How to Make a Peppermint Cake For Your Holiday Party

When it comes to baking special desserts around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, I like to make this Peppermint Cake. Every year I make it for our holiday parties and always receive positive reviews and requests to make it again.

It does take some time to make this dessert cake, but it will be well worth your efforts.

Peppermint Cake Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9″ round cake pan with nonstick vegetable spray. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar and softened butter with a mixer at medium speed. Whisk in the applesauce, milk, egg whites and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to the applesauce mixture and stir until well combined. Pour batter into your prepared cake pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake on a wire rack. Once cool, split the cake in half horizontally to make 2 cakes.

Peppermint Frosting

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 tablespoons peppermint starlight candies, crushed

Tip: To crush candies, place 6 of them in a plastic zipper close bag and then wrap the bag in a clean dry kitchen towel. Use a maillot to smash candies.

In the top of a double boiler, whisk together granulated sugar, water, egg whites and cream of tartar. Cook over simmering water for 4 minutes or until mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stir in peppermint extract. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed for 3 minutes or until mixture forms stiff peaks.

Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread frosting on top of the layer. Top with the second layer and spread frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies on the top and sides of cake.

Store cake in a cake storage container to protect it.

Use Peppermint Essential Oil to Improve Your Memory, Digestion, and Breath

I dare you to feel better. Many of you know Benjamin Franklin as an inventor and writer but did you remember that he developed community resources such as hospitals, libraries, and the University of Pennsylvania to help people. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Violet volunteered at the Benjamin Franklin Hospital as a Candy Striper, and wrote a research paper that invited people to improve their health with peppermint essential oil. Dr Matthews supervised her research project. You too can be inspired by her example and enjoy the following ways using Peppermint Essential Oil can help you:

First, inhaling this oil can help you improve your memory and concentration.

Second, using the extracted oil from the peppermint leaves can ease your digestion.

Third, peppermint essential oil can help you with your sense of taste and your breath.

When Candy Striper Violet delivered the mail to the patients at the Benjamin Franklin Hospital she would tell them: “My grandma’s memory has improved because she inhales peppermint essential oil. She agreed to help me with my research project and for the last three weeks she has inhaled peppermint essential oil three times per day. I see that her concentration has improved. Now, when I visit her, she can tell me what happened on the news that day.” The patients asked her and the doctor: “Can we improve our memories too?”

Candy Striper Violet knows patient Fred’s tummy hurts. On her daily visits, she gives him peppermint candy to eat after his meals. Fred tells his doctor: “My tummy always feels better after I see Candy Striper Violet.” The doctor sits down and asks Fred questions confirming the findings for their research project. The doctor tells Fred: “You can dare to feel better.” Fred says: “I have.”

At the library late at night, Violet meets with her research partner Keith and he tells her: “I can’t taste my food.” Violet reminds him to inhale peppermint essential oil and puts a few drops in his water. Keith notices he can taste again. She says: ” Thank you. You also have better breath now.” She offers him some peppermint candy to enjoy later.

After 6 months of research Violet and Keith ask Dr. Matthews to review their research documentation on the benefits of peppermint essential oil. The doctor tells Candy Striper Violet: “Indeed, the patients feel better and they can eat with ease. Now they can taste their food. They always remember you and your peppermint candy. Their memories have improved. Let’s publish your research findings on the benefits of using peppermint essential oil to ease digestion, improve the sense of taste, and to improve memory and concentration.”

Christmas Recipes – How to Make Peppermint Bark

One of the easiest options to make PEPPERMINT BARK CANDY is to use white chocolate. You will need:

  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 pound white chocolate or white bakers chips

Melt the chocolate or chips in a pan over water (a double boiler if you have one). Crush the peppermint candies finely by placing them in a plastic bag and using a rolling-pin or a hammer. The bottom of a can also works well. I would suggest doing this on a cutting board and not on the counter top. Stir the peppermint candy into the melted chocolate. Spread onto a greased cookie sheet and allow to cool. Break into pieces.

PEPPERMINT BARK FUDGE CANDY

You will need:

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups crushed peppermint candies

In a saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, salt, baking soda, milk and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to stir and cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and peppermint. Beat by hand until the candy thickens and begins to look cloudy. Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper or well greased cookie sheets. Allow to cool. You could sprinkle additional chopped candies over the tops if you wish.

For a lighter, melt in your mouth version try PEPPERMINT MERINGUE BITES. For these delicate treats you will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (helps stabilize the egg whites)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes (red are peppermint and green are usually spearmint)
  • 2 to 6 drops of green or red food coloring (this is optional).

I mix up 2 batches for the holidays, one red and one green. They look as great on a cookie platter as they taste. But beware, you may be making these almost daily. They are that good.

Lightly grease baking sheets, or line with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Slowly add sugar and continue beating until the egg whites are stiff. This can take up to about 7 minutes, depending on your mixer. Alternately you can do this by hand with a whisk. Gently fold in the peppermint candies.

Folding is done by taking the spoon or preferably a spatula and plunging it into the egg whites. You then pull back up through the mixture and fold the mix from the bottom over the top.

Do this gently so as not to break down the egg whites you have beaten so successfully.

Drop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets to form small mounds. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes at 350 degrees until dry to the touch. Cool and store in air tight containers.

Any of these recipes will give you an attractive addition to your Christmas dessert tables or cookie trays. Try them all. Each version will appeal to different guests because of the difference in textures and hardness. Remember, taking the little bit of time required to make these and other homemade treats tells your family and friends just how much you care. Enjoy.