White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

P1240524This weekend we celebrated my boyfriend Nathan’s birthday and as no celebration is complete without cake I ended upmaking him a white chocolate and raspberry cake, not quite as exciting as last years giant french fancy cake but still pretty yummy! Here’s how I did it:

For the basic sponge cake:

3 eggs

225g self raising flour

225g caster sugar

225g butter

vanilla essence

For the white chocolate buttercream:

1 bar of white chocolate

butter

Icing sugar

Freeze dried raspberrys to decorate

raspberry jam

P1240516Rather than make it too fancy – and therefore difficult for myself I made a simple sponge for this cake and then put most of the flavour into the icing and decoration. I’m sure you know how to make a simple sponge but just in case – combine butter and sugar until soft, add eggs and combine. Sieve the flour into the mix slowly, folding in to keep the air in the mix, at this point I also added some vanilla essence and some of the freeze dried raspberry pieces.

P1240517P1240518P1240519Pop the mix into two round cake tins and bake at roughly 180 degrees, I think my cake was in the oven for roughly 20 minutes but I usually just keep checking it rather than having a specific baking time. P1240520

P1240521When the cake is cool spread raspberry jam onto one of the sponges and then make the buttercream. I used this recipe  http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/16140/white-chocolate-buttercream-icing.aspx which turned out quite nicely but combining that much butter and icing sugar without any added moisture was definitely tough! when the butter and sugar are combined you just add the melted white chocolate and you are ready to ice your cake, I found it best to work quickly at this stage as the chocolate hardens as it cools. P1240522

Spread some of the buttercream on one of your cooled sponges and on the other sponge spread some raspberry jam, this will make the filling of the cake. Once you have put your two sponges together so that the jam and the buttercream are touching you can cover the rest of the cake with the remaining buttercream and then decorate with freeze dried raspberrys and you are done! P1240523

This cake ended up looking pretty feminine for a guys birthday cake but Nathan loves white chocolate so that is all that matters!

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