Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 11th November 2010

It seems like only yesterday we were helping my daughter, Liana, blow out the candles on her very first Birthday Cake and yet here we are celebrating her 19th Birthday, I can’t believe it!

A photo of Ina Garten's Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and decorated with mini Baked White Chocolate Doughnuts with pink Vanilla Doughnut Glaze and white nonpareils on a white cake stand.

Just as that first Birthday Cake was so memorable for me (I don’t think she still remembers it), I wanted this, her 19th Birthday cake to be something she would remember too.

Liana asked for chocolate so I set out looking for a moist and rich chocolate cake and I found just that in Ina Garten’s Chocolate Layer Cake.  And going for the “more is more” policy, I decided to double the chocolate pleasure and went with a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.  The cream cheese and white chocolate combination was amazing and the texture was so decadent.

A photo of Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts in a clear martini glass.

While searching for the perfect cake I couldn’t help but remember all the past birthdays and all the special cakes and I couldn’t help but shed a few tears for the little girl that was now all grown up (I know, pretty silly).   The years of ballerina cakes and princess cakes were long gone but this birthday seemed so monumental. Even though Liana’s now a young woman I decided I was going to make one last girly, sugar and spice, cutesy kind of special birthday cake for Liana.

My friend sent inspiration my way when he sent me the link to Heather’s site, Sprinkle Bakes, and her post for Coffee and Donuts Cake.   What a fantastic idea, thank you Heather!

A photo of a slice of Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting decorated with mini Baked White Chocolate Doughnuts with pink Vanilla Glaze and sprinkled with white nonpareils on a white dish with a dessert fork.

The frosting had to be pink and as you can see it was a stunning contrast to the very dark (almost black) chocolate cake.  I carried on with the “pretty in pink” theme and decorated the cake with Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with pink tinted Vanilla Glaze. To top it all off, I sprinkled them with the white nonpareils.

All of the individual elements of the cake were delicious on their own but the combination of them all together made for one “to die for” cake.  And most importantly, Liana loved it!

A photo taken of a Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting decorated with mini Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with pink Vanilla Glaze and sprinkled with white nonpareils.

Mothers give their daughters so many things, love, names, presents, and yes, cakes. I’m proud to say that this will be a cake Liana will remember for years to come.

A close up photo of Ina Garten's Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and decorated with mini Baked White Chocolate Doughnuts with pink tinted Vanilla Doughnut Glaze and sprinkled with white nonpareils on a white cake stand.

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57 Responses to “Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting”

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  2. Belinda @zomppa Says:

    Happy birthday!! Love what you did with the pink!!! I can’t get enough of that photo.

  3. srithasan Says:

    Its so delicious chocolate layer cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

  4. eatgreek.net Says:

    oooohhh….. I just saw the inside of the cake… and I think I’m dead!! :D

  5. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    what a beautiful cake! that is definitely memorable:-)

  6. Barbara @Modern Comfort Food Says:

    What a deliciously stunning, pull-out-all-the-stops cake for girls of all ages. I love what you’ve done here to give your daughter a truly memorable and sweet 19th birthday.

  7. Grace Says:

    Thank you Barbara, this birthday it me hard, I really can’t believe she’s 19 already, she grew up way to quick!

  8. Grace Says:

    Thanks Lauren, I think she will remember this one because I’ve overheard her discussing it with her friends, tugged at my heart, just a little, okay, more than a little. When I look at her I still see that little girl.

  9. Grace Says:

    You are hilarious!!!

  10. Annie Says:

    That is just the cutest cake I have seen in a while! I’m sure your daughter loved it!

  11. foodies at home Says:

    This is probably one of the prettiest and most girly cakes I have ever seen…and I LOVE it!

  12. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    I cannot believe how GORGEOUS this cake is. How wonderful to celebrate your daughter. No matter what, they are always our “little” girls, right?? I just made my daughters 7th b’day cake-one of the most pleasurable experiences ever!

  13. Grace Says:

    Marla so coincidental I just visited a site where the blogger was celebrating her daughter’s first. You are so right! When I look at my daughter and how I feel in my heart is that she is and always will be my little girl no matter how old she gets. 7 is such a great age, you must be having so much fun. Liana started dancing at that age, I remember crying at every competition, I was so proud! I’m heading over to your site, hope you posted a pic of her b-day cake!

  14. Mimi Says:

    Perfect girlie cake!
    Mimi

  15. Jane Ko Says:

    That is a beautiful cake! And Ina Garten’s chocolate cake recipe is always my go to recipe for chocolate cake. And I love those donuts, they’re so cute! I will be making them for my students this week :)

  16. Imwaytoobusy Says:

    This is so cute I just had to check it out! Kudos to you for tackling such an ambitious cake :)

  17. Grace Says:

    Thank you for stopping by.

  18. Grace Says:

    Jane it’s definitely one of the better chocolate cakes I’ve tried. My favourite is still Donna Hay’s Chocolate Buttermilk but this one is definitely right up there.

  19. Amy Says:

    What a beautiful 19th B-day cake! I bet your daughter really appriciated it :)!

  20. Grace Says:

    Yes she did, thank you Amy!

  21. Heather Meek Says:

    White Chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe is so amazing. It looks melt in your mouth yummy.

