In the finale of our three-part holiday series, Amanda Smith Fowler, Flower magazine’s style editor, sets an opulent dessert table using pieces from our partner Replacements, Ltd. Margot Shaw, our founder and editor-in-chief, joins her to talk about traditions that make the season special. Learn more about featured items at replacements.com, and find the recipe for Peppermint Red Velvet Cake below.
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Peppermint Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups vegetable oil (we used Wesson)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 large bottle red food coloring
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
- Peppermint candies (optional)
1 | Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
2 | Using a stand mixer and beating until well combined after each addition: Cream the sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time. Combine cocoa powder, vinegar, and food coloring; add to sugar mixture. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in 2-3 parts, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Lastly, add vanilla, blending well. Divide batter evenly between 2 greased and floured 9” cake pans.
3 | Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool cake layers in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack (about 1 hour). Frost cake with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting. Decorate with peppermint candies, if desired.
Note: In the video, we used 4 smaller pans to accommodate the Versace cake pedestal.
Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes enough to frost a 3-layer cake
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1-2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 teaspoons peppermint extract
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until smooth. Add extract, beating until blended. Use remaining 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
“In my family, we’re bakers and the holidays are a big deal. We always have different cakes and pies and cookies. This whimsical Peppermint Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at our house because my daughter likes to help unwrap the candies and put them on the cake.” — Amanda Smith Fowler