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Peppermint Cappuccino Cake for #BundtBakers

Peppermint Cappuccino Cake | Magnolia Days

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).

Peppermint Cappuccino Cake | Magnolia Days

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

A recipe for a made from scratch peppermint cappuccino cake baked in a bundt pan and with the flavors of a popular seasonal coffee beverage.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 servings
Author Renee


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease and flour a 10- or 12-cup bundt pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, oil, and milk. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add coffee liqueur and peppermint extract. Beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Cook cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Dust cake with crushed peppermint candies or confectioners sugar. Transfer cake to a serving plate.

Recipe Notes

*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:

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.

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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].

Recipe Rating

Tux of Brooklyn Homemaker

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Good for you for going ahead with the cake anyway! I LOVE that pan! Sounds delicious- just like a fancy coffee drink

Linda | Brunch with joy

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Renee, you're so sweet that you shared this bundt cake. I'm sure it tastes awesome...I mean who can say no to cappuccino cake, and with peppermint? Sounds Christmas fun to me.


Thursday 18th of December 2014

What a beautiful bundt! Where did you get your tin? it looks so much like a Christmas wreath, how festive!

Bea and Mara

Thursday 18th of December 2014

peppermint and cappuccino sounds very good. We´ll have to try!

Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

Thursday 18th of December 2014

I want your tin Renee, it's fabulous! This cake sounds great, I love the combination of coffee and mint!