White Chocolate Cherry Torte

Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients:

Pillsbury Baking Spray with Flour
6 ounces white chocolate
2 1/2 cups White Lily® Enriched Bleached All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
WHITE CHOCOLATE FROSTING
8 ounces white chocolate
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 cups Smucker's® Cherry Preserves
3/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions:

1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat two 9-inch round pans lightly with flour no-stick cooking spray. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper. Coat paper with flour no-stick cooking spray.
2.MELT 6 ounces white chocolate over low heat or in microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Cool and set aside.
3.COMBINE flour, granulated sugar, salt and baking soda in large bowl. Add buttermilk and butter; mix on low speed until dry ingredients are completely moistened. Stir in melted white chocolate.
4.BEAT egg whites in clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold batter into egg whites. Spread batter evenly in pans. Tap pans on counter several times to remove air bubbles.
5.BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (This cake does not develop a typical brown surface.) Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
 WHITE CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1.MELT 8 ounces white chocolate over low heat or microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Cool.
2.BEAT cream cheese in large bowl until smooth; gradually beat in chocolate. Add butter and vanilla; blend thoroughly. Gradually add powdered sugar; beat until smooth and fluffy.
 ASSEMBLY
1.SLICE each layer in half to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer on serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting, then 1/2 cup preserves. Repeat with 2 more layers. Spread preserves on top. Frost sides of cake and pipe or mound a border around top edge of cake. Sprinkle almonds over top of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Serving Size (1/16), Calories 690 (Calories from Fat 290), Total Fat 32g (Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 270mg, Total Carbohydrate 92g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 64g), Protein 7g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.