March 18, 2014

White Chocolate Birthday {or Easter} Cake & Tastebuds Popcorn GIVE-AWAY!


Gorgeous White Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting ~ loaded with decadently delicious white chocolate in both the cake itself and the frosting, it's just perfect for any occasion.  


Oh, I had so much fun creating this gorgeous White Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Loaded with tons of white chocolate in both the cake itself and  the frosting, it's decadently delicious!  

And with the beautiful spring-colored confetti sprinkles decorating it, this scrumptious cake would be just perfect for Easter dinner, too.
Seriously, don't the sprinkles make you think of adorable little pastel Easter eggs scattered all over the cake?


And you'll never guess what inspired this fit-for-any-special-occasion cake.  And I do mean never.

Oh, but go ahead and give a guess.  

'Cause you'll never get it.

'Cause this beautiful cake was inspired by ...



POPCORN!  {huh?}



Yes, this totally scrumptious cake was inspired by Tastebuds White Chocolate Birthday Cake popcornto be exact.


See, my friends at Tastebuds Popcorn are, like, popcorn geniuses.  Can you believe they've come up with over 200 flavors of gourmet popcorn?  

Like this White Chocolate Birthday Cake, for example ... made extra yummy with white chocolate, and extra fun & pretty with sprinkles.  You know, 'cause who doesn't love sprinkles?

When I was introduced to this beautifully delicious popcorn flavor, I just couldn't resist creating a cake to match.



And guess what?  Tastebuds Popcorn and I want to share some of their amazing popcorn with YOU.  So ...
Enter for your chance to win!


which includes
3 medium-sized packages of Tastebuds popcorn
in the flavors YOU choose!


Here's a very small sampling of some of Tastebuds' fabulous flavors, from savory to sweet ...  



Visit the Tastebuds Popcorn website to see all  their fabulous flavors.
Oh, which flavors will you choose??

Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win!

The fine print:  Entry open from March 19, 2014 until midnight Eastern time March 27, 2014.  Open to U.S. residents only, must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Please see full rules and restrictions in the Rafflecopter form. Sometimes the form takes a moment to load.


** This give-away has ended.  Congratulations to our winner, Clare B.! **
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If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, I highly recommend you go give the folks at Tastebuds a visit.  You'll be so glad you did.  But if you don't live in the area, no worries! ... Tastebuds Popcorn is available for order online, too.  Visit Tastebuds' website today to get your popcorn package on it's way to  you!

Just like this gorgeous cake, wouldn't Tastebuds Popcorn be perfect for Easter?  What kid wouldn't love the Easter Bunny to bring some White Chocolate Birthday Cake popcorn in their Easter basket?


Because sprinkles ... whether on some yummy fun popcorn, or on a gorgeous cake ... just make you smile.  Just take a look at the photo below of white chocolate-dusted confetti sprinkles ... You're smiling, right?

I knew you would be!



And I bet you'd be smiling even more after just one bite of this decadently delicious White Chocolate Birthday {or Easter} cake!

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White Chocolate Cake
Source:  Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, as shared by Dieter's Downfall

Ingredients
  • 2 (4 oz.) white chocolate baking bars
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 T. butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • White Chocolate Buttercream frosting {see recipe below}
Directions
  1. Grease and flour 9-inch round cake pans {2 for a 2-layer cake or 3 for a 3-layer cake}; line bottoms of pans with parchment. Set aside
  2. Break or chop chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwaveable bowl. Heat in the microwave at 50% power for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until melted and smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds. {Do not over heat.} Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat butter at medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add sugar and beat until well combined. Reduce to low speed and add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and mix in.
  5. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk, mixing until just combined. Gently stir in white chocolate.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cake pans, dividing evenly. Bake at 350 degrees - 20 minutes for 3 layers or 30 minutes for 2 layers, using a toothpick inserted in the center to test for doneness. Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake.
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from pan and place on wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, frost with White Chocolate Buttercream frosting, using approximately 1 cup of frosting between the layers.



