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Dark Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

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There is so much flavor packed into this dark chocolate cake with peppermint cream cheese glaze recipe! Don’t let the long name fool you though, it’s actually a very simple recipe to make!

dark chocolate cake glazed and cut

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Thank you so much to Dixie Crystals for providing me with the sugar and baking tools used to make this delicious dark chocolate cake with peppermint cream cheese glaze.

Dixie Crystals baking supplies

It’s Day 10 and we are all sharing our delicious Christmas dessert ideas! When I think of Christmas and winter desserts I immediately think of peppermint. So that was my jumping-off point for today’s recipe.

Peppermint cream cheese glaze

Peppermint and dark chocolate is one of the best Christmas flavor combinations, so what better way to portray that than with a dark chocolate loaf cake topped with a creamy peppermint cream cheese glaze?

This recipe starts with a simple dark chocolate cake recipe. The secret to getting a moist, chocolatey cake is to add in some really strong brewed coffee. You could also use espresso granules, but I prefer using liquid coffee.  To get a really soft cake, just slightly undercook it!

dark chocolate cake

The real hero of this recipe though is the peppermint cream cheese glaze. Making a cream cheese glaze is simple, but adding a bit of peppermint extract to it takes the flavor over the top!

dark chocolate cake after glazing with peppermint cream cheese glaze

You go from a boring chocolate cake to a delicious dark chocolate cake with peppermint cream cheese glaze. A Christmas dessert that isn’t any more difficult or a hassle to make! Add some crushed peppermint candies and festive sprinkles and your dessert is holiday gathering ready!

dark chocolate cake with peppermint cream cheese glaze

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

Dark Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Moist and dark chocolate loaf caked topped with a creamy peppermint cream cheese glaze

Ingredients

Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup peppermint candies, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sprinkles, optional

Instructions

Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and liberally grease a loaf pan. Alternately you can line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1" overhang on all sides.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs 1 at a time until both are incorporated. Mix in vanilla and strong brewed coffee.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and heavy cream together. Add to the mixing bowl and beat together just until incorporated
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixing bowl, and blend together just until mixed. Do not over mix the batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. When finished baking, let cool for 15-20 minutes. Then gently run a spatula around all edges of the cake to release from pan. Gently turn out onto a plate or baking sheet to let it cool the rest of the way. *if you used parchment paper, gently lift out the parchment paper by the 1" over hang. Peel it away from the cake and leave it to cool the rest of the way.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. Cream together the softened cream cheese, butter, heavy cream and peppermint extract.
  2. Slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. The glaze should be thin enough to pour easily. If too much sugar is added, thin out the glaze with 1 tbsp of heavy cream at a time until desired thickness is achieved.
  3. Pour the glaze onto the cooled dark chocolate loaf cake. Start at one end and slowly dribble back and forth until reaching the opposite end.
  4. Top with crushed peppermint candies and sprinkles if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 433.62Total Fat 25.67gSaturated Fat 15.48gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 108.21mgSodium 107.73mgCarbohydrates 48.6gFiber 1.5gSugar 34.26gProtein 4.74g

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Rachelle

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Love the tip on adding the coffee, it really makes such a difference! This cake looks so yummy!!!

Amanda

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Thanks Rachelle! The coffee really helps bring out the chocolate flavor!

Lynne

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Dark chocolate and peppermint cream cheese...what an amazing combination! I can't wait to try this recipe! Pinned!

Marie

Monday 2nd of December 2019

The chocolate cake looks so moist and I love that it has strong coffee in it. Kind of like nibbling on a chocolate-covered coffee bean. Yum. But then you add the peppermint cream cheese glaze and I'm salivating over here! Yummy Pinned the recipe to give a try

Amanda

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Thanks Marie! Hope you enjoy! The coffee really helps make that chocolate flavor pop!

Cherryl Ehlenburg

Monday 2nd of December 2019

This is very festive! My son loves chocolate cake, so I will have to make it for him!

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