For the Cake
For the Peppermint Frosting and Decoration
MAKE-AHEAD TIP Cake layers can be made and cooled up to a month ahead. Wrap each layer tightly in plastic wrap and place in gallon-size freezer bags. Defrost, wrapped, in refrigerator before frosting and serving.
SHORTCUT Use a devil’s food cake mix for the layers. Mix 1 tsp peppermint extract into 2 (16 oz) containers vanilla buttercream. Decorate with crushed candy canes.