Hoo boy, it’s already December. Hannukah starts on Sunday (get those brisket recipes ready), then Christmas follows shortly after. Then what? 2016? It’s hard to believe. Before we get into New Year’s resolutions and Happy New Years and all of that, though, we’ve got to get some end-of-the-year eating done, don’t we? You’ve worked hard this year. You went to the gym a few times. You deserve a treat, even if you overdid it a bit at Thanksgiving last week. Don’t worry about it it! It’s cold outside, nobody can see that extra cushion, and besides, you need it to keep warm. That’s going to be my philosophy until January 1st, when I am going to need to seriously chill on the eating bonanza because we’re going to Thailand and I don’t want to look too scary when I’m laying out on the beach. But we’ve got plenty of time for that. For now, I’m going to have my cake and eat it too – specifically, this Marbled Peppermint Crunch Cake with Chocolate Ganache. Happy Holidays, y’all.
This cake was something I made for Urban Outfitters, and I’m really happy with it. I was really inspired by the props they sent me to use, especially the beautiful wooden cutting board and the sparkly twinkle lights. I wanted to make something that reminded me of the holidays, of winter, and really, of snow. We probably won’t get snow until well after the holidays here in New York, because nature hates us and wants us to suffer after we’re all sick of being cold and feeling “joy”, but no matter. This cake is awesome. It’s got layers of rich, chocolate cake, creamy peppermint buttercream, crunchy peppermint candies, and, of course, a final layer of chocolate ganache. I layered the buttercream and ganache for a “marbled” look, and I think it turned out pretty well for someone who is not necessarily the world’s best cake decorator. I brought this whole cake into my office, because I’m insane, and it was gone almost as fast as I put it out. I work in a younger office, so it was described by my colleagues as “dope” and “sick”, which are how the kids today describe good things these days, so I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.