This Peppermint Fudge Cake is one of the best Christmas desserts. The homemade fudgy chocolate cake has no peppermint in the cake batter to prevent an overpowering flavor. Instead, the peppermint is added to the luscious buttercream frosting. It’s a perfect balance.
There's a triple layer of fudgy chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream frosting sandwiched between each layer. The cake is coated in a thin layer peppermint frosting as well and decorated with crushed candy cane all around the sides.
A decadent chocolate ganache is layered over the top of the cake and allowed to drip halfway down the sides. I just love the look of drip cakes. My chocolate coconut cake is another one of my favorites.
For a finishing touch, red and white swirled peppermint frosting is piped on top of the cake. This really adds to the festive holiday feel, making the cake perfect for a Christmas party.
This cake is extra rich, fudgy, and decadent.
To achieve this I used dark cocoa powder along with melted unsweetened baking chocolate. There's also a hint of coffee mixed in to heighten the chocolate flavor.
I find that adding both cocoa powder and baking chocolate fills the cake with intense chocolate flavor and yields a rich, almost brownie-like, texture.
Be sure to use quality chocolate also, as this will greatly impact the flavor of the cake. Ghirardelli is one of the brands of chocolate I use most and chose to use it for today's peppermint fudge cake.