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Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 in 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 680 calories, 41g fat (23g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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HTrenerry User ID: 8719904 242664
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"The cake was very dense and time consuming to make. Flavored together are okay but pretty sweet. ( I love sweet, just not this time). I am an experienced cake decorator for over 25 years now and this is not one I would ever make again. I found it expensive to make as well, with the vanilla bean, white chocolate chips and heavy cream. Trial run continues until I find the perfect recipe for my daughters' wedding cake."

Armstras07 User ID: 8309866 227955
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015 Edited Jun. 24, 2015

"I'm not sure what the deal is with the cake batter it was extremely dense. The Ganache on the other hand tasted really good, but wouldn't firm up enough to hold during the icing process. I tried everything. I will however revisit this recipe and see if there is something in the process that went wrong. I think just looking at the picture it is a really good looking recipe. I also attempted to use a cherry filling instead of the apricots and strawberry."

cjaldana211 User ID: 8238658 219307
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I am confused - do mix step 2 & step 3 to make the cake batter ? I'm just trying to make the cake itself"

Beecmom User ID: 8090737 114514
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Devoted one morning testing 3 sponge cakes. Two of them were suppose to be the "best cake ever" but I didn't like them at all. This recipe is the best and can't be beat! For the filling, I substituted it with strawberry compote. It was a hit - made it twice already and it becomes easier every time you make it."

Tucnak User ID: 7841377 114512
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"hi, how much 1/2 cup ?? 125ml??"

Gaone User ID: 7671587 151253
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014


Tami12 User ID: 7842456 212894
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"Can't wait to try"

Clark.S User ID: 7756542 193181
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."

Lucys_Signature_Sweets User ID: 7651249 193178
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?"

MamaNalo User ID: 7730338 135782
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Can't wait to make this."

Gabbhy User ID: 6282453 212893
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"I love baking and have made many cakes, looking for a perfect vainilla cake, think I found it! the cake is great."

Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 195460
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"It made 3 9" rounds, I did NOT cut them in half, just stacked them."

spiker1 User ID: 264159 114511
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"This was fabulous."

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