Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake – The Perfect Holiday Dessert!

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When it comes to the holidays, being an event planner trickles down more into my everyday life than it does during other times of the year. I want to shop for gifts and have them taken care of early, know what our plans are and also plan out any recipes I may be making to bring with us for family get-togethers.

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

When thinking about the holidays this year I knew I wanted to try something new but couldn’t get this one dessert out of my head. My mom makes a chocolate cake that has been a staple in our family since I was growing up. It’s decadent without being too rich and super moist. Up until now, I had never made it myself before – it was always my mom’s dessert! I decided to give it a shot for the holidays but wanted to punch it up a notch and make it more holiday-centric. By adding a little International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer, I was able to tweak the recipe slightly and have a fantastic holiday dessert!

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake

For the cake:
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup strong black coffee
– 1/2 cup International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer 
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting:
– 3/4 stick unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
– 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 1/3 cup milk
– 1 tablespoon International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer*
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– Optional – candy cane or other mint candies for the top of the cake

The below directions are done with a food processor. 
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

2. For the cake batter – Combine the dry ingredients for about 10 seconds in the food processor. Then keep the food processor on and add the remaining cake ingredients and process until smooth (about 10 more seconds.) Scrape down the bowl and process for 10 more seconds.

3. Pour the batter into your cake pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. For the frosting – Process the butter in the food processor for about 10 seconds. Add the cocoa powder and sugar and process for 5 seconds. Scrape down the bowl, add in the remaining ingredients and process for 10 seconds. Continue to scrape down the bowl and process until the frosting is smooth. Make sure the cake is cool before frosting! Add the candy cane or mint candy pieces to the top and press down lightly.

It also doesn’t hurt the process if you have a super cute helper pitching in! (In fact, I think it makes the cake taste better!)

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP | Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

*If you want your frosting to be even more Peppermint Mocha flavored, change up the ratio of milk to Peppermint Mocha creamer. 

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

I have so many memories of my mom making this cake for all different occasions and holidays and can’t wait to use this new twist on the family recipe for my family’s holidays to come!

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

I also love when I see the International Delight creamer holiday flavors come out in stores! I love setting a festive table for dinner and having everything match the holiday ambiance, right down to the creamer and it really feels like the holidays are near when I see those flavors lining the shelves.

I’m also a HUGE fan of coffee creamers in general – as a busy mom it makes my day so much simpler being able to add creamer to my coffee and get amazing flavor instead of having to add milk and sugar and still want a little something *more*.

As I was making my cake I enjoyed another great flavor with my coffee – International Delight® Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Creamer.

International Delight Chocolate Hazelnut | Perks of Being a JAP |

I’m already imagining remaking this cake for different holidays and occasions with so many of the International Delight varieties! They can change up the flavor of the cake in an instant!

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

When you’re out shopping, head to Walmart and grab some of these delicious creamers! You can find them in the dairy aisle (for me, it’s in the back of the store!) I also decorated my table with holiday decor from Walmart! They have everything!

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cake | Perks of Being a JAP |

Check out this video for another amazing treat to make with International Delight coffee creamers!


  1. This cake looks so yummy! I love the holidays too and peppermint mocha is my favorite flavor to sip on repeat during the season 🙂
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  2. Yummy. Sounds so delicious. I love peppermint mocha anything! :]
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  3. This looks so tasty and the Peppermint is perfect for the Holidays!

  4. Wow! It looks so yummy. And congrats on your first SoFab post! I’ll be posting my first on Thursday!

  5. Looks fabulous!

  6. This looks so yummy! I pinned and tweeted it, too!
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