Black Tie Affair

Sometimes I stumble across recipes online that I desperately want to try but need a special occasion to justify.

Enter the Tuxedo Cake:

Now, THAT is a gorgeous cake.  I pinned it immediately - and then wondered what occasion would warrant a tall, decadent, elegant looking cake like this.  I let it sit for a few days, and then decided that just getting through a Monday was a special enough occasion.  I looked over the recipe - and while time consuming, nothing looked terribly difficult.  WHEW.

You can find the recipe at Confections of a Foodie Bride.  I followed the recipe to a "T" - except I used buttermilk instead of the nice, low fat greek yogurt option she included.  To me, this cake screams "Go big or go home".  I found the Lyle's Golden Syrup she mentions rather easily - at my local Harris Teeter grocery store.  Bottom shelf, next to the corn syrup.  

The recipe itself was easy.  It took several hours to complete, but with plenty of break time in between to tend to the baby, do laundry, take a shower, etc.  The ONLY complaint that I have with this recipe is that I'm pretty sure the cake pictured in the above picture was not baked in the 3 9 inch round pans mentioned in the recipe.   My cake was not nearly that tall or narrow - I'm not sure how it was done to look like that - but I'd like to know!  My end result though?  Delicious.  And pretty.  Just not the towering effect I was hoping for.

If you want to impress people, make this cake.  It's three layers of moist, delicious chocolate cake surrounded by a delicate whipped cream frosting and topped with a homemade chocolate syrup.  It's worth doing at least once!