Chocolate Mint Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I substituted applesauce)
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup chopped chocolate mint candy pieces (Andes Candies)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened (I used low fat cream cheese)
1/2 to 1 tsp. peppermint extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup light cream (I used skim milk)
2 drops green food coloring, if desired (I didn't use this ingredient)
1/2 to 1 cup chopped chocolate mint candy pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour (I just used the spray without the flour, liberally). Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, melted butter, and eggs. Beat for 30 seconds on low speed, then increase to high and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the candy pieces and pour into the pan.
Bake for 28 to 34 minutes until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely.
For the icing, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, extract, salt, butter and 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add remaining powdered sugar alternately with the cream until frosting is fluffy. Beat in food coloring.
Frost cake. Top with remining mint candy. Store in fridge. Serves 16.
"It is the destiny of mint to be crushed."
-Waverley Lewis Root