Chocolate Mousse Cake | Life, Love and Sugar

This Chocolate Mousse Cake is a basic. It’s made up of three layers of moist chocolate cake divided by two layers of easy and creamy chocolate mousse. The entire thing is roofed in a lightweight chocolate whipped cream frosting. Decadently scrumptious!

A slice of chocolate mousse cake on a plate with a fork near a bowl of chocolate chips.

Wealthy & Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake

There’s nothing fairly like a wealthy, silky chocolate mousse. When mixed with a moist, tender chocolate cake, you’ve probably the most fantastic cake – good for celebrations or satisfying a chocolate craving. This chocolate mousse cake is that chocolate cake. In case you’ve ever made my Raspberry Chocolate Cake or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake, you’ve already made the cake itself earlier than. It’s all the time successful and tremendous simple to make. It’s similar to my favourite Chocolate Cake, however a contact extra sturdy, which works effectively for the layering on this cake.

The three layers of chocolate cake are layered with a conventional, decadent, easy chocolate mousse. There aren’t any shortcuts right here. We’re utilizing real-deal chocolate mousse. The entire thing is roofed with chocolate-infused whipped cream frosting and garnished with chocolate sprinkles. Every facet of this cake is loaded with chocolate taste and is certain to wow the chocolate lovers in your life.

Chocolate mousse layer cake on a cake stand.

Why You’ll Love This Simple Mousse Cake

In case the phrases “chocolate mousse cake” didn’t already have you ever working to the kitchen with out additional thought, right here’s an inventory of a few of my favourite issues about this cake. It’s a must to strive it.

  • No fancy mixing methodology. The batter is very easy to whip up. You’ll be shocked at how rapidly you can be popping the truffles within the oven.
  • Wealthy and decadent. In case you’re a chocolate lover like me, this cake will knock your socks off. It’s brimming with wealthy chocolate taste. Get that chilly glass of milk prepared.
  • Moist. The cake layers themselves are completely moist, making this dessert a dream to sink your tooth into.
  • Actual chocolate mousse. Some chocolate mousse truffles will take shortcuts on the subject of the mousse filling. Not this one. The filling for this cake is a real-deal chocolate mousse. It’s extremely wealthy and splendidly silky easy. Make a double batch and revel in it as is!

What You’ll Want

Right here’s an inventory of what you will want to make this sinfully scrumptious layer cake. You should definitely scroll to the recipe card beneath for precise measurements.

Ingredients for chocolate mousse cake separated into bowls.

Chocolate cake

  • All-purpose flour – Be happy to make use of your favourite 1:1 gluten-free flour as an alternative.
  • Sugar
  • Pure unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking soda and Baking powder – These two leavenings provide you with greatest texture and rise on this cake. It’s tremendous tender, but additionally sturdy.
  • Salt – Salt amplifies the flavors within the cake. Don’t go away it out.
  • Milk – I counsel utilizing entire milk or 2%. Dairy-free? Strive a full-fat, unsweetened diary various reminiscent of oat milk or cashew milk.
  • Vegetable oil – This cake makes use of oil as an alternative of butter and is tremendous moist.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs – You should definitely use giant dimension eggs.
  • Sizzling water – For added moisture with out extra fats to weigh the cake down. The warmth helps the cocoa bloom to provide the chocolate cake a extra intense taste.

Chocolate mousse

  • Egg yolks – These thicken the mousse and add to the wealthy and creamy texture.
  • Sugar
  • Heavy whipping cream – Must be chilly with a purpose to whip correctly.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – I like to recommend semi-sweet chocolate. You could possibly use darkish chocolate. Milk chocolate may additionally be advantageous, but it surely doesn’t agency up fairly as a lot, so the mousse could also be a bit of softer.
  • Powdered sugar – To assist stabilize the whipped cream.

Chocolate whipped cream frosting

  • Heavy whipping cream – The heavy whipping cream have to be chilly. In any other case, it won’t whip up and maintain quantity correctly.
  • Powdered sugar – To stabilize the whipped cream in order that it by no means wilts.
  • Pure unsweetened cocoa – Dutch-processed cocoa powder will work as effectively. Simply be aware that the chocolate taste will probably be extra intense and a bit extra bitter. It’ll even be darker in colour.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate sprinkles
A slice of chocolate mousse cake on a plate with a bite taken out of it.

The way to Make Chocolate Mousse Cake

Three cake layers, chocolate mousse filling, and chocolate whipped cream frosting. It’d sound like lots however I promise that for those who take your time and observe my directions carefully, you’ll find yourself with an extremely scrumptious, lovely layer cake. Right here’s how one can make it. Scroll to the recipe card beneath for extra detailed directions.

Make the cake

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350°F, line the bottoms of three 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper, and grease the edges.
  • Mix the dry components. Combine collectively the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix the moist components. Combine collectively the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  • Mix the moist and dry components. Add the moist components to the dry components and beat till effectively mixed.
  • Slowly add the recent water and blend to mix.
  • Bake. Divide the batter between the cake pans. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  • Cool. Enable the truffles to chill of their pans for 2-3 minutes earlier than transferring to a cooling rack to chill fully.

