One of the most popular cakes for Valentine’s Day in my bakery was the Tuxedo Strawberry Cake
Now better than ever because of course it’s vegan!
Moist vanilla layer cake, creamy custard, fresh strawberries and rich chocolate ganache.
It is a lot easier than it looks
Follow me step by step as I show you in the video tutorial below.
The best way to making successful cakes like this one and avoid getting stressed out along the way is to simply organize yourself.
This is a prefect example of a Building On Recipes project where it takes several recipes to complete the final cake and by tackling each one as a separate task rather than all at once is the way to go!
The white chocolate decorations with gold or silver dragees can be made even a week ahead of time!
Just be sure to store them in a spot where the cats or kids won’t get to them!
Prepare the vanilla cake layers and buttercream days ahead of time!
On the day you are ready to build your cake you will simply prepare the ganache and custard
This is a larger cake so it will serve close to 15 people.
I like baking my layers in 1/8 sheet pans for perfectly equal layers for this rectangle cake
Otherwise bake all the batter in 1- 12″ X 18″ cake pan and simply cut your four layers from that.
However you will see in the video I only used 3 of the 4 layers because I didn’t want my cake to be so tall.
But I will use that extra layer for something believe me!
I felt it was best to just do it this way rather than try to do some weird math equation to get the perfect amount.
You can also bake the batter into 2- 8″ cake pans for a round cake instead.
For more of the best vegan layer cakes click the links below!
Preheat the oven to 350°F
- For the Cake:
- Ground Flax Seeds 4 tablespoons (32g)
- Hot Water 10 tablespoons (150ml)
- Soy Milk 1 cup (237ml)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoon (10ml)
- All Purpose Flour 2½ cup (325g)
- Granulated Sugar 1½ cup (300g)
- Baking Powder 4 teaspoons (20g)
- Salt 1 teaspoon (6g)
- Vegan Butter 12 Tablespoons (175g)
- For the Custard:
- Soy Milk 3 cups (709ml)
- Granulated Sugar ½ cup + 2 Tbs (125g)
- Cornstarch 6 Tablespoons (60g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
- Tumeric *for color ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon *I used ¼ and thought it was a bit intense
- Vegan Butter 1 tablespoon (14g)
- For the Ganache:
- 12 ounces vegan chocolate semi sweet
- 12 ounces soy milk
- For the Buttercream:
- Vegan Butter 1½ Cups (3 sticks) (336g)
- Solid Vegetable Shortening 1½ Cups (336g)
- Confectioners Sugar 6 cups (720g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
- Salt ¼ teaspoon *optional- I use Earth Balance butter so it is already salted and I leave it out to avoid an overly salty buttercream
- Vegan White Chocolate 12 ounces
- Fresh Strawberries 2 lbs
- For the cake:
- Combine the flax meal with the hot water and let stand for about 5 minutes to thicken
- Add the vanilla extract to the soy milk
- Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt
- Cream the vegan butter with the sugar until light and fluffy and this may take about 3-5 minutes on medium to high speed
- Add the thickened flax paste while mixing on medium speed, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to incorporate evenly, add the vanilla extract
- Add about ⅓ of the flour to the creamed mixture then add half of the milk
- Add another ⅓ of the flour and then the remaining milk
- Add the last amount of flour and mix just to combine evenly.
- Divide batter into your greased and parchment lined cake pans and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 350°F for the remaining time, approximately 10 minutes more or until springy to the touch when you gently press the centers
- For the Buttercream:
- Combine the vegan butter and shortening in the Kitchen Aid (or stand mixer) bowl with the paddle attachment
- Whip on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt if using and extract
- Stop mixer and add the sifted confectioners sugar all at once.
- Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 minutes
- For the custard:
- Combine all the ingredients except for the vanilla extract and butter in a medium sauce pot over medium to high heat and bring to a boil stirring occasionally .
- Once it starts to bubble be sure to stir constantly to avoid burning on the bottom, and let it boil on low heat for about 30 seconds.
- Add the vanilla extract and the vegan butter and stir to melt the butter
- Pour into a shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap to avoid forming a skin, the refrigerate until cold
- For the ganache:
- Chop the chocolate into fine pieces that are all the same size and place in a large mixing bowl
- Bring the soy milk to a boil and immediately pour over the chocolate in the bowl and whisk smooth, cool to a pourable consistency (not hot) before using on the cake
- Assemble the cake as shown in the video below