White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake is my new favorite white cake! The cake is soft, with a tender crumb and a buttery, white chocolate flavor. The frosting is out of control delicious, and there’s an extra layer of strawberry preserves sandwiched in between that compliments the white chocolate perfectly!

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White Chocolate Cake Is Rich, Buttery, And Might Be Your New Favorite!

So cake. Are there ever too many cake recipes? The correct answer is no ma’am.

And today we are going WHITE CHOCOLATE. Now, from what I hear, people either love or hate white chocolate. I am firmly planted in the love category. White chocolate always and forever.

But I will say, that adding white chocolate to cake can be tricky business. I’ve tried it before and the cake always ends up super dense…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I was looking for a lighter texture. So when I came across the method that I ended up using in this recipe it changed everything!

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Let’s Talk About HOW You Make White Chocolate Cake!

The process is actually pretty easy, but there are a few steps that you don’t want to skip to ensure success!

How To Melt The White Chocolate

See, what you do is melt white chocolate together with some water, which thins out the white chocolate. I was nervous about doing this the first time, but it works!

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WHY Would You Melt Chocolate With Water?

You might think this could ruin the chocolate. That’s what I thought at first too! I mean I’ve melted chocolate before and a drop or two of water has gotten into it and seized it up!

BUT when you melt the water WITH the chocolate it changes the consistency slightly by thinning it out. This is so genius because you still have the buttery white chocolate flavor, but it mixes into the batter making it thinner but not adding more fat…which would create a heavier, denser cake.

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The cake bakes up so perfectly. I feel like the buttery white chocolate really makes this cake something special. It adds a little densness, but it’s still fluffy and light at the same time!

Don’t Forget Filling!

But why stop there? I mean when in doubt more is more. So, let’s add some gorgeous strawberry preserves…

The strawberry paired with the cake adds a gorgeous sweetness and compliments the white chocolate perfectly!

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White Chocolate Frosting!

Then, of course, the glorious white chocolate frosting. It’s really easily, and includes melted white chocolate right in the frosting. The frosting is what really brings the white chocolate flavor…so if white chocolate isn’t your most favorite (argh) make the cake and slather it with whatever frosting you would like. Maybe Creamy Chocolate Frosting, or even Perfect Party Frosting!

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Then just easily assemble the cake!

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You could add some strawberries on top or keep it simple with white chocolate chips!

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And then, for the love of God, eat a slice!

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Warning: only make if you like delicious, buttery cake.

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White Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10 1x


This is a stunner of a cake! It’s dense, but oh so moist. The white chocolate pairs beautifully with the strawberry jam!



  • 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  1. To fill: 1 cup strawberry jam



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat 2, 8- inch round pans with nonstick spray. Cut parchment paper into rounds that fit in the bottom of the pans, and place into spray pans. Coat again with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt together the white chocolate and hot water, stirring until smooth. Set pan aside to cool slightly.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour and buttermilk in alternating portions, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix in the melted white chocolate, mixing until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter equally into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cakes in the pan for 5 minutes, and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Place the chopped white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave on full power in 30 second increments, stirring after each until the white chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in the cooled white chocolate and continue mixing for 2 minutes until creamy.


Place one of the cakes onto a cake platter. Spread the 1 cup of strawberry jam on top of the cake. Top with approximately 1 1/2 cups of frosting. Place the remaining cake on top and coat the cake with the remaining frosting.


recipe adapted from allrecipes.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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56 Responses
  1. seema

    good recipe, tasty too but it was not the white chocolate flavour I was looking for. but I will be keeping this recipe. but be warned when measuring by cup, go by weights, please shelly give your recipes in weights, for more success in baking. thank you.

  2. seema

    response for Ana M, when you stack cakes the cake on top sits on dowels inserted into the cake below, that way the bottom cake is not really supporting the top cake its the dowels that do the supporting. you must use a cake board under the cakes that are the same size as the cake. hope this helps.

  3. Ana M

    Can this recipe be used for a tiered/stacked cake? Or will it be too moist to hold up against the weight of another cake on top?

