Baked Sweets and Treats

Chocolate Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake

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Can you believe it?  Christmas 2009 is here.

After loads of preparation for holiday feasts and celebrations we can now kick back and reflect on 2009.  It has been a wonderful year.  There is loads to be grateful for.  I’ll let you in on a few things on my gratitude list this holiday season:


Our Health.

My wonderful family.

My sincere, fabulous friends.

The constant opportunity to listen and learn from others.

The honor of being a mom, in the good and trying times.

The ability to live a life full of awareness and mindful behaviors.

The access to inspire and teach others through a clean, healthy, yummy lifestyle.




collageAnd then there was CAKE!!!

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Peppermint Devil’s Food Layer Cake

What is Miss. Marla’s all time favorite cheat food?  You should all know by now that it is LAYER CAKE.  I don’t have it often, but oh boy when I do it better be fresh, homemade, fabulous, crumbly, all butter layer cake with frosting.  This was not just your ordinary cake. Back in October I was asked by a very special friend (with excellent taste) to craft her holiday cake for a very elegant party.  A few things you need to know:

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  • I was very flattered.
  • Last year I surprised her by making the cover cake from Bon Appetit.  A Devils Food Layer Cake with Peppermint Frosting.  It was a challenge.  I had just finished a series of baking classes at my favorite Blackmarket Bakery in the OC.  I was feeling very ambitious and I had the guts to go for it.
  • Since that cake was a success, she asked me to make the cake for the 2009 Christmas party.
  • It was to be served to 20 very discerning guests, true foodies with great taste.  A huge task, yes, but I was up for the challenge.
  • Did I have a slice……you betcha.  Thankfully we had dessert right after a fabulous meal, so it was easy to stick to one piece!
  • Since Devils Food with Peppermint worked last year, I went with it again this year.
  • A flavor twist on this cake was the addition of finely crushed candy canes in the center layer of Italian Meringue Buttercream.  They added such great texture and a bit of a surprise.  I have to give credit to my husband for coming up with this genius idea.

Fa la la

A slice of pure chocolatey peppermint yum!

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Family Fresh Scharffen Berger Giveaway

So I bet you are all wondering who takes home the prizes from my Scharffen Berger giveaway???  The winners were chosen at random. Drumroll please…….

Congratulations to:

Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga

Faith from Thought 4 Food

Michelle from One Ordinary Day

Check out their blogs!  Each person has a unique twist on the foodie world.

I have more goddies to giveaway soon, more SB chocolate and other yummies coming your way.  Keep stopping by FFC to read clean, healthy, yummy recipe posts and join in on the giveaway fun!

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Friends of FFC: Foodie Blogger Happenings

Great big hugs and loads of gratitude

to my wonderful Family Fresh Friends!

Happy Holidays to you all!!!

~ Marla Meridith

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8 thoughts on “Chocolate Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake

  1. Peppermint Devils Food Layer Cake looks sooo good, oh my oh my 🙂
    Thanks for trying to link my contest hon, no worries! And I just love the comments you leave me; I can feel your energy and enthusiasm for life and I LOVE IT!
    Beautiful pics of you and your kidlets, too 🙂
    Merry Xmas, Marla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This is such a beautiful post! Your kiddies are adorable, and you’re right, it’s so important to remember everything we have to be grateful for. I hope you and yours had a fabulous Christmas!

    Oh wow, Marla, you are talented!!! That cake is maybe the most stunning cake ever! (And kudos to hubby too with that brilliant candy cane idea!)

    Thank you so much, I can’t believe I won!!! (I’m so excited!)

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Marla! Having been one of the lucky 20 to taste the amazing Peppermint Devil’s Food cake, I can attest that it tasted as good as it looks! It was simply the most beautiful cake I had ever seen and it was wonderful! You continue to inspire, my dear!!