30th Birthday Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie Tutorial – Triple Chocolate Mousse and Peach Jelly Filling Plus Other 30th Birthday Ideas for Men

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling | Roxy's Kitchen

This is the best cake I’ve made for the best surprise party to celebrate the best occasion of the year – my husband’s 30th birthday … well, best occasion until November, when I’m turning 30 :-P. If you’re looking for ways to surprise your loved one for their 30th birthday or another milestone birthday party I will give you some great ideas in this post.

Firstly, book a dream vacation for the two of you and your close family and friends… forget about a romantic celebration, you’ll have plenty other occasions to go on vacations in two. I made him a 2-in-1 surprise… I managed to bring his parents over (they flew all the way from Spain to Canada) and we all went for a vacation to the Caribbean and HE HAD NO IDEA!!!

Secondly, if you realize that all his friends can’t really join you on the awesome vacation, just organize him a surprise birthday party … which I did and IT WAS A BLAST! And this is the party for which I made him the Tuxedo Cake with a Striped Bow Tie. It was a 12 inch chocolate walnut cake, filled with a triple chocolate mousse and peach jelly. That triple chocolate mousse filling was such a huge hit… it looks great and the taste is out of this world! You can find the full tutorial with step-by-step pictures in this post.

Lastly, buy him a unique birthday present. I got him an eOne watch and made him a custom mug and a custom t-shirt. I also made him a beer can cake… scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the t-shirt and the beer can cake picture that I found on Pinterest and used it as inspiration.

Ingredients:

 For chocolate cake with walnuts:

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 5 Tbsp sugar (1⅛ cups or 8.15 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp ground walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder ( ¼ cups or1 oz )
  • 7 Tbsp cake flour (1 ⅔ cups 5 oz)

You also need a 30.5 cm (12 inch) round pan greased with butter and floured or lined with parchment paper.

For triple chocolate mousse filling:

White chocolate layer:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) whipping cream, divided
  • 200 g (1 1/5 cups or 7.5 oz) white chocolate chips or grated chocolate
  • 10 g (1.5 pouches) unflavoured gelatin

Milk chocolate layer:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) whipping cream, divided
  • 200 g (1 1/5 cups or 7.5 oz) milk chocolate chips or grated chocolate
  • 10 g (1.5 pouches) unflavoured gelatin

Dark chocolate layer:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) whipping cream, divided
  • 200 g (1 1/5 cups or 7.5 oz) dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips or grated chocolate
  • 10 g (1.5 pouches) unflavoured gelatin

Note that I saved some of the dark chocolate mousse to crumb coat the cake. You can also use buttercream or simply softened butter to cover the cake.

For peach jelly filling:

  • 2 x 550ml (~ 49 oz) cans of sliced peaches in light syrup, strained
  • 2 x 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 x 14 g (2 pouches) unflavoured gelatin

For syrup to moisten cake:

  • 200 ml water
  • 5 Tbsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp rum extract

Boil the water and sugar, add the rum extract and let it cool off. You can also use cappuccino to moisten the cake or the syrup from the peaches.

For decorating the cake:

  • 3.75 kg (7 lb or 60 oz) black fondant – I don’t recommend buying white fondant and coloring it at home using paste food colou as it can get quite messy and sticky… just buy pre-coloured fondant
  • 1 bit of white, red, and black fondant for making the shirt and bow tie
  • Some cornstarch or powdered sugar for dusting
  • Fondant tools: fondant smoother (or palm of your hands), fondant rolling pin, X-Acto knife or any other sharp knife with a thin blade, Clay/fondant extruder (optional, you’ll see why in the tutorial for the bow tie below), small 9-inch fondant rolling pin for making the decorations
  • Edible glue– water works just fine
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup

 

Directions:

Making, Filling and Crumb Coating the Cake:

Use the ingredient quantities listed in this recipe and follow the step-by-step instructions here to make your chocolate cake. Let the cake cool off and cut it horizontally in two.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Let the cake cool off and cut it horizontally in two.

Blend 550 ml peaches using a food processor, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and place in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Blend 550ml peaches using a food processor, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and place in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Blend 550ml peaches using a food processor, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and place in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

While your peach mixture is cooking, soften the gelatin in a few tablespoons of cold water and then dissolve over hot water. I placed the bowl with gelatin in another bowl with hot water and stirred until the gelatin dissolved. Pour the gelatin over the peaches, stir to combine and set aside to cool until it starts to thicken a bit but still has a pouring consistency.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - While your peach mixture is cooking, soften the gelatin in a few tablespoons of cold water and then dissolve over hot water. Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling -

Place the first cake layer in a springform pan and pour your chilled peach jelly over.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Place the first cake layer in a springform pan and pour your chilled peach jelly over. Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Place the first cake layer in a springform pan and pour your chilled peach jelly over.

