This decadent Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake is the perfect holiday dessert. It is easy to make, looks impressive, and tastes amazing. Trust me, this chocolate cake recipe will not disappoint you!
There is nothing better than sipping on a peppermint mocha hot chocolate on a chilly winter day. As I was getting ready to bake the other day I realized those flavors would be awesome in a cake as well.
To give the chocolate peppermint bundt cake a mocha flavor, I made a rich chocolate ganache using espresso chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips. It was the perfect flavor to compliment the chocolate cake and peppermint bits.
Why This is the Perfect Holiday Cake
A peppermint bundt cake is a great holiday dessert because it only takes minutes to throw together, yet everyone will think you were in the kitchen for hours. The secret to this chocolate cake is that you start with a box cake mix.
The doctored up cake mix topped with chocolate ganache and peppermint candies makes an impressive holiday dessert that everyone will love. Trust me, it will be the hit of your Christmas dinner table this year.
One bite and your guests will be asking for this bundt cake recipe. The candy cane bits add just enough festive flair, while adding an extra bit of crunch and sweetness at the same time!
Main Ingredients Needed
For this dark chocolate bundt cake I kept it simple and used a cake mix. Adding sour cream and a pudding mix is what makes it so dense and delicious. Plus, a doctored cake mix is the easiest way to bake a fabulous looking dessert.
- Chocolate Cake Mix - To get the intense color I used a dark chocolate cake mix. A regular chocolate cake will work too, it just won't be as dark.
- Chocolate Fudge Pudding Mix - Gives the bundt cake a great pound cake texture. Make sure you buy INSTANT pudding because the cook and serve will not work.
- Eggs - Binds all the ingredients together.
- Oil & Sour Cream - Makes the cake dense and delicious.
- Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer - Using coffee creamer is a great way to add flavor to your cake recipes. Feel free to use heavy cream instead.
- Chocolate Chips - To give the ganache a mocha flavor, use espresso chips and chocolate chips. If you do not like coffee flavored desserts, just use the dark chocolate chips.
- Peppermint Bits - You can buy bags of crushed peppermint bits for the garnish. Or crush a few candy canes in a bag with a wooden spoon. Although, I have found that the candy canes tend to get stickier much fast.
How to make a Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake
This Christmas bundt cake comes together easily with just a few simple steps. It is an easy cake recipe to make ahead of time, so it is ready when your guests arrive.
Make Cake Batter
- Spray a 12 cup bundt pan with nonstick baking spray, making sure to coat the pan very well. I prefer to use Baker's Joy over any other brand.
- Add the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, sour cream, and peppermint creamer to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes.
Bake and Cool
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake.
- Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes.
- Place a plate on top of the cake and flip the pan until the cake falls out onto the plate. Remove the pan and let the chocolate cake cool completely.
Decorate and Serve
- Heat the espresso chips, chocolate chips, and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir until melted and creamy.
- Let the chocolate mixture cool 5-10 minutes. You want the mixture to still be pourable, but not so runny that it runs off the cake.
- Add crushed peppermint candies to the top of the cake before the chocolate ganache sets.
BruCrew Tip: Want to make two smaller cakes? Bake the chocolate bundt cake recipe in two smaller 6 inch bundt pans for 20-25 minutes or until done.
This chocolate bundt cake will keep for 1-2 days if kept in a sealed container on the counter. Keep in mind that the candy canes will start to soften and melt the longer the cake sits.
No, feel free to use milk, half and half, coffee, or water in place of the coffee creamer. Basically any liquid that you want to use will work.
You can use all dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chips instead of the espresso chips.
Yes, you can. I would recommend making just the cake just a few days ahead of time and storing it in a tightly sealed container, so that it stays moist.
If you are making this cake ahead of time, add the chocolate ganache and peppermint bits the day you are serving it.
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