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White Chocolate Holiday Cake Recipe

White Chocolate Holiday Cake Recipe

At our house, we always bake a birthday cake for Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. The delicious tradition helps remind us all of the true meaning of the season that we are celebrating.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 package (6 ounces) white chocolate baking squares, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Poinsettia clay (pg. 43), optional


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and 1-1/2 cups of sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; set aside. Gradually stir buttermilk into white chocolate; add vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk mixture to creamed mixture; mix well. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Fold in pecans and coconut. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; cool completely. For frosting, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk at low speed in a mixing bowl until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1-1/2 minutes, adding additional milk to reach a spreading consistency. Spread between layers and over the top and sides of cake. Decorate with poinsettia clay if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 773 calories, 41g fat (23g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 489mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (76g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Recipe and directions for edible Poinsettia Christmas clay decorations are missing. Also, photograph in Treasury of Christmas Recipes is much more elegant."

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