  4. Anuja

    This cake is absolutely legit!! I was making a white chocolate mocha cake and used this as a base. Forgot to use coffee the first time so ended up with the original recipe.. Absolutely delicious, amazing white chocolate flavor 😀

    The next time added 2 tbsps instant coffee (while making the white chocolate slurry).. the cake is mind numbingly delicious. It a perfect white mocha cake. The cake is so moist, delicious and the crumb is soo tender.

  5. Annmarie

    I’ve made the cakes and they smell amazing! I really want to make the icing but not sure it will work with what I have planned. I want to get a super smooth finish. I also want to colour some of the icing and pipe it. Will this icing work?

  6. Sherene

    Lovely recipe.i have never tried a white chocolate cake before and this is going to be my first try.I have a question though, all other recipes call for melting the butter, but yours is different and asks for beating it in a mixer. What difference would it bring to the cake?

    1. Shelly

      The when you mix the butter and sugar together it creates light fluffy butter, adding to the lightness of the cake! If you melt the butter, you will have a denser cake.

  7. Elizabeth

    Hi this cake looks amazing! Will this cake taste good with Vanilla Buttercream? And the white chocolate did you melt it with water in sauce pan?

  8. Becky

    What are the ingredients converted to ounces and grams please? I really want to make this but I have never worked using cup measurements.

  9. Niranjana Binoy

    This looks amazing… I was searching for a different chocolate cake and frosting recipe when I stumbled upon this one, I am planning to try it for my hubby’s birthday.

    I have a quick query. I wanted to replace this frosting with your 2 ingredients white chocolate frosting to reduce the added sugar, will it hold the cake as the filling???

        1. Linda

          I have been trying different white chocolate sponge recipes over the last couple of weeks as I want to do a layer cake for Christmas. Each recipe just says white chocolate. Is is normal white chocolate or should you always use baking chocolate?

  10. Is there a secret to having the frosting stay on top of the jam? I’m planning on making this soon, as i love white chocolate, and this cake looks so yummy, and I’m going to use raspberry jam instead.

    1. Trashona

      Use a piping bag. Start with a chilled cake, create a dam around the edge of the cake, then add a thin layer of jam. Pipe a thin layer of incing on top of the jam, and spread with an offset spatula. The dam will keep the jam from pressing past the edge of the cake and mixing with the outside layer.

      1. seema

        hi Shelly, made this cake but only half the qty, as I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. This cake did not have white chocolate flavour. it tasted more like a butter cake. I also reduce the sugar by a table spoon as white chocolate is quite sweet in its self.

        yes it was moist, had height, good texture. I also fluff my flour and skim the top when measuring by cup, as no weight was given. I sifted flour twice too. please give weights of ingredient as measuring by cup is a major flaw in baking and will start you on the wrong foot no matter how good your technique. I also creamed butter and sugar for at least 10 minutes., and everything was at room temp before I started.

  11. Danielle Radliff

    Soooo I’m inthe process of making this cake (already baked just not put together) and I just realized the recipe calls for kosher salt but it never uses it in the directions… Just wondering if this will make a big difference. Dont this it will just thought it was odd. Thanks!

    1. Shelly

      Oh gosh, sorry for that omission in the instructions! Add the salt when you add the eggs, vanilla, baking soda etc…! I fixed the recipe!

  12. I also made a white chocolate cake and it was tasty. Here is no option of image attachment otherwise I would add the picture of that cake. Thanks a lot for your recipe.

  13. Sabrina

    I was very excited to try this because it looked so good in the pictures. It could be my oven, but the outside turned brown really quickly and had a huge dome. The inside was still raw, so I had to cook it longer. Sadly, the cake was very dry. The frosting also didn’t stick to the cake very well, it kept coming off and pull up crumbs. The flavor and taste of both the cake and frosting was there, just wish it would’ve came out better and moist just like how the picture looks.

  14. I have just been looking for a simple, easy to bake yet delicious cakes and here I stop.I love baking cakes and share with my family and friends every weekend.So this weekend I’m gonna celebrate my moment of happiness after baking this cake!

  15. There’s a local bakery here in Atlanta that has a yummy white chocolate cake so when I saw your recipe, I knew I had to try it out. I made it for a baking challenge and it was delicious!

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