White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Source:  Adapted from Southern Living magazine, December, 2012

Ingredients
  • 1 (4 oz.) white chocolate baking bar
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 (2 lb.) package confectioners' sugar (about 7 cups)
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream or milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Directions
  1. Break or chop white chocolate into small pieces. Combine chocolate pieces and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a small microwaveable bowl. Heat in the microwave at 50% power for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until melted and smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds. Let cool to room temperature (approximately 30 minutes).
  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add confectioners sugar and 1/4 cup cream, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. If mixture becomes too thick, add a little of the white chocolate mixture and continue beating.
  3. Add salt, white chocolate, and vanilla extract; beat at low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 3 minutes.

34 comments:

  1. Popcorn is my go to snack in the evening

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    1. Yummy, Sandy! It's one of my husband's go-to evening snacks, too.

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  2. Oh my goodness! This looks so yummy! I'm in! Hah.

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  3. I would love to win this one the rafflecopter never ever ever ever ever popped up.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  4. Any way that I can. I love making a big bowl of buttery popcorn and watch tv. YUM!!!! I have popcorn atleast 3 times a week.

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  5. I like popcorn popped in a brown paper bag in the microwave, pour in a big bowl, and have some real butter melted -- poured over with some sea salt. I love popcorn any way I can get it, as a child my mom made popcorn on the stove almost every night for our snack. Hers was delicious!!

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  6. Leslie
    I usually enjoy popcorn in my giant vintage mixing bowl during big events like the Oscars or a special movie.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  7. love this cake & can't wait to make it, thanks. we have a small popcorn factory not far from here so when the grandkids are here we let them each pick a flavor & we come back pick a game, eat & play, fun & yum

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  8. Love popcorn in the evening while watching a movie with my family

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  9. MY favorite way to enjoy popcorn is hot and buttery, while reading a really juicy book :-).

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  10. it looks like such a fun and yummy cake!

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  11. With my kiddos watching a movie on our couch!

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  12. I love my popcorn when i have someone to share it with :)

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  13. That cake looks so dreamy!!!!! I like eating popcorn while watching a movie or reading a good book.

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  14. This cake looks incredible! I love popcorn with movies.

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  15. gotta have popcorn with a movie. yum!

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  16. I love popcorn with a movie or even when reading a book!

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  17. I love to make buttery, cheesy popcorn and sit down and watch a good action show or book.

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  18. This looks great! Do you know how well this cake sculpts for a 3D cake?

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    1. Hi, Abby! I'm sorry ... I'm not a cake sculptor at all ... so I'm afraid I don't know how to answer that question! It's a fairly 'sturdy' cake, if that helps. Enjoy!

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  19. My favorite way to enjoy popcorn is relaxing with my lil fam, watching a good movie!

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  20. Just looking at this cake is making me gain weight....but oh I want some sooo bad. Thanks for sharing!

    I'll eat popcorn anywhere, anytime with anybody!

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  21. Visiting from Totally Talented Tuesdays! This cake sounds very dreamy and delicious, It looks brilliant! I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday, I'd love you to share this with us over at our party. Have a great day!

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  22. Such a beautiful cake! Perfect to celebrate anything . . . even just the weekend.

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  23. oh my goodness this looks incredible!

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  24. I just made this cake, and accompanying icing, by following the recipe exactly.. And it turned out amazing! The cake smelled heavenly sweet fresh out of the oven and the icing will now be my go to buttercream - it's simply delicious. The cake rose really well in the oven and was easy to work with. Overall just a really perfect cake recipe - thank you!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad, Jillene! Thank you so much for stopping back by to let me know!! Enjoy it

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  25. It's baking in the oven! :) I'm hoping it all turns out well as I am always nervous trying a recipe for the first time!

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    1. Eeek! ... You're making me nervous, too, Valerie. I know what you mean about trying a recipe for the first time. I've got my fingers crossed for you!

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  26. You grease, flour AND add parchment paper to the pan?? Over the grease and flour?

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