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Chocolate Cake with Pink Peppermint Frosting - bethcakes.com

Chocolate Cake with Pink Peppermint Frosting

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


For the cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup strong black coffee cooled
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pink peppermint frosting

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • Pink gel food coloring


For the cake

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray three 8-inch round cake pans with baking spray with flour.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, add the wet ingredients: eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla.
  • Using a hand-held mixer on medium speed, mix the wet ingredients until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until centers are set and a wooden pick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool in pans for 10-15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack until completely cooled.

For the frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and shortening together until smooth and creamy. Add peppermint extract and heavy cream. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add powdered sugar two cups at a time, starting on low until mostly combined, and medium-high until completely combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl between each addition.
  • Add gel food coloring, starting with a small amount and adding more until the desired color is reached.


  • When cake layers are cool, place one layer on a cake plate or stand. Cover with frosting; repeat with the other two layers. Spread frosting around the outside of the cake. Pipe any remaining frosting on the top of the cake and garnish as desired.


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