Frosted white chocolate Easter cake

Frosted white chocolate Easter cake

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(98 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus cooling


Serves 10

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal770
  • fat50g
  • saturates29g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars58g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.04g


  • 250g butter, plus a little extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 140g white chocolate, broken into pieces
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

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    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 250ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

For the frosting

  • 300g tub Philadelphia cheese
  • 85g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • mini eggs, to decorate (or use 50g/2oz chopped hazelnuts)



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  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.

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12th Dec, 2012
Best recipe ever. Baked for many times. So Moist and yummy. Went down like a storm. Will bake again soon.
1st Nov, 2012
Sorry I forgot to rate the cake.....I would give it 2/5 If you are reading it's title and looking at the picture and expecting it to look how it sounds it is going to be disappointing should be called heavy cheese cake
1st Nov, 2012
I made this cake last night and think anyone wanting to try it shoud be aware of the following. The frosting does not taste of white chocolate as the white chocolate is added to the sponge and not the frosting. The main ingredient of the frosting is philadelphia cheese and that is what it tastes like. Some of my family liked it, but my daughter didn't. The frosting tastes more like a cheescake topping than what you imagine it does by looking at the picture. Another point is that the texture of the sponge is very dense. After one slice I felt like I had had a 3 course meal. I prefer light sponge not heavy but each to the own.
4th Oct, 2012
My daughter made this for the Great Burnham Bake off last weekend. She made a square cake and iced it. She then cut tiny white chocolate stars and sprinkled them on top. On the corners (sides and top) she placed minstrels and then drew a bow on top with an icing pen. She won a certificate of merit for her category. Needless to say, she was chuffed and I took it to work for everyone to enjoy for my birthday on Monday!
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7th Aug, 2012
This cake worked very well the first time and even better the second. Beautiful flavour and well worth the effort! Makes a perfect birthday cake.
27th Jun, 2012
I tried making this cake for the first time for my son's birthday. I forgot to check comments before I started baking. My heart sank when I read that there were only a few success stories. To my surprise, the cake turned out perfect! It was moist and smelling of white chocolate plus the yummy frosting. Needless to say, it was inhaled by my son's classmates in seconds! I have an order for this cake for another birthday. I feel so smug having baked it just how it should look and taste! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
20th Apr, 2012
Disastrous!! Very odd consistency to the cake when it's cooked - very gooey and dense and has an odd taste to it. The icing was horrendous and with hindsight this is probably my own fault - butter was right temperature (not too soft, not too cold) but it didn't occur to me let the philly come up to room temperature before adding to the mix so as soon as it hit the butter it went lumpy and the butter just wouldn't soften back up - even after nearly an hour in the mixer! Very dissappointed and wish I'd paid attention to the negative reviews - what a waste because after 1 small slice each the rest went straight in the bin!
15th Apr, 2012
what a fantastic cake!!Really, really delicious. I was worried it was over cooked as was a bit brown on the top but it wasn't it was just perfect!!! The whole family loved it and I will be making it for my daughters birhday cake!!
11th Apr, 2012
I made this cake over Easter and the end result was a disaster. After 1 hour in the oven the top was crusty but the centre was soggy. After a further hour in the oven the batter was barely set and in the end I decided to microwave the thing for 7 minutes and it was so heavy and solid, I could have paved my driveway with it! I'm not sure if the weights or ingredients are wrong but something is not right about this recipe!
9th Apr, 2012
Tasty and moist, but very dense. Frosting lovely. I used a spring form tin with extra grease proof paper up the sides and had no leaks. As I prefer a lighter sponge I wouldn't make this again.


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