  22. torviewtoronto Says:

    delicious cake

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  24. Crustabakes Says:

    This is one pretty pink cake. i love it!

  25. Marly Says:

    I’ve already been here twice and both times got distracted from commenting. I might have been in a trance from staring at these pics. OMG, Grace! This cake looks so delicious. I bet this will be one your daughter will remember for a long time!

  26. Grace Says:

    Thanks Marly, I think she will remember this one, I’ve overheard her chatting about with friends so it must have made an impression.

  27. dining tables Says:

    This is a very pretty cake. I love the pink color that you used for this one. This is a very nice idea.

  28. Emma @CakeMistress Says:

    What a beautiful pink layer cake to celebrate her birthday! Looking back, I don’t remember much about what happened on each birthday as a kid, but I DO remember the amazing cakes my Mum used to make. They’re such great memories.

  29. Joanne Says:

    My lord this cake is incredible! A true masterpiece. you have one lucky daughter.

  30. Grace Says:

    Thank you Joanne but I’ve always thought I am the lucky one, Liana has always been my gift from God.

  31. Peggy Says:

    I bet your daughter had a wonderful birthday! This cake looks great!

  32. ashley l Says:

    What an amazing, wonderful mama you are. I absolutely love the cake and I’m glad that she did too <3

  33. Melanie Large Says:

    FABULOUS! This is really amazing. I want to learn how to make this cake of yours. I lvoe the pink colored icing. It looks good and delicious. I want to bake like this and give it to my cousin for her debut party. Thanks for sharing this awesome cake.

  34. Stay-At-Home-Chef Says:

    Absolutely stunning cake! I’ve made Ina’s cake before and it truly is delicious. Can’t wait to give it another try with this icing…yum.

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  36. Layer and Birthday Cakes Says:

    From the presentation to the pink on chocolate contrast, this cake is simply perfect I really think you picked a real winner for your daughter’s 19th birthday and that she will remember it always. I hope you get the same pleasure out of serving it that you did when she was first born.

  37. marian Says:

    This is a beautiful cake. How do I do the doughnuts. I don’t see that part. Could I use re made doughnuts from store. Thanks

  38. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marian – you most definitely could use store bought but the recipe for the donuts is quick and easy if you would like to give it a go. The recipe link for the Donuts is listed just below the Main Recipe Title (Chocolate Layer Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Baked White Chocolate Cake Doughnuts) and it is in grey font. If you click on that it will take you directly to the recipe. Here is the link as well http://gracessweetlife.com/2010/11/baked-white-chocolate-cake-doughnuts-with-vanilla-glaze/
    Hope you enjoy!

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  42. Aine Says:

    I made the icing for some cupcakes- absolutely delicious (I recommend mixing the cream cheese, etc. together before starting to melt the chocolate; I lost track of time and had tiny slivers of white chocolate in my frosting. I…I’m not really sure why I say that like its a bad thing.)

    Also, halve the recipe for cupcakes, this makes A LOT of icing. The kind you eat with a spoon if its in the fridge…

  43. Kitty Says:

    Made this cake last night for my boyfriend and I’s anniversary. It was absolutely amazing last night and ever better today!!! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  44. Grace Says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed the cake Kitty – Happy Anniversary – Wishing you both a life filled with love and happiness!

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  46. Shannon Says:

    Hi, Grace

    Was wondering if this tasted at all like coffee…looks delicious but my family are not coffee fans. thanks

  47. Grace Says:

    Hi Shannon, I love coffee but you can’t taste the coffee in the batter. What it does do is bring out the chocolate flavour, it’s absolutely delicious and extremely moist especially since there is buttermilk in the recipe too. This is a huge family favourite and whenever I serve it to guests they always rave about it.

  48. Jeannie Says:

    I love this cake, looks so beautiful!

  49. Grace Says:

    Thanks Jeannie, the flavour is the real winner, so moist and delicious.

  50. Jennifer Says:

    This cake looks so delicious and beautiful! I plan on making it for my 26th birthday… pink and all! My only concern is that I’ll have to make it a day in advance. Will it lose its moisture or get hard if it’s refrigerated? Should I leave it out?

  51. Grace Says:

    Hi Jennifer if at all possible I would leave it out. Do you happen to have a cold room or is your basement extra cold?

  52. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks for the speedy reply! I don’t have a basement, but the house in general tends to stay fairly cool. I think it’ll be ok if I left it out. I look forward to making it! =D

  53. Grace Says:

    Jennifer I hope you enjoy as much as we do. It’s one of my favourite cakes, lots of flavour and very moist and every time I’ve served it I received rave reviews.

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  56. anne Says:

    Hi Ive made this cake loads of times every one loves it. Can you freeze the cake before its frosted. I would like to keep one or 2 in the freezer for emergencys haha.
    Thanks Anne

  57. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Anne, so sorry for my late reply. Not sure if you’re aware but I haven’t been updating my site for a while, my mom suffered a severe stroke and we are focused on her recovery. The cake can absolutely be frozen. Cool completely then wrap in parchment first and then plastic wrap. I also place in a resealable freezer bag as well. Very happy to hear you enjoyed it.

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