Can’t believe it’s New Years Eve already! What are you up to tonight?
It’s always tradition that I make dessert and it’s always something new that I’ve never baked before – this year I’m trying out a lovely recipe from Annabel Langbein – one of my favourite NZ cooking authors.
There you go – that should be encouragement for you – if I can do this so can you!
New Years Eve Treat – White Chocolate Vanilla Cake
Serves 32 (a couple of pics right at end of how to cut the cake and serve)
Preheat oven to fan bake 150°C. Line the base of 2 *20 cm spring form cake tins with baking paper.
- 2 * 250g butter
- 2 * 150g white chocolate
- 2 * 2 cups castor sugar
- 2 * 1 cup milk
- 2 * 2 cups flour
- 2 * 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 * 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 * 2 eggs lightly beaten
I’ve mentioned 2* everything above as I preferred to mix each cake separately to ensure they are equal.
- Place butter, suger, chocolate, and milk in a large pot. Stir over a low heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool a little.
- Fold in sifted flour, baking powder and eggs.
- Transfer to prepared cake tin.
- Bake for 1 & 3/4 hours – cover cakes loosely with tinfoil at half time to ensure the tops don’t brown too much.
Butter cream ingredients:
- 300g butter
- 4 & 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 4 tbsp milk
Butter cream recipe:
- Simply beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy.
- You may need to add more sugar to reach the right consistency.
- Slice cakes in half horizontally.
- Place one cake base on a cake board or plate. Spread 1/4 of the butter cream mixture.
- Place one top on top of the cream and spread another 1/4 of the butter cream mixture on top.
- Repeat with the second top.
- Turn the second bottom upside down and place on top.
- Using the remaining butter cream lightly cream the outer sides and top of the cake.
- Decorate the top as you desire – edible flowers are always impressive. You may even like to add some sugar coated rose petals for added effect.
- Note you can buy edible flowers in selected food shops or you could take roses from your garden – provided you know they have never been sprayed. Do not use flowers bought from a flower shop for baking.
Have fun baking!
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