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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21 Responses to “Coconut Almond Cake with Blackberry Lime Curd”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am really very terrible at frosting/decorating cake :\ This came out way better than anything I could make!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      Ha – I’m pretty bad too. That’s why I love putting stuff on the sides. Coconut does a good job of hiding my sloppy decorating skills.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Coconut and almond, you’ve already got me reeled in 🙂 two of my favorite flavors rolled into what looks like a moist, fluffy cake. YUM

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board — March 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This cake looks so beautiful and the texture is perfect! I love curd as a filling between cake layers but i never knew the trick for preventing it from seeping out – thanks!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

      Yea, it’s definitely very helpful. Even more so when you ACTUALLY do it 😉

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    Megan — March 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    We’ve all had those cake experiences. It looks like it turned out well in the end! And it sounds delicious!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in thinking we all need to project that all of our baking/cooking endeavors are hugely successful…

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    Ashley — March 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Regardless of any kitchen mishaps, this cake looks divine! Layer cakes always look so special, and the addition of fruit here makes me swooooon!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

      I agree. Layer cakes always look special 🙂

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    Michelle — March 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Oh this looks amazing. And aren’t we all our own worst critics when we bake? I can’t tell you how many times I say something is terrible and my husband looks as me like I’m crazy.

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

      I agree. At the end of the day, it tasted delicious and no one knew about all the issues I had with the cake. I did want to keep it real on the blog and not give anyone any false sense that things are always easy for me…

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — March 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I always shy away from layer cakes – yours always come out well, I need some more practice I think! Your “mistakes” are great learning points – did not know about the frosting damn, but it makes so much sense!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      That’s why I wanted to talk about them. I definitely could have posted about this cake without mentioning any of the issues I had. I’m hoping they’ll help someone (myself included) to learn something for the next time they tackle a layer cake. Yours will definitely improve with practice. Mine surely are. I really want to make that coconut cake you just posted!

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    Shannon — March 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    i’m always hard on myself too, but you wouldn’t know by the taste i’m sure! looks absolutely wonderful, not to mention i’m drooling over the flavor combo 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

      I agree, I think we all are. I wanted to keep it real with this post in case anyone else found it to be a difficult set of recipes…

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Yum, your cake looks so delicious and I really love the sound of the blackberry lime curd!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love coconut cake, and blackberries are my favorite fruit. Such a great idea to put them together. This cake is gorgeous! I would happily take a large slice . . . or maybe the whole thing 😉

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Then you would definitely love this cake!

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    Kristina Koranek — August 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Could anyone post the blackberry lime curd recipe? The link is no longer working.

    Thanks!

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