Peppermint Mocha Layer Cake

With less than a week till the Christmas holiday, I know we’re all rushing to finish last minute tasks. What better way to procrastinate than by tossing responsibility aside and baking a stunning seasonal layer cake? But wait! This may just check something off your to do list after all, if you are bringing something to a get together or hosting one yourself. Though it feels a bit like Ross admitting he doesn’t like ice cream, I just do not like peppermint (or mint in general, for the most part.) Nevertheless I find ways to work it into my holiday baking since everyone else seems to love it so! Peppermint mocha was a perfect flavor combo just dying to be layer-caked for my holiday party, so I set out to make it happen.

The breakdown of this cake includes the usual components of any Milk Bar style layer cake: cake, soak, filling, crumb, frosting. For this version I used chocolate cake, espresso soak, peppermint liquid cheesecake, chocolate crumb, dark chocolate fudge sauce, and ganache on top. I cannot trust my own palate to comment on this cake but the consensus is that this was very well received. This is surely a show stopping dessert for your holiday meal!

If you find the idea of a cake with so many components, do not let yourself be intimidated! Though there are many parts, each part is pretty quick to make and all save the ganache can be made in advance, meaning you can get all of the components prepped here and there as you have free moments, and then assemble when they are all complete. The assembly itself is the most fun (other than removing the acetate strips!) and only takes a few minutes. You can do this! I believe in you!

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