Place in the refrigerator, wait an hour and start making your mousse layers by following the step-by-step instructions in this Triple Chocolate Mousse Filling recipe. Don’t forget to save 4-5 tablespoons of dark chocolate mousse to crumb coat your cake. If you forget to save some you can also use buttercream or simply softened butter for this.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - White Chocolate Mousse Recipe Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Milk Chocolate Mousse Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Dark Chocolate Mousse

After you’re done making all you mousse layers, prepare one more peach jelly filling following the same steps above., let it cool off and pour over the dark chocolate mousse.

 

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Pour peach jelly filling on top

Add the second layer, moist it with sugar syrup, cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 5-6 hours or overnight.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Place second cake layer on top and moist it with sugar syrup Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Cover cake with plastic foil and refrigerate

To remove the cake from the springform pan, take a knife, run it under hot water and run the knife along the edges of the cake against the sides of the pan. This loosens the cake while keeping the sides smooth.

Turn your cake upside down onto a cake platter of cake board and remove  the springform pan.

Apply a thin layer of dark chocolate mousse (or buttercream or softened butter) using a straight or offset icing spatula (whichever feels more comfortable to you) to cover all holes and imperfections. In the cake decorating world this is called crumb coating a cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes to allow the filling and coating to harden so that the cake layers will not slide out of alignment.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling - Crumb coat the cake with a thin layer of dark chocolate mousse

And now it’s time for the fun stuff…covering and decorating the cake.

Covering the Cake with Fondant

Before rolling out your fondant, sprinkle some powdered sugar or cornstarch on your work surface and knead it until it has a workable consistency and it doesn’t feel and look dry.

Use a measuring tape or a piece of string to measure the top and sides of the cake. So if you measured 12 inches across the top and your cake is 4 inches tall that is 18 inches of cake in total so you need to roll out the fondant at least 20 inches in diameter but you should leave an inch or two extra.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto your work surface and roll out the black fondant using a fondant rolling pin in the approximate shape of your cake (i.e. circle for a round cake). As you are rolling it make sure you lift the fondant occasionally and rotate it 45 degrees to make sure it doesn’t stick to your work surface. If it sticks lift the fondant and sprinkle more powdered sugar or cornstarch.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie -Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto your work surface and roll out the black fondan

Gently lift fondant over rolling pin and place it on the side of the cake. Start unrolling the fondant from the side of the cake and across the top to the other side.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie -Gently lift fondant over rolling pin and place it on the side of the cake. Start unrolling the fondant from the side of the cake and across the top to the other side. Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling-50

Smooth the fondant with a fondant smoother (or the palm of your hand) starting from the top.  Start to gently pull the fondant out and down around the sides of the cake using one hand and spread the excess fondant and smooth it out using a fondant smoother (or your other hand).

Keep turning the cake and repeating these steps until the sides are smooth and without any ruffles formed towards the bottom. It’s better if you use a fondant smoother since the pressure of your hands could leave marks and the warmth from your hands might make the fondant sticky.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie -Gently lift fondant over rolling pin and place it on the side of the cake. Start unrolling the fondant from the side of the cake and across the top to the other side.Smooth the fondant with a fondant smoother (or the palm of your hand) starting from the top.  Start to gently pull the fondant out and down around the sides of the cake using one hand and spread the excess fondant and smooth it out using a fondant smoother (or your other hand).

Use your fondant smoother to get rid of any wrinkles and air bubbles as well.  If you see any air bubbles, insert a pin on an angle, release the air and smooth the area again.

Trim the edges at the bottom using an X-Acto knife, a pizza cutter or any other sharp knife you have.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie -Trim the edges at the bottom using an X-acto knife, a pizza cutter or any other sharp knife you have.

 

Making the Striped Bow Tie

For this you will need some white, red and black fondant. You can mix the fondant with a bit of tylose powder so that your bow tie will harden faster.

I will tell you two ways of making a striped bow tie. I used option 1 this time but for you option 2 might be easier.

Option 1:

Use a clay/fondant extruder to squeeze out three  long red ropes, two white and two black. I used the circle insert for the red ropes and the three-hole insert for the white and black ropes on my Wilton clay/fondant extruder . Place the ropes next to each other as seen in the picture below and just brush a tiny bit of water in between them.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Fondant tools Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Use a clay/fondant extruder to squeeze out three  long red ropes, two white and two black.

Take your small 9-inch fondant rolling pin and roll it over while slightly pressing down and applying even pressure. Even pressure is important as otherwise your stripes won’t be too straight (mine are not perfect either…shhh, don’t tell anyone J)

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Take your small 9-inch fondant rolling pin and roll it over while slightly pressing down and applying even pressure. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Take your small 9-inch fondant rolling pin and roll it over while slightly pressing down and applying even pressure.

