White Chocolate Cake with Peaches Recipe

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White Chocolate Cake with Peaches Recipe

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Topped with a to-die-for white chocolate frosting, this cake looks and tastes like a professional made it. I like to make it every summer when fresh peaches are at their peak.—Yvonne Starlin, Hermitage, Tennessee
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 20 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups sliced peeled fresh or frozen peaches, thawed (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves, warmed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over hot water, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate.
Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
For frosting, in top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over hot water, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from heat; let stand to cool slightly but not set, about 15 minutes. In a large bowl, beat butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in melted chocolate. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Refrigerate frosting 45 minutes.
In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool completely.
Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; brush with some of the syrup. Beat chilled frosting 1-2 minutes or until light and creamy. Spread 1 cup frosting over cake; top with 1 cup peaches. Repeat twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
Arrange remaining peaches over top of cake; brush with preserves. Gently press walnuts into frosting on sides of cake. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as White Chocolate Cake with Peaches in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 763 calories, 47g fat (27g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 20 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups sliced peeled fresh or frozen peaches, thawed (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup peach preserves, warmed
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over hot water, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over hot water, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from heat; let stand to cool slightly but not set, about 15 minutes. In a large bowl, beat butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in melted chocolate. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Refrigerate frosting 45 minutes.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool completely.
  6. Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; brush with some of the syrup. Beat chilled frosting 1-2 minutes or until light and creamy. Spread 1 cup frosting over cake; top with 1 cup peaches. Repeat twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
  7. Arrange remaining peaches over top of cake; brush with preserves. Gently press walnuts into frosting on sides of cake. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as White Chocolate Cake with Peaches in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

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