This dense chocolate cake is more like a brownie, and full of chopped peppermint patties! This will satisfy your biggest chocolate craving!
This recipe is the perfect solution to the January candy candy dilemma. Although there are no candy canes in this cake (there are gooey York Peppermint patties instead!), this cake is just beautiful decorated with your leftovers from Christmas.
This cake also showcases my theme for the month of January—–melted frosting! I’ve become addicted to melting tubs of ready-made frosting to use in and on various dessert recipes. It changes the consistency of the frosting- turning it into a fudge-like topping or filling and its SO easy– just melt and pour. I can’t wait to show you some of my other melted frosting ideas!
Ok- so you probably want the recipe! Here you go: (click here for a printable version)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups of peppermint patties (quartered)
- 1 tub of pre-made chocolate frosting
- 3-4 candy canes to decorate with as desired.
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees
- Cut parchment paper to fit in the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan.
- Liberally grease bottom and sides of pan, and place parchment paper in bottom.
- Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in a small bowl using the microwave in 30 second increments and stirring in between.
- Allow this to cool slightly while you prepare other ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Cut peppermint patties into quarters,
- In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together for about one minute.
- Add melted chocolate and beat on low until well combined.
- Beat in the flour mixture.
- Stir peppermint patties in using a spoon.
- Pour batter into pan, smoothing the top, and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Be careful to not over-bake.
- Remove from oven and allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes, this will allow the peppermint patties to harden up a little.
- Run a small knife around the edge of the pan and tip cake over onto a cake rack.
- Remove parchment paper and allow cake to cool completely.
- Spoon tub of frosting into a small bowl and melt in microwave for 20-30 seconds.
- Stir and pour over cooled cake. Do this while the cake is still on the cake rack, with a plate underneath to catch the drips. You will not need to use the entire tub of frosting to cover the cake. I placed my leftovers in a zip top bag, clipped a corner and made fun zig zags on the plates I used to serve the cake. You could also dip graham crackers or apple slices in it…for a little post-cake-making snack!!! YUM!
- Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and ENJOY!!!
My thoughts: This is an old recipe for me- I’ve been making it for years with a terribly complicated glaze recipe over the top. Honestly, this melted frosting is better- and SO much easier! One note: I was in a rush to take my pictures, so I took them right away. Once this sets and cools, the glaze will harden into a fudge like consistency, and it won’t run like it is in my pictures.
OR you could just eat it up before it cools and enjoy all the gooey warm minty happiness! Enjoy!!!~r
Other minty desserts here on easybaked: