Frosted white chocolate Easter cake

Frosted white chocolate Easter cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 10

A slice of this Madeira-style cake is wonderful with a morning cup of tea or coffee

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
770
protein
7g
carbs
76g
fat
50g
saturates
29g
fibre
1g
sugar
58g
salt
1.04g

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 140g white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

For the frosting

  • 300g tub Philadelphia cheese
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • mini eggs, to decorate (or use 50g/2oz chopped hazelnuts)

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Grease a deep 23cm cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. Place the butter, white chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a small saucepan, then heat gently, stirring, until melted. Combine the flour, bicarb and sugar in a large bowl with a pinch of salt, then stir in the melted ingredients and eggs until smooth. Pour the batter into the tin, then bake for 1 hr, or until the cake is golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin. Once cool, the cake can be wrapped in cling film and foil, then frozen for up to 1 month.
  2. To make the frosting, beat together the Philadelphia, butter and icing sugar until smooth. Spread over the cake, then decorate with mini eggs.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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hannahspannanoodles's picture
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Mine is in the oven right now and my nerves are gone!! Hopefully it works out well other wise its mush with icing on top haha!! Will report back to let you know how i got on :) toodle pip x

rhurrell's picture
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Have made this cake today and it's just lovely! Really moist and tasty. I followed the recipe to the letter and it did take the full hour to cook. It looks lovely too! You definitely need to use full fat cream cheese as I discovered :) also had no trouble with a springform tin.

gillian241's picture
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I made this cake for a friend's birthday and it went down well. I made it in two sandwhich tins and used some of the icing to sandwhich the cakes together. I have made a similar cake before and for the icing you added melted white chocolate to the cream cheese mixture. I did this and it tasted fine.

irenelodge's picture

I have made this cake several times.I made it for a street party for the royal wedding and everyone thought it was delicious. I had better results when I used extra large eggs. It does take longer than an hour to cook-

jackz210's picture
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What a mess. completely fell apart, had a taste and really does have a weird taste that is hard to get rid of. Don't think il waste anymore ingredients by putting the icing on. Think il make a basic sponge tomorrow and use the icing recipe on that.

sammybaby's picture
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I love this cake! I do cakes for birthdays parties and this is my staple cake and is ALWAYS reordered the following year.

Some people have mentioned it sinking and going crispy on top; the key with this cake is not to be tempted to open the over prematurely as it will definitely sink, and the crispiness on the top and sides is just the chocolate caramelising which I personally love in contrast to the moist centre, although it can be difficult to pull off the greaseproof paper.

Regarding cooking time, for me it totally depends on the oven I'm using so it's best to make your first try a practice. Once cooked, this cake lasts a very long time before drying out, unlike other cakes. Delicious!

craftmaven2005's picture
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I made this recipe and it was way too oily and heavy for me. So, I modified it, so it is a moist, but light cake. I am in the US and the changes are to traditional, non-metric measurements:
Butter: 1/2 pound (2 sticks which weigh a total of 227 g.)
1 cup (or 215 g) of milk
2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/3 cups regular granulated sugar (I do not have caster sugar)

The other ingredients are in the amounts indicated in the recipe.
I used El Rey white chocolate (it is divine) in the amount called for.

The batter was baked in a 10 cup bundt pan (heavily sprayed with PAM Baking spray) at 325 degrees farenheit for about 1 hour.

These changes were enough to make the cake WONDERFUL!!!

aisshortt's picture
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Changed the white to dark chocolate and it works! Nicest cake ever! So easy my kids make it for all occasions and we are always asked for the recipe. Full marks!

rebeccaearnshaw's picture
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I made this cake for my boyfriend for his birthday as he loves white chocolate. Worked fine for me and tasted lovely. It was in the oven for about 1hr 20mins and was moist enough inside but not gooey. Will be making this again!

julie_auld's picture
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I have made this a number of times and every single person loved it. I did have one turn out soggy but I am 100% sure it was my mistake as my scales were on the way out (I have since replaced them). I have had numerous requests for the recipe. Notes: it is not like a normal sponge, I serve it on plates with a spoon! Plus, I add the mini eggs as I am serving it as the colour does run into the icing if left. The cooking time differs depending on the oven - just don't open the door before the hour is up!!

beginnerbaker's picture
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I followed the receipe exactly but used half the amounts specified as was a little worried after reading a lot of the negative comments! Just took the cake out of the oven and it has come out perfectly. As I used half the quantites l left it in the oven for just over half the time (about 40mins). It is a very moist cake as expected from the recipe- and has almost a coconutty taste but I guess this may be dependant on the chocolate you use.

I am not keen on the frosting receipe suggested so have opted for whipped cream (unsweetened) with sprinkled chocolate instead as a lighter option as the cake itself it quite rich.

YUMMY

ujjainil's picture
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great cake, very moist, soft melts in mouth.
It was a success on first try.
I made the mistake of trying to cut it in half to make a layered cake. to make a layered cake it will be better to make divide the batter in two portions and bake in separate tins and sandwich them using a bit of the frosting.

kazzabell30's picture
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I made this cake as our Easter Cake and it was gorgeous. I followed the recipe exactly....was a little worried when I read all of the comments (but had already bought all of the ingredients) but I have no complaints.

The cake was moist and the topping was lovely - even had the thumbs up from the mother in law!

Don't let the negative comments on here put you off a delicious cake.

sann1647's picture
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I made this cake for a bunch of Italians for "Pasquetta" or little Easter and it turned out beautifully! I absolutely loved, although took the advice of saffij and used two smaller sandwhich tins. Conssitency was great and the cream cheese was stunning. It disappeared within minutes. Hazelnuts also a great addition for decoration.

curtissjay's picture
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I made this for the Easter weekend. I was a bit worried because of some of the negative comments. However I followed the tips at the bottom and it turned out really well. Everyone commented on how lovely the icing was. I let off the mini eggs till the last minute as the dye does run after a while especially from the pink ones. I have been asked to make it again and I will.

helenmcarre's picture
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Lovely cake - Everyone at my work is raving about it. I was a little aprehensive when taking it out of the oven but it turned out beautifully. I thought the white choc taste came through very well, it was there, but not too overpowering or sickly. The icing goes perfectly with the cake. This is not a sponge cake - it is dense and moist and you only need a small slice.

peaches99's picture
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Very average cake also icing too rich.

rasabasa's picture
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Without wanting to hurt anybody's feelings, I thought it was a totally fool-proof cake recipe. And I have to admit, baking usually ends in disaster for me. This cake, however, turned out beautifully! Very easy to follow instructions, very little prep required and it was perfectly cooked after exactly 1 hour. Yes, it was very moist and slightly greasy, but the recipe does state that it is a Madeira-style cake, therefore one should not expect it to be a Victoria sponge..

craftmaven2005's picture
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Good basics, but needs some work. This cake rose and fell in the pan. It was overly moist. However, the flavor was great. So, the next time i make this, I am going to reduce the butter somewhat. Hopefully that will do the trick

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