White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blueberry Curd Filling

Today wraps up a full month of Hubby-approved recipes. It’s been a fun way to honor the foods he loves. Today I’m ending on a sweet note with a cute little layer cake. Since Hubby isn’t a huge fan of chocolate desserts, I decided to go with the subtle flavor of a white chocolate cake to pair with the Blueberry Curd that I had made.

Making layer cakes is so much fun and it gives me a chance to practice my cake decorating skills. I love how this one turned out. This cake was tender but it wasn’t obvious that there was white chocolate in the batter. The white chocolate shavings on top definitely helped to boost that flavor.

I used my favorite Swiss Meringue Buttercream for this cake. Because it’s awesome. And smooth, silky, delicious, and not overly sweet. An overly sweet frosting would have over-powered the other flavors in this cake.

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White Chocolate Layer Cake with Blueberry Curd Filling

White chocolate and blueberries are a match made in heaven

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

For the Cake
4 oz white baking chocolate, chopped
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
5 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp milk

For the decorating
1/2 batch Swiss meringue buttercream
1 cup blueberry curd
2 oz white chocolate shavings/curls for garnish
blueberries for garnish

Directions:

For the Cake
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Grease the bottoms of two 6 inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper; grease and lightly flour pans and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, cook and stir the white chocolate over low heat until melted.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add the sugar, beating until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in melted white chocolate just until combined.

Spread batter in the prepared cake pans. Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans. Peel off parchment paper. Cool completely on wire racks.

Assembling the Cake
Use a long serrated knife to cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Place one layer, cut side up, on a serving plate.

Spread with one-third of the filling. Top with the second layer; spread with one-third of the filling. Top with the third layer; spread with the remaining filling. Top with the fourth layer, cut side down.

Frost cake with frosting and decorate with white chocolate shavings and blueberries.

Cake recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

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9 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars”

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    newlywed — September 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    As a teacher, I still get nervous for the first day of school! Same butterflies in my tummy I had for the first day of high school 🙂
    The look SO yummy, hope to try making them soon.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The flavor combination of PB&J always brings me back to my childhood. I loved the first day of school – new outfit, new backpack and school supplies…

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    Krystal — September 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Yum these look great Jen!! I totally agree on adding more jelly or jam to these…the ooey gooey of PB sticks to the roof of my mouth. Make sure to have milk if these bars are made! LOL

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    Ashley — September 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Tomorrow marks the first day of my eight year of teaching so I love your back to school post. I am bookmarking this recipe, love PB & J!

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    Boston Food Diary — September 7, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I have been obsessed with peanut butter lately and these look simply amazing….even if I’m not headed back to school! Yum!

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    Eliana — September 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

    These bars looks absolutely perfect.

    My favorite part of going back to school was (and I know I’m a nerd for saying this) was using new school supplies. My mom always got us the best pens, pencils, folders, binders, erasers…you name it. And whipping them out the first week of class was the best feeling ever.

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    nutmegnanny — September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    This looks perfect for the back to school season! I’m a nanny so I know the little I watch would love to make these for herself and friends. I guess I know what we are doing tonight 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — September 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    This is very similar to my favorite workout bar–Clif Mojo Peanut Butter & Jelly. Maybe I can start saving money and make my own bars. Thanks!

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    We Are Not Martha — September 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve made something similar before, but these look SO good my stomach is grumbling 🙂 Definitely bookmarking for soon! I miss the new outfits and seeing who’s in all your classes 🙂

    Sues

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