Chocolate Candy Cane Cake

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: it’s the dessert your family wants you to bring to the holiday get together this year! Rich chocolate cake with Cool Whip filling and crushed peppermints!

If you LOVE homemade chocolate cake, be sure to check out my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe too!

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: no one will know it started from a box mix! So rich, fudgy, and full of peppermint candy!

Why this Cake is Best

Most people think about Christmas candy recipes and holiday cookies, but what about cake?

Today’s chocolate candy can cake is a cross between our favorite Ding Dong cake and this rich and fudgy chocolate pudding cake.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: no one will know it started from a box mix! So easy, even a TEN year old can make it!

Ingredient Notes

  • Chocolate Cake Mix – any variety and brand that make two 9-inch round cake layers.
  • Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix- adds moisture AND MORE FLAVOR to the cake mix.
  • Basics- eggs, oil, water, milk (for structure).
  • Sour Cream- adds moisture.
  • Chocolate Chunks- could swap out for chocolate chips.
  • Cool Whip (thawed)- you’ll fill the layer and cover the entire cake. You can also use whipped cream or our homemade cool whip if you prefer.
  • Peppermint candy- while this cake is perfect any time of year, adding the peppermint gives this cake color and flavor for the holidays.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: no one will know it started from a box mix! So rich, fudgy, and full of peppermint candy!

Step by Step Instructions

Bake the cake. Cool COMPLETELY before frosting. We chilled our cake layers in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Once we chilled our layers of cake, my daughter made a quick chocolate ganache by using another bar of Semi-Sweet Chocolate and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. This was spread over the bottom layer of cake.

Frost. Add chopped candy canes or sprinkles (if you choose not to make it peppermint flavored).

The best part of this Chocolate Peppermint Cake recipe? You can make it ahead of time!

We made ours the day before serving and stored it in the refrigerator. Such a cool, refreshing treat after dinner. This one is sure to please this holiday season.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: no one will know it started from a box mix! So rich, fudgy, and full of peppermint candy!

More Holiday Cakes

Take your love of chocolate peppermint cakes to a new level. This Christmas favorite is a Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake and is layered with rich chocolate cake, peppermint cheesecake, and peppermint frosting!

I’m obsessed with making these cheesecake cakes. And it was only necessary to make an eggnog version. With a homemade spice cake. And eggnog buttercream frosting. This Eggnog Cheesecake Cake is a true Christmas treat!

Have a little fun this Christmas and make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!

The most delicious, from scratch, white cake recipe is used to create this perfect Coconut Cake!

Old fashioned, best ever, 7 Up Pound Cake recipe! You’ll love this classic cake with it’s perfect texture!

Don’t forget the fudge! This Candy Cane Fudge recipe is packed with peppermint and creamy vanilla fudge flavor.

Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: it's the dessert your family wants you to bring to the holiday get together this year! Rich chocolate cake with Cool Whip filling and crushed peppermints!


For the Cake:

  • 1 package (2 layer cake size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package (3.9 ounce) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 container (8 ounce) sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 package (4 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped
  • 18 small candy canes, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

For the topping:

  • 1 package (4 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate bar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tubs (8 ounce each) COOL WHIP, thawed
  • 4 small candy canes, coarsely chopped, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix with JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix, eggs, sour cream, oil, water and milk. Blend completely for about 2-3 minutes. Fold in crushed candy canes and chopped chocolate.
  3. Spray two 9inch cake pans with baking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Divide batter evenly into the pans.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes and allow to cool about 5 minutes in the pan. Loosen cake from the sides and invert onto wire racks. Cool cakes COMPLETELY before frosting. We chilled our cake layers in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  5. For the ganache, combine the chocolate with the heavy cream in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and heat an additional 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Place bottom layer of cake on cake plate. Top with melted ganache. Allow to cool slightly before adding COOL WHIP. Spread ¾ of one container on top of ganache. Top with second layer of cake. Using the remaining COOL WHIP (from the first container and the second), spread evenly over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes for garnish.
  7. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. ENJOY


  • Lining the bottom of the cake pans with parchment paper is optional. But with the full cup of candy canes crushed into the batter, some parts may be sticky. This helps it remove from the pan easily!
  • See blog post for more tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on November 24, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I was the same way when my kids were little…it was just so much easier to do it myself. But I am glad that I had them help me then because they still love helping now. You cute little helper did an amazing job on that cake! It is gorgeous and I love all the happy errors and additions. Perfect holiday cake!

  2. So sweet that you have a little cook to help you out when you’re under the weather! Hope the migraine goes away quickly, Aimee! This cake is totally gorgeous and I can’t believe it’s so simple to make!

  3. You have yourself a fabulous assistant Aimee! She could take over the business one day. She did a remarkable job! I was the same way with my kids when they were little, it was always more trouble having them help. Now, My daughter makes dinner. It did pay off.

    1. Oh I am working on the dinner helper too. That’s what I can’t wait for…someone to just take over 🙂

  4. I love love love chocolate and peppermint, I wish it was a thing all year long and not just at the holidays! This cake looks so delicious!

  5. I wrote a post a while back where I talked about my kids in the kitchen. How I need to let go and let them help because those will be lasting memories for them that they can eventually pass to their kids! I am SO loving this cake that your daughter made!

    1. It’s so hard, because it’s our work too. I was so much more relaxed about letting them help before I became a blogger.

  6. Oh Aimee this cake looks amazing and the flavors sound incredible. Your daughter is beautiful! <3

  7. Wow this cake sounds amazing! I absolutely love chocolate and peppermint together.
    I can’t wait for my daughter to be able to help more in the kitchen. She’s two and she LOVES helping but baking with a two year old can be stressful sometimes. Right now her duties include dumping in ingredients, unwrapping the butter and transfering veggies/fruit to whatever pan they need to be on 🙂

  8. Love that sweet face on your little helper! And yeah for happy accidents! This cake looks delicious!

  9. I had a migraine yesterday, Aimee, and was so nauseous too! Man, I feel your pain. You can’t eat or move, much less bake.
    Well, my kids are too young to do anything but mess up the house, but I someday hope that at least one of them will be as handy as your daughter! She did you proud. Great cake!

  10. Sorry about your migraine! Your daughter is an awesome little helper to have 🙂

    And this cake, wow! Every season you seem to make one of these types of cake. Your pumpkin one, your eggnog one from last winter, and I love them all! They are just so signature you! That filling. I want to live in that 🙂 Pinned!

  11. Oh MY! I need this cake! It looks absolutely incredible – the cooking gene must run in the family 🙂

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