christmas is the time for this chocolate cake



2 cups Cake Flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

4 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

6 ounces milk or dark chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup) and melted

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk (easily made by adding approximately 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to regular milk; let sit til thickened, about 5 minutes)

For the Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature (2 sticks)

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 tsp peppermint schnapps or peppermint extract to taste

pinch of salt

Peppermint stripe candies, crushed


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease your pans with butter and dust with cocoa. Cut a piece of parchment to fit inside the pan and grease and dust the parchment with cocoa.

Combine the cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and mix together with a whisk.

Place the oil, butter and sugars in the bowl of your mixer and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat briefly to just incorporate.

Add the melted milk chocolate, and beat until mixed well. Combine the salt, flour, baking soda, vanilla, cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Stop again and scrape the bowl. Add the remaining buttermilk and beat for 30 seconds.

Pour the batter into the pans and bake: for 8″ rounds, 18 to 24 minutes; for 9″ rounds, 20 to 28 minutes; for cupcakes, 15 to 18 minutes.

The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, with just a few moist crumbs. Rest the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Once completely cooled, frost with Peppermint Buttercream and garnish with crushed peppermint candies.

To Make the Peppermint Buttercream:

Beat the butter in a stand mixer until smooth, gradually add the powdered sugar and beat to combine.

Add the vanilla, peppermint extract or Schnapps and pinch of salt and beat to combine.

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