I was over at Mike’s mom’s house, where copies of Southern Living are placed in strategic sitting areas. I picked up one and started reading the Best of Holiday Cakes 2007 and found the recipe for red velvet marble cake with peppermint cream cheese icing.

We had a neighborhood party to attend, and I made this yesterday. It’s my first multi-layer cake and I think I might be hooked.

Here’s one of the layers after I baked it–it was fun swirling the 2 batters together

Then I stacked it by putting whipped peppermint cream cheese frosting in between the layers

Then I went nuts with the decorations–I was crushing up candy canes on my kitchen floor with an 8-pound weight! The icing was a bit hard to get it to look smooth, but I was impatient at this point