I have been meaning to make chocolate mousse cake for such a long time. I’ve always thought it was such a elegant cake/dessert and one of those cake that you would buy in a fancy cake shop. I’m actually not the best at making mousse I always seem to get it wrong, I’ve made it a few times but not with great success. This Terry’s chocolate orange mousse didn’t turn out too bad but still it wasn’t as good as some I’ve eaten.
I had to make this cake eggless and I’ve not made mousse without eggs before. I have seen recipes that make the mousse from double cream and even then I was unsure how well I would do with that. I’m notorious for over whipping the cream 😱😱😱 so I still had to be careful!
As it goes the mousse wasn’t too difficult to make, I wouldn’t say it was the BEST mousse I had eaten but it complimented the cake very well. I would make it again if I were to make mousse cake again, but I’m not sure how well it will work on it’s own.
- 1 cup - flour
- 1 cup - powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup - cocoa powder
- 1 tsp - baking powder
- 1 tsp - baking soda
- 1/2 tsp - salt
- 1/2 cup - oil
- 1/2 cup - hot water
- 1/2 cup - cold milk
- 1 tbsp - vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp - yogurt
- 200g - dark chocolate
- 300ml - double cream
- 1tsp - vanilla extract
- Chopped nuts for decoration - optional
- Chocolate sauce - optional
- 1. Grease and line two 8" square cake tin. Preheat the oven at 175°C.
- 2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- 3. In a jug add the oil and hot water and mix till well blended. Let it cool down a bit then add the milk and vanilla essence, mix again. Add the yoghurt and mix.
- 4. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them together, don't over mix.
- 5. Divide the mixture into the two tins. Bake it for 30-35 minutes until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Whilst the cake is cooking, make the mousse.
- 1. Melt 200g of chocolate in the microwave in a large microwave safe bowl (as the cream has to be added to this, if you don't have one just transfer to a bigger bowl later) in 30-second intervals. Let sit for about 10 minutes to cool.
- 2. In a large bowl, whip together heavy cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Gently add the whipped cream to the cooled chocolate in batches and fold gently to combine. Leave to the side.
- 1. Once the cakes have fully cooled, trim the edges of the cake so they are all crisp and neat. Then cut the cake in half so you have four quarters. Place the one quarter of the cake on the plate you want to serve it on. Add one third of the mousse spread across the whole of the cake making sure it's all level. Repeat the process with the other cake layers.
- 2. For decoration add some chocolate sauce carefully drizzling it over the edges and scatter a handful of chopped nuts.