John’s white chocolate & raspberry cake

White chocolate & raspberry cake

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(74 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g 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…

  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 175g raspberries, fresh or frozen

For the ganache

  • 200g white chocolate, chopped
    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 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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16th Nov, 2017
I made this for a neighbourly coffee morning. The mixture is very runny and it took an extra 5 minutes in the oven (30 mints in total). Even so, the texture was a bit heavy and it probably could have done with a little longer but the top was becoming a little too brown. The cakes needed turning in the oven to stop them burning on one side. Oven was set to 160ºc (fan) and they were on the middle shelf. The ganache was also very runny and this needed several hours in the fridge before it would hold its shape, best to allow at least 5 hours. There was a lot of it too so after sandwiching the two sponges together I had enough left over to completely coat the top and sides. I finished it off with sticking flaked almonds around the edge and a few extra raspberries on top. Flavour was good and everyone said they liked it.
7th Sep, 2017
Hi thinking of making this cake in advance! Has anyone tried freezing it? Was it successful?
26th Jul, 2017
Love this recipe. I've made it several times and it's never gone badly. I usually use less double cream than the recipe states and leave the genache to cool in the fridge for a few hours before using. It's delicious.
21st Jul, 2017
The cake is so light and delicious. I made the ganache by melting the cream and chocolate as described and left it to cool. Then I added less double cream, (120ml) and whisked it, but it was far too runny. Put it in the fridge to chill and after an hour, it had thickened enough to use it, but it ran over the sides of the cake. I added some to the top too, but there is about half the ganache still in the bowl. I don't mind though, as the cake is just lovely with less ganache. In fact next time, I probably won't bother with it at all, and just whisk some double cream to sandwich it.
25th Jun, 2017
Absolutely delicious. Baked in 25mins. Ganache very thin but I whisked it to thicken.
11th Jun, 2017
Made this for the first time although I did change the method and doubled the quantity of raspberries. I melted the chocolate by itself, creamed soft butter with sugar then added the eggs one by one, followed by the chocolate, then flour (Doves farm gluten free) and finally the frozen raspberries. Baked in 25-30 minutes. I followed the tip given by a reader and only used 200ml of double cream. Cake disappeared very quickly and everyone loved it.
10th Oct, 2016
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).
18th Sep, 2016
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.
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20th Aug, 2016
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!!
2nd Jul, 2016
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.


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