Peppermint goes with the holidays. Bright red and white striped candy canes are everywhere. They are hanging on trees, stuffed in stockings, and used in countless decorations. I wonder sometimes how mint became such a part of the season. Was it the color of the canes? Or the flavor to perk up cold winter days? Perhaps one day I’ll investigate the history of it when I get curious enough. For now I’ll simply acknowledge the popularity of the flavor during the holidays. And that is why I baked this Peppermint Cappuccino Cake.
I have a confession about mint. I do not care for it and I cannot eat it either. It does not agree with my system at all. It causes my tummy to rumble in not a good way. So you are probably wondering why I would bake this cake in the first place. Well, the blame goes directly to Bundt Bakers. Mint is the theme for this month as selected by our host Laura of The Spiced Life. Plus I didn’t want to let another holiday season go by without playing with my wreath bundt pan. (Affiliate link to Amazon where you can purchase the pan).
How is the Peppermint Cappuccino Cake? I can only base the answer on the taste of the batter (which is usually a good indication since I often prefer batter or dough over when it is finished – crazy, huh?). I figured one small taste would be okay. Anyway, it has a very strong coffee flavor (espresso actually) and an unmistakable peppermint presence in the background. I can tell it is moist from the way the crushed candies melted into the cake within moments of sprinkling it on top. I took peppermints and crushed them in the food processor and used the fine powder in the same way as confectioners’ sugar.
So what happened with the cake? It found a good home. All worked out well in the end. Be sure to check out the recipes below if you really enjoy mint. It is definitely a great lineup of festive bundt cakes. Oh, and another confession. There is one exception with me and mint. For whatever reason my system can handle it in Thai food, specifically Spicy Thai Beef Salad aka Num Tuk. Perhaps the other spices and seasonings counteract the mint. Who knows? At least it works for me.
Peppermint Cappuccino Cake
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup espresso powder*
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup whole milk at room temperature
- 1/2 cup coffee liqueur or cold brewed coffee
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Crushed peppermint candies or confectioners sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease and flour a 10- or 12-cup bundt pan.
Whisk together flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Add eggs, oil, and milk. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
Add coffee liqueur and peppermint extract. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
Pour and spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cook cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Dust cake with crushed peppermint candies or confectioners sugar. Transfer cake to a serving plate.
*If you cannot find espresso powder you can make it by grinding instant espresso granules into a powder by processing it in a food processor fitted with a knife blade.
Recipe adapted from Cappuccino Cake on the King Arthur Flour website.
Do you enjoy mint and cake? Take a look at these minty bundt recipes:
- Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze and Mint Frosting from La cocina de Aisha
- Candy Cane Bundt Cake from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Candy Cane Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Drizzle from The Freshman Cook
- Candy Cane Chocolate Bundt Cake from Cassie’s Kitchen
- Candy Cane Cup Bundt Cake from From Gate to Plate
- Candy Cane Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake from Patty’s Cake
- Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peppermint Dark Chocolate Ganache from Brooklyn Homemaker
- Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake from Making Miracles
- Creme de Menthe Bundt Cake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Mini Bundts from Food Lust People Love
- Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake from Adventures In All Things Food
- Double Chocolate and Mint Cheesecake Bundt Cake from Un Mordisco Un Pecado
- Double Mint Mountain Bundt Cake from Baking in Pyjamas
- Fudgy Peppermint Bundt from A Day in the LIfe on the Farm
- Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake from Box of Stolen Socks
- Mini Minty Bundt Cakes from Brunch with Joy
- Mint Tea Mini Bundts from Passion Kneaded
- Orange and Mint Bundt Bread from A Kingdom For a Cake
- Peppermint Candy Bundt from Tea and Scones
- Peppermint Candy Cane Bundt Cake from I love Bundt Cakes
- Peppermint Cappuccino Cake from Magnolia Days
- Peppermint Mocha Pound Cake Bundt from DessertStalking Blog
- Peppermint Patty Bundt Cake from Eat, Drink, and Be Mighty
- Peppermint Whipped Cream Pound Cake with Shaved Mint Chocolate from The Spiced Life
What is Bundt Bakers? It’s a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Bundt Bakers Pinterest board for incredible bundt cake recipes and inspiration. Stacy of Food Lust People Love heads up our group and has a #BundtBakers page where you can find information and links to the recipes for each month.
How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
Would you like to join in the fun? If you are a food blogger, send an email with your blog name and url to Stacy at [email protected].