Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tuxedo Cake for Dad's 50th!

I believe that every special occasion deserves something fancy - so, what better than a Tuxedo Cake to celebrate my Daddy's 50th birthday!  This cake was very ambitious, and did not turn out "perfect", but it was scrumptious and had a personality of its own.
4 layers of dark chocolate cake, whipped cream frosting, chocolate ganache and buttercreram decorations ... whew!

All lit up and ready for the party!

I found the recipe for this cake here at The Baking Pan.  Because of the complexity of this cake, the only variation I made from this recipe was that I used two 8x3 round pans to make 4 layers instead of the 3 9x2 pans the recipe calls for.  Next time, I may go for the shorter cake, just for convenience. 

Tuxedo Cake

4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 cups water
4 large eggs

Whipped Cream Filling and Frosting:
4 cups chilled whipping (heavy) cream
1¼ cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar

Chocolate Glaze:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
½ cup whipping (heavy) cream
¼ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup ** I could not find any of this syrup in my local Publix.  I subbed 3 parts light Karo Syrup and 1 part Molasses.
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 350o degrees F. Prepare three 9-inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening, line with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust with flour.
2.In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt; whisk together to mix. Set aside.
3.In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and vanilla. Set aside.
4.In a medium heavy saucepan combine butter, oil, and water. Heat over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
5.Pour the butter mixture into the sugar mixture. Using an electric mixer on low speed, or a wire whisk, stir or whisk until combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly
6.Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and whisk with a fork to thoroughly break up the eggs, and then add the eggs to the batter, stirring until thoroughly combined. Add the buttermilk mixture, stir until combined.
7.Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pans and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Cream Filling and Frosting:
8.In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream until soft mounds form; gradually add the powdered sugar, continue beating until thick and stiff. Tip: the cream will whip easier if the mixing bowl and beaters are first chilled; place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to whip the cream.
9.Place one cake layer on a cake plate. Using an offset spatula thickly spread some of the whipped cream over the top. Top with the remaining cake layers, coating the top of each with the whipped cream, and then covering the sides of the cake. Spread the cream as smooth as possible over the top and sides.
10.Refrigerate the cake at least one hour to stabilize the whipped cream before glazing.

Chocolate Glaze:
11.Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Set aside.
12.In a small heavy saucepan over medium low heat, heat the cream until it is hot and just beginning to steam. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Add Lyle’s Golden Syrup and vanilla, stirring until completely mixed.
13.Pour the chocolate mixture into a pitcher, or liquid measuring cup with a pouring spout and let chocolate glaze cool for 10 minutes. Do not let the glaze sit longer than 10 minutes because it will thicken and become difficult to pour over the cake.
14.Slowly pour the glaze over the cake. Cover the top of the cake entirely, letting some of the glaze drizzle down the sides, and allowing some of the whipped cream show through the drizzles around the side of the cake.
15.Refrigerate the cake until the glaze is set and the whipped cream frosting is firm, at least one hour. Refrigerate Leftovers.
16.To serve, slice the cake with a long serrated knife, cleaning the knife between each slice.

The inside
I think Daddy liked it!
This was, by far, the hardest cake I have ever baked, but definitely the tastiest. I am so proud that it turned out well!  A smaller version of this cake is coming soon - it is the perfect balance of chocolate and light whipped cream.

Happy Baking!


  1. Jessisca, this looks delicious!

    - Dana

  2. t.christine1964@yahoo.comSeptember 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Jessica your cakes look wonderful! Your baby boy is SO cute and looks so happy...Bless you guys!

  3. Wow! I love chocolate flavored cake, I'm gonna try this when I got home.