Halloween Tuxedo Cake is an old recipe inspired by Country Living’s October cover cake . It’s a basic double chocolate cake frosted with whipped cream over which is drizzled a generous layer of chocolate glaze. Since I’m not the greatest decorator, I renamed mine Creepy Chocolate Layer Cake. I’m sure yours will look better.
Halloween Tuxedo Cake Presentation
I should have put more thought into what platter I’d serve it on and what to put around the edges for garnish, but in this case it’s just sitting on a cake carrier base and I attempted to clean up the drizzled ganache with a wet paper towel. Next time I’m going to put it on a Halloween platter and stack candy corn around the perimeter. But all that aside, the cake looks great sliced!
And I finally got the orange tint right. For this latest cake I used Wilton gel food coloring because that is what Target had in the Halloween baking aisle and I didn’t have time to go to Michael’s to get orange paste, which would have given me a deeper orange. At least this new one looks better than the one from last time (below).
- If you don’t have the time to make the whipped cream and topping, the chocolate layer cake component of this recipe is very good on its own and doesn’t require an electric mixer.
- 2 cups of cream and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar should give you just the right amount of whipped cream to cover the cake (if not a little more).
- The amount of chocolate glaze made with 4 oz of semisweet chocolate should also be just enough. I used Ghirardelli semisweet. I’d like to try this recipe again using Dove Promises for the chocolate glaze.
- Lyle’s Golden Syrup seems to be in most grocery stores these days. If you can’t find it you can use corn syrup.
Creepy Chocolate Layer Cake
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup scalding hot coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour 9 oz by weight
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
Whipped Cream Icing:
- 2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
- Mix cocoa powder and hot coffee in a bowl or saucepan and stir until smooth.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla.
- In another bowl, thoroughly mix together dry ingredients (sugar through flour).
- Add dry ingredients to buttermilk/oil mixture and stir just until mixed. Stir in cocoa/water mixture. Mix just enough to get rid of lumps but do not over-beat.
- Pour into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. If you are using the lower temperature, you may need to bake for 37 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Flip and let cool completely on racks.
- Frosting: Whip the cream in a large bowl on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and whip until thoroughly combined. Use orange paste or red and yellow food colors and dye the cream orange. Frost layers with whipped cream and stack. Chill the cake for an hour before adding chocolate topping.
- Glaze: Place the chocolate in a medium bowl or a 2 cup glass measure. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium (or in microwave) until it is very hot and just beginning to steam. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until it has melted completely. Stir in the syrup and vanilla. Let cool for about 10 minutes, but not so long that it become too stiff to pour.
- Slowly pour the glaze over the cake, ensuring that it covers the top and drizzles down the sides.
- Refrigerate the cake until the glaze is set and the whipped cream frosting is firm, at least 1 hour.
Great cake. All dressed up for Holloween.
Emilie, there’s a very thin, crisp, chocolate chip cookie on Cookie Madness which uses Lyle’s. It was developed by the NYT, although I played around with it some and used Lyle’s.
This sounds so good! Good job. 😉
Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes. I know that it’s a lot of hard work.
I bought some Lyle’s Golden Syrup today! I just can’t decide what to do with it.
I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in a Bundt pan. It’s got a big, wide, crumb rather than a tight crumb (I’m not sure I’m describing that right!) but it seems like it would still work. Let me know if you try it. It’s a really good cake.
Shan, everyone seemed to like it. It’s one of those cakes which I suspect, will taste even better today.
Therese, no, I didn’t watch the gingerbread house competition. I haven’t watched Food TV in ages! I need to catch up.
Lyle’s, which comes from the UK, is a very old brand of golden syrup that is becoming quite popular here. It comes in a green tin and has a lion on the label. In the UK, the joke between parents and children is that it’s made of “melted down lions”….or at least that’s what I read. I linked to it in the recipe so if you want to buy it on-line, you can.
Hey Anna — would this cake hold up in a bundt pan? I love the idea of no mixer. Thanks for the link to the golden syrup. I’ve heard of this a couple of times now. Nigella mentioned it in one of her recipes. I never knew about it.
OH YUM!!! This looks so delicious! I have had cake on my mind. Did you happen to watch the Food Network special on Halloween Gingerbread Houses? It was on yesterday afternoon! It always makes me nervous when they have to move there creations from one table to the next.
Back to your cake…it Lyle’s Golden Syrup another version of corn syrup?
I love that cake on the cover of Country Living!
Thank you for the inspiration!
This looks delicious.