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