White chocolate Easter cake
Transform a simple sponge into this showstopping Easter bake with layers of white chocolate frosting and a semi-naked finish. We've decorated ours with broken white chocolate eggs and crunchy mini eggs, but you can get creative with your favourite Easter treats
- Serves: 10 persons
- 425g unsalted butter, softened
- 425g caster sugar
- 6large eggs
- 425g plain flour, sifted
- 15 ½tsp baking powder
- 150ml whole milk
- 300g unsalted butter, softened
- 700g icing sugar, sifted
- 100g soft cheese
- 200g white chocolate, melted
- various sizes whole white chocolate eggs, broken up
- 50g multicoloured mini chocolate eggs
Step 1Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and line 2 x 20cm deep, round cake tins with baking paper. To make the cake, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs, one by one, and mix between each addition until combined. Gradually mix in the flour followed by the baking powder until just combined. Slowly add the milk and mix to combine.
Step 2Divide the batter equally between the lined cake tins and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middles comes out clean. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tins for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 3To make the buttercream, beat the butter for 5 minutes until lightened in colour. In three separate additions, slowly beat in the icing sugar for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the soft cheese and beat for another minute until fully combined. Finally, add the white chocolate and mix until just combined, and the buttercream is thick but spreadable.
Step 4Once the cakes are cool, cut both in half with a serrated knife so you have four round, evenly sized sponges.
Step 5To assemble the cake, evenly spread the buttercream on top of each sponge and sandwich the cakes together. With a thin layer of the buttercream, create a crumb coating by icing the sides and top of the cake. Leave to set in the fridge for 10 minutes. Using a palette knife, spread the remaining buttercream over the entire cake, filling in any gaps between layers and creating a smooth surface. Put the cake in the fridge for 30-40 minutes or until the icing is firm.
Step 6Finally, once the cake is set, top with the broken white chocolate eggs and mini eggs.