• 2-Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • ¾ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 drops of Peppermint Jim’s Peppermint Essential Oil (more to taste)
  • ½ Cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup water (boiling)


  1. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  2. Add milk, peppermint essential oil, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely
  4. Line cake plate with bed offresh mint leaves and gently place chocolate cake on top.
  5. Frost cake as desired. We recommend Peppermint Buttercream Frosting.