Option 2:

Sprinkle some powdered sugar or cornstarch on your work surface and roll all three fondant colours. The red fondant should be rolled out into a 16 by 5 inch rectangle.

Cut out thin, even strips out of the white and black fondant. If you have a pasta machine you can use the fettuccini cutter attachment to cut out the stripes… so much easier and your stripes will definitely have the same width.

Stick the white and black stripes on top of the rolled out white fondant using a bit of water.  Again using your small 9-inch fondant rolling pin, gently press and flatten the stripes while making sure you apply even pressure.

For the bow tie, cut out a 2 x 8 inch rectangle, turn it over, dab some water or edible glue in the middle and folder over both sides, joining them together. Insert some paper towel or cotton wool in the bows to hold their shape.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - For the bow tie, cut out a 2 x 8 inch rectangle, turn it over, dab some water or edible glue in the middle and folder over both sides, joining them together. Insert some paper towel or cotton wool in the bows to hold their shape.

From the remaining striped fondant, cut out a tiny rectangle to wrap it around the middle of the bow tie and two small triangles using a cookie cutter to make the handkerchief.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - From the remaining striped fondant, cut out a tiny rectangle to wrap it around the middle of the bow tie and two small triangles using a cookie cutter to make the handkerchief - From the remaining striped fondant, cut out a tiny rectangle to wrap it around the middle of the bow tie and two small triangles using a cookie cutter to make the handkerchief.

Let the bow tie dry for a few hours.

If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - If you want to keep it simple just make a black bow tie and a white handkerchief.

 

Making the Shirt and Tuxedo Collar

Sprinkle some powdered sugar or cornstarch on your work surface and roll out the white fondant. Cut a 3.5 by 3 inches rectangle to make the shirt.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Sprinkle some powdered sugar or cornstarch on your work surface and roll out the white fondant. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Cut a 3.5 by 3 inches rectangle to make the shirt.

Cut along the longer sides of the rectangle to make a trapezium shape. You should have 2 inches left at the bottom and 3 inches at the top. Brush the back of the shirt with some edible glue or water and attach to the cake.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Cut along the longer sides of the rectangle to make a trapezium shape. You should have 2 inches left at the bottom and 3 inches at the top. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Brush the back of the shirt with some edible glue or water and attach to the cake.

Take a knife, pizza roller or sticking tool and trace a line from top to bottom to make the button line. Make sure you don’t cut it all the way through.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Take a knife, pizza roller or sticking tool and trace a line from top to bottom to make the button line. Make sure you don’t cut it all the way through.

Roll out some black fondant and cut out the tuxedo collar. Make small buttons by rolling out tiny balls out of black fondant. Attach all pieces to the cake using edible glue or water.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Roll out some black fondant and cut out the tuxedo collar. Make small buttons by rolling out tiny balls out of black fondant. Attach all pieces to the cake using edible glue or water. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Roll out some black fondant and cut out the tuxedo collar. Make small buttons by rolling out tiny balls out of black fondant. Attach all pieces to the cake using edible glue or water.

Make the shirt collar out of white fondant and attach it to the shirt.

Place some edible glue on the back of the bow tie and place it onto the shirt collar. Do the same to attach the handkerchief

Roll out a thin strip of black fondant to make the pocket and place it onto the cake slightly overlapping it over the handkerchief.

Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Place some edible glue on the back of the bow tie and place it onto the shirt collar. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Make the shirt collar out of white fondant and attach it to the shirt. Tuxedo Cake with Striped Bow Tie - Place some edible glue on the back of the bow tie and place it onto the shirt collar.

To give the tuxedo a shiny look, mix a tablespoon of light corn syrup with a tablespoon of water and brush it over the parts you want shiny.

Tuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling | Roxy's KitchenTuxedo Cake with Triple Chocolate & Peach Jelly Filling | Roxy's Kitchen

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Made in 1985 and aged to perfection T-Shirt for Men

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30th Birthday Party Ideas for Men + Step-by-Step Tutorial for Making a Tuxedo Cake with a Cute Striped Bow Tie | Roxy's Kitchen

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  1. Pamela Dealca-Camba says

    I want to know where you get the candles 30 and is that a dowel that you use and you stick the 30 candles? thank you!

  2. says

    Omg you are so fricking talented lady!!! I would never have the patience to do such a thing!!!!!!!! Love the step by step photos too!

    • Roxy says

      Thanks Anne for your kind words! Baking / decorating cakes is my meditation, it relaxes me…. I could spend hours doing this and would never get bored :).

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