Sunday, February 10, 2013

White Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Well, here is the final dessert in my Valentine's Day Dessert series.  This one was maybe my favorite of the three.  I have mentioned before that I ADORE white chocolate.  So obviously I was sold on this dessert before I even made it.  I had planned on making this for my upcoming birthday dessert (yes, I make my own birthday dessert...not because my husband wouldn't do it for because he totally would, but because I really love doing it!), but then we were invited to a couple's game night last weekend and were instructed to bring a Valentine treat.  This just screamed Valentine's Day to me, so it was bumped on the to-be-made schedule.  Now one thing I must mention about this little dessert.  The cake is good.  The melted white chocolate and buttermilk make it a very dense and heavy cake, which is delicious, but as a stand alone, I wouldn't be jumping up and down about it.  The real show stopper here is the frosting!  Oh my goodness!  I could (and did) just eat it by the spoonful!!  It is what makes this cake what it is...insanely delicious!  Think cream cheese, whipped cream and more white chocolate!!  Oh it is heaven!  The whole thing comes together much easier than it looks and would be the perfect follow up to your Valentine's Day meal (or any meal for that matter!)!

White Chocolate Raspberry Torte 

*When you make up the frosting, it is going to seem like there is a ton of it!  I thought that and so I did not use all of the frosting.  Big mistake!!  Because of how dense and heavy the cake is, it can handle (and quite frankly needs) the extra frosting.  I promise it will not be too much...so use it up!  Like I said, it is the best part and you will be so glad you have it on there!  Also, I do not ever have cake flour on hand.  Instead I filled a measuring cup with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and the rest with flour.  I did this 3 times and then sifted the flour onto parchment paper.  Then I measure the 3 cups of flour that I needed flour from that mixture...it worked perfectly!

Cake:
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour (Or mixture of all purpose flour & cornstarch...see above note)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk

Filling:
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (I used frozen and it worked wonderfully)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch

Frosting:
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat with fantastic results)
1 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips, melted and cooled
12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
Fresh Raspberries for garnishing, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 2 9-inch round baking pans and set aside.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in melted chips and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking powder and soda and add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Pour the batter evenly into prepared baking pans.  Bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small saucepan, bring raspberries and water to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Strain raspberry mixture into a bowl and discard the seeds.  Cool.  In the same pan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Stir in raspberry puree until smooth.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Cool. Spread between cake layers.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Beat in melted chips and fold in whipped topping.  Spread over the top and sides of cake.  Reserve some frosting to pipe over the top edge of cake with a pastry bag (obviously that is optional, you can just spread all of the frosting over the cake top and sides if desired).  Garnish with berries if desired.  Store in refrigerator, but I definitely recommend allowing it to warm up a bit before serving.

Recipe Source:  Taste of Home
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29 comments:

  1. I had troubles with the link up and it crashed and can you please come back and link up again? So sorry about this. http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-2.html

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  2. This cake is so beautiful and looks delicious!! The icing sounds especially yummy with cream cheese and white chocolate! This would also be a wonderful cake to serve at a bridal shower...something about it looks very femenine and just lovely! Coming from Weekend Potluck:)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I agree, that it would be the perfect cake for a bridal, or a baby shower! Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Love this! I'd like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-4/

    Hope to see you there :)

    April

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  4. I'd have died if I had something like this for Valentine's day! Usually, I'm all about the dark chocolate, but this would be one of those exceptions...

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  5. Oh Goodness! I will be making this! You will be one of the features on Monday at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Oh thank you so much! I am so excited and thankful that you would feature this! I will be there tomorrow!

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  6. You make it sounds so good and it looks so yummy! I think I want to just make the frosting! ;-)
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun!
    KC

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    1. I could make and eat the frosting alone! It is so yummy! Thanks for hosting the party!

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  7. Looks delicious! =) Happy Sunday!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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    1. Thanks so much Danielle! I hope you had a good day as well!

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  8. My boys are raspberry fiends and would love this! Plus, it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for hosting such a great party! See you again next week!

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  9. your unsophisticated kitchen created an incredibly delicious looking sophisticated dessert. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    Your co host from Nosh My Way,
    Marlene

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  10. This cake looks so good! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker . I hope to see you again there tomorrow night!

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  11. Oh my... this is one my very favorite combinations! Thanks for link-up to my party yesterday, I hope you'll come back again next week! xoxo~ Ruthie

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    1. Its one of my favorites too! I will be there next week! Thank you!

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  12. This cake looks insanely delicious! I think I'll have to add it to my list of things to make :)

    Thanks for sharing at my weekend link party @The Weekend re-Treat!

    Hope you have a great week!

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  13. Thank you! It looks awesome! I've added it to my ziplist recipe file. I'm over from Whipperberry.

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  14. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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  15. That is one amazing looking cake! I think I could eat that frosting with a spoon for sure!!!! And I love that you make your own cakes too...I usually do the same thing for my birthday.

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  16. I'm totally sold on the frosting!! I'm a big fan of white chocolate! This looks absolutely amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at Saturday Share With Us! I'm so grateful!

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  17. Looks delicious, Heather. Would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html

    Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

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  18. Hi!
    I just wanted to let you know that your post will be featured later this evening on Show and Tell Saturday #5 on Sassy Little Lady! Have a great day!

    Kathie
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com

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  19. Heather,

    This cake has the ability to make anyone a romantic. What a perfect dessert for an anniversary or another special occasion.

    Cheers,
    Marie
    substanceofliving.blogspot.com


    A new fan visiting today from Totally Tasty Tuesdays.

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