For the chocolate mousse

  • Warmth the egg yolks, sugar, and 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream within the prime of a double boiler over simmering water for 7-10 minutes, whisking continuously. Take away from the warmth and put aside.
  • Soften the chocolate. Microwave the chocolate chips in intervals of 10-15 seconds, stirring effectively between every, till melted and easy.
  • Whisk the chocolate into the egg yolk combination. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Whip 1 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar till stiff peaks type.
  • Put all of it collectively. Fold 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate combination. Fold 1/4 of the chocolate combination into the whipped cream. Fold the remaining chocolate combination into the whipped cream.

Construct the cake

  • Degree the tops of the chocolate truffles with a big serrated knife.
  • Put together the meeting pan. Use a clear cake collar (proven within the pictures) or an 8×3 inch cake pan (I like to recommend a springform pan) to construct the cake. See the recipe card beneath for detailed directions on what to do for those who don’t have a springform pan.
  • Stack and fill. Place the primary cake layer within the backside of the cake pan. Unfold half of the chocolate mousse over the cake. Add the second cake layer and unfold the remaining mousse over the cake earlier than including the ultimate cake layer.

Frost and adorn

  • Make the frosting. Whip the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, pure unsweetened cocoa, and vanilla extract on excessive pace till stiff peaks type.
  • Take away the cake from the fridge and launch it from the springform pan.
  • Frost the surface of the cake with the chocolate whipped cream and pipe swirls across the outer prime fringe of the cake. Adorn with chocolate sprinkles.
  • Refrigerate till able to serve.

Suggestions for Success

Intimidated by making this multifaceted layer cake? To not fear. I’ve obtained you lined with some useful ideas and methods that may set you up for fulfillment. Right here they arrive.

  • Don’t over-mix. When combining the moist and dry components, don’t overmix the batter. This may trigger the glutens within the flour to overdevelop and can go away you with a tricky, dense cake.
  • Scrape the edges of the bowl as you add components and blend them in. This may assist be certain that the entire components make it into the batter and are integrated evenly.
  • Not too scorching. When cooking the egg yolk combination over the double broiler (for the mousse), don’t let the water boil otherwise you’ll find yourself with scrambled eggs. You simply need the water to be at a simmer. I counsel lifting the bowl often to launch steam from beneath.
  • Maintain it shifting. When cooking the egg yolk combination for the mousse, it will be significant that you just whisk constantly. This not solely helps incorporate air and quantity into the combination however it can additionally assist maintain you from ending up with scrambled eggs.
  • Be mild with the mousse. When folding the chocolate combination into the whipped cream and vice versa, achieve this gently with a rubber spatula in order to not knock the air out of the mousse.
  • Let the chocolate cool. Make sure that the egg yolk-chocolate combination has cooled fully earlier than folding it into the whipped cream for the mousse. In any other case, it can soften the whipped cream and knock the amount out of it.
  • Chilly heavy cream. Make sure that the heavy whipping cream used to make the frosting is chilly. It’s going to whip up and maintain quantity higher.
  • Let the truffles cool. Earlier than stacking, filling, and frosting the cake it’s essential to permit the cake layers to chill. In any other case, the mousse and the frosting will slide proper off.
  • No mess meeting. I extremely suggest utilizing a springform pan right here however, for those who do not need one, assemble the cake on a cardboard cake circle with the assistance of a transparent cake collar. You need to use an 8×3 inch cake pan as an alternative however make certain to arrange it correctly. Place a big piece of plastic wrap within the cake pan in order that it covers the bottoms and sides. This may make it easier to elevate the cake out of the pan. Line the underside (over the plastic wrap) with a cardboard cake circle and line the edges of the pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper ought to stick up above the highest fringe of the pan to stop overflow.

Can The Mousse Be Ready in Advance?

I don’t suggest making the mousse upfront of including it to the cake. It’s going to agency up within the fridge and also you’d need to stir it again up earlier than utilizing it later, which might trigger it to deflate. You’ll be able to positively make the cake layers upfront although. And with the all of the moisture within the cake and chocolate mousse, you possibly can simply make the complete cake a day or so upfront. It holds up very effectively.

A slice of chocolate mousse cake on a plate with a fork near a whole chocolate mousse cake on a cake stand and a bowl of chocolate chips.

The way to Retailer This Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

If you end up with leftover chocolate mousse cake, retailer it in an hermetic cake provider or let it chill for a few hours within the fridge earlier than wrapping the entire thing in a double layer of plastic wrap. Use toothpicks to prop the plastic away from any decorations. Already sliced it? Organize the slices in a single layer in an hermetic container. No matter methodology you select, you possibly can retailer the cake within the fridge for 4 to five days.

You too can freeze this cake. Pop it within the freezer for a few hours to agency up earlier than wrapping it in a double layer of plastic wrap and storing it within the freezer for as much as 3 months. In case you already sliced the cake, organize the slices in a single layer in an hermetic container and retailer it within the freezer for as much as 3 months. Let the cake thaw within the fridge earlier than serving.

Extra Decadent Chocolate Muffins

In a chocolate sort of temper? Good. Me too. All the time. Listed below are just a few different heavenly chocolate truffles. Pour your self a glass of chilly milk and take your self on a chocolate cooking spree.

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A slice of chocolate mousse cake on a plate with a fork near a bowl of chocolate chips.