chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese

Birthdays sometimes go unnoticed in my office, and while I can’t bake a cake for everyone, I try to do something. We hired a new project assistant a couple months back and we kind of forgot her birthday. My excuse was that I was working from home because of my never-ending knee problems. But I decided I would bake a cake for her 25th birthday + one week.  You know, keep everyone on their toes about whether or not there was going to be a cake.

I didn’t really know what kind of cake she liked, but I figured that most people like chocolate (how can you not?) and I had seen this stunning cake on tastepotting. I was a little thrown off by the ingredients because I was unfamiliar with golden syrup. I knew it was popular in England (coincidentally, I had read about it just the day before I cake across the recipe), but I didn’t want to go from store to store trying to find it. I have since learned that it’s actually available in every single grocery store I shop in. Oh well.

I happen to love, love, love this chocolate cake recipe that I found on Smitten Kitchen a few years ago and I figured I would just make that with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting. And somehow I ended up with a completely different frosting recipe. So in the end, that photo I saw on tastepotting really just led to inspiration, but that was a very important step because I never would have thought of white chocolate and cream cheese frosting on my own.

chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese

I don’t like frosting to be too sweet and white chocolate can sometimes be achingly sweet. But I was intrigued and wanted to see how it would turn out. It’s actually pretty great because the tang from the cream cheese plays perfectly off of the sweetness from the white chocolate. Throw in a deep, rich, moist chocolate cake and you end up with something pretty great combination.

chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese

I have this one coworker who is extremely opinionated on all things and enjoys nothing more than to expound his views as truth. Luckily he’s a pretty funny guy (please don’t tell him I said so or he’ll become completely insufferable), so we let him get away with it. Anyway, he stuck around long enough for a horrible rendition of “Happy Birthday” (I think there’s nothing worse than singing in the office – it seems to bring out the worst in everyone) before  he left, disgusted/outraged by the idea of white chocolate cream cheese frosting and refused to even try it. He returned only a few minutes later because the director of our center had oohed and aahed over the cake and insisted that he try it. One bite and not only did he come back for a slice, but he declared that this was the cake he wanted for his next birthday. If it was good enough that he was willing to admit he was wrong, believe me, this cake is worth making!

slice of chocolate cake with white chocolate cream cheese

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