Amazingly Easy and Elegant Holiday Dessert Recipe: Peppermint Mousse Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake with Peppermint Mousse

Chocolate Layer Cake with Peppermint Mousse

Is there any dessert that screams “Happy Holidays” louder than a Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Layer Cake? I think not!

CONFESSION TIME: I used a cake mix for the four cake layers. Sorry folks, but it’s Christmas time and it’s all I can do to get my teeth brushed each morning when I leap out of bed at 7 a.m. and frantically run around like a crazy woman until I collapse into bed at midnight.

But, the peppermint mousse was from scratch and totally out of my own culinarily oriented brain. It’s easy and creamy and – well, Yum!


Prep Time: 1 hour  Serves at least 12!

Prepare a chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Cut a circle out of wax or parchment paper the size of the bottom of your 8 inch round cake pans and place these in the bottoms of four pans. NOTE: Do NOT skip this step, or the layers will crumble and fall apart when you try to remove them from the pans! Pour 1 cup of cake batter into each pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until done in center. Remove from pans, let cool and layer with peppermint mousse between layers.

Peppermint Mousse:

12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups cream, divided
8 ounces light cream cheese
1 cup crushed peppermint candies

Place chocolate in a double boiler and melt slowly. While chocolate is melting, heat 1/2 cup of cream and cream cheese in microwave oven until heated through. When chocolate is melted, slowly whisk in the cream mixture. Slowly stir in crushed peppermint candies, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to warm.

Whip remaining whipped cream to firm peaks and fold into chocolate mixture.  Chill for one hour. Spread between layers of chocolate cakes.

— posted by Donna


  1. says

    Hi, I tried this cake recipe yesterday but somehow couldn’t achieve the same result as you, my cake really wasn’t looking that good (atleast it tasted good). What kind of chocolate do you use? Maybe it’s coming from the flour I used, I have a gluten intolerance so I used quinoa flour instead of normal wheat flour.

    • says

      Hi Shawn – Sorry you had troubles! As I said on the post, I used a cake mix and made thin layers. But, you could just make the regular sized layers and then carefully cut them into thin layers with a large bread knife held parallel to the table. It really is a fun and easy dessert!

    • says

      That is quite a compliment coming from a fabulous baker like you, Barbara!

      I’m sure everyone will be well pampered at your home!

      Love and Joy Unto You!

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