Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake is the perfect holiday centerpiece!  Soft and buttery with swirls of chocolate and peppermint that will explode in your mouth and have you thinking Christmas is already here! The extra drizzle of chocolate ganache sprinkled with crushed candy canes will make this moist marble cake a family favorite.

Thanks go out to Minerva Dairy for supplying me with samples of their high quality, small batch butter to make this cake a rich and delicious treat.

Decorated bundt cake on white plate with Minerva butter on side

Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Marble Cake has always been a favorite in my family. My mom used to bake it for special occasions, parties and whenever she wanted to surprise us with a sweet treat. I can still remember biting into the chocolate cake, then combining it with the vanilla side for one big flavor explosion in my mouth.

Sliced marble cake showing marbling with candy canes around it.

This cake is even more rich and dense with the addition of butter instead of shortening. I received some Minerva butter to sample and the creaminess and richness of the 85% butterfat was totally apparent. Minerva has been producing high quality butter products for over 125 years. They are the oldest family-owned creamery traditionally making slow churned, small batch butter from pasture raised cows. Believe me, if you’re a butter fanatic, I mean, putting butter on just about everything, you will love the taste of this butter! Find out more about Minerva Dairy here

Sprinkling crushed candy canes on top of chocolate ganache to finish cake.

Making this cake is so much fun. I usually make the chocolate vanilla variety but for the holidays I thought a touch of peppermint would be perfect. And the combo of the peppermint and chocolate was absolutely divine. Why I haven’t tried it sooner is beyond me!

It’s fun to make with the kids or just for them to eat but it’s also special enough for holiday get-togethers. It uses typical ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now, except maybe for the candy canes, and the steps are simple and easy to follow.

Tips for Baking A Perfect Moist Marble Cake

  • Make sure the bundt pan is greased and floured well. I like to use a nonstick spray and make sure it gets into every crack and crevice. This will ensure your cake comes out beautifully with design intact.
  • Check to see that your baking powder is still viable. If there is no date, just place ½ teaspoon baking powder in a bowl and pour ¼ cup boiling water over it. If it bubbles up rapidly, it is still good.
  • Your butter, eggs, milk should be at or close to room temperature to blend well with dry ingredients.
  • The oven should be preheated and be at the exact temperature required. Place in the center of the oven so the air can circulate evenly around the cake as it bakes.
  • When measuring flour, make sure to spoon it into a measuring cup to get the correct measurement. Too much flour can make your cake dry.
  • I used a bundt pan for this recipe, just like my mom, and the time required is for this type of pan.

How To Make Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake

First 4 steps to make chocolate peppermint arble cake

  1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl. Set aside. (photo 1)
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add room temperature Minerva butter and sugar. (photo 2)
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and beat until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. (photo 3)
  4. Light and fluffy creamed mixture. (photo 4)

Steps 5-10 for making cake batter.

  1. Beat egg whites into mixture, a little at a time. (photo 5)
  2. Stir 1/3 of the dry ingredients into creamed mixture. (photo 6)
  3. Stir. (photo 7)
  4. Alternate with 1/3 of the milk. Continue until all dry ingredients and flour are well incorporated. (photo 8)
  5. Add vanilla. (photo 9)
  6. Divide batter into 2 equal parts and place in separate bowls. For peppermint batter, add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract to one batter. (photo 10)

Steps to make the chocolate batter version.

  1. For chocolate batter, melt chopped chocolate in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until smooth and completely melted.
  2. Add baking soda to chocolate then pour into batter that does not contain peppermint extract.

Peppermint and chocolate batters beside greased and floured bundt pan.

Ready to assemble.

Assembly steps to make marbled effect.

  1. Drop by spoonfuls into greased and floured pan alternating the chocolate and white batters. (photo 1)
  2. It will take 2-3 layers of batter. (photo 2)
  3. Bake then cool in pan for 10 minutes. (photo 3)
  4. Invert onto wire rack and let cool completely. (photo 4)

Pouring warm cream into chopped chocolate for ganache.

To make chocolate ganache, warm heavy whipping cream, just below boiling stage, then add to finely chopped dark chocolate.

Stirring chocolate ganache until smooth.

