I’ve been on a peppermint roll lately! Recipes with peppermint have been sounding really good to me this holiday season. I started out making Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, then Easy Peppermint Bark, and now Peppermint Pound Cake!
This recipe did not come from a cookbook or from the internet…it came from a Christmas kitchen towel a friend had given me. I added a glaze and crushed candy canes as a finishing touch. The rich, dense pound cake has a light, subtle peppermint flavor which is nicely enhanced by the Creamy Peppermint Glaze. If you like peppermint, you’ll enjoy this, and even if you are not a big peppermint fan, I think you’ll still like this because the peppermint flavor is definitely on the lighter side. Hope you get a chance to try this out!
Peppermint Pound Cake
PEPPERMINT POUND CAKE by NancyC
Makes 1 Bundt cake
3 cups sugar
3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups), softened
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (just use one teaspoon for a light peppermint flavor, or 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons for a stronger peppermint flavor)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan (I used a 12-cup Bundt pan, but I think it would work fine in a 10-cup pan, too–the baking time would be slightly longer).
In large bowl, blend sugar and softened butter. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Alternate adding flour and milk to mixture, blending well. Add peppermint and vanilla extracts, and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350˚F for 70 to 80 minutes (for a 12-cup pan, baking time will be about 70 to 75 minutes; for a 10-cup pan, it will be more like 80 minutes). Let cake cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely. While cake is cooling, you can make the glaze…
CREAMY PEPPERMINT GLAZE
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup marshmallow creme (half of a 7-oz. container)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tablespoons milk or Half and Half (light cream)
3 crushed candy canes, for garnish
Blend softened butter and marshmallow creme together until smooth, then add peppermint extract and mix well. Add in powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Add milk or Half and Half and blend well.
Shortly before you are ready to serve the cake, spoon the glaze over the top, letting it run down the sides (you’ll have some glaze left over). Then sprinkle the top of the cake with crushed candy canes, and serve. (Note: this glaze is a little gooey because of the marshmallow creme, so you may need to wipe your knife occasionally as you’re slicing the cake).
If you’d like to glaze your cake well ahead of time or don’t want a gooey glaze (although it is really yummy), you can always make this powdered sugar glaze with peppermint extract…
3 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons milk or Half and Half
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 crushed candy canes, for garnish
Mix first three ingredients together, blending well. Drizzle over cooled pound cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and let glaze set.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
Peppermint is such a classic Christmas flavor! What kinds of peppermint holiday treats do you like to bake?
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