When I have an excuse to make cake, I go bonkers.

Like, bananas with excitement. This cake has been on my mind for a while. A Pastry Queen creation. A genius idea.

AND, a Valentine’s Day dream! I served this up the other night while entertaining some friends and every step of this cake was like creating a baby. Sweet and tender loving, hunny.

This year for Valentine’s Day, I’m not sure what the boy has planned. I decided to be a spoiled brat this year. I’m a lady, and this lady right here is going to take some serious time to be treated like a Queen. Valentine’s Day is about the lady anyway, right?

Plus it’s an excuse to eat more cake. And I’m ok with that.

To begin, spray 3 8-inch pans with nonstick spray and preheat oven to 350. Get your cake’s baked (directions at the end) and cooled, and let’s get rocking! Why do my cakes have funny squares on them? Because they cooled on the racks top side down. They like it that way.

To make the frosting, whip the heavy cream on high until soft peaks form.

Add the powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.

Level the cake layers. You want them to be flat on the top, so if your cake looks like mine:

Chop that top off!

Top the first layer with ~1/2-2/3 cup frosting, spread evenly.

Now top with the second cake layer. Repeat.

Cover the cake with remaining frosting and refrigerate for one hour.

You should probably get your chocolate dipped strawberries ready now. Make extra, you won’t regret it.

For the ganache, heat chopped chocolate, heavy cream, and golden syrup in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between. Stir in vanilla and stick in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to cool. Stir after chilling. The glaze should be pourable but very thick. Pour the thickened glaze over the top, gently pushing it towards the edges so it will overflow. Refrigerate until time to serve.

Top that beauty with your berries and eat that chocolate sucker up!

Tuxedo cake
Recipe taken from Confections of a Foodie Bride who adapted it from the Pastry Queen
This cake is BIG. It serves anywhere from 12-16 people.

Ingredients
For the cake:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups water
1 cup canola oil
3 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk or fat-free Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla

For the frosting:
4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar

For the glaze:
4 oz (100g chocolate bar + 4 squares more) dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
2 tsp vanilla
Chocolate-covered strawberries (optional)

Instructions
Cake:
To make the cake, spray 3 8-inch pans (or two 10-inch pans) with nonstick spray and preheat oven to 350.
Combine the butter, water, and canola oil in a medium sauce pan set over medium heat and cook just until butter has melted.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the sugar, flour, and cocoa. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix on low. Increase to medium and add one egg at a time. Add the buttermilk (or yogurt), followed by the baking soda, salt, and vanilla.

Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake for 30-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cakes comes out with moist crumbs attached.

Let cool 10 minutes in pan and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely, about one hour.

Frosting:
To make the frosting, whip the heavy cream on high until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.

Level the cake layers, if necessary.

Top the first layer with ~1/2-2/3 cup frosting, spread evenly, and then top with the second cake layer. Repeat and then cover the cake with remaining frosting.

Refrigerate for one hour.

Ganache:
Heat chopped chocolate, heavy cream, and golden syrup in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between. Stir in vanilla and stick in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to cool.

Stir after chilling. The glaze should be pourable but very thick. Test a small spoonful down one side of the cake – if it stops running before it hits the bottom or just as it hits the bottom, it’s done. If it’s too thick, add a Tbsp or two more golden syrup or heat for 10 seconds in the microwave.

Pour the thickened glaze over the top, gently pushing it towards the edges so it will overflow.

Refrigerate until time to serve.

Serve with chocolate-covered strawberries (optional). Leftovers will keep in a covered container in the fridge for a few days.

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34 Responses to Tuxedo Cake

  1. You outdid yourself!! WOW!!! It’s gorgeous, so perfectly decorated and I bet the cake itself is scrumptious!

  2. Connie says:

    Looks wonderful! Perfectly elegant for sharing with people you love on Valentine’s Day <3

  3. Catherine says:

    Oh my. This looks divine. You had me at ganache.

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  4. Katie says:

    this cake is seriously gorgeous!! wow!

  5. absolutely gorgeous! what patience you must have to have frosted this beauty!

  6. Kathryn says:

    What a beautiful cake!!

  7. Erin says:

    That is a gorgeous cake! Looks absolutely delicious! :)

  8. Villy says:

    Oooh! You had me at “ganache”.. That looks so formal and delicious!

  9. Deborah says:

    Oh my – that is gorgeous!! I’m tempted to make that today, even though we can’t eat a whole cake ourselves! (I guess I should say we could eat it, but we shouldn’t!!) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. Wowzers! This looks like Valentine’s Day perfection!!!

  11. aida says:

    My dear,

    I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It’s beautiful, well structured, interesting, sweet amazing [probably your own qualities right?] and it has completely got me hooked, so I’m your new follower now… i think we’re going to get along just fine! ;)

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  12. re says:

    looks very beautiful, I want to try this :)

  13. jen laceda says:

    awesome-looking cake! perfect for Valentine’s – with the strawberries and chocolates. nom nom nom!

  14. JenMarie says:

    Really, VERY beautiful.

    Perfect to take somewhere. Elegant and startling. Nice job!

  15. Wow, not only does the decoration look stunning, but the cake inside looks delicious. I’ve been looking for a nice chocolate cake recipe to make my husband’s birthday cake so I think I’m gonna pinch yours! Thanks

  16. Joanne says:

    We are totally the same when it comes to cake. I’ll take any excuse any day of the week to make a layer cake. ANY.

    And this is just gorgeous. The perfect V-Day cake! (or you know…random tuesday just because cake)

  17. AikoVenus says:

    This looks so pretty – I especially love the addition of the chocolate covered strawberries on top, such a nice touch! ^^

  18. Tracey says:

    Such an absolutely stunning cake! I’ve had this one flagged for a while too, I’m just waiting for the perfect occasion to serve it. I’d have to make a ton of extra strawberries too because I know half of them would wind up in my belly :)

  19. Just discovered your blog via London Bakes and I’m so glad I did! This cake looks heavenly – almost like a giant chocolate truffle inside. Yum!

  20. ileana says:

    This looks totally delicious!

  21. What a fabulous Valentine’s dessert. Love the ganache dripping down the sides.

  22. Tracy says:

    This cake looks oh-so-lovely!!

  23. This is gorgeous! I love the chocolate covered strawberries on the top!

  24. Beth says:

    That cake really is a Valentine’s Day dream! What a beautiful dessert.

  25. Now that is one beautiful cake!! Love the drizzles of chocolate along the sides.

  26. Wow! Does that cake taste as fudgy as it looks? And I love using whipped cream as frosting, especially when the cake is super sweet and heavy. This recipe looks like a keeper!

  27. ahu says:

    this looks incredible! what an amazing dessert for a special occasion.

  28. This cake looks amazing! The next time I have a reason to bake a cake, this is it! maybe I need to make up a reason…

  29. Margo says:

    That is one beeeeaauuutiful cake! I think I need to come up with an excuse to make that!!!

  30. Wowzie! This is truly a tuxedo cake! So much glamour! I adore it <3 give me a bite to taste?

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