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White Chocolate Holiday Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


12-16 servings

At our house, we always bake a birthday cake for Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. The delicious tradition helps remind us all of the true meaning of the season that we are celebrating.


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; set aside. Gradually stir buttermilk into white chocolate; add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, a tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Fold in pecans and coconut.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk at low speed in a large bowl until moistened. Beat on medium for 1-1/2 minutes, adding additional milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread between layers and over the top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 773 calories, 41g fat (23g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 489mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (76g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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