Saturday, April 24, 2010

Private Chef Sasha's Tahitian Vanilla Cake Recipe

On this week's episode of Food Network's "Private Chefs of Beverly Hills," there was big drama surrounding my Tahitian Vanilla Cake.

What wasn't shown, that I wish made it to air, was me sticking cocktail umbrellas into my hair and stomping around the kitchen hollering, "Nobody tells me no!" before walking the cake out to guests who burst into applause when the saw what I'd made.

Regardless of how it looked, that cake was insanely delicious and exactly to the client's specifications for a White Chocolate Mousse-filled Tahitian Vanilla Cake with fresh Raspberries. But no one watching knew that.

After seeing the show, I got really nervous, wondering if I'd been made to look kind of incompetent. And then something crazy happened; I started getting fan mail. Well, actually, my cake started getting fan mail. For the first time since the show aired, people emailed me asking for the recipe of something I cooked. And it wasn't one or two people, it was almost a dozen! Therefore, may I present...
Sasha Perl-Raver's Tahitian Vanilla Cake Recipe

(If you like this cake, be sure to click here to check out my recipe for Salted Caramel Brownies.)

Tahitian Vanilla Cake Batter:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon Tahitian vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease three round cake pans, graduating in size.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light.

Add the eggs one at a time.

Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract.

Divide batter among the cake pans.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Let cakes cool completely until ready to frost.

Meanwhile prepare mousse and frosting.

Tahitian Vanilla White Chocolate Mousse:
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
2 teaspoons Tahitian vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
9 oz white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a double boiler or a metal bowl set over simmering water, melt the white chocolate and let it cool slightly.

In a separate bowl whisk together the yolks, the sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the cornstarch and whisk well.

Add the scalded milk, vanilla and vanilla bean scrapings and transfer the mixture to a heavy saucepan.

Over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, heat mousse until it is thick and smooth, about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, butter and slightly cooled melted white chocolate.

Place plastic wrap on the surface of the mousse and chill completely.

To complete, beat cream until it hold stiff peaks and fold into mousse. Refrigerate until ready to frost cake.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Tahitian vanilla extract

In a double boiler or a metal bowl set over simmering water, melt the white chocolate and let it cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter.

Add powdered sugar, vanilla and slightly cooled chocolate.

Set aside

To assemble cake:
Also needed: Two pints fresh raspberries, 1 pint sliced in half, 1 pint left whole
to decorate
edible gold (optional)
edible flowers (optional)
cocktail umbrellas

Slice cake rounds in half

Top each half with white chocolate mousse and sliced raspberries.

Top with other half and frost layer.

Chill lightly while frosting additional layer, repeating the process.

Stack layers on each other and decorate with whole raspberries and, if using, edible gold, edible flowers and umbrellas.

Slice cake and serve with raspberry coulis and unsweetened whipped cream.


  1. It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. LOOL..I saw this episode! nd just bought some Tahitian Vanilla to try! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Absolutely awesome! I will surely give this recipe a try as I really love vanilla cake. Simple yet full of flavor. Thanks for sharing this to us. It would surely go well with a cup of coffee made from my saeco espresso machine Kudos!

  4. Thank you so much for posting this! It looked like the party-goers were melting with pleasure when they ate this... I can't wait for an occasion to try it!

  5. Thank you for this recipe, I'm going to make this today for my Mom's birthday today!
    I was searching the foodie websites for 'best cake recipe' then this popped into my mind! I couldnt think of a better recipe than this, so excited to try it! Can't wait!

  6. Totally amazing! I will definitely give this recipe a try .as I truly love vanilla cake. Easy yet full of taste… Thanks for sharing this to us.Pictures look absolutely fabulous! Everything looks extremely nice, professional