Golf Cake- A Black and White Layer Cake

Golf Cake- A black and white layer cake at The Dessert Chronicles

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! We celebrated this past weekend and I wanted to make him a special cake. I saw this golf cake somewhere on the internet awhile back and I knew my Dad would love it. It was surprisingly simple to make and everyone got a kick out of it.

Golf Cake- A black and white layer cake at The Dessert Chronicles

Of course I couldn’t decide on chocolate or vanilla cake, so I made both!  I actually love having both flavors in one cake. It’s like two cakes in one and the inside of the cake is so fun to look at. I didn’t get a great picture of the inside, as it was late at night, but I included it anyways. I couldn’t talk about the layers without showing you! Due to the four layers, the cake ended up being way taller than I intended, so I recommend fewer or thinner layers unless you are trying to feed 20+ people. Luckily, I didn’t have much of a problem persuading friends to take some cake off my hands.

Golf Cake- A black and white layer cake at The Dessert Chronicles

If you are new to making cakes, check out my post on assembling a layer cake. I used my all time favorite chocolate cake recipe, Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. Her recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar, which I find excessive, even for a cake. I experimented with reducing the sugar by 1/4 cup and it came out great, so I am going to leave out 1/2 cup next time and see if that works too. I will let you know how it turns out! I cannot find the source of the recipe for the white cake online, but be careful not to over bake the white layers, as they burn quickly.

I frosted the entire cake with vanilla frosting dyed green and then used an upside down glass to make a hole on top of the cake. If you want your putting green to look as authentic as possible, make sure you place a chocolate cake layer on top so that the ball actually looks like it is rolling into the dirt/ground. To make the grass, I used a pastry bag fitted with a Wilton tip found here. Piping the grass is hard on your hand so make sure to take breaks! Finally, place a golf ball in the grass and the cake is complete! Give this cake a try and present it to a golf lover in your life.

Golf Cake- A black and white layer cake at The Dessert Chronicles

Black and White Layer Cake

Make 2 layers of each cake and then assemble all together with frosting in between each layer.

Chocolate Cake

Yield: two 8 or 9″ round pans


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk, shaken

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.

White Cake

Yield: two 8 or 9″ pans


2 large eggs, separated

1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1/2 cup milk (any type works)

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 or 9-inch cake pans.

Separate the eggs. Put sifted flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft and creamy. Add just 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat for an additional two minutes. Now add egg yolks one at a time. Add vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and combine. Add 1/2 of the milk and combine. Alternate flour then milk, mixing in between until you have used it all. Mix just until everything is combined. Don’t overheat batter.

In a separate clean bowl with clean whisk attachment, whip egg whites until foamy and then add cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form. Then add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Use a rubber spatula to fold egg whites into cake batter. Fully incorporate, but do not over mix. Pour into prepared pans and bake 18-20 minutes. Cool completely.


Vanilla Frosting

NOTE: I had to double this for a four layer cake


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

6 to 8 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment whip the butter until soft and creamy. Add confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.


Frosting Source: Billy’s Bakery



Lovely comments

  1. says

    Rachel! Stop it! This is seriously TOO CUTE! My husband and brother-in-law really got in to golf this summer, so this cake would be perfect. Pinning so I can remember to make this for my mister on his birthday in June. You’re so great at desserts!

  2. says

    Okay, this is SUCH a cool cake!!! I’m seriously impressed!! I have a few family members who love to golf and they would adore this!! Especially with the hole … I die. So cute!

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