Simple! Of course, you can really put it over the top, as we did, by using crushed Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe-Joes, hoarded in the freezer since the holidays. These have a fresh, wintery peppermint taste, with crushed peppermint candies in the filling.
Here are the recipes:
• Dark Chocolate Cake - In order to get that black, Oreo-like chocolate flavor, use a dark cocoa like Hershey's Special Dark. Bake the cake in three thin layers.
• Classic Buttercream Frosting - You can leave out the egg yolks and just whip the confectioner's sugar with the butter. Whip until extremely fluffy, then add a tablespoon of boiling water and whip some more.
• Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe-Joes
This is a pure, decadent treat, of course -- but one that will send your dinner guests over the moon. Perhaps start with a plain, restrained vegetable soup and bread and broccoli, then serve this for dessert. Ta-da!