Holiday Tree Cake for Gifts From The Kitchen at #SundaySupper

I can’t even remember where we got this pan from. If it was one of my lovely friends and you are reading this please volunteer that you gave it to me or Ken. It seems like we have had it a very long time anyway. Ken has made this a quite a few times now and it is very good. Ken came up with this idea for me to make it for #SundaySupper.

I am always coming up with recipes as you know if you follow along with the blog. I am also to the philosophy if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. This is the case with this recipe. It came with the bundt pan and it is delicious. So thank you Nordic Ware for this recipe. It makes and easy and moist cake with a delicious Mint Chocolate Sauce. There is a pretty pink swirl of peppermint inside the cake too! A wonderful combination of flavors for the holidays.

I think this would make a divine gift. It gives you a chance to use the bundt pan more too! I would be thrilled to receive something that looks like you have slaved forever on and is actually quite easy as you use a cake mix. The addition of the sour cream makes it rich and moist. I hope you enjoy this recipe and it would work great in any bundt pan.

So simple and pretty!

Snowy Tree Tops

Served with a warm Mint Chocolate Sauce, Oh My!

All Wrapped Up and Ready To Go!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Holiday Tree Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8-12
A delicious holiday cake that anyone would be thrilled with as a gift.
  • 1 pkg. white cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 4 drops food coloring
  • 12 oz. can light evaporated milk
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • ¾ tsp. peppermint extract
  • Colored icing tubes for decorating
  • Icing sugar
  1. Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. In a large bowl of a standup mixer with a paddle attachment add cake mix, eggs, water, sour cream and oil; blend on low speed for 30 seconds, until moistened, scraping down the bowl. Turn up to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Remove one cup of batter and set aside.
  4. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared bundt pan. Take the reserved one cup of batter and add the red food coloring and peppermint extract. Stir well to combine. Drop by spoonfuls over top of the batter in the bundt pan and with a knife swirl.
  5. Bake for 45-50 min. until cake springs back or cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 min. in pan and then turn onto a serving plate.
  6. Sauce
  7. In a medium saucepan mix together the milk, chocolate and sugar over medium heat stirring constantly until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and add butter and peppermint extract.
  8. Decorate the cake as you would like to. I just piped on little red dots with tube icing for ornaments and sprinkled it with icing sugar.
  9. Serve the cake with the warm chocolate mint sauce.


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  1. says

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I have seen some of those shaped bundt pans before, but never pulled the trigger on buying one. This cake makes me want to add one to my kitchen collection STAT!

  2. says

    Oh my!I love this bundt pan!!So very perfect for Holidays and your sauce sounds delish!!The guests would be so pleased to receive one of these :)

  3. says

    If I ever see a cake pan like that, I’m snatching it up! Such a gorgeous cake…and who wouldn’t’ be thrilled to get a package with an amazing cake like yours inside!!!

  4. Sarah says

    wow! Is all I have to say. The cake turned out gorgeous. It’s always fun to hear what you are going to make and then see how they turned out. And the mint chocolate sauce has me drooling over here. Stupid diet. I want some cake.

  5. says

    So beautiful! Well done. Mine would be stuck to the cake pan for sure. LOL! Thank you for linking up to the hop this week and inspiring me to keep trying.


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