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Slice of vanilla raspberry cake garnished with raspberries.

Vanilla Raspberry Cake with White Chocolate Frosting Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Layer Cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This elegant, white, triple layer cake with its delicate vanilla bean flavor is laced with raspberry jam and generously frosted with a very creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting! Though it looks intimidating, this recipe is not difficult!


Ingredients

Scale

Vanilla Cake:

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 6 Tbs. Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Baking Powder
  • 12 Tbs. (1 and 1/2 sticks)  Softened Butter
  • 2 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 6 Egg Whites
  • 1 1/2 Cups Half and Half

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 (8 oz) pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 12 Tbs. (1 and 1/2 sticks) Softened Butter
  • 10 oz Ghirardelli White Chocolate 
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar

Additional Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Jar Seedless Raspberry Jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare 3 nine inch cake pans by placing parchment paper circles in the bottoms of the pan and then spraying the sides of the cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.  OR you can grease and flour the cake pans.  Set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, cornstarch and baking powder together twice.  Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the 12 Tbs. butter, sugar, salt, ad vanilla bean paste for 4 minutes.
  5. Beat in the egg whites.
  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  7. Beat in 1/3 of the sifted flour mixture.
  8. Beat in 1/2 of the half and half.
  9. Beat in another 1/3 of flour mixture.
  10. Beat in remaining half and half.
  11. Beat in remaining flour mixture.
  12. Beat at a medium speed for a full 2 minutes.
  13. Divide the batter amongst the prepared baking pans.
  14. Spread and smooth the batter.
  15. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes.
  16. Cakes should be golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean.
  17. Cool cakes for at least 20 minutes before loosening sides and turning out on a wire rack to finish cooling.
  18. While the cakes bake and cool make the white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
  19. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until completely smooth.
  20. Carefully melt the white chocolate just until melted and smooth.
  21. Pour the white chocolate into the cream cheese/butter mixture while beating at a high speed.
  22. Beat in the vanilla and powdered sugar.  FYI...this is not a stiff frosting.
  23. Once the cakes are cool, place the first layer on a cake plate.
  24. Spread 1/2 the raspberry jam evenly over the cake layer.
  25. Dot some frosting over the jam and spread into an even layer.
  26. Place this layer in the freezer for 15 minutes to set the frosting.
  27. Remove from the freezer and top with another layer of cake.
  28. Evenly spread the remaining jam on the top of this layer followed by white chocolate frosting as before.
  29. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  30. Remove from the freezer and place the remaining cake layer on the top.
  31. Frost the entire cake, filling in the gaps between the layers and a thin layer around the sides and on the top. (AKA crumb layer)
  32. Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  33. Remove from the freezer and frost the cake evenly with the remaining frosting.
  34. Put in the fridge this time until you're ready to serve the cake.
  35. You can garnish this cake with fresh raspberries and mint leaves if desired.
  36. Store leftover cake in the fridge.

Notes

  • If you don't have parchment paper but hate greasing and flouring pans as much as I do here's how to make quick cake release.  Mix together 1 Tbs. Shortening, 1 Tbs. Olive Oil, and 1 Tbs. Flour. Brush onto cake pans.  Boom!  Your cake will not stick!

Keywords: vanilla cake, vanilla raspberry cake, white chocolate raspberry cake