Moist and perfectly delicious Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake with cream cheese frosting is an easy Christmas dessert recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake on a white plate with crushed candy canes on top.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Whenever I bring this bundt cake to parties or a get-together with friends it’s always a huge hit!  I do have to admit that this cake is not totally from scratch (which I usually don’t do) but in this case, I make an exception because it’s delicious!  This cake is so moist and, well, amazing :-).  I have taken it to many different types of parties and people always rave about it!

How to make chocolate bundt cake:

Start by combine all of the cake ingredients with an electric mixer.  Then use a spatula to fold in the mini chocolate chips.

A clear mixing bowl with the ingredients for chocolate bundt cake, next to another photo of the ingredients mixed together and mini chocolate chips added on top of the cake batter.

Grease and flour your bundt pan and pour the cake mixture into it.  Bake the cake for about 45 minutes and cool completely before frosting!

A bundt cake pan filled with batter for chocolate bundt cake next to another photo of the cooked bundt cake cooling on a wire rack.

I’ve found the easiest way to frost a chocolate bundt cake with cream cheese frosting is to use a pastry bag and coupler, with no piping tip. The round hole in the coupler is the perfect size for a rounded lined of frosting to drape down the sides of the cake, just like how they frost them cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

A chocolate bundt cake being frosted with cream cheese frosting using a pastry bag.

If you’d like to put a fun pom-pom ball in the center of the cake, check out this tutorial!

What is the difference between a bundt cake and a regular cake?

Obviously, if you bake a cake in a bundt pan, the cake will be called a bundt cake.  The real difference between the two lies in the thickness and size of the bundt pan vs. a regular cake pan.

A typical bundt pan recipe uses a 10×3 inch bundt pan that has a volume of about 12 cups.  This is close to double the volume of a typical cake recipe.  For many cake recipes if you want to use a typical cake recipe but make it in a bundt pan, you may need to double the recipe (and it may make a little extra) and increase the cook time significantly.

A chocolate bundt cake with cream cheese frosting on a white plate, with a slice removed.


How to get the cake out of the bundt pan:
The trick to getting bundt cake out of the pan without it falling apart is to be sure you greased your pan really well before pouring in the cake batter.  When I grease my bundt pan, I like to use a pastry brush and make sure to spread melted butter over the entire inside of the pan.  Then I sprinkle about 3-4 tablespoons of flour evenly over the pan.  This should allow your cake to come out easily after it has baked and cooled.
A slice of chocolate bundt cake with cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes laying on a white plate.
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Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake on a white plate with crushed candy canes on top.
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix ** See note for homemade. (devils food cake or German chocolate cake mixes work well).
  • 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract optional
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

For the frosting:


  • Mix cake ingredients together with an electric mixer. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a well-greased bunt cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50mins or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Allow to cool in the pan for 15-20mins. Remove from pan.
  • At this point you can frost it and serve it, or you can wrap it in plastic wrap and let it sit overnight in the fridge before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar. Pipe onto cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.


*If you'd like to make the chocolate bundt cake from scratch, here's my favorite recipe.


Calories: 621kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 6gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 464mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 55gVitamin A: 455IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 2.7mg

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*I originally shared this recipe December 2013. Updated November 2018.


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  1. This recipe was amazing! The cake was moist, the frosting complimented the chocolate and peppermint nicely. I will make this cake again. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is moist and delicious. I will double the peppermint in the cake next time as it was really not any peppermint flavor. The total time listed here says 20 minutes, but it should say 1 hour 30 minutes.

  3. 4 stars
    Cake is good but not outstanding. In my opinion it could use more peppermint flavor. Piping with ziplock bag is difficult and could use more frosting if spreading is needed.

  4. 4 stars
    Yummy! We really enjoyed this tonight for our dessert. My only question is my chocolate chips melted into the cake so we didn’t get any nice texture bites with the chips. How do you get your chips to not melt? I’m thinking of freezing them first.

    Thanks again. Merry Christmas!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this cake and it was delicious! I didnt have a cake mix, so I made it from scratch and substituted half the water with coffee. The family loved it, so I will definitely make this part of our Christmas tradition.

    1. Super frustrated, would like to use the homemade version but: like someone asked,
      What to eliminate from the peppermint version if using the recipe from scratch???

  6. If making your chocolate bundt cake instead of using the box mix, I understand I don’t use the pudding or sour cream, but do I make the chocolate bundt cake as shown and just add peppermint extract? Or do I change anything else, like using 1 1/2 cup choc chips instead of 1 cup, 2 or 4 eggs, eliminate vanilla, etc.? Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is moist and delicious. I will double the peppermint in the cake next time as it was really not any peppermint flavor. The total time listed here says 20 minutes, but it should say 1 hour 30 minutes.

