Adventures of a Cake Diva

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How to Make a “Tuxedo” Cake aka a Cake that Looks Like a Hot Fudge Sundae 09/11/2011

You can make this Tuxedo Cake!

     This summer, I made this wedding cake, and every time I looked at it, it reminded me of a hot fudge sundae.  Yum.  It was a three tiered cake, covered in hand-made/homemade fondant, and then I poured warm chocolate ganache over each tier.  Previously, I had made cakes where ganache or whipped ganache was a filling between the cake layers, but this was the first time that I poured ganache on top of each cake.  Even though I made a practice cake a couple weeks prior to the wedding cake, I was soooo nervous when it came to making the real deal, because once you pour warm chocolate over your cake, there aren’t any do-overs.  (Yikes!) 

     Actually, this technique isn’t very difficult, and the end result is quite elegant.   I thought I’d share with you how I achieved this effect.  I don’t have step-by-step pictures, since this blog was but a twinkle in my eye when I made this cake.  I will do my best to explain. 

     The recipe that I used for the ganache was: 9 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (chopped) and 1 cup of heavy cream.  I placed the chocolate into a microwave-safe 2 cup measuring cup (preferably with a spout) and then I poured the heavy cream over the chocolate.  Then, I placed the measuring cup into the microwave, and warmed the chocolate for 45 seconds.  After the 45 seconds elapsed, I took the measuring cup out of the microwave and used a very small whisk to start to combine the chocolate and cream.  I continued microwaving the measuring cup in 15-20 second increments, followed by whisking, until the ingredients were well combined and smooth.  

      Next, I took my warm ganache, and I started at the bottom tier of my stacked cake.  (My cake was covered in fondant, you can use this technique with a cake iced in buttercream, too.)  Using the spout of the measuring cup, I poured the warm ganache, starting with the section toward the center and moving out toward the edge of the cake.  Then, I took a very small cake spatula, and I gently “pushed” the ganache over the edge of the cake. 

     See?  I told you that this technique wasn’t difficult.  So, why don’t you give it a try?  It really is a fairly easy way to “dress” up a cake, and it is delicious, too.

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2 Responses to “How to Make a “Tuxedo” Cake aka a Cake that Looks Like a Hot Fudge Sundae”

  1. ThePoleDancingBaker Says:

    Oh! I love this tuxedo cake. It ALMOST looks too good to eat. (but know that I would eat it in a jiffy! 😉


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