That’s My Jam Thursday and a Faux Tuxedo Cake

This album was released in 1985. I was a five year old kid and we had this album on LP.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Do you remember LPs? Record players? I used to be scared to set the needle down onto the record as it was spinning, wincing at the inevitable sssssccccrrraaaatccccchhhh-ing sound, the result of my clumsy hands. Remember how huge stereo systems were back in the day? With those ginormous speakers, they would take up most of the living room.

My older sister really loved collecting music, be it on tape cassette, LP or later, CDs. I spent so many countless hours, lying on the carpet in our living room, listening to music with my family.

This song came out 19 years ago but it still sounds as good to me now as it did then.

Spare a little candle
Save some light for me

Ahhhh, Heart. I loved that one of the singers was named Nancy, just like me. And these lyrics are amazing. And get a load of these rockin’ outfits (especially Nancy’s pink number at 1:22) and the glorious 80s hair. I used to flip through my sisters’ yearbooks and marvel at how high everyone’s bangs were. Defying gravity (and keeping the hairspray companies in business).
Faux Tuxedo Cake |
For my birthday this year, cake #2 was my take on one of my favourites: the Save-On-Foods/Pricesmart/Costco Tuxedo cake. Their cake is always super moist and flavourful, filled with layers of milk and white chocolate mousse, and topped with ganache. Mine isn’t exactly the same but it’s pretty damn close.
Faux Tuxedo Cake |
Faux Tuxedo Cake

Marbled Cake:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs and 1 yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with juice of half a lemon or a tablespoon of vinegar)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup black Dutch cocoa

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9 inch cake pans with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper and the sides of the pans.

Sift together the all purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and buttermilk.

In the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and the vanilla, scraping down the sides as needed. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well after each addition. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with the flour.

Remove 1 1/2 cups of the batter and place in a small bowl. Add the cocoa powder. Set aside.

Pour the yellow batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans. Drop the chocolate batter by the spoonful over top of the yellow batter. Marble with a knife.

Bake the cakes for 25 to 30 minutes until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pans for at least 30 minutes, then move to wire racks to complete cooling.
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Chocolate Mousse:

4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups whipping cream and 1/3 cup whipping cream

Place the fine chopped chocolate into a large heat proof bowl. Bring the 1/3 cup whipping cream to a slow rolling boil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the hot cream over top of the chocolate and stir to ensure the chocolate is fully melted and free of lumps. Set aside to cool.

Whip the 1 1/4 cups whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the chocolate until fully combined. Store the mousse in the fridge until time to assemble the cake.

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When I say stiff, I really mean stiff.

Dark Chocolate Ganache:

6 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup whipping cream

Place the finely chopped chocolate into a medium heat proof bowl. Bring the cream to a slow rolling boil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the hot cream over top of the chocolate and stir to ensure the chocolate is fully melted and free of lumps. Set aside to cool and thicken. If the ganache is too thick at the time you assemble your cake, microwave it at increments of 10 seconds until it melts a bit.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 brick cream cheese, room temp
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 cup melted white chocolate, cooled

Mix the cream cheese and butter together until fully combined. Slowly add the icing sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the melted white chocolate and mix until combined. If the frosting is too liquid, place in the fridge for approximately 15 minutes to firm up.
Faux Tuxedo Cake |

Cut each cake layer in half so that you have four layers in total. You can layer the cake however you like. I wanted there to be alternating layers of flavours and colours so I think this is how I did it (it’s been so long, I’ve totally forgotten!) from bottom to top:


Seriously, this cake took me a whole day to make but since it was for someone I love so dearly (myself) it was all worth it! I served this to a group of my friends and (props to me) everyone loved it.

Here’s a photo of a slice of cake, the only one that exists thanks to my friend, Mrs. Smith:
Faux Tuxedo Cake |
All the flavours and textures worked so well together. I could make a bowl of that mousse and just spoon it into my mouth, it was so creamy and light and delicious. I gave all the leftover cake away and I’m still kicking myself over that silly decision because I could’ve eaten more than I did. Until next year…or my next cake craving hits!

27 thoughts on “That’s My Jam Thursday and a Faux Tuxedo Cake

  1. “These Dreams”. . and the glorious 80s hair .. oh my gawd, girl. . you took me back in time. I was definitely one of those people keeping AquaNet in business. My bangs were insanely high and looking back was just ridiculous! πŸ˜› Anyway, gorgeous, yummy cake. . love the marbling. Thanks for sharing and I hope the rest of your week gets better! Saw your IG feed last night. Hang in there, sister.

    • I don’t know what I did to deserve a friend as wonderful and supportive as you, Alice! Your comments always lift my spirits. Thanks for the sympathy and also for the hilarious comments about AquaNet. You are so awesome. The only thing that would make me feel even better is a few photos of you and your 80s hair!

  2. This cake looks sinfully decadent….yummm. I consider myself lucky to be part of what I think is one of the coolest and wackiest decades of all times….the 80’s baby!! This post has made me get all nostalgic and sentimental…hahaha. Thank you for sharing girly!

