I am in a peppermint mood! It's most likely because every catalog I've gotten for the past month has been chock full of peppermint bark, peppermint marshmallows, peppermint brownie mix, floating candles, ornaments, cocoa, and well, you get the point.
So, I'm in a peppermint mood and my coworker Karen's birthday just happens to be this week. To be honest, I don't even know if she likes peppermint, but that's what she's getting!
There are four of us who traipse through the laptop and book cart strewn office in the back of the library, and we certainly don't need a whole 8" or 9" cake on our own. Normally, we just bring stuff down to the staff when we're done, but I'm sick of sharing (nobody else does, it's uninspiring). So, this time I decided to make a 6" cake. It's very cute. Of course, I only have one 6" pan, so it took twice as long to bake, but I also got eight cupcakes out of it and I have a party to go to on Saturday night, so it all worked out.
I used a Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge cake mix (I like cakes mixes!), and subbed half the water it called for for peppermint schnapps. I also used the stick blender to mix it rather than getting the stand mixer out. It turns out both of those were good calls. The cake puffed way up and came out moist and fluffy and it was all way easier to clean up and put away.
I planned on icing the cake with peppermint chocolate ganache and thought I would fill it with whipped cream, then I thought I might as well mix in some crushed up candy canes to the whipped cream. I had crushed up the candy canes the day before for decoration. I'll need them for fudge soon anyway, so now I'm ready.
I think it looks kind of like flowers that have been lightly snowed on.