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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39 Comments

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!

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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!

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3 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 30, 2012

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

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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.

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5 Reem | Simply Reem November 30, 2012

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

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6 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 30, 2012

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

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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!

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8 Valerie November 30, 2012

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

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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!

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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! :)

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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!

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12 foodwanderings November 30, 2012

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

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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!

Ciao,
Roz

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14 Ashley - Baker by Nature November 30, 2012

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

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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….

:)

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16 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 30, 2012

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

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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!

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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! ;)

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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. :)

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20 Deb December 1, 2012

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

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21 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 1, 2012

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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26 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 2, 2012

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

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27 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 2, 2012

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

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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 ;)

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

This pictures are so positive and so Christmas style.

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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:)

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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!! :)

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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.

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33 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) December 2, 2012

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

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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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 ;-)

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38 Baker Street December 6, 2012

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

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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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