Thursday, January 15, 2009

RASPBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE CAKE

6 oz white baking chocolate
1 stick butter
1 pkg (18.5 oz) white cake mix
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tbsp Raspberry extract
2 to 3 drops red food coloring
1 cup fresh raspberries, optional

Microwave white chocolate and butter in a bowl, stirring every 15 seconds until blended. Cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, milk, eggs, raspberry extract, and the butter mixture on low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat two minutes or until well blended. Pour batter evenly into two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

FROSTING:
8-oz cream cheese
1/4 cup stick butter
6-oz white baking chocolate, melted
2 tsps raspberry extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until well blended. Add while chocolate and raspberry extract; mix well. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

To assemble:
Take 3/4 cup of the frosting and add the red food coloring from the cake ingredients. Mix until the color is well blended. Take 1 cake layer and place in the center of the serving plate. Top the cake layer with the tinted frosting, spreading evenly. Place the other layer over top of the frosting. Frost top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. If desired, arrange fresh raspberries around the top edge of the cake and around the bottom. Or put a few berries on the top in the center.

16 servings

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