Peppermint Velvet Gooey Butter Cake

Crystal Schlueter


Gooey butter cakes are very popular in my family. We often serve these during the summertime, as we normally make the traditional vanilla or strawberry. I wanted to make a gooey butter cake that is festive enough for the holidays. This one fits the bill!

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A wonderful holiday twist on a classic butter gooey cake. This cake is rich and decadent. But the chocolate drizzle and peppermint put it over the top. Red velvet cake is an awesome base for this cake. The cream cheese layer has a mint flavoring, chunks of candy canes and blends so good with the bottom layer. Best served slightly warm, this is a wonderful holiday dessert.


1 box
red velvet cake mix; 15.25 oz.
2 stick
salted butter, divided
3 large
eggs, divided
8 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
peppermint extract
16 oz
powdered sugar, divided
1/3 c
crushed peppermint candy canes, divided
1 c
heavy whipping cream
1/2 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp
vegetable oil


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1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

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2Add the cake mix to a large bowl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat 1 stick of butter on high until melted. Add butter to cake mix. Add 1 egg & stir until combined.

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3Pat batter into the prepared pan.

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4Melt remaining butter in the same manner & pour into a medium bowl. Add the cream cheese, remaining eggs, vanilla & peppermint extracts. Set aside. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar & set aside. Beat the cream cheese mixture on low, gradually adding the remaining powdered sugar until combined.

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5Gently stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes.

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6Pour over the red velvet batter.

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7Bake for 40 minutes, or until top is set, but center is still gooey.

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8Meanwhile, beat cream on high until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar & continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in remaining crushed candy canes. Cover with plastic wrap & chill until serving.

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9In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips & vegetable oil on high for 15 seconds. Stir. Repeat 1-2 more times, or until chips are melted.

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10Allow cake to cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut into squares. Serve each piece with a dollop of whipped cream & a drizzle of melted chocolate.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Christmas Recipes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy