On a gloomy day — like today — it doesn’t feel like spring! I decided to brighten it up with a Winter Wonderland Cake. You can say I went a little crazy as I ombréd EVERYTHING!!! With white chocolate buttercream and sanding sugar, what else could I need? ? Don’t forget that icy, blue-white chocolate ganache and multi-colored dollops. What do you think of the final product? ?❄️??
Winter Wonderland Cake
White chocolate buttercream, the best vanilla cake ever and ombré everything make this cake the perfect winter treat!
For the Buttercream
- 1 pound unsalted butter
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 8 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup cream
For the cake
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup salted butter room temperature
- 3 egg whites
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
For the White Chocolate Ganache
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1 drop GEL food coloring regular food coloring will seize the chocolate
For the buttercream
Melt the white chocolate and cream together at very low heat, set aside.
Beat the butter until light and fluffy, add the sugar a cup at a time and beat well. Drizzle in the white chocolate and beat until combined.
Separate the buttercream into 4 equal batches and color three of teh batches with blue food coloring in different shades for the ombré.
For the Cake
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
Divide the mixture into 4 6″ cake pans that have been buttered and floured.
Bake at 340 for about 25-30 minutes or until the centers are springy to the touch.
For the Ganache
Melt the white chocolate and cream together on low heat. You can do a few 20 second bursts in the microwave at 50% power. stir in the food coloring and transfer to a piping bag.
Assembly notes: After smoothing the edge of the cake allow to chill for about 10-15 minutes. Cover the top with a circle of parchment paper and roll the cake in sanding sugar. If you use just white sanging sugar the buttercream ombré will show through. You can also use different colors of sanding sugar for an added gradient effect. Drizzle the ganache on top and then top with dollops piped with an 869 tip.
DIY Winter Wonderland Cake
Making an ombre is super-easy. Just mix in different amounts of the same color of food coloring to get the gradient.
This isn’t going to get much attention but so gratiftying for the baker 🙂
Ready for smoothing!
Freshly covered in sanding sugar and really pretty nice already. You could just top with white sanding sugar to finish at this point.
DIY Winter Wonderland Cake
It’s still gloomy and definitely doesn’t feel like spring, so what better time to whip up a Winter Wonderland Cake?! I went a little crazy and Ombréd EVERYTHING! White choc…