Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake... yummmm!

Here is a Southern Living recipe that will wow your guests! The photos are of the one I made (for the first time) last year. This one's a keeper.

Red Velvet Peppermint Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix
3 egg whites
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (9-ounce) package yellow cake mix*
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
Garnishes: Holiday Trees, 6 (5-inch) red and white peppermint candy canes, crushed; 12 (5-inch) green candy canes, broken; 12 round peppermint candies

Beat first 4 ingredients according to cake mix package directions.

Beat yellow cake mix and next 6 ingredients according to package directions. Spoon red batter alternately with white batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Swirl batter gently with a knife.

Bake at 350° for 22 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

Spread Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. (Cake may be chilled up to 2 days or frozen up to 1 month.) Garnish, if desired. Serve within 2 hours.

*1 3/4 cups yellow cake mix may be substituted

NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe White Cake Mix, Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix, and McCormick Red Food Color.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (2-pound) package powdered sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract*

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at low speed until smooth. Add extract, beating until blended.

*2 teaspoons vanilla extract may be substituted.

One final hint: if you garnish with peppermint sticks as I did, you may want to remove them after the original serving of the cake... they tend to run and become gummy. Hope you try it and love it as much as I did!

From Charm & Grace Cottage


  1. Looks like you are doing some baking too. My son has a birthday right before Christmas and he always insists on a chocolate cake with white frosting, I might have to give this one a try :)

  2. Oh, my does this look ever so good. My husband loves peppermint cake.

  3. Wow! That looks great! Chelsea made some Chocolate mint brownies for us this week and that was good.

    Mint must taste better around this time of the year...lol.

    I will have to show her this cake. She will want to make it.

  4. Ooooh, it looks so good.


  5. Oh boy! I love cake for a light dessert... I prefer it to pies and some of those gooey things served at Christmas time. This sounds so yummy and it must look gorgeous. Thank you so much!

    Hope that all is well with you, Christi!

  6. Ow my goodness Christi, send this one right over to my house and I guarantee it will not last long. How yummy.


  7. That sounds good! I love candy canes.

  8. Hi Christi!!
    It was so good to hear from you, girl!! You are always so sweet to come by and leave me such nice notes ~ I read your's this morning and it made me smile! I'm proud to be your Southern Sister, too!! I was reading about your being sick and I hope you are feeling better!! You have to be feeling pretty good to make a cake like that!! OOOOhhhhh, just looking at that made me want to dive right into it! MMMMMMmmmmm! I could do some serious damage to that!! :)

    I'm going to send you a little Christmas ecard in a little while, so watch your inbox. In the meantime, I'm sending lots of holiday hugs over your way!!
    Bebe :)