Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar

| December 2, 2011 | 107 Comments

Chocolate + Peppermint = Big, Mega, Super Love for me.  Maybe that’s why I use the combination in everything from truffles to pretzels to cookies during the holiday season. Actually, let’s be real. That’s definitely why.

Still, despite one attempt at putting it in a cake (it was okay, but not good enough for the blog), I have largely skipped over the chocolate cake + peppermint variation. Until now, that is.

Meet Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar. It’s a moist, airy cake with a secret layer of peppermint cream near the bottom. And it’s topped with a rich dark chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of crushed candy cane.  And yes, it’s absolutely delicious. If you love these flavors, you will be in heaven with this cake.

Creating this recipe so that it was just right was a challenge. There was a moment earlier this week where I thought it might defeat me. I couldn’t get the peppermint center to behave. It kept melting to the bottom, leaving a flavorful cake that was good, until you got to the bottom where it was too stuck to the jar to enjoy. In the end, I found that the peppermint patty wants to be toward the bottom no matter what — but by freezing it and adding it frozen to the cake (and carefully timing it), the peppermint layer remains in tact … a super surprise as you reach the end of eating.

This recipe is adapted heavily from one for a chocolate mayonnaise cake that a former coworker gave to me after I had a disastrous time making chocolate cupcakes from scratch. I have no idea where the original came from. The mayonnaise is such an interesting addition, lending moisture without density to this cake. You won’t taste it in there, but the addition of mayo does a little magic.

Make it. It’s worth it.

You start by beating together eggs, sugar and vanilla until it’s creamy. Then you add the mayo. And a tiny bit of oil.

Then you sift together the dry ingredients. I always sift using a wire whisk. It makes it so easy. Once that’s done, you mix it all together and start filling the jars.

If you happen to have a canning funnel, this is a great time to break it out. It makes jar filling so much easier.

Once the jars are about half-full, place a frozen York Peppermint Patty gently in each jar. The frozen part is really important — if the candy is at room temperature, it will melt into the bottom of the cake, making a hard to scoop mess. But when it’s frozen, it remains in tact … a delicious finish to the cake.

Cover the peppermint patty with more batter so that it’s completely submerged.

Bake them, and then cover them all in chocolate ganache. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Then you have a delicious dessert perfect for the holidays. You could cover these and gift them … or serve them at a party. The single serve portion is perfect since you don’t have to worry about cutting pieces or ensuring there’s enough for everyone.

Also, Hellmann’s is generously sponsoring a holiday giveaway here on Sarah’s Cucina Bella of a KitchenAid Pro 450 Series 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer in Empire Red, perfect for making awesome holiday treats and snacks — like this cake. Scroll all the way down to the end of this post to learn how to enter.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar

Yield: yields 6 cakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cake in a Jar

Ingredients

Cake:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mayonnaise (recommended: Hellmann's mayonnaise)
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup water
6 miniature York Peppermint Patties, frozen
Topping:
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 candy cane, crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Set six half-pint jelly jars on a baking sheet.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla on high for 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the mayonnaise, beating until combined. Add the canola oil and beat on medium until fully incorporated (about 30 seconds).
  3. Remove the whisk attachment from the stand mixer and fit it with the paddle attachment. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. With the stand mixer running on low, add a little of the flour mixture at a time, alternating with the water. Until just mixed (do not over mix!).
  6. Now that the batter is ready, it's time to fill the jars. If you have a canning funnel (it has a big mouth for easy pouring), then I totally recommend you use it. Fill the jars about 1/2 way with the cake batter. Then get out your frozen peppermint patties, unwrap them and place one on each cake, taking care not to let it touch the sides. Then, cover the peppermint patties with the remainder of the batter, dividing it evenly among the six jars.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  8. Once the cakes are cool, it's time to make the ganache. Heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until just before boiling. Remove from the heat, stir in the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir again, vigorously, until smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  9. Pour the chocolate ganache over all the cakes, dividing it evenly among them. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the chocolate. Then devour.

Notes

Making these ahead? Don't add the crushed candy canes to the top of the cakes until just before serving.

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KitchenAid Pro 450 Series 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer Giveaway (Sponsored by Hellmann’s)

Hellmann’s has generously agreed to give one lucky reader of Sarah’s Cucina Bella a KitchenAid Pro 450 Series 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer. I am so excited for one of you to have this awesome mixer. The Empire Red color (I have the Artisan mixer in Empire Red) is such a vibrant and energizing color. It’s perfect for all your baking needs.

Update: This giveaway has ended.

The random number generator at Random.org selected comment #3 as the winner. Congrats to Tiffiny Palm! I will be contacting you shortly via email.

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Disclosure: The giveaway is being provided by Hellmann’s because of my involvement in their Real Foodies program. I have not been compensated in any way for writing this post. Also, all opinions are my own.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Ellen says:

    Delicious AND cute too! Love this cake idea. Favorite holiday flavor combo. Butter and sugar. ha ha! True shortbread cookies. There’s not much else you taste!

