Yellow Cake With Pastry Cream Filling and Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Yellow Cake With Pastry Cream Filling, Chocolate Ganache Frosting, and Shaved Chocolate
Christopher Baker
A garnish of shaved bittersweet chocolate makes this cake extra-fancy. 

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Serves 12
preparation
45
minutes
cooking
180
minutes

Ingredients

2
cups
(4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
5
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
1
tablespoon
baking powder
1/2
teaspoon
baking soda
1
teaspoon
kosher salt
3
cups
sugar
1
tablespoon
pure vanilla extract
6
large eggs, at room temperature
2
cups
whole milk
1
recipe
Pastry Cream
1/2
recipe
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
2
ounces
bittersweet chocolate, shaved

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-by-13-inch pans, line the bottoms with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes for 8-inch pans and 22 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a platter and spread with 1 cup of the pastry cream. Top with the remaining cake and refrigerate to set, 30 minutes. Spread the top with the frosting and sprinkle with the chocolate shavings.
Dawn Perry
April 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories From Fat 512
  • Fat 58 g
  • Sat Fat 34 g
  • Cholesterol 304 mg
  • Sodium 475 mg
  • Protein 14 g
  • Carbohydrate 121 g
  • Sugar 75 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Iron 4 mg
  • Calcium 158 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.