This is kind of a mish-mash cake I made for Rusty (the man loves his cake), and it turned out pretty well, all things considered. The cake recipe comes from Epicurious.com and the icing is a modified version of the one I used in the Pie’s vanilla birthday cake.
Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter and flour a 9″ x 9″ square cake pan (or, in this case, a 10″ round springform pan).
Cream together 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup softened butter. Then add in 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour with 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder and add that to the butter/egg mixture.
Finally, stir in 1/2 cup milk until the batter is smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and level the top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Remove to a rack to cool completely.
I was a little disappointed at how flat this cake turned out. I suppose if I were to do it again I would separate the eggs and whip the whites to boost the volume. You can gently fold the whites into your mixed batter to make your cake much fluffier.
While the cake is cooling, prepare your icing. In a double boiler, melt 4 oz white chocolate.
Cream together 1 package (250g) softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 4 cups icing sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. If you use heavy cream instead of milk you will need less icing sugar.
Add in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth. Put that gooey goodness in the fridge to cool.
I decided to add a fruity boost to the cake with 1 cup blueberry fruit sauce
(you can see the basic recipe here
). Make sure your sauce is cool before you put it on your cake or it will melt your icing.
When the cake is cool, carefully slice it in half horizontally so you have two layers.
Slather some white chocolate icing on the top of the bottom slice and cool that in the fridge for a few minutes.
Plop about three quarters of your fruit sauce on top of that icing layer and smooth it out. I may have licked the spoon. But everyone who ate it was related to me.
Plop the second cake layer on top and ice the whole cake with your icing. Mine was pretty gooey and so oozed down the sides, but it worked out for me.
Pour the remaining fruit sauce on top of the cake.
Swirl with a knife for a marbled effect and then cool in the refrigerator until set.