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Sweets for Your Sweet Tooth: Bread Winners' White Chocolate Berry Cake

White Chocolate Berry Cake Demonstrated by Cara Vasquez of Bread Winners

We recently decided that Appetite for Instruction needs more sweets in its life. Sure, we've dabbled here and there over the past year in the baking department, but not enough to satisfy our City of Aters who suffer from the incurable sweet tooth.

This where Bread Winners comes in. The three café and bakery locations, in Uptown, Plano and Inwood Village, are known for many things -- their makes-you-want-to-get-up-early weekend brunch, fresh baked goods and catering service, for example -- but let's focus on the baked goods right now, shall we? Their bakery menu offers everything from the chocolate ecstasy torte to homemade Oreo pie to raspberry swirl cheesecake. It was a no-brainer for us to decide this is the place we should feature in our next Appetite for Instruction's sweet treat recipe.

For today's AFI, we have the bakery manager Cara Vasquez demonstrating the white chocolate berry cake. This recipes involves lots of frosting, strawberries, and um, eating.

White Chocolate Berry Cake Ingredients:
4 ounces white chocolate
¼ cup water
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
4 cups fresh strawberries

Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients:
1 quart heavy whipping cream
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Step 1: Melt chocolate and water. Mix until smooth. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in chocolate. Add alternately buttermilk and flour mixture, beating well after each addition.

Step 3: Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold into batter.

Step 4: Line the bottom of three 9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and remove cakes from pans.

Step 6: For the whipped cream frosting, beat all ingredients until stiff.

Step 7: Layer cake all over with frosting and fresh berries. Top it off with the leftover fresh berries and white chocolate shavings.

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