Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chocolate Cake with Candy Cane Frosting @LucyBurdette #Christmas

LUCY BURDETTE: Today's cake is capital P Perfect for the holiday season—here’s why: Putting the cake together is a snap. Plus it’s light and delicious and chocolate-y. And the frosting uses up a few of your extra candy canes—and it goes perfectly with chocolate! Last minute company or dessert conundrum? No problem! So here goes...


1/2 cup butter, aka one stick
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup good-quality powdered cocoa
1 egg
 1/2 cup milk with 1 tablespoon cider vinegar stirred in
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat softened butter and sugar until well combined. Then add the other ingredients one at a time, mixing after each. Grease a bundt pan, add the batter, and bake for about 30 minutes until cake springs back when touched. 

Cool for ten minutes and then invert onto a cake plate.

Vanilla Candy Cane Frosting

3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk
2-3 candy canes

When the butter is soft, whip it until smooth with the powdered sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Break up the candy canes to smallish pieces. (I put them in a Ziplock bag and mashed them with a rolling pin.) Stir the candy into the icing, add milk to thin it to your desired thickness. 

When the cake is cool, slather on the icing and decorate any other way you choose! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! 

Death on the Menu, the 8th Key West food critic mystery, is available now from Crooked Lane Books. You can order it wherever books are sold! A DEADLY FEAST will be out in May, but can be pre-ordered now on AmazonBarnes and NobleIndiebound, or wherever you buy your books.

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  1. You are an Evil Woman. That is all. ( And yes, I might have to try this recipe. This week)

    1. Triss You will not be sorry that you folded! Make it on a day when you’re going out or having company and then you can share the wealth LOL

  2. You had me at chocolate! Looks delicious! Will try this after the baking frenzy has died down here! Happy Holidays!

    1. Same to you Meg, happy holidays! I wonder what your baking??

  3. I must make this cake soon. I can’t wait to read a deadly feast!

  4. A great inspiration!
    I like the idea of candy canes "sacrificed" to baked goods like cakes and brownies!

  5. Oh my! That Chocolate Cake with Candy Cane Frosting sounds heavenly.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. This one sounds so good maybe instead of cheesecake this Sunday we will make this if the print friendly is working on this one. Thank you for posting Happy Holidays Peggy clayton