John’s white chocolate & raspberry cake

White chocolate & raspberry cake

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins plus cooling


Cuts into 8-10 slices
John Whaite shares his recipe for a light, fruity layer cake with chocolate ganache and simple sponge

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal540
  • fat34g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 200g butter, chopped into small cubes, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 4 large egg
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 175g raspberries, fresh or frozen

For the ganache

  • 200g white chocolate, chopped
  • 250ml double cream
  • a little icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tins. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixing bowl, set over a pan of barely simmering water and allow to melt slowly, stirring occasionally.

  2. When the butter and chocolate have melted, remove from the heat and allow to cool for 1-2 mins, then beat in the eggs and sugar with an electric whisk. Fold in the flour and raspberries.

  3. Gently pour the mixture into the tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (the raspberries may leave a residue on the skewer, so don’t be fooled by their juiciness). Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack.

  4. To make the ganache, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl with 100ml of the cream, set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted into the cream and you are left with a smooth, glossy ganache. Leave the ganache to cool to room temperature, then beat in the rest of the cream.

  5. When the cakes have cooled, sandwich them together with the chocolate ganache. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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Comments (37)

ls0488's picture

Lovely flavour, it all disappeared very quickly. It takes much longer than 25 mins to cook though, more like 45-50 mins. I made the mistake of taking the first attempt out of the oven to early and it was flat as a pancake, the second attempt was much more successful. I'd also recommend using less cream in the ganache to make it thicker (200ml double cream + 200g white chocolate is better).

bakeroccasionalle's picture

Very sweet - too sweet for my taste, but it was all eaten up by the guests. Nice flavour. I made with Green & Blacks white cooking chocolate which also gave a vanilla flavour.
The one issue I had with the recipe was where it says "beat in the eggs and sugar with an electric whisk" (into the melted butter&chocolate). I wasn't clear how long for or to what consistency. Normal beating just left it as a watery consistency. In the end I used my Kenwood chef with whick attachment and whisked and whisked until it eventually started to thicken a bit. I agree with others, there was way too much ganache so I used that on top too, and decorated with some more raspberries.

Dmd84's picture

Excellent recipe. I followed it precisely and it all went to plan and looked great!!
I used fresh raspberries and normal white cooking choc from Tesco.
Next time I'll just make HALF the amount of ganache as there was a lot left over which I had to throw away, rather a waste.
Not sure why ppl are having issues with the baking time, mine had 25 mins as was perfect!!

Olfons's picture

After being dragged around the shops all day today this was the only thing I was looking forward to, baking! If you want your Sunday to be ruined like mine I recommend this recipe!! After 45 minutes longer in the oven than required the mixture came out the consistency of my tears, which by the way came flooding out when I cut into the cake to find 1000g of molten mush flew my way! For flavour equivalent I would suggest and alternative of melting butter and sugar then bathing in it.

niccig's picture

Superb cake. Made this as a birthday cake for my 24 year old daughter and it went down a treat! Cake moist and delicious and ganache superb! My other daughter and husband both want this for their birthdays too!

hannah10's picture

Made half the recipe therefore just had one layer which I topped with the ganache. Would have found the ganache far too much with the whole amount even with a 2 layer cake. Worked a treat with frozen raspberries and supermarket own brand chocolate. Ganache set fine - make sure you beat the cream in well with electric beaters. Definitely approved by the whole family!

tessacaitlin's picture

Very tasty recipe - only problems I had were the raspberries I used (frozen) all sunk to the bottom even after rolling hem in flour before adding them - if using frozen if recommend defrosting them fully first and drying them out in kitchen roll. Also the ganache was a bit thin - I'd add more chocolate but maybe it was just the chocolate I used

LisMayHar's picture

Just made this and it did take longer to cook... maybe 45 minutes fan forced before the centre stopped wobbling... Gave it to my grandchildren for a party they were going to last night and haven't yet had details of how it tasted (except a quick text "Yummy")... but i trimmed the edges before I iced them (making a pool party cake) and those crusts were DELICIOUS!!!! I'm wondering whether it might be the size of the eggs which makes a difference to how long it takes to bake... just weighed some eggs from the same carton and 4 of those eggs would be 240g. Next time I make it - which won't be too far in the future (!) I think I'll weigh my eggs and increase the other ingredients to match (The original quatre-quart recipe has equal weights of flour, sugar, butter and eggs)

NT's picture

I have made this cake twice, it is delicious & the family loved it. The first time I made it the ganache was very runny, even though I left it in the fridge for over an hour. When I made it this week I made the ganache the night before & left it in the fridge all night- it was then the perfect consistency to spread on the cake the next day.

nat_davies12's picture

This has now been in the oven over an hour and still not baked. I'm disappointed before even trying it if it ever comes out of the oven! How has this got 5 stars???

lloydie98's picture

Thought I would try this recipe out due to the good star ratings although some of the comments were negative. Now from my experience I agree, it was awful. The cake was way too soggy probably due to the raspberrys even though I used fresh ones? The ganache was runny and just sank into the cake itself, I put it in the fridge and whisked it but neither worked. Had to throw it away, Do NOT recommend.

spike6400's picture

Cake was awesome - great recipe and easy to do. Was worried about ganche then read comment about putting it in the fridge for an hour before using - worked a treat. Will definitely make again

pinkyLOVE's picture

excellent recipe cakes came out perfect and i had no problem with the ganache. i also used very cheap white chocolate and frozen raspberries and the cake came out perfect

Siany1975's picture

I tried this receipe on Friday for the first time and the sponge was truly delicious. The ganache however was way too runny and I had to add icing sugar to get it to solidify enough to stay on the cake. I am making at again later for a friends birthday and am using a basic white choc buttercream instead of ganache.

Kieropastel's picture

Simple and quick to make. Once cooled, I put the ganache in the fridge to firm up for an hour or so before spreading. Not sure if I would make this recipe again though as my family found the cake itself a bit too sickly sweet. Might have something to do with the 3 bars of white chocolate!

Amanda83's picture

Very easy to make. However the ganache was a disaster very runny. Don't know where I went wrong, followed method exactly

beth9393's picture

The ganache is very runny. I've found the best thing to do is put the hot bowl containing the ganache into icy water (so that the base is touching the water) and stir while slowly letting the icing thicken before using

iamkp's picture

Really tasty, easy and not too sickly. Make sure you use good quality white choc!

claireacluck's picture

This went down a storm at work. Lovely cake, although it needed much longer in the oven than suggested, even though I used fresh raspberries.

mevbuitenhuis's picture

This is one of the easiest and nicest cakes I've ever made.....brilliant recipe.....


Questions (4)

sarasara1's picture

I would like to make this for my sisters birthday, how far in advance can i make the sponge and keep it unfrozen? Would it keep for three days un-iced? or would the raspberries go soggy? Many thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi sarasara1, thanks for getting in touch. If you need to store it for more than a day or so it would be best to freeze it without the icing. Just take it out of the freezer 24 hours before you want to serve it. 

agent_lime's picture

could someone tell me if I use frozen raspberries should I unfreeze them before adding into the cake mixture? thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, yes we would defrost the raspberries and drain off all the excess liquid, so it doesn't affect the consitency of the cake, thanks.

Tips (1)

spike6400's picture

Put ganache in the fridge for about an hour before putting on cake