Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

CATEGORIES: Bundt Cakes, Christmas

Last Christmas (like, literally- Christmas Day) I posted a photo on Instagram of the dessert I made to take to our family Christmas dinner and everyone begged for the recipe.  I promised I’d post it before the following Christmas, and here we are!  Signed, sealed, and delivered.  Most people who know me, know that my most favorite flavor combination in the entire world, year round, is chocolate (preferably dark) and peppermint.  This super decadent bundt cake is a showstopper for sure.  It’s studded with chocolate chips on the inside, and drenched in a dark chocolate peppermint glaze and crushed candycanes.  The beautiful thing is that it starts out with a couple of short-cuts so it’s incredibly easy, too.  If you’ve ever made my Chocolate Fudge Cookies & Cream Cake, it’s a modified version of that same chocolate cake.

I mean, look at that.

Chocolate Peppermint Budnt Cake from Our Best Bites

First, for the shortcuts.  We’re going to use a cake mix, but we’re going to ignore all of the instructions and doctor that thing up really well. The pudding mix makes it extra tender and delicious.

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In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  We’re adding milk, lots of eggs, oil, vanilla, peppermint, and full fat sour cream.

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Pour that into the mixing bowl with the cake mix and pudding mix

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and beat it up until it’s silky smooth.

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Then add in some chocolate chips.  I like to give mine a rough chop because I like how the different sizes of chocolate pieces distribute so well throughout the batter.

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Bake it up and then let it cool on a metal rack.

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While your cake is in the oven, make your Chocolate Peppermint Ganache.  You’ll heat up some heavy cream and pour it over chocolate and butter until it makes a beautiful glaze.  Now, ganache changes consistencies depending on temperature.  It will be very runny when you first combine it so you’ll want to give it plenty of time to cool off and thicken before you drizzle it over the cake so it will stay on.

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I actually like to take a silicone brush and very lightly brush on some of the really runny ganache so it covers most of the surfaces.  Then as it thickens, I drizzle on the rest.

Candycane Topped Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake from Our Best Bites

After it’s set just a bit, sprinkle on some crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Peppermint Budnt Cake from Our Best Bites

You may have some extra ganache.  Use it to drizzle over servings, or ice cream.  And speaking of ice cream, definitely serve this rich chocolatey deliciousness with either some vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream.

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  1. So I’ve just recently discovered that box cake mixes come in different weights, and that will effect your end product. I saw you used an 18-ounce box, but in my neck of the woods (the tiny island of Guam), I can only find the 15-ounce boxes. And tips on making up the difference?

    1. I have never over my many years of making this cake, made it with anything but a Duncan Hines Mix- but honestly, I bet it won’t make that much of a difference in this recipe. Give it a shot!

  2. What a pretty cake! About the glaze- is the chocolate chips and butter melted first, then hot heavy cream is added? Or do we not melt the chocolate chips? Does the hot heavy cream melt the chips? Thanks!

  3. I love the idea of brushing the runny ganache over the whole cake while it’s hot, then pouring the rest on later. Looks festive and delicious!

  4. This looks awesome! I’m not a chocolate person, but when you pair it with mint/peppermint, I have a hard time resisting. Just out of curiosity, can you taste the sour cream, like does it taste sour?

    1. I use sour cream in “doctored up” cake mix recipes like this all the time, and no you can’t taste the sour cream…not sour at all! It just makes the cake extra moist. 🙂

        1. Just make sure you don’t use fat free sour cream or the cake will fall. Greek yogurt also works instead of sour cream if you want something with less fat.

  5. I have used a similar recipe to this for many years and it’s so easy and everyone loves it–the few variations you’ve made look even better! Thanks for sharing,,,,,it’s our ‘go to’ cake when needing to take a dessert somewhere and everyone loves it!

  6. The recipe looks great. My sister has made one for years that is just a basic chocolate version but this one makes it a holiday winner. Not to mention I love the combo of chocolate and mint. Thanks for a holiday redo! You might mention to the gal who can’t find the right sized box mix that there are DIY recipes available on the web to create your own boxed mix at home. That might make it easier for her to go without the package amount in our standard boxes in the states. I will admit I am looking forward to the day all the prepackaged ones are gone and I will be making my own to make it fresher and less additives. I’ve already done a few right before mixing the cake and all has turned out great. I’m not putting the boxes down for convenience but for cost and freshness I have to say I appreciate being able to make my own and bag them and keep them ready instead of buying the box. Thanks for another great recipe!!

  7. Earlier today when I read this recipe, I thought I saw something about an 18-oz box mix. Was I imagining it?? I don’t see it now. Anyway, I have made a cake similar to this for years, too. (Not the peppermint, Also with only Duncan Hines mix, too! I’d never use anything else!) Recently, it has not been coming out as well. I realized that the size of the Duncan Hines cake mix has changed. Have you noticed any difference? It has been my go to recipe for I don’t know how long.

    1. Amy, I’ve had problems since Duncan Hines changed their cake mixes, too. I hate it, and they’re not showing any signs of switching back. I’ll pay more for the old mixes, just bring ’em back!

  8. I’ve made this recipe for a few years too (the one from and I always use Duncan Hines devil food cake box. But because of the issue with the amount of cake mix, I buy a second box, and use about 1/3-1/2 cup from the second box to add to the mix. I know this isn’t an exact perfect method, but it turns out yummy every time! I can’t wait to try it with the added mint and crushed candy canes!

  9. When the recipe calls for cream, what specifically do you use…heavy whipping cream, another kind of cream? Also, what size bundt pan are you using. I have two smaller half bundt pans that I like to use…do you think this recipe would fill both? This cake looks so festive…can’t wait to make!

  10. I just made this for our ward Christmas party tonight; it was a hit! Beautiful presentation, easy to make, and SO good…perfect dessert! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oh My! I just made this heavenly cake last Friday for a Christmas party and it was a success! Everybody kept asking if I made it because it looked so beautiful. I was so proud (since I barely bake). Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  12. Just wondered how to store this cake. I need to make it in advance for a party and wondered if I can leave out or should put in fridge? I will wait until I serve it to put on the ganache I think. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  13. I have made this recipe minus the peppermint for many years as it is my sons favorite. So moist & I always use low fat sour cream, it has never failed me. I will be sure to make it using the peppermint over the yuletide season.

  14. I just made this cake for dinner and shared it with some neighbors. It was so amazingly delicious! It got rave reviews. Thank you for yet another great recipe.

  15. What a hit this cake was! Everyone loved it. I used a larger box of jello by accident, didn’t realize, and it still turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Would it be ok to make this cake a day ahead of time? I want to make it for Christmas Day and would like to prepare it ahead of time. Any tips? Thanks!

  17. I hate sour cream. I can taste it in cakes. As a kid i used to ask my mom for a not sour cake. :). What can i substitute?

  18. I have made this cake probably 5 times since Christmas. I don’t use the peppermint and frost it like nothing Bundt cakes and it’s a winner every time. Thank you for sharing!!

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