  7. Hi Lauren , can’t wait to make this! Can I use 0% Greek yogurt or do I need to go to the store😊
    Because it makes a difference?

  8. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! The only change I made was to substitute the sour cream for whatever I had. Everything else stayed the same. This cake has now become our new traditional Christmas dessert. Thank you!

  9. If I want to make the cake from scratch, what exactly do I replace from this recipe with that of the Bundt cake from scratch recipe? For example, do I use both sour cream and pudding mix? Vanilla extract and peppermint? Thank you.

      1. Yes I saw that but I don’t know exactly how to apply that to this peppermint recipe. Both call for eggs and oil/water. This one calls for instant pudding and a store bought cake mix plus sour cream. The scratch one calls for buttermilk and all of the similar wet ingredients but doesn’t use pudding or sour cream.

        1. The pudding and sour cream are used to make the cake mix more moist–which isn’t necessary in the homemade recipe, because of the buttermilk :-).

  10. Thanks for the recommendation and link to find the peppermint version of your copycat Nothing Bundt Cake recipe here. I just mixed this and have it in the oven. I followed all your directions with the exception on substituting Nestle’s limited edition of Winter Dark Chocolate and Mint morsels for the regular chocolate chips and peppermint extract- my local store was out of Peppermint Extract! I’m so excited to see how this turns out! It’s the first bundt cake I’ve ever made!

  11. Your website is named, “tastes better from scratch,” yet the first ingredient is a box of pre-prepared cake mix…you see the contradiction here, yes?

    1. I’m fully aware, that’s why I’ve linked to my homemade chocolate cake in the recipe card (for those interested) 😉

  12. Just curious about the difference using butter instead of oil might make. I don’t make a lot of cakes, but i’m Excited to try this one.

    1. You could melt the butter and substitute that. The taste and texture will be a little different but it will be yummy.

  13. 5 stars
    Made several of these for a large group party. Baked, frosted ahead a few days. Put them in freezer wrapped and ready to go. They were easy to cart, slice and were moist and delicious. Got rave reviews! Thanks for easy great recipe.

  14. I’m going to try this recipe in my new mini-bundt cake pan (it makes 6). What would you suggest as the modified bake time? Thanks.

    1. Hi Liz,
      I haven’t tried this but it depends on the size of the mini bundt pans. If they are small like a cupcake then try 15 minutes to start. If they are a little larger, start with 25-30 minutes and toothpick test it from there. Sounds fun!

  15. This looks like an amazing recipe. I have mini bundt pans, will this recipe work for the pans? I’m planning on putting them with my goody box for my friends at Christmas.

    1. Michela, they would be fantastic in mini bundt pans! You just need to shorten the cook time significantly depending on how small they are. I would love to know how they turn out.

      1. They turned out really well, they were one of the mini bundt pans like mini muffins. It’s about 15 min and fill them only half way, they expand.

  16. I recently made this cake in May and instead of peppermint topping, I used a ganache icing with fresh strawberries garnish.
    I had been looking for a good chocolate bundt cake and this one was a winner!

  17. Hey,

    This question might be silly but do you make the instant pudding first then add it to the cake? Or you just add the dried pudding mix to it?

    Thanks in advanced

  18. I would like to serve the chocolate peppermint bundt cake on Christmas afternoon. If I make it on Thursday or Friday should I wrap it up tight (before frosting) and put it in the fridge OR freezer? Which would be best? Can I take it out Saturday morning and frost it?

    1. Hi Michelle, I would bake it AND frost it (without adding the crushed candy canes), and then wrap it well and FREEZE it (frosting and all!) until Christmas. Take it out of the freezer about 2 1/2 – 3 hours or so before eating it. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top once the frosting comes to room temperature. I just made 7 of these for a group Christmas party and froze all of them, frosted, and they turned out wonderfully. Hopefully that will make your life really easy! 🙂

  19. I just made this cake for my three year old little boy’s birthday. It was as delicious, as beautiful, and as easy as I hoped it would be! I followed your recipe exactly (though I didn’t use all of the three crushed candy canes), and it was a big hit with the whole family. The perfect complement to a December birthday. Thank you! Thank you! I found this recipe via Pinterest

    1. Hi Bridget, I’m so happy you and your family liked it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 And happy birthday to your little boy!

  20. These cakes look so good. I can’t wait to try the chocolate peppermint bundt cake. Wish I had one tonight. Thank you for sharing

  21. This bundt cake looks perfect! Wish I had a slice to devour right now, I am juts loving all that delicious peppermint frosting!