Here is another revival from my past life, only this time around it is way better!
White Chocolate Cranberry Cake!
I came up with this idea several years ago back in my “Crumb Boss” days as I boarded a plane from Mexico in the dead of January heading back to freezing cold New Jersey.
Starbucks was featuring their white chocolate mocha drink and my wheels started turning. How to turn this one into a cake?
Well, I certainly did and it was amazing! So here is my born again version; veganized and upgraded to this super moist cake, homemade cranberry filling with mocha and buttercream icing that is going to be a perfect addition to your holiday table this winter!
The white chocolate cake and tart cranberry compote are a perfect pair with a subtle back note of mocha that just screams sophistication.
I love my cranberry sauce recipe so much I cannot let it go once Thanksgiving has passed.
Naturally it is the filling for this cake! So let’s give it one more go around!
This is quite a large cake with four prominent cake layers and three layers of filling. The ultimate 7 Layer cake right here!
You can of course cut down all the recipes to half batches and make a smaller version of this cake in any shape cake pans you like.
One note about the buttercream I used in this cake today: It is a variation from my Aquafaba Swiss Meringue Buttercream only made with Flax Water instead of Bean Water.
My boyfriend is sensitive to chickpeas so I have to stay away from using the Aquafaba buttercream for cakes that I want him to eat; and I want him to eat this one!
So I decided to go for the flax instead! Check out the full video tutorial for how to make that buttercream, it works just the same, but you can honestly use any buttercream recipe you like the best for this cake.
The only thing about the flax buttercream is that it stays a sort of off white color, compared to the other two which get more white (the American style being the whitest). But the taste is out of this world!
I am using cranberry moscato wine for the cranberry recipe, but you can use all cranberry or cherry juice or even water instead
- For the Cake Layers
- Grease and parchment line 4- ⅛ sheet pans and preheat the oven to 350°F
- For the Cake:
- Cake Flour 3 cups (360g)
- Granulated Sugar 1½ cup (300g)
- Baking Powder 3 teaspoons (15g)
- EnerG Egg Replacer 3 teaspoons (10g)
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Vegan Butter 9 Tablespoons (126g)
- Soy Milk 1 cup (237ml)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Vegan White Chocolate 6ounces (approx 1 cup chopped) (168g)
- For the Cranberry Compote:
- 1 16ounce bag Cranberries
- Granulated Sugar 1¼ cup (250g)
- Cranberry Juice or Cranberry Moscato Wine 1 cup (237ml)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
- Star Anise Pods 4
- Cinnamon 1 teaspoon
- Orange Zest and Juice from 1 large orange
- For the Buttercream:
- 1 Recipe Flax Meringue Buttercream or Aquafaba Buttercream Or American Buttercream
- Instant Coffee granules 2 teaspoons
- Cocoa Powder 1 Tablespoon (12g)
- Hot Water 2 Tablespoons (45ml)
- For the cake batter:
- Melt the white chocolate and set aside
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, EnerG egg replacer, and salt in a mixer bowl and sift it together or mix on low to combine.
- Add the softened vegan butter and mix for about 1 minute until it resembles coarse meal and is evenly incorporated
- Add the vanilla extract and then slowly pour in the soy milk while mixing on low to medium speed until it is all incorporated then increase the speed to medium-high for 1 minute to develop the batter
- Add the melted white chocolate and mix to combine
- Divide the batter into greased and parchment lined cake pans
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 minutes or until they springy to the touch when you gently press the centers.
- Cool the cakes while you prepare the cranberry compote
- For the Cranberry Compote:
- In a heavy bottom sauce pot, combine all the liquids with the sugar and spices and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Squeeze in the juice of that orange and the zest
- Add the cranberries and then return to a boil.
- Lower the temperature to a simmer for 15 -20 minutes, the sauce will begin to thicken and the berries will begin to pop.
- Discard the anise pods and add the vanilla extract
- Cool in refrigerator while you prepare the buttercream
- For the buttercream:
- Prepare as per the instructions on the recipe you chose, then divide the buttercream into 2 bowls (1/3 for the mocha filling and ⅔ for the icing) and add the mocha paste to the smaller portion by combining the hot water with the coffee and cocoa powder and whisk smooth
- Assemble cake as shown in the video