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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake – Rich chocolate cake with a layer of peppermint cheesecake in the middle and coated in a delicious chocolate frosting. This show stopping dessert will definitely impress during the holidays.

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I think this might be my all time favorite holiday dessert. And that is saying a lot, because there are so many desserts that make the holidays what they are in my world. Grasshopper Pie is a must after Christmas dinner.

And Reese’s Fudge needs to be around all season long. But this is the Christmas cake that is going to give any other Christmas cake out there a run for their money.

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chocolate cake with white frosting and peppermint kisses on top


So let’s get down to it. What is a Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake? Well it starts with a rich, chocolate-y, and delicious layer cake. Instead of frosting between the layers of cake you put a layer of peppermint cheesecake. Yes, you read that right.


The cake is then frosted with one of the best chocolate frostings ever and decorated with peppermint candy. It sounds super complicated, but don’t worry, this is easier than you think to make. Plus you can break it down and do it in steps over a few days time.

slice of chocolate peppermint cheesecake cake on a white plate

How To Make Cheesecake Cake

  1. Start by making the cake. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together all of the wet ingredients (minus the coffee) in a bowl, and slowly mix them together. Stir in the coffee at the end and then just bake until the cakes are done.
  2. Once the cake has baked and is cool you want to wrap it in plastic and put it in the freezer.
  3. For the cheesecake you beat cream cheese and sugar together for a couple minutes until it is light and creamy. Add in salt and eggs, mixing in the eggs one at a time until they are completely blended. The sour cream, heavy cream, and peppermint extract are beat in. Then at the end fold in the peppermint baking bits.
  4. You want to bake the cheesecake in a water bath. To do this wrap your spring form pan well in foil so no water gets in the bottom, and then place the pan in a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with hot water until it comes about half way up the sides of the springform pan. Then put into the oven to bake.
  5. After the cheesecake is done, you will let it chill in the fridge before you wrap tightly and place the whole pan in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
  6. When you are ready to assemble your cake make the frosting by beating the butter for a couple minutes until it is smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining ingredients until it is fluffy and a spreadable consistency.
  7. Unwrap the cakes and place one layer of cake on a plate. Top with the cheesecake layer and then the remaining chocolate cake.
  8. Frost the sides and the top with chocolate frosting.
  9. To finish pipe the vanilla frosting along the outside edge of the cake. Decorate with peppermint baking bits, white peppermint chocolate pieces, or crushed candy canes.

I understand after looking at those steps this seems complicated, but trust me you can break it down and do it in steps. The cake and cheesecake both need to go into the freezer before you assemble. So you can work on this cake over the course of a few days!

slice of chocolate peppermint cheesecake cake on white plate

To Make Cake Ahead

Plan on what day you want to serve your cake and work backwards. You can make the cake and freeze on Thursday. Make the cheesecake layer and freeze that on Friday. Then Saturday morning you can assemble and have it in the fridge ready to serve Saturday evening.

How To Store And Serve Cheesecake Cake

You want to store the cake in the fridge tightly covered with plastic wrap or covered with the dome of a cake plate if you have it. When it is time to serve let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

close up peppermint chocolate layer cake

How To Decorate The Cake

I used vanilla frosting to help decorate and make the cake stand out. But if you have extra chocolate frosting you could use that instead. Peppermint candy makes a great accent to the cheesecake layer and lets people know what they are eating.

  • Crushed candy canes
  • Hershey Peppermint Hugs
  • Andes Peppermint Baking Bits

Get creative and make it your own!

close up of chocolate cake and slice of chocolate cake

More Christmas Dessert Recipes

I am sharing this recipe over at Imperial Sugar today. Click on Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake to get the FULL RECIPE.

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Tuesday 29th of December 2020

This cake would be great to have all year long!


Monday 14th of December 2020

My husband and daughter are going to love this recipe! I can't wait to make this! Looks so delicious and so yummy!


Monday 14th of December 2020

OMG! This cake looks amazing! I want it for Christmas!


Monday 14th of December 2020

Such an amazing holiday dessert! I will definitely make it again!

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