Mint Swirl Fudge Cake


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons water, divided
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup creme de menthe flavoring syrup or creme de menthe
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring, optional
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Crushed spearmint candies, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, 1/2 cup water, cream cheese, oil and eggs; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Remove 1-1/2 cups batter to a small bowl; stir in creme de menthe syrup, extract, and if using, food coloring until blended.
  • In a small bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons water and cocoa powder until smooth; add to untinted batter. Add melted chocolate. Spoon half of the chocolate batter into prepared pan. Carefully top with green batter; do not swirl. Top with remaining chocolate batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, chocolate and enough water to reach a drizzling consistency. Spoon over cake; if desired, sprinkle with crushed candies.

Editor’s Note: To remove cake easily, use solid shortening to grease the tube pan.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 436 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 366mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

Total Time
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

12 servings

Mint pairs with a silky, mild chocolate flavor for this colorful, beautiful cake that will be the talk of the holiday potluck. —Heidi Kelly, Norwood, Missouri

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