocoa powder
whole wheat flour
or sub all purpose
White Chocolate Whipped Cream
heavy whipping cream
chopped (about 1 cup)
package unflavored gelatin
crushed candy canes
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.
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