Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache Recipe
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Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache Recipe

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For a distinctive dessert with unforgettable flavor, I recommend this cake. Feel free to substitute your favorite jam and lend your own touch to this signature treat. —Lisa Bogar, Coventry, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 7 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • Additional sliced fresh strawberries

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 680 calories, 41 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 156 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Separate eggs; let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper and grease the paper; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into creamed mixture; discard bean. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into the batter, then fold in remaining whites. Transfer to prepared baking pans.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Beat with an electric mixer until ganache is double in volume, about 2 minutes.
  6. For buttercream, in a small bowl, combine sugar and cream of tartar. Place egg whites in a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water; stir in the sugar mixture.
  7. Constantly whisk egg mixture until mixture reaches 120-130°. (Do not overheat.) Stirring gently, keep the egg white mixture at 120-130° for 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a mixing bowl. With a whisk attachment, beat egg white mixture on high speed for 5 minutes. Reduce speed; beat 5 minutes longer or until cool and stiff. Transfer to a large bowl.
  8. In the same mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat butter, shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy. With a spatula, stir a fourth of the egg white mixture into creamed mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining egg white mixture until combined. If frosting is not completely smooth, attach paddle beater to mixer and beat on low speed for about 1 minute.
  9. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with half of ganache. Top with another cake layer. Spread with apricot preserves; top with sliced strawberries. Place third cake layer on top; spread with remaining ganache. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread buttercream over top and sides of cake. Top with additional sliced strawberries. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p188

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 680 calories, 41 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 156 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014


Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

Can't wait to try

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

My mother-in-law made this cake and it was DELICIOUS! There was just the perfect hint of white chocolate and strawberries. All the flavors worked together and nothing was too over-powering. I will definitely make this in the future.

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

This cake is absolutely delicious! It's a toss-up between this and Black Magic when it comes to my favorites. I've made this multiple times, for multiple customers, and have gotten nothing but rave reviews. Everyone loves it!

I was curious if anyone had tried making it with 1% or 2% milk instead of whole? I personally don't have much use for whole milk other than for recipes that call for it, and it always seems to go bad before I can finish off the jug (even the little half-gallons). But I always have 1% on hand for the kids. I'm wondering if it would effect the final outcome of the cake at all?

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

Can't wait to make this.

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