Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

  2. 3 cups sifted cake flour

  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder

  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  5. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (1/2 cup)

  6. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  7. 3 large eggs

  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  9. 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk Filling and frosting:

  10. 1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, finely chopped

  11. 2 1/2 cups heavy cream

  12. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  13. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts Garnish: white macadamia nuts and strawberries or raspberries

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. : Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 9 inch cake pans. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate over hot, not simmering, water. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, add the melted chocolate and the vanilla. In three additions, on low speed, alternately beat in the flour mixture and the milk. Beat until just smooth, about 20 seconds. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Set the cake pans on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Then invert the cakes onto the racks to cool completely. Prepare the filling and frosting: Place the white chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small heavy saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of the cream and the butter to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Refrigerate the white chocolate mixture until firm enough to spread, about 1 hour. Spread the bottom layer with 1 cup of the chilled white chocolate mixture. Arrange the chopped macadamia nuts over the filling and top with the second cake layer. In a medium bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup cream until firm peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the remaining white chocolate mixture. Spread this over the top and sides of the cake. Arrange whole macadamia nuts around the rim and base of the cake. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish each piece with a fanned strawberry or raspberries.


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