Chocolate Candy Cane Cake (traditional and gluten free recipes included)
Servings: 16servings or 24 cupcakes
1 3/4cupsall purpose flour *
3/4cupcocoa powderplus 2 tablespoons for flouring the pan
1 1/2teaspoonsbaking powder
1 1/2teaspoonsbaking soda
1/2cuplight flavored olive oil
1 ½teaspoonsvanilla extract
1cuphot coffee or boiling water
¼cupcrushed candy canes
* GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVE:
1 1/4cupsbrown rice flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your pan and lightly flour it with a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder. (Alternatively, grease a 9x13 pan or prepare (24) cupcake liners.)
Stir together all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the boiling water and continue stirring to combine. The batter should be very thin and watery. Pour into prepared bundt pan or divide between two round pans or cupcake holders.
Bake the bundt cake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. A 9x13 pan will bake in 30-35 minutes and cupcakes will bake in 22-24 minutes. Cool completely.
To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and peppermint extract in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth. The glaze should pour off the spoon in a thick white stream. Add a teaspoon more milk to thin it, or 1-2 tablespoons more powdered sugar to thicken it, if necessary. Drizzle the glaze over the cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Store at room temperature, loosely covered, preferably not airtight. This cake will keep nicely and stay very moist for 3-4 days. Enjoy!
This recipe works well in a bundt pan, a 9x13 pan, or cupcakes. Adjust cooking times as needed for the different bakeware.