A few weeks ago a friend asked if I had a good white chocolate cake recipe to make for her daughter’s birthday. The answer was no. I’d made a few white chocolate cakes, but couldn’t recall one where the white chocolate really did anything special for the texture or flavor. In fact, all I could remember was white chocolate making the cake greasy. So my friend improvised and made another cake, while I spent the next couple of days searching on and off again for a good white chocolate cake. I made a mental note to try Rose Levy Beranbaum’s White Chocolate Whisper Cake and went on with life, then last week I was flipping through a Mrs. Fields’ Great American Desserts cookbook and this recipe appeared — White Chocolate Bundt Cake.
I wasn’t sure how great White Chocolate Bundt Cake would be or whether it would be worth the money spent on white chocolate, but I’m pleased to say it is excellent and that you can definitely taste the white chocolate. I used a bar of Lindt for the 4 oz chopped white chocolate and Ghirardelli chips for the chocolate chips that go in the batter. As for the ganache, I skipped it completely and just drizzled softened canned Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting down the sides. Yes, it was a total cheat but with the strawberries and the whipped cream it tasted pretty good. Next time I make it with the white chocolate ganache.
Okay, so now I have to admit why I cheated on the white ganache. You see, when I pulled the cake out of the oven it smelled wonderful and looked pretty, but I realized I’d left out the full cup of sour cream! Since I wasn’t sure the cake would be worth eating, I didn’t want to waste money on the ganache ingredients and opted for the cheaper, easier icing. I also haphazardly drizzled the the icing on thinking the cake would be a disaster anyway. So you know how I mentioned above that I was pleased with the cake? I was happy and relieved that I didn’t have to throw out a whole cake. I’ll definitely be baking this again and will add the sour cream, but even without it was still good.
Mrs. Fields White Chocolate Bundt Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour 370 grams
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened (230 grams)
- 2 cups sugar 400 grams
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 5 large eggs
- 4 oz white chocolate; melted and still warm
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 oz white chocolate chips
White Chocolate Ganache
- 8 oz white chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Optional Chocolate Garnish: 4 oz semisweet chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
- In a bowl, sift or just whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy, stopping to scrape bowl often. Add the extracts, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition and scraping bowl. Scrape in the melted white chocolate and beat on medium until blended.
- With the mixer on low (or you can do this by hand), add the flour and the sour cream alternatively, beating until blended.
- Stir the white chips into the batter and scrape into pan. Drag a knife or scraper through to even out the batter, then bake for 55 minutes (up to 60) at 350. The top will brown and the whole kitchen should smell great! Allow the cake to cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
- White Chocolate Ganache
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat 8 ounces coarsely chopped white chocolate with l/2 cup heavy cream on High for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. Let cool slightly, then drizzle over the cake. As a decorative accent, melt some semisweet chocolate and drizzle it over the white.
I have been making this cake for at least 15 years, and it’s one of my families favorites. The technique that I learned was a bit different. Instead of greasing and flouring the pan, try buttering and sugaring the pan. It creates a more crunchy outside.
In addition, try layering the batter in thirds and lightly sprinkling the 4 oz. of non melted chips equally between each layer. If you do this, you must insure that the cake is cooked thoroughly.
Then cool inverted on a bottle.
This cake looks good! One of my favorite cakes to make is the Daisy Sour Cream Chocolate. I once left out the baking soda. The layers were like hockey pucks. That was an immediate remake. Does that book also have the Mrs. Fields coconut cake in it? I highly recommend it. I have been making it for many years.
Stephanie, since you have the cookbook I will also recommend the Chocolate Carrot Cake. It sounds kind of weird but is actually very good. I posted it a while back but it’s also in the book. I know I’ve made a few other things from the books but can’t recall off the top of my head.
Your post is hilarious. Sometimes forgetting an ingredient can be disastrous to a recipe and other times it doesn’t seem to affect the taste/appearance of the baked good. I think as bakers we can all appreciate the regret and worry of pulling something out of the oven after realizing that a key ingredient is missing. Usually for me, it is sugar or eggs….sigh
I have this cookbook too and I found that a lot of the recipes in it were actually very good. I’m glad you reviewed this recipe and will give it a try.
Jen, if you try the White Chocolate Whisper Cake before I do, let me know.
I believe I am one of the very few people who prefers white chocolate. I want to try this and the White Chocolate Whisper Cake.
I hope you make it again soon with the sour cream. I’m wondering if the sour cream will cover up the white chocolate? Your photographs are really pretty!
Thanks for sharing that you do stuff like forget major ingredients. It happens occasionally to me and I’m so hard on myself when it happens.
Yes! Go for it, T! This would make a very good Easter dessert.
Easter Dessert #1 resolved.