Winter Wonderland White Cake

My Winter Wonderland White Cake is perfect for the upcoming holiday season no matter how you celebrate it.

slice of white cake on a spatula being removed from the whole cake

This delicious moist white cake can be decorated for the season, birthdays or any holiday. Think of it as a blank canvas and have fun making this cake to fit your celebration or simply to treat your family to a special dessert.

whole winter wonderland white cake on a white platter

What’s on your holiday dessert menu?

What do I need to make a winter wonderland cake?

ingredients to make a white cake

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Winter Wonderland White Cake. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

What type of flour makes the best cakes?

How do I make a white cake?

Cake flour is my flour of choice when it comes to baking a light, fluffy cake. Cake flour is very finely milled from soft winter wheat. It also has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, making it finer, lighter, and softer.

The first step is preparing your pans for the cake batter and preheating the oven.

prepared cake pan
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease two round 9-inch cake pans.
  • Place round pieces of parchment paper in the bottom of each cake pan and grease the parchment paper.
  • Flour the bottom and sides of the cake pans by tapping a spoonful of flour around to coat. Discard any remaining flour.
four images showing the first steps in making a white cake.
  • In a measuring cup, whisk together the egg whites, ¼ cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds.
four images showing the next steps in making a white cake.
  • Add in the butter and the remaining ½ cup of milk. Mix on low speed just until moistened. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 1 ½ minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • With the mixer on medium speed, add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the cake pans using an offset spatula to level the batter. You can weigh the cake pans on a kitchen scale to ensure even layers.
two images showing baked cake layers in pans and on wire screen
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be very careful not to over bake.
  • Let the layers cool in the pans for 10 minutes then loosen the sides of the cakes with a small knife or spatula and invert cakes onto greased wire racks.
  • Gently re-flip the cakes so that the top of the cakes are facing up. Let cakes cool completely.

How do I make vanilla frosting?

four images showing how to make vanilla frosting
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the butter on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 8 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, add in the remaining ingredients and mix for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and whip until frosting is very light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.

How do I assemble the cake?

four images showing how to assemble the winter wonderland cake
  • Place the first cake layer flat side up on a cake stand (or any dish that you will be serving it on).
  • Place about 1 cup of frosting on the top and spread it evenly with an offset spatula.
  • Gently place the 2nd cake layer top/rounded side down on top.
  • Place a small amount of frosting on top of the cake and create a crumb coat by spreading the frosting thinly over the top and sides with a small offset spatula. Place in the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.
finished decorated cake on a white cake pedestal
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator and add the remaining frosting on top of the cake and spread it evenly over the top and sides. You can make the frosting textured to look like freshly fallen snow, as I did, or make it smooth.
  • Decorate the cake with your choice of holiday sprinkles

Recipe FAQ’s

What makes a white cake white?

A white cake uses egg whites instead of the whole egg. Some bakers will use half shortening and half butter to get a whiter color to the cake layer.

Is white cake the same as vanilla cake?

White and vanilla cake are created from the same ingredients, the only difference is a yellow cake will use the whole egg. The yolk of the egg gives the cake a yellow color.

Do I have to only use egg whites for this cake?

No, you don’t if you don’t mind a yellow cake. If you do use the whole egg, reduce the number of eggs used to 4.

Can I add other ingredients to the white cake?

Yes, you can. Try adding chocolate chips to the cake, or sprinkles to make a funfetti cake.

slice of white cake on a white plate

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful holiday dessert or just dreaming of a Winter Wonderland, try making this cake to share with your family and friends.

The best part about this cake is that it’s a blank canvas ready for your decorations. It’s the perfect cake for any holiday or occasion!

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Winter Wonderland White Cake

One of my all-time favorite cakes is my Winter Wonderland White Cake. It’s perfect for your holiday get-togethers or any time of the year you’re craving that perfect white cake.

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time2 hrs

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 16

Calories: 503kcal

Ingredients

White Cake:

Vanilla Frosting

Instructions

White Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two round 8-inch cake pans. Place round pieces of parchment paper in the bottom of each cake pan and grease the parchment paper. Flour the bottom and sides of the cake pans by tapping a spoonful of flour around to coat. Discard any remaining flour.

  • In a measuring cup, whisk together the egg whites, ¼ cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds.

  • Add in the butter and the remaining ½ cup of milk. Mix on low speed just until moistened. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 1 ½ minutes.

  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition.

  • Divide the batter evenly into the cake pans using an offset spatula to level the batter. You can weigh the cake pans on a kitchen scale to ensure even layers.

  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be very careful not to over bake! Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cakes with a small knife or spatula and invert cakes onto greased wire racks. Gently re-flip the cakes so that the top of the cakes are facing up. Let cakes cool completely.

Vanilla Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the butter on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 8 minutes.

  • With the mixer on low, add in the remaining ingredients and mix for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and whip until frosting is very light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.

Assembly

  • Place the bottom cake layer bottom/flat side down on a cake stand (or any dish that you will be serving it on).

  • Place about 1 cup of frosting on the top and spread it evenly with an offset spatula.

  • Gently place the 2nd cake layer top/rounded side down on top.

  • Place a small amount of frosting on top of the cake and create a crumb coat by spreading the frosting thinly over the top and sides with a small offset spatula. Place in the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.

  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Place remaining frosting on top of the cake and spread it evenly over the top and sides. You can make the frosting textured to look like freshly fallen snow, as I did, or make it smooth.

  • Decorate the cake with winter style sprinkles of your choice

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 821IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg