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White Chocolate-Raspberry Cake

Yield 1 (3-layer) cake
Runner-up

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup apricot nectar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
  • 1 (4-ounce) white chocolate bar, broken up
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) can flaked coconut
  • White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

How to Make It

  1. Bring apricot nectar and butter to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and add white chocolate, stirring until melted. Gradually stir about one-fourth hot mixture into eggs; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in buttermilk and extracts.

  2. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add white chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

  4. Spread White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Spoon 1/2 cup raspberry jam on top of cake. Drizzle remaining jam down sides of cake. Store in refrigerator.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ghirardelli white chocolate.

  6. Cake may be assembled and frozen up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in refrigerator; add raspberry jam just before serving.