Christmas Cake

IMG_2502Hi all– this really isn’t much of a recipe– more just an idea for making a cake mix into a cake fit for Christmas–with the help of some mini chocolate chips and a little peppermint extract.  We had a friends Christmas potluck dinner on Monday so with one cake mix I took these two cakes along.  Easy and celebratory enough for a party.

1 chocolate fudge cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 box powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tab. whole milk (or half & half)
garnish:  12 mini candy canes, pounded to bits.

IMG_2506Mix up the cake mix according to the directions on the package.  (my box called for 1/3 cup oil, 3 eggs and 1 cup water).

Then fold in the mini chocolate chips and the peppermint extract. Spoon the batter into 2 8″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  And pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

When the cakes are cooled, make the frosting– With an electric mixer beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until it is smooth and creamy.

Normally I use the frosting to cover a 2 layer cake– but this time for our potluck I wanted 2 smallish cakes.  Who needs a huge dessert after all that yummy potluck food?.

Just spread on the frosting, and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.

This could scarcely be easier!!  Hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Here’s the Monday night friends– just love these gals, every one! We’ve been meeting together for almost 20 years, through thick and thin, we know each other so well…  xo



11 thoughts on “Christmas Cake

  1. I love your Christmas cake, I am hosting Christing Dinner and trying to figure out what to make for dessert. My first thought is a chocolate cake. This looks so beautiful and festtive. Merryt Christmas Rhonda, I think this is my cake.

    • Hi Suzanne– Hope your dinner is loads of festive fun. What are you making?? And do your have lots of people? We are 14 with the kids and grandparents. It’s a squish to get us all around the table in our small house!

      • Well my dinner is small. 4 people, 2 good friends and I have a brother and sister from Germany here through air bnb and I invited them for dinner so with me there is 5. Very small. At the request of my friend I am re creating thanksgiving in a much smaller scale. I am making a glazed baked ham and for dessert chocolate cake. That’s it! Have a great holiday and delicious dinner.

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