Thursday, November 19, 2015

#BundtBakers ~ Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake



#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.


Our hostess this month is Tara from Noshing with the Nolands who selected Hot Chocolate for our theme; and what a perfect theme! The days are getting cooler and warm drinks are often on my mind for a morning pick me up or an afternoon moment of relaxation... not that I get very may of those, but warm drinks sure help some days!


Check out all the beautiful hot chocolate themed cakes for today's reveal at all the links below:

This cake was so much fun - to make and to eat! I LOVED the pretty pink drizzle on the dark chocolate cake. It added a beautiful festive touch of color, and would be extra gorgeous sprinkled with crushed peppermints and mini-marshmallows. I didn't have either, so mine was kept pretty plain. I thought about doing a 2-tone drizzle half white and half pink which is another option.


My 2-year old had a great time "helping" when it was time to frost the cake. She kept reaching up and trying to put her finger in the ribbon of glaze as it came off the spatula.


She then proceeded to decorate herself with the pink frosting. She is so silly - and I think she's pretty dang adorable too. :)


The cake is wonderful. The dark chocolate base pairs very nicely with the peppermint flavoring, and I love the addition of the peppermint hot chocolate packets. The texture is very moist and a little crumbly, and the addition of the chocolate chips gives you a little extra texture and rich bites to discover as you enjoy the cake. This one is definitely a keeper, and would be a delicious addition to any holiday dessert table! And don't forget to serve with some delicious, creamy hot chocolate. :)


Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake inspired by Land O Lakes

Ingredients
1 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (15.25-ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix
2 packets dry peppermint hot chocolate mix (I used Archer Farms brand)
4 eggs
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 ounces milk chocolate chips

Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 TBS heavy whipping cream
Optional: few drops red food coloring
Optional: crushed peppermint candies

Directions


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 12-cup Bundt pan (I used a 9-cup and it still fit fine) with cooking spray such as Pam (I used a lot). 
  2. Combine all cake ingredients except chocolate chips in bowl. Beat at low speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well combined and then stir in chocolate chips by hand. 
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes and then carefully remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. 
  4. Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough whipping cream for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Beat with a whisk until well combined and creamy. Add a few drops of red food coloring for a peppermint pink color if desired. Drizzle over cake and top with crushed peppermint candies for a festive touch (peppermint candies will get soft after sitting in the glaze, so serve immediately or top with candies right before serving if you prefer them to remain crunchy).


15 comments:

  1. Two of my favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing Rebekah.

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    1. Thanks Wendy - this was a fun month, and we sure enjoyed the cake.

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  2. Fun!! Peppermint and chocolate are made for each other!!

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  3. The combo of mint and chocolate is always a winner. Wonderful cake!

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  4. She IS adorable! Who can blame her for wanting to taste that shiny peppermint glaze?

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  5. Great minds think alike! Hot chocolate will always mean peppermint first and foremost to me...

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  6. Looks absolutely beautiful and delicious your Bundt cake, Rebekah! And your little one also looks gorgeous :-) Love from Spain xx Lara Tartacadabra

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  7. Your cake looks beautiful, I like that brown-pink colour combination going on

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  8. Your cake looks beautiful, I like that brown-pink colour combination going on

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  9. Your cake looks beautiful, I like that brown-pink colour combination going on

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  10. Your cake looks beautiful, I like that brown-pink colour combination going on

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  11. gorgeous bundt, Rebekah! looks like a lot of fun with that wonderfully pink peppermint glaze.

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  12. Your cake looks deilsh... I can imagine, little ones enjoyment with the frosting....

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  13. Love all that pink peppermint!

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