Wednesday, January 5, 2011

White Chocolate Party Cake

Pretty cake, huh?  So whaddya think about the ring on top of it?

Yup!  The Boy (The Fiance?), did pretty darn good.  Not ONLY was I caught off guard with the proposal, he had also organized a HUGE surprise New Year’s/Engagement party at our house!  It all started around 7pm New Years Eve.  I had pizza in my mouth when he proposed.  I was shocked, but of course I said yes.  I thought the excitement was over for the night, but about 15 minutes later my way-out-of-town friends showed up on my doorstep, and I was informed that many more people would be showing up soon.  We rang in the new year dancing on the 3rd floor of our house filled with a ton of our good friends.  Damn good new year I must say.

Now, for this cake.  I did not make this cake!  That might be a first for this blog, but my uber-talented friend & coworker Jamie brought this cake to the engagement party, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.  It was SO gorgeous, and SO delicious, I asked her for the recipe because I know others would love this delicious cake.  Thanks Jamie for the cake, and thanks to everyone who came, or wished me congratulations on Facebook or Twitter!

Also… there were more treats at the party, check out the adorable Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes that Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil brought, and the Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies Kira brought!  Yes, it is unfair to be blessed with so many talented friends.

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White Chocolate Cake

cake adapted from my talented friend Jamie (she doubled this recipe to make my tiered cake)
frosting from Wilton, yields 3 cups

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 box white cake mix
3 egg whites
canola oil (amount called for according to cake mix instructions)
water (amount called for according to cake mix instructions)
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. white chocolate flavored instant pudding mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 bag white chocolate chips

Frosting:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
*Makes: About 3 cups of icing.*

Optional: Raspberry jam to spread between layers.

Directions:

Cake:
Mix cake mix, egg whites, oil & water according to package directions. Add instant pudding mix and sour cream (Jamie says these are a must for moist cakes!). Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Bake in greased and floured pans according to package directions (it does take a little longer with the the pudding and sour cream).

Frosting:
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.

**Jamie spread raspberry jam between the layers of cake, and I thought it was DIVINE!

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31 Responses to “White Chocolate Party Cake”

  1. 1
    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — January 5, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    Congrats again and what a beautiful cake your friend made!

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    branny — January 5, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Erin!! Congrats!!

  3. 3
    Kelly — January 5, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Congrats!! I’m so excited for you guys! An adorable couple!

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    Caroline — January 5, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Congratulations! My now-husband suprised me beyond belief when he proposed as well! Sounds like you have a winner. The cake is beautiful, and it’s great to have wonderful friends to help celebrate such a happy occasion!! Best wishes!

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    Alyse — January 5, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    What a wonderful way to end a year and begin a new life together.

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    Congratulations, Erin!!! Sounds like you guys had an awesome night of food, friends and partying!

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    Jacklyn — January 5, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Congrats! I’m so excited for you Erin! The cake, not to mention the topper ;) are gorgeous!

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    Cassie — January 5, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Congratulations!

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    JoVonn — January 5, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Jade @ The Mess Pot — January 5, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like an amazing night.

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    Chi Chi — January 5, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    Hey there, congratualations on your engagement! I ran across this beautiful cake via tastespotting. I definitely want to make this one. One question (I hope you can answer even though you did not make the cake) what is the icing like? Is it similar to buttercream and less like cream cheese frosting? It looks very similar to a sturdy buttercream. I’m expanding my icing preferences and need some help…thank you!

    • Erin replied: — January 5th, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

      Yes, I would definitely call this a sturdy buttercream. My friend actually said she prefers cream cheese frostings, but this is much more suited for decorating. Good luck!

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    Amanda — January 5, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Aw! How cute! Congrats! And a very beautiful cake!

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    Megan — January 5, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I have never met you or been to your blog but this is a beautiful post, a beautiful cake and a beautiful ring! Congrats. I adore the cake! Very inspiring! – megan

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    themilkmanswife — January 5, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Congratulations Erin!!! What an amazing day! (and cake!) The ring is gorgeous and so is the cake. Best wishes to you guys. :)

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    Congrats! And that cake is beautiful!

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    Mr. P — January 5, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    That’s the best thing evfer! Congratulations, and props to the Mr. He knows romance.

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    Ingrid — January 5, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Congrats! The cake is Amazing!

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    Lesley — January 6, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Excellent cake topper!

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    Jess — January 6, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    This cake is beautiful, someday I hope that my boyfriend proposes to me with a cake just like it! Seriously, it’s my fantasy to be proposed to through food as long as I don’t find out by choking on the ring!
    And by the way… CONGRATS!
    Jess : )
    http://www.livininthekitchen.wordpress.com

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    Rachel — January 7, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Beautiful ring! Sounds like such a fun proposal!

    I’m just starting my blog and was wondering if you had any advice to newbies. I would love your feedback.

    Thank you and Congratulations!

  21. 21

    YAY!!! Congrats, girl!!!!!!

  22. 22
    Erin — January 7, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Congratulatioins Erin! What an exciting New Year’s Eve. I love that he planned to have lots of friends over to help celebrate… that’s so thoughtful! Have fun planning the wedding… every foodie loves the chance to throw a big party :)

  23. 23
    Nashville Nosher — January 7, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Congrats! I got engaged the day after Christmas :)

  24. 24
    Vivek — January 7, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Congrats on the engagement again! That cake is beautiful!

  25. 25
    ingrid — January 9, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Congratultions Erin! How exciting and what a fabulous cake. Yes, you are indeed lucky in your choice of hubs and friends. :) Definitely a good start to the New Year. May it keep getting better and better!
    ~ingrid

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    elly — January 10, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Congrats! What a great proposal!

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    ashley — January 10, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    congrats!! the ring is beautiful!!

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    Carrie — January 10, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    That cake looks amazing. Congrats!

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    Kerstin — January 11, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Awww, what a sweet and unique proposal – congrats!!! :)

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    Sarah — January 31, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Obviously Katie told me all about your engagement, but I wanted to say Congrats myself!! Sorry I am so late on getting around to it…I am a little behind on my blog reading these days! :)

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