Merry Christmas!


Mud Cake:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 2 cups dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp. ground coffee
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Peppermint Milk Chocolate Ganache:
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk chocolate
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract


Mud Cake:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the pan.
2. Sift all dry ingredients. Set aside.
3. Combine butter, chocolate, coffee and water in the mixing bowl. Melt together over a bain-maire until butter and chocolate are melted.
4. Using a whisk attachment, transfer the mixing bowl to a standard mixer. Add buttermilk and sugar, mix on medium speed until sugar has dissolved.
5. Add all dry and mix until just combined.
6. Add eggs, one at a time. mix until just combined.
7. Add extract, continue mixing for 10 seconds.
8. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for an hour or until the tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.
9. Cool in pan for 30 minutes, then de-pan.
10. Let the cake cool completely before put the icing on.

Peppermint Milk Chocolate Ganache:
1. Bring cream to a boil.
2. Remove from heat, whisk in chocolate.
3. Whisk in extract.

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