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Chocolate Mint Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

12 servings

With its rich icing and minty whipped cream filling, this chocolate mint cake makes a fitting finale to a special meal. – Jean Portwine, Recluse, Wyoming

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Grease and flour the paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and water, beating well after each addition.
  3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in food coloring if desired. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with second layer.
  5. For icing, in a microwave, melt chips and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Beat in evaporated milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost and decorate cake. Chill 2 hours before slicing.
Test Kitchen Tips
  • For more tips, see our chocolate layer cake guide.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 532 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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