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Black and White Cake
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Black and White Cake

A delicious chocolate and vanilla cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 240kcal

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

    For the Cake:

    • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda heaping
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder heaping
    • 3/4 cup butter unsalted, room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
    • 3 egg whites room temperature
    • 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
    • 1/2 cup milk room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

    For the Vanilla Buttercream:

    • 1 cup butter unsalted
    • 5 cups confectioners sugar
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream You'll probably use less

    For the Chocolate Buttercream

    • 1 cup butter unsalted, room temperature
    • 5 cups confectioners sugar
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream You'll probably use less
    • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate melted
    • cup cocoa powder

    Instructions

    INSTRUCTIONS:

      For the Cake:

      • Preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 4 six inch cake pans. I always use cake strips on my pans for an even bake but they're optional.
      • Sift the dry ingredients (not the cocoa powder), including the sugar, together in a large bowl. 
      • Mix the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl. There will be little butter lumps but don't worry about it! 
      • Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
      • Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. 1/2 for the vanilla and 1/2 for the chocolate.
      • Add the cocoa powder to smaller batch and mix.
      • Transfer the two batters into four 6″ cake pans, which have been buttered and floured.
      • Bake for about 30 minutes or until the centers are springy to the touch. Test centers with a toothpick. 

      For the Vanilla Buttercream:

      • In a standing mixer, beat the butter on low for a few minutes using a paddle attachment.
      • Beat in the confectioner’s sugar slowly.
      • Add the vanilla and drizzle in the cream slowly until you have a desirable consistency.
      • Transfer to 2 piping bags and snip off the tips.

      For the Chocolate Buttercream:

      • Melt semi sweet chocolate and add 1 tablespoon of cream. Set aside to cool.
      • In a standing mixer, beat the butter on low for a few minutes using a paddle attachment.
      • Beat in the confectioner’s sugar slowly.
      • Add the melted chocolate and cocoa to the mixture. Mix and drizzle in the cream a tablespoon at a time until a desirable consistency is reached.
      • Beat until you have an even, fluffy consistency.
      • Transfer to 2 piping bags and snip off the tips.
      • Add a cocoa and vanilla to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or snip off the end.

      For the Assembly:

      • Start with the first layer with vanilla cake.
      • Pipe cocoa-vanilla combination bag between each layer.
      • Alternate layering vanilla and chocolate cake rounds.
      • Pipe with a vanilla piping bag and smooth out the outside of the cake with an uneven spatula.
      • Alternate by piping vanilla and chocolate rings.
      • Carefully smooth out.
      • Transfer remaining vanilla and chocolate buttercreams to piping bags fitted with an 868 star tip.
      • Alternate by piping chocolate and vanilla dollops.

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      Notes

      • This design is buttercream heavy. So if you like your cakes with less frosting, skip the decoration scheme!
      • f you’re not using 6-inch pans, double the recipe for 8-inch pans or triple the recipe for 9-inch pans.
      • If you see little clumps of butter after you mix the wet ingredients don’t panic, it all works out by the time you mix in the dry ingredients. You can even use melted butter and warm the milk and sour cream up a bit if you like.
      • You can substitute whole milk yogurt for the sour cream if desired, I do it all the time and can’t really tell the difference.
      • To get FLAT layers that are moist inside and out try using cake strips! I made a whole blog post on it so check it out if you’re interested!
      • To pipe the two-tone frosting you fill one bag (1/2 way full) with white frosting, one bag with blue frosting and then put both bags in a third piping bag. No need for a tip, just snip about an inch off each bag.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1piece | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg