Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: White Chocolate Patty Cake

July 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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white chocolate patty cake

Over the years, I must have seen the Baking with Julia TV episode where Marcel Desaulniers makes his White Chocolate Patty Cake a dozen times.  Normally, white chocolate doesn’t really float my boat, but for some reason, I could tell by watching the episode that this cake would be fabulous.  I’m so glad that we’ve finally gotten to this recipe– and that my decade-long cake daydreams came true!

The white chocolate here is melted into the cake batter– a whole 12 ounces of it.  Two layers of cake are dressed up with raspberry sauce (made from pureed frozen berries) and fresh raspberries.  I made this with the Fourth of July in mind, so I used a combo of blueberries and raspberries in the sauce and on top.  You know, for that whole red, white and blue effect.  I think blackberries would shine in this cake as well.  In addition to all that white chocolate, the cake also has lots of eggs, so the texture is luxe and velvety.  Snappy berry sauce keeps it from being to sweet.

The cake rises in the oven and then shrinks a bit as it cools. If you make the recipe (which you should!), you might be concerned that the layers look a little schlumpy.  Don’t worry because once it’s stacked and decorated with the sauce and berries, it looks like a million bucks.  The cake will slice neater after it’s been refrigerated for a bit and the sauce has time to firm up.

white chocolate patty cake

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (there’s a a video here of Chef Marcel making the cake with Julia). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Oh my yours looks beautiful! I love the dusting of the powdered sugar…wish I had thought of that haha! I love blackberries so your suggestion of using those is very tempting!!

  2. GORGEOUS!! I love what you said about the white chocolate. In general, I am not a fan either… This cake may have just brought me to the other side! 😉

  3. I love your holiday themed version.
    I normally don’t like white chocolate, but this was really really good. I am glad I didn’t miss out on it!

  4. I liked that you worked the word “schlumpy” into your description.

  5. Your cake and presentation are so beautiful! I was concerned about my “schlumpy” layers, too, but you’re right that it all comes out well in the end!

  6. Gorgeous!!. I love the red, white, and blue effect.

  7. Beautiful! I often find white chocolate too sweet as well, but it looks lovely paired with the berries.

  8. Usually I’m not a fan of white chocolate but this sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I’ve got to try this once I get back to the States. Lovely post!

  9. Yum! This was not what I was anticipating when I saw the name of this recipe but it looks amazing.

  10. That looks wonderful with the blueberries!!! What a perfect 4th of July recipe!

  11. Oh this looks so decadent, Im hungry just looking at it.

  12. Wow! I love the red, white, and blue! You always end up putting a twist on the recipes that makes me say, “why didn’t I think of that?!” when I see your posts. Your cake turned out so lovely!

  13. Love your color combo for the 4th. Love that you were able to make this cake after seeing it so many times.

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