Anyone else adore the soothing flavor of peppermint mocha on a cold day? I have always loved the flavor in coffee, but I had never tried peppermint mocha in a cake.
I set out determined to find a quick and easy way to make a delicious peppermint mocha cake without any fancy extracts and I came up with a delicious and easy peppermint mocha doctored cake mix recipe that I can’t stop eating. And that simple recipe is precisely what I am going to share with you!
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First of all, I am a simple girl. I did not grow up with an apron on. In fact, let’s play a little game of “Never Have I Ever”. Never have I ever baked a cake from scratch. It’s true! I bet you didn’t expect a cake blogger to admit that, but here we are.
I may not have grown up baking, but I do know what tastes good! And I also know how to make a delicious cakes quickly and easily without a lot of fuss. If those are the types of recipes you are looking for, you are in the right place!
Money Saving Flavor Tip
This peppermint mocha doctored cake mix will use a box cake mix that is flavored with none other than… flavored coffee creamer. Y’all, coffee creamer is such a quick and easy way to add different flavors to your cakes! Not to mention, it is much cheaper than purchasing expensive essences and oils that may only be used a handful of times.
Experiment with adding different flavored creamers to your boxed cake mixes and see what you come up with. Be creative! I would love to hear about what you come up with.
Peppermint Mocha Cake with 4 Simple Ingredients
For this peppermint mocha doctored cake mix, I start with Nestle Coffee Mate’s “Peppermint Mocha” creamer.
Be sure to hang on to the left overs, because this creamer is delicous in coffee too! You can include crushed peppermints or candy canes as well, but that is an optional ingredient. You can even purchase pre-crushed candy canes!
Flavor Complimenting Cake Design
I’m a sucker for cake design and I just love when the design compliments the flavors in the cake. I have created two peppermint mocha designs to compliment this delicious cake. There is a simple design as well as a more elaborate design. I will walk you through the steps that I took to design each of the cakes.
Here’s to hoping that these designs inspire some beautiful pepperminty-chocolately designs for your peppermint mocha cake! I would love to know which design type you prefer to make. Do you tend towards more sleek and simple designs or do you pile on the details and create more elabrate cake designs?
Simple Peppermint Mocha Cake Design
My latest peppermint mocha design, pictured above, was a simple design for family over the holidays. If you are looking for a quick and easy design for your peppermint mocha cake, this is a great one!
- I started out with this delicious peppermint mocha doctored cake recipe, covered and filled with my white chocolate buttercream.
- Next, I added a thin chocolate drip to bring chocolate into the design. I wanted the cake to be immediately recognizable as peppermint mocha.
- Then, I crushed some candy canes and cut some peppermints in half to allow them to lay against the cake a bit easier.
- Finally, I added the peppermint halves and mixed Fancy Sprinkles “Silver Bells” mix (This is SUCH a versatile sprinkle blend and I highly recommend it!) with the crushed candy canes and applied the mixture to the cake in a diagonal direction to create some visual movement.
Elaborate Peppermint Mocha Cake Design
This was the first peppermint mocha cake design that I created and much more detailed than the last one. So, for this cake, I wanted it to look like a cozy mug of peppermint mocha goodness, complete with a handle!
- First, I started by mixing my red buttercream and icing my cake.
- Second, I piped a rim at the top edge of my “mug” and smoothed it out.
- Thirdly, I filled the inside of the top of my mug with a thick chocolate and had it drip over the side. I took my crushed peppermints and sprinkled them into the wet chocolate.
- After that, I piped a nice heap of buttercream in the top of my “mug” to look like a dollop of whipped cream!
- To create the handle, I simply microwaved a candy cane until it was pliable. Can you believe that?! I had no idea if it would work and was pleasantly surprised.
- Finally, I embellished the cake with peppermint halves, the incredibly versatile “Silver Bells” sprinkle blend by Fancy Sprinkles and topped it with a single piece of my favorite Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark. (Then, I shamlessly ate the rest of the bag of peppermint bark because its delicious.)
I love to create process videos of cake designs on my instagram. Here is one of this elaborate peppermint mocha cake!
Now, let’s get to baking and decorating this peppermint mocha deliciousness! If you use this recipe or are inspired by any of these designs, please tag me on instagram! I would love to see your creations!
Peppermint Mocha Cake-Doctored Box Mix
- Hand Mixer or Standing Mixer
- 1 Betty Crocker "Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge" Cake Mix You can substitute this with another chocolate box cake mix
- 1 1/4 cups Nestle Coffee Mate "Peppermint Mocha" Creamer You can substitue with other peppermint mocha creamers.
- 2 sticks salted butter You can use unsalted if you prefer
- 4 eggs
- peppermints or candy canes, crushed (optional)
- Empty the cake mix into mixing bowl
- Add eggs, softened butter, and creamer
- Using hand mixer or standing mixer, mix ingredients
- (optional step) fold crushed peppermints into cake mixture
- Add mixture to lightly oiled baking pans.
- Bake following the baking instructions on the box until baked throughout
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