White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake.. A simple brown sugar buttermilk cake with white chocolate frosting, topped with salty Macadamia Nuts!

This is a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake. The cake itself is a brown sugar buttermilk cake, topped with rich white chocolate frosting and salty chopped macadamia nuts. Salty, sweet and PRETTY!

Sometimes you just need a cake in your life.

Right?

My husband is a huge white chocolate macadamia nut guy.

I never used to like  nuts in my desserts…and I guess still am not COMPLETELY on board…but I have broadened my horizons in my old age.

And old people always like nuts in their desserts. It’s a fact.

So that brings me to now. Cake.

With nuts.

But don’t be scared…macadamia nuts are like the most girlie nuts out there. Even more than pistachios.

They’re like nuts for lightweights…not to be confused with geriatric-walnutty nuts.

Macadamia nuts are fresh and clean and pretty. They’re the most popular nut at the nut high school.

Convinced?

Ok, even if you aren’t, just leave off the dang nuts. It’s fine. But you’ll regret it, because the saltiness of the nuts on top the white chocolate frosting is major.

ANNNND the cake itself is a brown sugar buttermilk cake that totally rules.

Try it. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake.. A simple brown sugar buttermilk cake with white chocolate frosting, topped with salty Macadamia Nuts!

Like I said, the cake itself is a brown sugar buttermilk cake. It;s super good.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

I actually buy  dry buttermilk and keep it in the fridge. It’s handy because I never have fresh buttermilk on hand.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

Pour your batter into a greased 9×13…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

When your cake is done it will look like this…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

Meanwhile make your frosting.

Powdered sugar, of course…oh and butter. Duh.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

Melted white chocolate…

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Plop that frosting all up on there…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

And just zhush it around…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

Then grab some super salty macadamia nuts. And chop ’em up.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

Add those all over the top…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake

I even got fancy and made a few white chocolate curls…and then quit because I was cussing too much. Those things are annoying.

Instead of curls sprinkle some white chocolate chips on top. Less cussing involved.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake.. A simple brown sugar buttermilk cake with white chocolate frosting, topped with salty Macadamia Nuts!

Then immediately eat.

I mean, you don’t HAVE to eat immediately, but you probably want to. And I won’t deny you that…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake.. A simple brown sugar buttermilk cake with white chocolate frosting, topped with salty Macadamia Nuts!

So yep! White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake. It’s a good idea!

 

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake


Description

serves 10


Ingredients

Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups cake flour

Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 oz white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
  • 34 Tbsp heavy cream

Garnish

  • 1 cup salted macadamia nuts, chopped
  • white chocolate curls or chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan generously with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue beating until smooth.
  4. Slowly pour in your buttermilk and continue mixing. Mixture might look “curdled” or have a strange texture…don’t worry!
  5. Mix in your baking soda and salt and finally your flour. Beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until batter is smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  1. Beat butter and powdered sugar together. Slowly mix in your melted and slightly cooled white chocolate. Turn mixer to medium high and beat , adding in milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Beat frosting for an additional 2 minutes.

Assembly

  1. You can leave the cake in the pan or remove from pan. Frost top of cake. If you removed from pan, you can frost the entire cake (tops and sides) if desired. Sprinkle with chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips or curls.

Notes

cake recipe adapted from King Arrthur Flour
Frosting recipe adapted from food.com

Helpful Tip… Out of buttermilk?

Buttermilk Substitution

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27 Responses

  1. Carrie

    The cake looks amazing! But, this statement threw me…….geriatric-walnutty nuts? I am no where near being “geriatric” and I Love LOVE walnuts. I had a handful of these heart-healthy and delicious nuts this morning. Walnuts are so good for you. Seriously, I would make this cake with walnuts and wouldn’t feel like I was a granny in her rocker. Plus, walnuts would add some healthy fats. That said, I do want to make this cake. It looks fantastic.

  2. Susan

    Wow excellent recipe I wasn’t too sure when the mixture looked curdly but the cake was very tender. I made it as a 2 layer cake with the icing and made pralined pecans as i didn’t have macadamian nuts on hand. With the chocolate curls the cake looked beautiful and tasted amazing!
    Only down side it makes a really big cake so i would suggest half recipe or even 2/3 if not entertaining.

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