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White Christmas Cake Recipe

White Christmas cake

Published: September 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 10

This is a very light vanilla cake, and one that we love to serve on Christmas Day in place of a normal fruit cake. In order to keep the colour as white as possible, use a very light-coloured butter such as Lurpak


Make this white chocolate cake, then check out our classic Christmas cake, snowball cake, Italian Christmas cake and more Christmas baking recipes.


  • 240ml milk
  • 1 tsp
 vanilla extract
  • 270g plain flour
  • 30g cornflour
  • 1 tbsp
 baking powder
  • 350g
 white caster sugar
  • 120g butter, very soft

  • 6 egg whites, (see box below)

  • white glitter or sprinkles or crushed candy canes, to decorate

  • canes, to decorate


  • 250g butter
  • 350g icing sugar


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan160/gas4. Butter and line two 20cm cake tins, make sure they seal tightly if they have loose bases. Whisk the milk and vanilla with a good pinch of salt.

  • STEP 2

    Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder together. Beat the sugar with the butter, then beat in the flour mixture. While beating, add the milk mixture a little at a time to make a smooth batter. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold them into the mixture. Divide the batter between the tins and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through (when a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean), but only lightly browned all over. You want as little colour as possible.

  • STEP 3

    Make the frosting by beating the butter until it is very light and fluffy, then beating in the icing sugar. Add a layer of frosting between the layers and sandwich them together. Frost the cake and then decorate it.

Rather than separating lots of eggs for the white Christmas cake, buy a carton of Two Chicks Egg Whites – available in most supermarkets. twochicks.co.uk

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