A slice of this cake is like Christmas on a plate. It’s so full of Southern holiday cheer and seasonal flavor that we want to break out in Christmas carols, and we cannot get enough of the chocolate and peppermint duo in its creamy cheesecake form.
Baking recipes often call for softened butter, but if you put the butter in the microwave you risk butter soup. Leaving it out at room temp is fine if you've got lots of time. But when your butter is cold and hard and you want it to be warm and soft, just pound it with a rolling pin.