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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake – Double chocolate layer cake with peppermint cheesecake center and peppermint frosting! This rich dessert is sure to steal the show at your Christmas celebration!

Love chocolate and peppermint? Try our delicious Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti recipe with your morning cup of coffee! Or give these easy Chocolate Peppermint Grahams a try for a tasty no bake treat.

Double chocolate layer cake with peppermint cheesecake center and peppermint frosting!!

The Ultimate Christmas Cake

I have a new love in my life. It comes in the form of cheesecake cakes.

Seriously. I first fell in love when I made a pumpkin cheesecake cake. Now I’ve made a new version for Christmas. YOU MUST TRY THIS.

Believe me. There is NOTHING like this dessert. It has layers of rich chocolate cake surrounding a thick creamy peppermint cheesecake layer.

Two cakes in one? Yes, please!

Add in a fluffy buttercream frosting flecked with crunchy peppermint candies and you have the ultimate holiday dessert. A slice of this is the best way to celebrate the most festive time of the year.

No need to wait for Christmas, though. You can make it this weekend to get yourself in the spirit.

Or save the recipe for the holidays when you want to impress people with your cake making skills. The best part? You can make each layer on a different day, and freeze them so they are ready when you want to assemble!

You’re welcome.

Now, I have all the fun holiday treats planned out…what to get for gifts for family is a whole ‘nother story! Time to start shopping!

Slice of chocolate cake with peppermint cheesecake and frosting.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cocoa powder- The dark chocolate cocoa powder makes the cake layer extra rich and chocolate-y. If needed, you can swap it for regular unsweetened cocoa.
  • Coffee – Cooled brewed coffee is the other secret to getting the deepest chocolate flavor in the cake. Make a little extra with your morning pot and set it aside to cool until you’re ready to bake the cake.
  • Andes peppermint crunch baking pieces – Folding these into the cheesecake layer and the frosting makes the peppermint flavor shine. You’ll see I use these candies in our peppermint cheesecakes too!

Step by Step Instructions

Yes this cake takes a little more time and effort than some Christmas desserts. The results are more than worth it!

STEP 1. Chocolate cake layers

Mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. In a measuring cup, mix together cooled coffee and milk. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes, until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients alternating with the coffee and milk mixture, about 3 additions of each.

Pour cake batter evenly into 2 prepared round cake bans lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Freeze until ready to use or while you make the cheesecake layer.

STEP 2. The cheesecake layer

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. While it’s heating, place a roasting pan on the bottom rack to preheat too.

Wrap the bottom of a spring form pan with a double layer of foil. Spray pan with nonstick baking spray and line bottom (inside) with a circle of parchment paper. Now, boil a kettle of water to use layer.

While the water is heating up, beat cream cheese with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in salt and eggs, beat well and then beat in sour cream, heavy cream and peppermint extract. Fold in baking chips.

Pour into prepared springform pan. Place pan in center of preheated roasting pan in the oven. Pour boiling water slowly into the roasting pan, until there is about an inch of water coming up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on counter.

When cooled, transfer entire springform pan into the freezer for several hours or overnight. Then, remove cheesecake and wrap in plastic wrap and return to freezer until you’re ready to use.

STEP 3. Peppermint buttercream frosting

When you’re ready to assemble the cake, make the buttercream frosting. Beat butter for 3 minutes, then add the powdered sugar and and cream and continue beating until fluffy.

Fold in the remaining baking chips and get ready to assemble the cake layers!

STEP 4. Assemble the cakes

Lay one frozen layer of chocolate cake on a cake plate. Top with the whole frozen cheesecake layer, then a second layer of chocolate cake.

Frost sides and top with a thin layer of frosting, then refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour before frosting the remaining cake.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake: double chocolate layer cake with peppermint cheesecake center and peppermint frosting!!

Recipe FAQs

Can you make a cheesecake cake ahead of time?

Make the Chocolate Cake layer, then wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. The next day, make the cheesecake layer. Then, when you’re ready to serve the cake, put everything together, top with the frosting and you have an incredible homemade cake without much effort.
This cake can also be fully made and assembled up to the day before.

How do you store a Cheesecake cake?

Store your cheesecake cake in the fridge tightly covered, then let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish with more crushed peppermint candies or candy canes if desired.

What do I do if my cheesecake cracks?

Nothing. If your cheesecake cracks, it’s okay. You can still use it between the cake layers, nobody will know!

More Cheesecake Cake Recipes

Love cheesecake cakes? Here are a few of our favorite versions!