Stir until smooth and chocolate is completely melted.

Drizzling ganache over cooled marble cake.

Drizzle over cake. I like to put it into the valleys between the ridges.

Sprinkling crushed candy canes on warm chocolate ganache to finish cake.

Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of hot ganache then let cool.

Sliced cake with piece of cake with a bite on fork on Santa plate.

This is one dessert that will get oohs and ahhs from a crowd. And when you cut into it and they see the marbling, they’ll demand the yummy recipe. You can also make just vanilla instead of peppermint by eliminating the peppermint extract and adding 3 teaspoons of vanilla in place of two. Want something entirely different? Add almond, hazelnut, orange, raspberry or butter rum extract for a totally new taste sensation.

More Christmas Sweets for the Holiday

Pistachio Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Cinnamon Apple Monkey Bread

Applesauce Spice Fruit Cake

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5 from 7 votes
Sliced cake with piece on Santa plate.
Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate peppermint marble cake, marble cake, moist marble cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 406 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 3/4 cup Minerva Dairy unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk or 1/2 whole milk & 1/2 half n half
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 t soda
Chocolate Ganache
  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bundt pan very well.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Cream butter, sugar and 2 T milk until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Beat egg whites one at a time into mixture.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture alternately with remaining milk.
  6. Add vanilla extract.

  7. Divide batter into 2 equal parts and place in separate bowls.
  8. Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to one batter.

  9. Melt chopped chocolate in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until smooth and completely melted.
  10. Add baking soda to chocolate then pour into batter that does not contain peppermint extract.
  11. Drop by spoonfuls into greased and floured pan alternating the chocolate and white batters.
  12. Bake for 50 min or until toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes then invert onto wire rack and let cool completely.
  14. Once cool, make chocolate ganache.
  15. Warm heavy whipping cream, just below boiling stage, then add to finely chopped dark chocolate. Stir until smooth and chocolate is completely melted.
  16. Drizzle over cake. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of hot ganache then let cool.
Recipe Notes

Tips for Baking A Perfect Moist Marble Cake

  • Make sure the bundt pan is greased and floured well. I like to use a nonstick spray and make sure it gets into every crack and crevice. This will ensure your cake comes out beautifully with design intact.
  • Check to see that your baking powder is still viable. If there is no date, just place ½ teaspoon baking powder in a bolw and pour ¼ cup boiling water over it. If it bubbles up rapidly, it is still good.
  • Your butter, eggs, milk should be at or close to room temperature to blend well with dry ingredients.
  • The oven should be preheated and be at the exact temperature required. Place in the center of the oven so the air can circulate evenly around the cake as it bakes.
  • When measuring flour, make sure to spoon it into a measuring cup to get the correct measurement. Too much flour can make your cake dry.
  • I used a bundt pan for this recipe, just like my mom, and the time required is for this type of pan.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 105mg4%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 471IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake with Chocolate Ganache

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    12/09/2019 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    This is such a gorgeous Christmas dessert! I can’t wait to make it for the holidays this year!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 8:59 pm

      Hope it’s as popular at your house as it was in ours. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply
    Suzy
    12/09/2019 at 10:52 am

    5 stars
    First of all the bundt pan is gorgeous! Love the swirls! Second of all the peppermint with chocolate is so amazing together! Definitely a family favorite!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks for much. It did look so holiday-ish and chocolate and peppermint has become my new favorite combo!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    12/09/2019 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this cake is a show stopper!! I can’t wait to make this for the holidays and impress everyone!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    12/09/2019 at 10:40 am

    5 stars
    What a fabulous Christmas cake. I love chocolate and peppermint together so much. This marble cake sounds like a seriously delicious way to enjoy that combo!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much! It really came out super delicious and perfect for the holidays!

  • Reply
    Erika
    12/09/2019 at 10:28 am

    5 stars
    This is so creative and delicious. I love peppermint too!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    12/08/2019 at 10:51 am

    5 stars
    I’ve been craving chocolate and peppermint and this hit the spot! It’s so pretty too.

  • Reply
    Lucy Parissi
    12/08/2019 at 8:23 am

    5 stars
    This cake looks easy to prepare yet so impressive visually. Stunning.

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