Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Peppermint Mocha Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients it calls for)
1-1 1/2 c strong coffee
1 stick softened butter
3-4 c powdered sugar
1/4 c water
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
5-6 drops red food coloring
20 starlight mints

Make the cake according to package direction, substituting strong coffee for the water (for a real intense flavor try espresso instead).

Whip the butter, extract, food coloring, and water until light and fluffy (I use the Kitchen Aid, slowly turned up to the highest setting). Slowly add powdered sugar and continue to whip on higher setting until frosting is desired consistency, and appears light and fluffy. You can add a small amount of water at a time if its too fluffy.

In a food processor, crush mints to make a chunky dust. Frost the cake with the peppermint frosting, and sprinkle with crushed mints.

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