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cake– two layers of chocolate cake, with creamy caramel buttercream frosting and a layer of cheesecake in the center!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake– two layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Eggnog Cheesecake Cake– the ultimate holiday dessert. From scratch spice cake with creamy eggnog cheesecake filling and frosted with homemade eggnog buttercream.

More Cake Recipes

Yield: serves 12-16

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours

Layers of chocolate cake with pepperming cheesecake filling and peppermint frosting!

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup brewed coffee, cooled
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 2 pkg (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips

Instructions

For the Cakes:

  1. In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup, mix together cooled coffee and milk. Set aside.
  3. Grease 2- 9inch round baking pans and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. IN mixer, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes, until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients alternating with the coffee and milk mixture, about 3 additions of each.
  5. Pour cake batter evenly into the 2 prepared pans. I also use Wilton's Baking Strips on my pans to keep the cakes from getting rounded on the tops (I found them at Michaels).
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. When completely cooled, you can wrap each layer in plastic wrap and put in the freezer for later assembly!

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a large roasting pan on the lower ⅔ of the oven, preheat the pan too!
  2. Prepare springform pan by wrapping bottom of pan (outside) with double layer of foil. Spray pan with nonstick baking spray and line bottom (inside) with a circle of parchment paper.
  3. Meanwhile, boil a kettle of water to use later.
  4. Beat cream cheese with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in salt and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream, heavy cream and peppermint extract. Fold in baking chips. Pour into prepared 9inch springform pan. Place pan in center of preheated roasting pan in the oven. Pour boiling water slowly into the roasting pan, until there is about an inch of water coming up the sides of the springform pan.
  5. Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on counter.
  6. When cooled, transfer entire springform pan into the freezer for several hours or overnight. I put it in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove cheesecake and wrap in plastic wrap and return to freezer, or assemble cake.

For the frosting,

  1. beat butter for 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat an additional 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Add baking chips.
  2. To assemble the cake, lay one frozen layer of chocolate cake on cake plate. Top with frozen cheesecake and second layer of chocolate cake. Frost sides and top with a thin layer of frosting to apply a crumb coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from refrigerator and frost remaining cake. I keep the cake covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  3. Remove and allow to sit about 15 minutes before slicing. ENJOY!

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Can you imagine any more indulgent and delicious Christmas themed dessert? This Chocolate Peppermint Cake with a cheesecake center is guaranteed to impress!

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Posted on November 11, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. First fudge, now cheesecake??!! You must be the most popular person in Ohio 🙂 Love the recipe & photos.

  2. This cake look amazing! It makes me want to throw a Christmas party just so I can make this recipe. 🙂

    I’m a new follower.

  3. Oh my! We are die-hard cheesecake fans at my house, and a peppermint version–with cake??? Seriously, get in my tummy! This is gorgeous!

  4. Gaah this is gorgeous! I am so envious of those who can make cheesecake cakes…it’s such a feat!

  5. I will be making this! I love peppermint flavored treats this time of the year especially, and this looks perfectly delicious!

  6. This looks so amazing!! I just adore all things candy cane!! Do you happen to have a gingerbread cheesecake recipe??

  7. WOW. I love the cheesecake cakes – peppermint is my favorite holiday flavor. I’m dying for this!

  8. Yes, I’m convinced – this is the PRETTIES cake I’ve ever, ever, EVER seen! So wonderful for the holidays – I’ve been baking with those andes mint peppermint chips, too! I love them. So festive. Aimee, I am in love with this – cheesecake is my weakness!!

  9. Now THIS is a cake! I was going to post a cake tomorrow, but it’s going out Tuesday. It’s choclaty and a holiday/celebration cake and now that we’ve eaten it all, I think your cake needs to be next. It’s gorgeous and the layers are PERFECT!

  10. This. Looks. Amazing!!! I can’t wait to make this for our holiday work parties…. Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peppermint anything!! Yum

  11. Oh yum!!!! This looks absolutely amazing!!! Peppermint and chocolate is such a great combo this time of the year!!!!

    1. That’s why we get along Jocelyn 🙂 We both love the same things (mostly…hehehe.) Bacon cheesecake next?

  12. Holy moly, I need this in my life! This reminds me of the peppermint cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory–one of my favorites–but in a luscious CAKE form! Genius!

    1. Thanks Hayley! I haven’t had the one from Cheesecake Factory, but I imagine it’s good (I love their Red Velvet version)!

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