White Chocolate Cake

Food & Party 12

white chocolate cakeAround the holidays many years ago, my mom took my sister and me to a chocolate bar in downtown Chicago. It was like the most high-end of all Willy Wonka-ish goodies exploded in the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel, and we were beyond psyched to dig in and start tasting. I actually don't remember many of the chocolate delicacies I tried that day, but I will never forget the white hot chocolate. Yes, hot cocoa, but made with real, amazing white chocolate. It was total heaven in a cup. 

Fast-forward to a few weeks ago, and my sis and I tried a white hot chocolate cupcake for the first time. Oh, MAN! Delish! Maybe it's because white chocolate seems so decadent, it's usually just a once in a while treat. But that makes it even more special. So what better time than the holidays to indulge in a hot white chocolate cake?

White Chocolate Cake from Allrecipes.com


For cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (1-ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For frosting:

  • 6 (1-ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In small saucepan, melt 6 ounces white chocolate and hot water over low heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix in melted white chocolate.
  4. Pour batter into two 9-inch round cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. To make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine 6 ounces white chocolate, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and 1 cup milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick. Cool completely.
  6. In large bowl, cream 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add cooled white chocolate mixture. Beat at high speed until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.


Image via Sira Hanchana/Flickr

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Jenifer Yang

Is there supposed to be an ingredient list for the cake and something else? I got confused when it said you needed another ounce of white chocolate, more flour, more sugar?...

lpari... lparisi48

Jennifer there is a list of ingredients for cake and a separate list for the frosting.  BTW white chocolate is not really chocolate.  But this does sound wonderful!

KamiB79 KamiB79

I'm not a fan of white chocolate but DH would love this!

frysh... fryshannon34

I have never likied white chocolate

ceciliam ceciliam

Looks good but I am not a fan of white chocolate.

night... night.magic

I love white chocolate. I may try to make this cake to take to my moms for Thanksgiving.

night... night.magic

On #2 of the cake ingredients, do you heat the chocolate over the water or add the water in with the choc and heat? A little confusing on that part.

aj23 aj23

sounds good.

nonmember avatar Theresa

I didn't use the frosting recipe, just the cake recipe, although I made 2 changes--only 1 stick of butter, not 2, and reduced flour to 2 1/4 cups so as to be more of the volume of cake flour. My niece said it was the best cake she ever had!

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