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Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Recipe

A couple of years ago, I saw a recipe for a peppermint red velvet cake that called for cake mixes. I prefer homemade cakes, so I developed this one from scratch. It is a beautiful, elegant dessert. In the summer, I omit the peppermint and use fresh berries, adding them between the layers and on top of the frosting. —Aimee Fortney, Fairview, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring, optional
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 31 peppermint candies


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream, food coloring and vinegar. Combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 3. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Beat in extract. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Press crushed candies on top and sides of cake. Arrange whole candies around bottom of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

To Make Ahead: Unfrosted cake layers can be frozen, wrapped separately, for up to 1 month. To use, unwrap cakes; thaw on wire racks. Proceed as directed to frost and decorate.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 702 calories, 35g fat (22g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 90g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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maddawson User ID: 6637204 192477
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"This cake had a nice subtle peppermint flavor to it. The candy pieces on top ran though & it dried out within 2 days of making it."

emilnancy User ID: 3472088 123537
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This cake was way too sweet and soggy. I threw it out"

slkelly User ID: 6074790 123536
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Fairly easy to make, very pretty to serve and everyone loved it!"

3southpaws User ID: 6927603 191328
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"my crushed pepper mints bled all down my cake as well.Frosting needed to have a thicker consistency and sweeter taste. Next time I will add more confectioner's sugar. The cake itself was very light ,moist and airy."

bjrwilliams User ID: 5832300 123530
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"Taste was great but cake was a disaster! I made the cake the day before a party. It baked up and decorated so beautifully. I put it in a cake carrier to bring to the party and when I got up the next morning the cake had melted, literally. The icing had not melted and run off the cake but the peppermint was melting and pulling the icing down so much it split the cake into 3 almost perfect sections. I was heartbroken but ate some anyway. Finally had to throw it out because it kept melting and running out of the cake keeper onto the cabinet. Icing never melted off the cake. It was the strangest thing I had ever experienced. Any suggestions?"

Mrbojay1 User ID: 5532798 149928
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Can you put sour cream if you are making from a box cake mix?"

kimmer1u User ID: 4741143 212418
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"This was a hit! The cake baked up beautifully. I will definitely make this recipe again and try other flavoring in the frosting."

KJ2 User ID: 4496876 110701
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"If you do not have sour cream to make it moist, Mayo also works to keep a cake moist and delicious. Works well in cake box recipes also."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 195321
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"I've had a recipe for Red Velvet cake for 40+ years but find it dry. This one w/ the addition of sour cream makes a moist delicious cake Thanks!!"

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