Chocolate and peppermint are the perfect combination for holiday desserts! This Chocolate Peppermint Torte recipe is a layer cake filled with peppermint cream frosting.
With Christmas just around the corner, it is time for a holiday version of one of my favorite desserts: a torte (or cream filled layer cake). There were a few flavors that I was trying to choose from: chocolate truffle, eggnog or peppermint. I went with peppermint because it has been a peppermint kind of holiday season for me. Plus, Baker’s Square makes a Peppermint Silk Pie that is really good and I wanted to make a filling that reminded me of that pie.
This is the filling that looks like the peppermint pie. In fact, you could just mix up this filling and put it in a graham cracker pie crust and a have a Peppermint Silk Pie!
To make this Chocolate Peppermint Torte, start by making the cakes. Mix together a chocolate cake mix, chocolate hazelnut spread, oil, eggs and milk. Grease three 9 inch round pans and line the bottom with a circle of parchment. Divide the batter into the three pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes and then flip them over on a cooling rack, peel off the parchment and flip them right side up again to finish cooling.
To make the peppermint filling, beat one package of softened cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, marshmallow cream, finely chopped peppermint crunch pieces (I used Andes Peppermint Crunch) and peppermint extract. Stir in one large container of Cool Whip by hand.
Place one cake round on a cake stand and top it with one third of the peppermint cream filling. Add another cake and another third of the peppermint cream filling.
Top with the final cake and using a large tip, pipe dollops of peppermint cream frosting over the top.
Sprinkle with more of the peppermint candies and press some of the candies into the peppermint cream layers.
My biggest problem (besides wanting to eat too much of the cake) is figuring out how to transport these tortes so that they arrive in one piece! Luckily the peppermint cream filling is pretty sturdy so it holds the cake in place!
Cut yourself a slice of Chocolate Peppermint Torte, grab a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes to enjoy the season!