Candy Cane Layer Cake Construction

Frankly, I’ve made prettier cakes, but I think this one is the awesomest.  Toot toot!

candy cane layer cake

It had been too long since I’d made a complete layer cake.  I was out of practice, but having a blast with every step involved, surely on a high from inhaling peppermint candy dust.

There’s nothing like a homemade cake, and I am so proud of this very, very homemade creation.  I was set on taking a holiday layer cake to an Xmas Gathering, and inspired by the internet and my friend Esme (the Vegan Propamanda), Candy Cane Layer Cake was born.  Three layers, because two are boring to look at.

Construction: There were two chocolate mint layers, one light vanilla mint, vanilla peppermint buttercream and crushed peppermint candy and dusted cocoa powder as garnish.  I minted it up with Trader Joe’s organic peppermint extract and a fair share of the last of my precious supply of Vitasoy Chocolate Peppermint Soymilk, as well as So Delicious coconut milk.  The cake layers were based on the recipes for basic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.  Each recipe makes one cake layer’s worth.  The frosting is a double batch of the Fluffy Buttercream, plus peppermint extract.

Not so pretty…but pretty awesome.

candy cane layer cake

Attacked at the Xmas Party:

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I’m pretty sure there are still leftovers and children in dangerous, yet refreshing sugar comas.


  1. it was good! i’m not even a huge fan of mint flavored things (besides mints and the occasional Vitasoy Chocolate Peppermint drink. oh, and special Junior Mints- not very vegan, i know). As a kid I never ate that Candy Cane ice cream that everyone seemed to love.

    good job, jd!

      1. no brand in particular!
        if any brand, i would probably think of Farm Store. Did you have those in New York? Probably not…they don’t seem to exist anymore, but they were drive thru convenient stores. a small store with sliding doors on two sides where cars pull up and don’t even have to get our of their cars to buy soda, cigarettes, ice cream. my dad’s favorite flavor was Cherry Vanilla. i think that’s why i like the TJ’s cherry chocolate, it reminds me of my past.

  2. That cake looks totally decadent! Three layers sounds like the perfect solution when I’m hesitating between chocolate and vanilla with a penchant for one over the other… 🙂

  3. I just inherited my friends’ pastry chef gear from her apartment. Some of it includes seven round & sqaure cake pans that range 5″ to 18″. This post inspires me to want to use them. (:

  4. this looks amazing. I think I could use mini loaf pans (2) and slice each layer in half with some wire to make a mini layer cake version of this 🙂
    thanks for the inspiration!

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