red velvet peppermint bites

November 30, 2012

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

Nothing says Christmas to me like peppermint – I’m hoping you agree because I have multiple posts coming up that embrace one of my favorite flavors! These bites are a fusion of fluffy red velvet cake squares kissed with peppermint cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Petite in size, the bites remind me of bedecked packages.

Assemble a platter of bites plus homemade peppermint bark and Baileys Irish Cream Truffles; you’ll be well on your way to a scrumptious holiday affair.

Red Velvet Peppermint Bites
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp red gel food coloring
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 oz peppermint bark, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add vanilla and food coloring; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture). Beat just until smooth; pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth with an offset spatula.

Bake for about 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached and cake begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Use a serrated knife to cut cake into 30 squares; chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth; chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Use a pastry bag with a large round tip to pipe frosting onto each cake square; top with peppermint bark. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 30 cake bites (serving size: 1 bite)
Calories – 125
Carbs – 21

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1 The Café Sucré Farine November 30, 2012

Your pictures make me smile Laura! So pretty and festive! These sound fantastic, what a great idea to combine them with the peppermint bark, very yummy!


2 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 30, 2012

The red color of the red velvet cake makes it perfect for Christmas parties. I love you peppermint twist on this classic!


3 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 30, 2012

Sorry I meant to say “I love YOUR peppermint twist…”


4 Suzanne November 30, 2012

Peppermint just exudes the Christmas season to me but I like it all year too. I like the pretty red velvet cake with the cream cheese frosting, lovely recipe.


5 Reem | Simply Reem November 30, 2012

What a fantastic treat or holidays…
Peppermint makes them an instant hit!


6 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 30, 2012

I really want to make this. They look like little soldiers waiting to march to my plate. :)


7 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 30, 2012

I love red velvet, not sure why I have never thought to add peppermint to the mix. Yum!


8 Valerie November 30, 2012

So cute and tiny and delicious-looking! I think I could eat the whole batch!! :)


9 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 30, 2012

I love anything with peppermint this time of year, can’t wait to see what else you come up with. These little bites look so festive!


10 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 30, 2012

What perfect little bites, Laura! I need a delicious red velvet cake recipe – I think I just found it! :)


11 kristy @ the wicked noodle November 30, 2012

I’m not sure how you did it, but you managed to make these both gorgeous and adorable at the same time! LOVE!


12 foodwanderings November 30, 2012

Ooh these bites look absolutely scrumptious Laura. Perfectly cut. The indulgence in small packages.:)


13 roz November 30, 2012

I just love ANYTHING Red Velvet and love these little ‘bites’ to place on my holiday table. What a super idea for small bites when everyone in my family is watching their calories! PERFECTO!

Wishing you a most happy holiday season!



14 Ashley - Baker by Nature November 30, 2012

Peppermint is my holiday jam! Love these little red velvet bites.


15 Liren November 30, 2012

I am in dire need of some chocolate right now, and this isn’t helping!!! Looks divine, Laura! I do have some peppermint sticks though….



16 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 30, 2012

What a great recipe, and I love the combination! Beautiful clicks too to try making this soon!


17 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings November 30, 2012

Holy lord, these look amazing!!! I may have to make these for christmas parties we are going to this holiday! This is such a good idea – to make it into a slab and cut into teeny little squares!


18 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 30, 2012

These are so cute and bite-sizes are very dangerous around me. I would pretend that my mouth is not moving but everything on the plate will disappear in seconds! ;)


19 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 1, 2012

I’ve been thinking of these every since I saw them on Facebook. Red Velvet is a favorite of mine for the holidays. Love this version. :)


20 Deb December 1, 2012

The vivid red is so very festive! What a dazzling holiday treat, just perfect for the season of joy!


21 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 1, 2012

I love peppermint – can’t wait to see what else is coming!


22 Terra December 1, 2012

Well I like some peppermint treats, like yours!!! Seriously, red velvet and peppermint sound like a perfect combo! Hugs, Terra


23 Mercedes December 1, 2012

I love peppermint as well so I am looking forward to your upcoming peppermint posts! It doesn’t get much more festive than these cute little bites!


24 Jennifer @ Delicieux December 1, 2012

I agree, nothing says Christmas to me like peppermint. Your red velvet peppermint bites look like lovely elegant little mouthfuls :D


25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 1, 2012

This sure is getting me stuff in the spirit of Christmas! And keep the peppermint recipes coming!


26 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 2, 2012

These are so Christmassy and so perfect for those festive season parties :D


27 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 2, 2012

I LOVE THESE little red bites! Perfect for the holidays. Simply beautiful.


28 cakewhiz December 2, 2012

not are these perfect for the holidays but they would be great for valentine’s day too. i think hubster would like these ;)


29 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 2, 2012

This pictures are so positive and so Christmas style.


30 Nancy/SpicieFoodie December 2, 2012

I agree Laura and looking forward to your upcoming recipes. These little bites sound so good! They’d be great for a party to to enjoy as a small snack with tea. Thanks for sharing:)


31 Kate@Diethood December 2, 2012

Oh my G, those bites are beautiful! NOM NOM!
I also looove peppermint. In fact I am having a peppermint drink right now!! :)


32 Suzanne Perazzini December 2, 2012

That peppermint icing with the chocolate in the cake is a combination made in heaven. Those baileys irish cream truffles look pretty good too.


33 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) December 2, 2012

Their petite size just justify the urge to eat the entire batch. Love these, Laura. :)


34 Lora @cakeduchess December 2, 2012

So, so pretty, Laura. Festive and love the peppermint addition to red velvet. This recipe looks like a keeper!!


35 Liz December 3, 2012

Such a cute idea! My daughter is the red velvet fiend in the house and she’d love the addition of peppermint, too!


36 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers December 3, 2012

Bite sizes like these make you reach for more and more, which I will do if they are in front of me. Great combination!


37 Patty December 4, 2012

You’ve baked up a batch of real sweeties here! These would be so pretty and delicious served on a holiday dessert platter-now you’ve got me thinking and planning ;-)


38 Baker Street December 6, 2012

These bite sized treats are just perfect – delicious and festive!


39 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks December 6, 2012

These little bites look so perfect for holiday get togethers! I tried the red velvet and peppermint combo last year and it was awesome!



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