This stunning strawberry tuxedo cake is a fun and fruity take on my original tuxedo cake and I think you’ll love it! It’s made with tender chocolate and vanilla cake layers, no-bake chocolate cheesecake layers and loads of strawberries. And let’s not forget about the chocolate ganache and caramel sauce! It’s a chocolate strawberry cheesecake cake – what more can you ask for?! I used my ‘Chocolate Ganache Recipe’, my ‘Berry Whipped Cream Frosting’ and my ‘Chocolate Cake Recipe’ to put this towering cake together!
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How To Make a Tuxedo Cake
If you’ve never tried Tuxedo Cake, you’re in for a real treat! I love the different flavors and textures of this incredible cake. I made this version with my chocolate cake and my vanilla cake. I used half a recipe of each, or you can follow the simplified recipe I have down below in the instructions. I use these basic cake recipes for almost all of my cakes! Each cake layer is soaked generously with chocolate and caramel sauce, then topped with sliced strawberries.
The cake layers are stacked alternating with a no-bake cheesecake filling. These cheesecake layers are simply heavenly! They are velvety smooth and so fluffy and just melt in your mouth. I garnish this decadent strawberry tuxedo cake with simply chocolate ganache, strawberry whipped cream and more strawberries. You’ll love this cake from the first bite!
All the Recipes!
For this strawberry cake recipe, I used several my of my recipes from my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series! These include my ‘Chocolate Ganache’ and ‘Berry Whipped Cream’; my regular whipped cream frosting recipe will also work great! Get those recipes here:
I also adjusted my vanilla cake and chocolate cake recipe to accommodate for this Tuxedo cake! This easy recipe is great for any cake creation that needs a chocolate cake or vanilla cake base.
How to Make a Tall Cake
Special note: To achieve this tall and stunning cake, I used an 8-inch spring form pan and an acetate cake collar (affiliate link) to add height to my pan. This product usually comes in a bulk roll that you can cut down to size for each cake. If needed, double the roll by taping it together to achieve a taller cake. This recipe can also be make in 9 or 10-inch pans; the cake will be shorter but will still taste great!
Enjoyed this strawberry tuxedo cake recipe? Check out these other strawberry cake recipes for next time!
- Ultimate Strawberry Cheesecake – stunning berry cheesecake with diced strawberries and strawberry jam, topped with chocolate strawberries!
- And, this no-bake ‘Strawberry Tiramisu Cake’ is amazing for summer!
- My ‘Strawberry Mousse Cake’ is bound to steal the show every time!
- This Eastern European ‘Strawberry Zefir Torte’ is made with strawberry marshmallow!
- No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart – stunning tart with a pretzel-graham cracker crust and the best cheesecake filling!
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I buy my acetate cake collar in a bulk roll, then cut it down to size for each cake.
Use a spring form pan for best results – easy to move the cake from pan to stand.
I love my handy handheld KitchenAid mixer – gets the job done.
And here are the same heart-shaped stirrers I used for topping the cake.
Strawberry Tuxedo Cake Recipe (video)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk, lukewarm
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
For Cheesecake Filling:
- 24 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
- caramel sauce
- chocolate sauce
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 Recipe Chocolate Ganache (link above)
1/2 Recipe Whipped Cream Frosting (link above)
- Prepare the cake layers first. Preheat the oven to 350F/177C and line the bottom of 2, 8-inch (20-cm) pans with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, sugar and vanilla for a few minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour in the milk but do not mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter and mix by hand, just until the dry ingredient are incorporated. Separate the batter in half. Into the second half, add the cocoa powder and melted chocolate, then mix until well combined. Pour the batters into the prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the layers to cool completely, then level the tops if needed and cut in half with a long, serrated knife.
- Once the layers are cooled, prepare the cheesecake filling. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and sour cream for 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is smooth. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure no clumps of cheese remain. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix again for a minute.
- In a small ramekin, prepare the gelatin mixture. Combine the unflavored gelatin and water, stirring until the gelatin is absorbed. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour the hot gelatin directly into the filling and mix it in right away. Divide the batter into two separate mixing bowls.
- Into one mixing bowl, add the melted dark chocolate; into the second bowl, add the melted white chocolate. Use a mixer or whisk to mix the chocolate into the batter.
- Assemble the cake in an 8-inch springform pan (or corresponding size pan). Begin with the chocolate cake layer. Soak the first half generously with chocolate sauce (or melted chocolate) and add a layer of sliced strawberries. Top with the second half and repeat the process. If using an acetate cake collar, insert it into the pan, then pour in the chocolate cheesecake filling. Spread the filling evenly to the edges, then top with the first vanilla cake layer.
- Soak the vanilla cake layer with caramel sauce, then add a layer of strawberries and repeat. Add the white chocolate cheesecake filling on top last and use an offset spatula to level the top. Place the cake into the refrigerator and allow it to set for at least 6 hours, or best overnight.
- Once cake is set, use a cake spatula to gently transfer the cake onto a stand. Prepare a batch of chocolate ganache (recipe link above) and pour it over the top. Use a small spatula to nudge the chocolate down the sides. Allow the chocolate to set for about 15 minutes, then add the strawberry whipped cream (optional). You can also use regular whipped cream for this recipe. Garnish with additional strawberries, if desired.
- Keep cake refrigerated until ready to serve; it can be left at room temperature for up to 2 hours.