Lethal Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Recipe by Dragonfly AZ
READY IN: 4hrs 50mins


  • Cake
  • 1
    (18 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 3
    tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 13
  • 12
    cup cooking oil
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 1
    tablespoon peppermint schnapps or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Filling
  • 3
    ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12
    cup butter, softened (no subs, please)
  • 12
    cup crushed peppermint stick candy (about 7-8)
  • 2 -3
    tablespoons milk
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon peppermint schnapps or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Ganache
  • 34
  • 12 - 1
    teaspoon peppermint extract


  • Grease and flour 2 round cake pans.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together cake ingredients on low for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  • Increase mixing speed to medium high and beat for 2 minutes more.
  • Pour batter into cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they test done.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • While cooling, prepare Ganache:.
  • Put all ganache ingredients in 2 cup glass measuring cup.
  • Cook on 50% power in microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring well after each minute until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Cover tightly and let sit for 3-4 hours or until it reaches spreading consistency. If it gets too thick, place in a pan of hot water over medium heat and stir until softens.
  • To make filling:.
  • Place butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl.
  • Cream together until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add candy, sugar, flavoring (or schnapps) and about 2 Tbs milk.
  • Beat, adding additional milk until mixture is fluffy.
  • When cakes are cool, layer them with the filling between layers, reserving about 1/2 cup of the filling for garnish, if you wish.
  • Frost layers with cooled ganache.
  • Pipe remaining filling on top of cake, or just sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  • Refrigerate to set ganache.