  2. Tiffiny Palm says:

    Liked Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Hellmann’s on fb….fb name is Tiff Palm

  3. Tiffiny Palm says:

    My fav holiday flavor combo is cream cheese and pumpkin. The recipe your sharing sounds amazing too. Love Chocolate and peppermint too.

  4. mmm, love the flavor combo!

  5. followed hellmann’s on twitter (already follow you, of course!)

  6. Carmen says:

    Cinnamon and sugar!

  7. jan says:

    oranges, cranberries, and white chocolate. yum.

  8. Jenni says:

    Chocolate and peanut butter….whether holiday or not!

  9. amy marantino says:

    orange and vanilla.

  10. karen says:

    Love pumpkin and chocolate this time of year!
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

  11. Daryl Callahan says:

    I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint

  12. Daryl Callahan says:

    I follow you and Hellmann’s on twitter
    Dthern

  13. Daryl Callahan says:

    I like you and Hellman on facebook

  14. Faith Plvan says:

    I love chocolate and mint during the holidays!

  15. I love cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

  16. I like both of you on facebook :)

  17. And I gave you a thumbs up on babble :)

  18. And I follow you both on Twitter. But that’s it because I’m not sure how to use pintrest.

  19. debbie says:

    My favorite holiday combination has to be ginger and orange…love the combination of them together!!

  20. debbie says:

    OK, just liked both you and Hellman’s on Facebook!!!! I hope I win!!!!

  21. I too love chocolate and peppermint, especially at the holidays, but I also love anything with egg nog especially cheesecake.

  22. I gave you a thumbs up on Babble. Good luck!

  23. Marthalynn says:

    Well, you stole my peppermint/chocolate-loving heart with this. It’s my all-time favorite holiday flavor combo. In fact, I’ve been whipping up my own homemade peppermint patties all month. Cannot wait to try this recipe!!

  24. Patrizia T. says:

    I LOVE Chocolate & Peppermint!! (liked you both!)

  25. Jill Lombardo says:

    My favorite holiday combination flavors are mint and vanilla as in mint spiked sugar cookies-when shaped like candy canes are to die for!!

  26. Jill Lombardo says:

    I like you and Hellman’s on Facebook

  27. Jill Lombardo says:

    I follow you and Hellman’s on twitter as capecoupons

  28. Jill Lombardo says:

    Gave you a thumbs up on Babble’s top 100 (#72)

  29. erin says:

    eggnog and pumpkin. not sure if i like them together but those are the flavors of the holidays!

  30. erin says:

    i am a twitter follower.

  31. erin says:

    i am a facebook fan.

  32. erin says:

    i gave you a thumbs up on babble.

  33. Erin says:

    I love the combination of eggnog and rum! Not just the drink but I make a custard pie with those flavors as well, its like christmas in a pie!! This recipe is so cute btw, I would love to try it for christmas dinner.

  34. Lenora says:

    Love cinnamon and cloves for the holidays

  35. Lenora says:

    I liked you and Hellman’s on Facebook!

  36. Lenora says:

    I now follow you both on Twitter

  37. Lenora says:

    I gave you a thumbs-up on the Babble list

  38. Caroline says:

    Beautiful gift idea, and great combo! This time of year I crave pumpkin and sage (sometimes w/ hazelnuts or ginger added in). The combo can be used in everything from savory pancakes, to soups, to pasta, and so on. Love the blog :)

  39. Amber says:

    I love the combination of ginger, ground cloves, and nutmeg. The combination spells holiday time for me.

  40. Amber says:

    I like both Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Hellmann’s on Facebook.

  41. Amber says:

    I am following BOTH Sarah Caron and Hellmann’s on Twitter.

  42. Amber says:

    I gave a Thumbs Up to Sarah’s Cucina Bella on Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs.

  43. leti says:

    I like to put whipped cream on my mollases cookies if that counts as a flavor combo :)

  44. Renn says:

    I love chocolate and mint! in cupcakes, in hot chocolate, in cookies, brownies, everything!

  45. leti says:

    I like you and hellmann’s on Facebook

  46. leti says:

    following both on twitter

  47. leti says:

    and a thumbs up on babble

  48. Maureen says:

    I have of few one of them being the eggnog and nutmeg another being chocolate and peppermint.

  49. Hanna says:

    I love the flavor of chocolate and cinnamon together! so yummy!!!

  50. Hanna says:

    I liked you both on Facebook!

  51. Hanna says:

    I followed both y’all on Twitter!

  52. Hanna says:

    I gave you a thumbs up on Babble!

  53. Selene Vazquez says:

    I’m gonna have to try this one, looks delicious! I love the taste of cinnamon and pumpkin; pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie are among my favorites. My mom always put cinnamon in my hot chocolate growing up, and she still makes cinnamon tea when I’m home for the holidays.

  54. Patrizia T. says:

    I liked you & hellmans!

  55. Patrizia T. says:

    Gave you thumbs up on Babble!

  56. Cindy O. says:

    Eggnog is my favorite holiday flavor! Also, chocolate and mint or chocolate and cinnamon.

  57. Kate says:

    I don’t like chocolate and peppermint, but the guy sitting next to me sure does!