  3. I love your new series and 80’s music is my jam. I love Bon Jovi because my brothers introduced me to it, I fondly remember singing to Living on a Prayer on the bus in 1st grade. I was that kid. :-). Also we have a record player but it still freaks me out putting the needle down, I make Braden do it. p.s. I’m taking bets that your cake was a million times better than any you could buy.

    • Hey Susan! I’m glad you like the new series. I can’t stand so much of the sh*t they have playing on the radio right now that I’m just constantly listening to older music. I had Slippery When Wet on LP as a kid and I’ve always loved Living On A Prayer. I still sing along in my car!

  4. OMG I am an 80s kid inside even if I was born in the wrong decade πŸ˜›
    The music was crazy fantastic and the style… um… super fun πŸ˜‰
    But nothing beats your incredible looking cake – now THAT is my jam πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Lol, that’s ok, you can be an honourary 80s kid. I love the 80s so much that when I got married, I asked my best friend for an 80s themed stagette. It was such a hoot wearing the crazy clothes and hairspraying my hair to crazy high heights. Thanks for the fab comments, Uru!

  5. Your chocolate marble is perfect.And could this cake be even better? Mousse, ganache and white chocolate cream cheese frosting? Yikes…Speaking of Heart…I think my heart just went pitter-patter ❀ And yes I vaguely remember the group. BTW I definitely remember listening to LPs and getting upset because an earthquake scratched my favorite Oliver (the musical) record =)

    • You’re too sweet, Kim! I wish you lived closer because I’d invite you over for cake every day! Awwww, sorry to hear about the Oliver record getting scratched. Damned earthquake!

  6. Yep. I remember listening to Never on cassette tape in the car when I was ten years old. Probably my favorite Heart track is Barracuda. The 80s, for me, was full of hair bands like Def Leppard and Van Halen. My favorite is a band our of Sacramento called Tesla. Ever hear of them?

    Regarding your cake, your efforts really paid off because it looks delicious and I trust your friends enjoyed every bite.

  7. Oh wow! This cake looks amazing! Look at all of those layers – the cake must be a labour of love. I hope the person you gave the rest of the cake to enjoyed it! I often have similar regrets … πŸ˜‰

  8. That photo kills me! I’m still so grateful I didn’t go through middle school in the 80s. I was awkward enough without the hairspray and acid wash jeans. Yikes! I’m so in love with this cake…now I don’t have to choose between chocolate and vanilla!

  9. Ain’t nothing faux about this beautiful cake, Nancy! I can’t believe you gave it all away!!! What on earth were you thinking?! It would have been the best breakfast ever. Possibly even better than leftover curry the morning after the night before. And, take it from me, that’s saying something.

  10. Oh I remember the record player and the ginormous music system too!!My Dad had a custom cabinet built to keep the whole thing!!Loved Heart..some lovely songs!Your cake looks and sounds every bit decadent as always and I’m not surprised that you were just left with that one slice at the end πŸ™‚

  11. Good. Lord. Nancy, you have COMPLETELY outdone yourself!!!!!!!!!! I am really tempted to make this for my bday (heh heh…good thing I have a good occasion coming up!) That is such an insanely freaking attractive cake!!!! I just can’t. You’re AMAZING!!!!!

  12.! Why have I never eaten this cake! Every layer looks exquisite and I think I need an excuse to make this ASAP!
    PS…I am so relieved that my hair would not bouffant into the 80’s chic look…much as I tried!!!

  13. Omg, Nancy what a stunning layered cake, wow! I love all the colors and layers and I can see why (props to you, haha) everybody loved it!! Oh, and 80’s music is exactly what I group up on. I loved Stevie Nicks, Journey, Def Leppard, Whitesnake…all of them! I used to have some insanely high bangs too….I can’t believe we all thought that looked good! What were we thinking?! LOL!

  14. You just took me down memory lane! I love Heart and this song, but I must say I love their other hit “What About Love” a teensy bit more. πŸ˜‰ My thick straight hair never reached those heights until I got a perm! Then my hair and I entered my HS lip sync contest with a bunch of friends…”Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty!”

    BTW, that chocolate ganache is absolute perfection.

  15. What a completely gorgeous looking cake and thanks for the Heart video!! Love them. Was listening to them yesterday as they did a tribute to Led Zeppelin a couple of years ago and it was Robert Plant’s 66 birthday yesterday so I went back to see it. Drooling over that ganache!! Totally jelly that you were only 5 when this came out too. I am much older!!

  16. i effing LOVE that song. i put it on a CD mix seriously a few years ago. i still love it. this cake could not possibly be faux anything – it’s got all the right elements for me to be chowing down HARD on it, in my pyjamas, in front of The Good Wife, for 5-6 episodes straight. the whole cake. i remember LPs, in fact we still have a record player and a bunch of records! i held onto cassettes for SO long too.. but now everything takes up too much space… my older sis was into some brutal tunes but as an impressionable youngest child i obviously copied her every move… hehe!

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