Black and White Cake

Black and White Cake

  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total: 50 min
  • Serving: Makes 1 cake

This black and white cake is the perfect mouthwatering merge between chocolate and vanilla. As a bonus, black and white desserts showcase perfectly for black tie events or other elegant evening affairs. Serve them at your next evening soiree.


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1, 1-ounce square unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, diluted with 3/4 cup ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 1, 1-ounce square unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few drops of pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ice water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


  1. To make the cake, beat together brown sugar, butter, and eggs in a bowl until creamy. Mix in melted chocolate. Gradually add in flour, buttermilk, diluted baking soda, and vanilla.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch floured baking pan and place in a cold oven. Begin heating oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. In a small pan over low heat, combine ingredients for chocolate icing using enough cream to reach a spreadable consistency. Remove from heat. Combine ingredients for white icing in a double boiler, heat and stir until smooth and spreadable. Beat white icing mixture until it is fluffy.
  4. Invert cake onto a square cake board or plate and spread both icings over cake in a black and white design of your choice.

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