  58. Kelsey Woodward says:

    I love eggnog and chocolate milk together. You might think I am weird but it actually tastes really good. I also love chocolate and peppermint or orange together in chocolates! Christmas is my favorite time of the year!

  59. Kelsey Woodward says:

    I liked Hellmann’s and you on facebook!

  60. Kelsey Woodward says:

    I most definitely pinned this on pinterest, cause I want to make it!

  61. Kelsey Woodward says:

    I Just gave you a thumbs up on Babble. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  62. Cindy Eason says:

    Liked both of you on Facebook. This recipe looks delicious

  63. Shay says:

    I’m absolutely obsessed with making peppermint mochas at home during the holidays. It’s DEFINITELY cheaper than Starbucks! I also have a family tradition of making cinnamon buns for Christmas morning, so I love cinnamon and sugar!

  64. Lauretta says:

    Thank-you for sharing this recipie. I gave you and Hellmans a thumbs up on facebook. I also like chocolate and hazelnut, and pumpkin and pecan.

  65. Lauretta says:

    I gave you and a thumbs up on Babble’s Top 100. I also love anything Cinnamon and ginger.

  66. Yoko says:

    I voted on Babble!

  67. Yoko says:

    I love chocolate and peppermint. I recently found white chocolate covered flavored with peppermint covering star shaped pretzels. LOVED them.

  68. Yoko says:

    I follow you on twitter!

  69. Yoko says:

    I like you and Hellman’s on FB. (Also just noticed the “both on the twitter entry, and confirmed that I am following Hellman’s on twitter too!)

  70. Arleen says:

    This is the perfect combo – peppermint and chocolate. Ask your Mom what kind of ice cream I ate at Friendly’s when we met – peppermint and hot chocolate fudge. Delish. :-)

  71. Arleen says:

    p.s. I liked your page and Hellman’s.

  72. aubreylaine says:

    peppermint & brown sugar
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  73. aubreylaine says:

    I like you and Hellmans on fb
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  74. aubreylaine says:

    I follow you and hellmans on twitter
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  75. Wehaf says:

    I love pumpkin with holiday spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.

  76. Julia says:

    Im currently really into the lemon/gingerbread combination. But I do LOVE the traditional peppermint chocolate combo, that will NEVER get old!

  77. S LaTrice Simmons says:

    I have to agree that Peppermint & Chocolate is a great flavor combination. I’ve also learned that Nutella makes a wonderul filling btwn layers of Chocolate Cake. Chocolate, Hazelnut & Peppermint…I might have to try that ;)

  78. Shannon H. says:

    I love love love chocolate and peppermint. Love. My absolute favorite. Hands down.
    Sehoorn@gmsil.com

  79. Peppermint and chocolate? You’ve nailed my favorite holiday combo right there. Just thinking about it is making me swoon!

  80. Can you overnight me a half dozen of these? Nom Nom Nom

  81. What a great day to stumble upon your blog! What an awesome giveaway, and I love the chocolate peppermint cake in a jar idea!
    I love pumpkin flavors the most.. with all of the usual spice suspects

  82. Stephanie says:

    Almond and chocolate are my favorite combo. I’ve been making hot chocolate with bittersweet chips and almond extract every night for the last week. Nothing says holidays to me like hot chocolate that smells like spritz cookies!

  83. Stephanie says:

    I gave a Thumbs Up to Sarah’s Cucina Bella on Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs.

  84. Nate says:

    Gingerbread will always mean the holidays to me – chocolate, mint, eggnog, all good things, but gingerbread is it.

  85. Emily says:

    I have to admit I’m not so keen on chocolate and peppermint, but I love nutmeg and anything, pumpkin, apple pie, sweet potatoes, eggnog, it can’t be beat!

  86. Emily says:

    I already like Hellman’s on FB and I just liked you

  87. Emily says:

    I’m a long time follower of you both on twitter

  88. Emily says:

    Just gave you a thumbs up, you’re up to 84!

  89. Emily says:

    You’ve been pinned!

  90. Mercurial says:

    Chocolate and Peppermint, for sure!! And following on Twitter!

  91. Urban Living says:

    potato, onion, and hot oil – for homemade latkes!

  92. jessie says:

    PB and chocolate!

  93. Jessie C. says:

    I like apple and cinnamon!

  94. Jessie C. says:

    Like BOTH Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Hellmann’s on Facebook.
    Jessie C.

  95. Jessie C. says:

    I gave a Thumbs Up to Sarah’s Cucina Bella on Babble’s

  96. Phyllis says:

    chocolate and caramel

  97. Phyllis says:

    I like Sarah’s Cucina Bella and Hellmann’s on Facebook as Phyllis Shirley

  98. Phyllis says:

    I follow Sarah Caron and Hellmann’s on Twitter as phyllis2win

  99. Doug says:

    I like cinnamon & sugar – Snickerdoodles

  100. Doug says:

    I liked Hellmann’s on FB

  101. Doug says:

    Thumbs up on Babble – you have 85 now

  102. Doug says:

    I like Hellmann’s on Twitter

  103. Alisa Watson says:

    I liked you both on Facebook! so yummy!!! Chocolate and Peppermint, for sure!! I follow you on twitter!

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