• Preparation Time 20 minutes
  • Baking Time 28 minutes
  • Makes 16 servings
  • Freezing Excellent


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  • Cake
  • 2 cups Robin Hood® Best for Cake & Pastry Flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2¼ cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Candy Cane Crunch Cream Cheese Icing
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes
  • Decorations
  • About 50 peppermint sticks depending on the size

Serving Size: 16 servings


Serving Size: 16 servings

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease 2 - 9” (23 cm) round cake pans.
  • Cake: Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter in a separate mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Add brown sugar and eggs, beating until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and cooled chocolate. Add reserved dry ingredients to chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream beating on low speed just until batter is smooth.
  • Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Divide batter evenly into prepared baking pans.
  • Bake in preheated oven 25 to 28 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool on wire cooling racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans and continue cooling on rack. Do not ice cake until completely cooled.
  • Icing: Cream butter and cream cheese in a large bowl of an electric mixer until combined. Add icing sugar, one cup (250 mL) at a time. Beat well after each addition. Continue beating until fluffy. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of milk at a time to thin out icing, if necessary. Fold in crushed peppermint.
  • Assembly: Place one layer on serving dish. Spread with about 1 to 1 ½ cups (250 to 375 mL) icing. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top and sides with remaining icing. Icing will act as a glue to stick the peppermint candies around the sides. Place peppermint candy sticks around cake. Tie ribbon around cake if desired! Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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