- 3.3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 cups Sugar (I use Pure Cane Sugar)
- 9 Tablespoons, softened Unsalted Butter
- 2 large Eggs
- 1.75 cups, room temp Milk
- 0.5 cup Oil (I use Avocado Oil)
- 2 Tablespoons, room temp Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Paste
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
- 16 ounces Cream Cheese
- 6 Tablespoons, softened Unsalted Butter
- 1.5 cups Powdered Sugar
Sweet and fluffy vanilla cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting and berries!
A simple white cake that’s beautifully decorated works well for any holiday or birthday party!
Instead of making 2 or 3-tier cake, consider making a bundt cake, which will give you hight and some nice design!
I’m not the best cake decorator, so I rely on beautiful toppings like these fresh berries for the wow factor.
If you do not have 3 hours to make this cake, I recommend making the cake one day ahead and simply making the frosting and decorating the day of.
Instead of berries, you can also top the cake with confetti, roses, citrus wedges, or any other fruit you like!
I personally love the look of the berries but also like how the sweet and tart berries taste with the cake.
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First, be sure that your eggs, milk, yogurt/sour cream are at room temperature and that your butter is softened.
I recommend moving those items from the refrigerator to your kitchen counter at least 1 hour before baking so that they have time to come up to temperature.
To help the butter come up to room temperature quicker, I recommend cutting it up into 1 Tablespoon pieces and laying them flat on a large plate.
Using room temperature items will help the mixing process and result in the better cake consistency with a light crumb.
I like using vanilla paste over vanilla extract as the paste has specs of vanilla which will be visible in the baked cake.
Either paste or extract will work but if you can find vanilla paste, I highly recommend it.
Make The Cake Batter
Preheat your oven to 320°F.
Using you standing mixer with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with hand-held electric mixers, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar on low speed.
Next, add the softened butter and mix on low until it resembles a sand-like texture.
Now, add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla paste and mix on medium until just combined.
Grab a spatula and give the bowl a good scrape on the bottom and the sides of the bowl.
Mix again on medium speed for about 10 seconds. Do not overmix.
Generously grease your cake pan with butter then add the cake batter.
Using the spatula, smooth our the top then bake at 320°F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool in the cake form for a good 30-50 minutes before turning it out onto your cake plate.
Make The White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
First, melt the white chocolate.
Add 1 cup of water to a small sauce pan then add a large heat proof bowl with the white chocolate chips on top of the sauce pan and turn the heat to medium-high.
The steam from the water in the sauce pan will heat the bowl which will melt the chocolate.
Keep and eye on the chocolate and stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted.
Alternatively, you can also microwave the white chocolate in the heat safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the chocolate is mostly melted. Stirring the mostly melted chocolate will melt any of the solid pieces.
Set the melted chocolate aside.
To make the frosting, you can use a standing mixer with the whisk attachment or a large bowl with hand-held electric mixers.
Add the room temperature cream cheese to your bowl them mix on low speed, slowing increasing to high speed. Mix for 2 minutes then add 1 tablespoon of softener butter at a time while mixing on high speed. Once all of the butter has been incorporated, mix again for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Next, add the melted white chocolate and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
Lastly, add the powdered sugar in 3 additions (1/2 cup at a time) and mix on low speed until incorporated then increase the speed to high and mix for 3-4 minutes.
If you have a piping bag, transfer the frosting into you piping bag. Use any round or star tip for the piping bag.
Refrigerate the frosting if the cake is still cooling.
Decorate The Cake