VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips, and reviews.
Easy Cake Decorating!
When my daughter wanted a candy cane birthday party theme, we came up with this quick and easy cake. Even though this was quick, it made a very spectacular and showy cake that made a great table decoration. Better yet, it tasted fabulous. All the girls at the party loved it and we didn't have much left!
Because my daughter was concerned that not all of her friends would want an all peppermint cake, we made the cake and icing with vanilla and used the candy canes and peppermints for decoration. However, I've included a recipe for peppermint cake and peppermint buttercream icing too.
Pepermint Candy Cake!
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12-16 servings of cake
- 1 package white cake mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons extract, (vanilla or peppermint)
- 1/4 cup red sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 8" or 9" round pans with nonstick spray and then sprinkle them with flour. Set aside.
- Put cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, and extract in a large bowl. Mix on low speed for one minute. Scrape bowl and then mix for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Batter should be thick and well blended.
- Divide the batter into the two round pans. Smooth out the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the red sugar sprinkles in a circle on top of each pan. Use a knife to cut the circles to make a swirl. For a stronger mint flavor, you could use crushed candy canes instead.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 27-29 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Take out and let cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each pan and turn over to remove cake.
- Put one cake on a plate and frost top with white peppermint buttercream icing or vanilla buttercream (if you use vanilla buttercream, you can add 1/2 cup of strawberry jam on top of icing in-between the layers for extra flavor). Place second layer on top of first. Using lots of icing, frost the sides and top. Smooth the icing with a knife.
- Place large candy canes facing outwards around the cake. Add unwrapped peppermints in between the candy canes. Put a ring of peppermints on top. You can sprinkle with white sparkling sugar too!
Peppermint Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) at room temperature or soften in microwave for 5-10 seconds
- 2-3 TB cream or milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 TB Karo syrup
- 1 tea. extract (vanilla or peppermint)
- Mix butter in mixing bowl until smooth.
- Add powdered sugar and milk. Mix with beaters until well blended.
- Add Karo syrup and extract (vanilla for vanilla buttercream, peppermint for peppermint buttercream). Mix for 1-2 minutes until frosting is fluffy. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff, or a little more powdered sugar if it is too soft.
You could use this cake for:
- Christmas Parties
- Candyland Birthday party
- Candy Cane Theme Party
- Red and White party
Because candy canes come in other colors, you could also adapt the design to use with green candy canes or any other candy canes you can find!
Party Decoration Ideas
- Tableware: Use red tablecloth with white plates and red and white napkins.
- Candy Table Decoration: Sprinkle candy canes and peppermints down the table for decoration with the cake in the middle.
- Decorating Walls: Cut out candy canes from paper in various sizes. Either color them red and white, or have a "crazy candy cane" decorating contest and let party-goers invent a new candy cane and then help decorate for the party.
- Ceiling Decoration: Hang candy canes from light fixtures or the ceiling using thread so they appear to be suspended in the air. You can also tie on white and red balloons.
- Candles: Put a white candle inside a larger glass jar. Fill the rest of the jar with peppermints and/or candy canes.
- Party Favor Bags: Use red and white tissue paper inside of white or red bags for the party favors. You can use white lunch bags for an inexpensive treat.
- Party Favor Treats: You can make Peppermint Snowflakes and Snowman Soup for the party or as a party favor. Another party favor could be Chocolate Popcorn made with red and white candy melts.
My Candy Cane Cake recipe is adapted from The Cake Doctor, "Bride's Cake with Raspberry Filling and White Chocolate Frosting." I first made this cake as a wedding reception cake and found it was the most flavorful and moist cake I'd ever eaten. What makes this recipe different is the addition of milk and butter to the mix along with 2 teaspoons of extract. This recipe is so good, that I tend to use it for most of my cakes, so I know that you can make these variations:
- Peppermint Chocolate Cake: Use a chocolate cake mix and peppermint extract. If the batter is too stiff, you might want to add another 1/4 cup milk. Frost with White Peppermint Buttercream Frosting, or Make the icing in my Quick Chocolate Cake recipe.
- Almond Raspberry Cake: Use a white or yellow cake mix and almond flavoring. Use seedless raspberry jam in between the layers (also works with blackberry, strawberry or apricot jam). Decorate with fresh raspberries or almond slices.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake: Use a chocolate cake mix and vanilla extract. Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the frosting recipe. You may need to add up to 1 cup more powdered sugar too. Decorate with peanuts or chopped up chocolate.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 29, 2015:
What a beautiful cake! I am sure it is delicious, too. Thanks for sharing thr recipe. Voted up and useful.
theslimdude on March 18, 2013:
Wow, great looking cake!!!
Claudia Mitchell on December 26, 2012:
My daughter is a mint fan and she would love this cake! Pinned for future use.
Melissa Propp from Minnesota on December 19, 2012:
This is just too cute! I love your ideas, always really clever but not TOO hard for those of us that don't have really strong baking skills! This would be a great addition to a party. Thanks for the idea and the recipe, can't wait to try it!
carol stanley from Arizona on December 19, 2012:
The cake is beautiful and easy to make..Great combo. You always do such a great job. I am pinning this for sure and lots of good votes.
Klavdija Frahm on December 19, 2012:
Great idea for Xmas cake. Love the cake and your hub, well written and described whole procedure, voted up :)
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 18, 2012:
What a fun birthday cake you and your daughter decorated. I just bought a bunch of those tiny candy canes that I plan on crushing up and sprinkling between the layers of a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, as well as on top of it. I love chocolate and mint together. Your cake has inspired me to maybe add it bit of decoration to mine. Hope the party went well!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on December 18, 2012:
The Karo syrup is a really good trick. It helps to make the frosting spread much more easily. I actually will add more if it seems too thick or is making crumbs!
Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 18, 2012:
What a pretty cake to make here at Christmastime! I just can't seem to make good buttercream frosting, so I'm trying your recipe.
I voted this UP, etc.