Chocolate Peppermint Cake Recipe from a Box Mix

This shop about Chocolate Peppermint Cake Recipe is a great way to make a tasty cake for the holidays with minimal ingredients.  No one has to know the short cut to make a chocolate bundt cake!

There is nothing worse than losing a family member during the holidays than also expecting family from out of town to celebrate the holidays. My neighbor recently lost a family member to cancer and they were also expecting their grandchildren to arrive to celebrate Christmas.

I thought I would make them a few dishes to have on hand and ease the burden of entertaining funeral guests as well as their overnight family.


chocolate Peppermint Cake

Instead of cookies, I thought I would make a bundt cake, and what is better for the holidays than the combination of Chocolate and Peppermint. Since time is so limited this time of year,  I created this short cut cake using a box mix and one other unsuspecting ingredient… Mayonnaise.


Adding Mayonaise to a Chocolate Cake Mix

Yes, I replaced the oil in the recipe for Mayo to create an amazingly moist cake. This is how I made it.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake Recipe From Box Mix Recipe



Adding Peppermint Extract to Chocolate Cake Mix

I used a Devil’s Food boxed cake mix, a box of chocolate pudding, mayo, eggs peppermint extract and peppermint baking chips. (You can use white chocolate if you prefer a less peppermint-flavored cake) 




Mix all the ingredients, except the baking chips with a mixer per the directions on the box. 




When it is evenly mixed, add the baking chips and stir into the batter until evenly spread throughout. 


Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake Recipe

Put your batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and cook per the box directions, checking about 10 minutes early.




Glaze for a Peppermint Cake

Once it is cooled, you can add a powdered sugar glaze as well as a sprinkling of more peppermint baking chips. This cake is so moist and will be perfect for friends and family visiting.

NO DRY cake this holiday season. 




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Since I had the KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise on hand I thought I would also throw together a super easy appetizer, Artichoke Dip.   I used the  Artichoke Dip Recipe on the KRAFT Website.  

 Hot Artichoke Dip

Since this dip can sit in your fridge for a couple of days, I did not bake it before bringing it over and just included the directions as well as some crackers for dipping.

Hopefully, they can still enjoy their friends and family this holiday season. 




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Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Yield: 10 -12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

The perfect shortcut cake using a boxed mix and mayonnaise.  Bring out this Chocolate Peppermint Cake to your next Holiday party


  • Cake
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 3.9 oz instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of water
  • 8 ounces Peppermint Crunch Baking bits
  • Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt® pan.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients except peppermint baking chips in bowl. Beat at low speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed. Stir in peppermint chips.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (check your box for directions) Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.
  4. Combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Beat at low speed until powdered sugar is moistened. Increase speed to medium; beat until creamy. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake. Sprinkle with additional candy or crushed hard peppermint candy.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 62mgSodium 247mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 4g

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What do you like to bring to friends and family during the holidays? 


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  1. Who would have thought mayo???

  2. I’ve never seen a cake like this, it sounds delicious! I’m intrigued at the idea of mayo in a cake 🙂

  3. That is definitely my kinda dessert! It’s perfect for holiday celebrations!

  4. My fave things to bring to a party usually include veggies (and I often bring fruit, too, if my kids are there. They aren’t interested in most party foods, but a bowl of berries will keep them happy all night!)

    Yay bundt!

  5. My mom would love this! She is a huge peppermint and chocolate fan. Yummy!

  6. I like the way you made a box cake mix something special.

  7. This cake not only sounds good, but it’s gorgeous too! I love peppermint!

  8. This sounds delicious! I would love to make this for our Christmas party this year!

  9. I love chocolate peppermint cake! i also like how you put it in a bundt cake pan, it looks nicer

  10. This looks AMAZING!!! I’d put more of the white icing from the top bc I’m a sucker for that. Love the peppermint combo.

  11. This looks amazing and I love that it features 3 of my favorite things – chocolate, peppermint and short cuts!

  12. I would have NEVER thought of Mayo in cake. Wow… totally have to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. thanks for pinning this Tonya, love to hear what you think of it.

  14. Chocolate and mint is such a popular combo! I bet this cake is tasty. I pinned!

  15. ok I would never have thought to put mayo in my cake. That is a pretty interesting ida. Must try now.

  16. That looks really delish. I will have to try it. Nice of you to help your neighbors

  17. I’ve never made a cake with mayo, but I’ll have to give this chocolate peppermint one try this week for Christmas Eve dinner.

  18. I am all for shortcuts when I can get them! This cake sounds awesome!

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