Chocolate Peppermint Cake Jars

Tis the season for gift giving! Our chocolate peppermint cake jars are the perfect hostess or end of the year teacher gift. Nothing says we love you quite like chocolate peppermint cake. Kara from Love Babble and I decided to collaborate together to help you create an easy and fun gift.  One of the best things about these chocolate peppermint cake jars is that they can be frozen! You can make a large batch of the jars and then place them in the freezer till you need to give them as a gift during the Christmas season.


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

Yields: 24 Cupcakes

  • 2 Cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup high quality cocoa powder
  • 1 ¾ cups organic sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup strong coffee or water
  • 4 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the muffin pans with 24 paper liners.

2. Place a strainer over a large mixing bowl. Measure in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Sift/shake the dry ingredients through the strainer into a mixing bowl, to eliminate any lumps.

3. Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minutes. With the mixer running, add the oil and continue mixing until the mixture looks like sand.

4. Combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee or water, and add all at once. Mix for 1 minute at low speed, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds more.

5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions.

6. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, and mix for 1 minute more. The batter will be thin.

7. For cupcakes, scoop by the heaping 1/4 cup into the prepared muffin tins.

8. For cupcakes bake 21 to 23 minutes.


 Peppermint Buttercream:

  • 4 oz. Unsalted Softened Butter (about 20 minutes out of the refrigerator)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Half and Half + 1 Teas.
  • 1 Teas. Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla
  • 1/4 Teas. peppermint extract
  • 1/4 Teas. lemon juice

1. In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter & salt for about 5 minutes and then add half of the powdered sugar and the half and half to the butter and beat again until combined.

2. Scrape down the bowl. Add the rest of the powdered sugar, the vanilla, peppermint extract and the lemon juice and beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again.

3. Beat on high speed for 5-6 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy. Place in a pastry bag with the tip of your choice and set aside.



Now let’s put the chocolate peppermint cake jars together. I will be here with you the whole way. Here are some things you will need:

  • Mason Jars. I love to use the Quilted Mason Jars
  • Andes Peppermint Crunch
  • Peppermint Buttercream
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Disposable Pastry Bag {you can pick these up at most grocery stores, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, JoAnns}
  • Wide Pastry Tip


Step 1: Cut a small slit in the bottom of the pastry bag. Slide in your pastry tip. The easiest way to fill a piping bag is to fold the edges over a cup. Then use a spatula to scoop your buttercream into the bag.


Step 2: Grab a serrated knife and your cupcakes. Cut each of your cupcakes in half. The little cupcake halves will become your different layers in the jar.


Step 3: I like to have all my materials in one place. I place my jars, cake layers, buttercream, and Andes Peppermint chips in an assembly line.


Step 4: Place one layer of cake in the bottom of jar.


Step 4: Place one layer of cake in the bottom of jar.  Then pipe a swirl of buttercream. Then sprinkle some of the Andes Peppermint Crunch.


Step 5: Place another layer of cake. Then pipe another layer of buttercream and sprinkle with peppermint chips. Now here is the crossroads. Do you like more cake or do you like more buttercream? If you are a buttercream lover, top your jar with the lid and you are good to go. If you are a cake lover add another layer of cake and press down. Then place a tiny amount of buttercream. Then top your jar with the lid. There you have it. Awesome, your chocolate peppermint cake jars all put together. Now here are some quick tips! You can make these ahead of time and place them in the freezer. Then pull them out and let the come to room temperature when you are ready to give them as a gift!


Step 6: Now let’s dress up those jars. My beautiful friend, Kara, is a graphic designer. She kindly offered to make these wonderful gift tags for you to use this holiday season. She has a beautiful Etsy Shop , called Love Babble, with her custom creations.  These jars a can make a perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, or as a hostess gifts. Now if you are looking for a way to make friends with your co-workers these are sure to do the job.






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13 comments on “Chocolate Peppermint Cake Jars

  1. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    I love making cupcake jars with the icing in the center. Love this recipe.

  2. cristina @ TeenieCakes says:

    I luv how you’ve packaged these cute chocolate peppermint cakes! Beautiful presentation and what a lovely gift to receive. 🙂

  3. Cristin's Cookies says:

    Thank you Melissa & Kara! I’m going to save this in my in-box to make when Nick comes home from college next week. He will LOVE LOVE LOVE these! FUN! Thank you for sharing! Cristin

    1. You must be so excited! Let’s get finals over and get that boy home. Have a great Christmas Cristin!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for your giving hearts!! The recipe sounds delicious and the use of free printables to dress them up will be perfect!

    1. You are most welcome! Enjoy.

  5. Anetta @ The Wanderlust Kitchen says:

    I am totally adding this to my list of homemade gift ideas this year! The step by step photos are so helpful, and I can’t get over how adorable those tags are!

    1. Thank you so much Anetta! Enjoy.

    2. Kara MacHugh says:

      Thank you, all! Enjoy!

      1. Thank you so much for your generosity!!! Love you!

  6. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    These are so awesome and great gift ideas!!

    1. Thank you so much Gerry!

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