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Chocolate Mousse Cake from FC 54

Syrah's picture

We are having the inlaws over for Easter lunch, and it happens to also be FIL’s birthday, so it’s a combo event. I was thinking of making the Chocolate Mousse Cake from issue 54 and wondered if anyone else had made it. He has a real sweet tooth and has requested Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate. It sounds like it’s almost foolproof and I’m not a big cake baker. I especially like that since I am not great at decorating, putting nuts on the sides sounds easy.


 


Has anyone made it? I tried to search to see if it was discussed and couldn’t find anything.


 


http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/chocolate-mousse-layer-cake.aspx


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Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #1 of 37)

I have a "chocolate mousse cake" that is basically a flourless chocolate cake that is "chocolate chocolate chocolate". It is foolproof. The cake you posted looks TDF but it you want another choice, I'll post.

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Gary's picture

(post #65072, reply #2 of 37)

There are 3 really great recipes in the FC Chocolate special issue from 2006. The first is the "bourbon chocolate cake". Mousse-like and quite delicious. The second is the "flourless chocolate cake with chocolate glaze". It is somewhat heavy, but the flavor is quite intense. The final one is the "fastest fudge cake". Good rich flavor and moist without being too heavy. If you don't have the issue, check the on-line archives or Indexguy's index. Happy Easter.

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Adele's picture

(post #65072, reply #3 of 37)

Yes!  I made it and it is a wonderful cake, really impressed people. (and me)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Syrah's picture

(post #65072, reply #5 of 37)

And easy? Is it as easy as it reads?

My perseverance will be rewarded.

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Adele's picture

(post #65072, reply #6 of 37)

 Just follow the directions and you will be amazed at how such a beautiful cake can be so easy.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Syrah's picture

(post #65072, reply #19 of 37)

So just assuming that one was making this cake precaffeine, and forgot  to put the sugar in. The cake went in for a minute or two before I thought.. weird cake with no sugar, the mousse must make up for it. <insert expletive here> Then whisked out of oven thrown back in the bowl and spatulaad the sugar in.



Would that be okay? Is it still going to work?


My perseverance will be rewarded.

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #20 of 37)

I think we'll see. Good luck.

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Syrah's picture

(post #65072, reply #21 of 37)

The mousse tastes pretty fabulous, as did the cake crumbs so unless I manage to drop it, I am hopeful it will turn out okay. :-)

My perseverance will be rewarded.

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Adele's picture

(post #65072, reply #22 of 37)

So how did it turn out? 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Syrah's picture

(post #65072, reply #23 of 37)

I liked it, and I can see why people do the chocolate robe thing. Getting those walnuts to stick was a huge PITA and involved a bit of swearing. I skipped the whole serrated knife thing on top because it wouldn't work.


The birthday boy seemed to enjoy it, but we only got through a 1/4 of the cake with four of us. Simon, in his eternal love of icecream, suggested that some would have cut the richness. I didn't think it was too rich at all, but then again I don't really enjoy icecream, and I love dark dark chocolate.


Perhaps I should have whipped some cream to serve alongside it?  


I do have pics of the birthday boy blowing out his candle and I will post.


My perseverance will be rewarded.

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Adele's picture

(post #65072, reply #24 of 37)

I'm glad it turned out, it's such a good cake.  (I didn't do walnuts)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Syrah's picture

(post #65072, reply #25 of 37)

I just had a small piece for breakfast. I know, so bad. It's going to work tomorrow.

My perseverance will be rewarded.

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Marcia's picture

(post #65072, reply #26 of 37)

My husband thinks cake or pie is just perfect for breakfast with coffee. He'd rather eat them at that time than after a meal.

cyalexa's picture

(post #65072, reply #27 of 37)

Chocolate and coffee - breakfast of champions!

Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #28 of 37)

What could possibly be wrong with that picture!!  Toasted pound cake is a REAL winner.

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Marcia's picture

(post #65072, reply #29 of 37)

Pound cake for sure, but not toasted. It's not around long enough to get stale. LOL.

DH loves anything sweet (homemade is best, of course) with his morning coffee, which is strong, black and unsweetened. Cookies are never sneered at, either. He's very cute about it, but usually saves the sweets for the weekend when he has plenty of time to enjoy them.

Now that DH doesn't have to eat more than he wants to maintain a good weight (I know, I know. Big sigh), I notice that he cuts down on carbs at dinner just so he can have his sweets. I don't have a sweet tooth at all, so he gets my share!

Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #30 of 37)

Oh, we toast it fresh. DEElicious.

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MadMom's picture

(post #65072, reply #31 of 37)

Glad others love toasted poundcake.  Even the crappy ones from the store are better if you toast them.  Nothing better, though, than homemade poundcake fresh and warm from the toaster, preferably with a bit of butter.  Yummmmm.



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Marcia's picture

(post #65072, reply #32 of 37)

I know people who toast it, but we've never done that. Maybe it's time to try it. ;-)

Madeleine's picture

(post #65072, reply #33 of 37)

Brings back memories of a favorite dessert of mine back when I was in high school..toasted pound cake a la mode that was served at a restaurant I worked in one summer...toasted pound cake topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and nuts. After that I used to make it myself but I've forgotten about it. Must try it again...easy and delicious.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #34 of 37)

WHAT could possibly be wrong with that!!   ;o)

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Marcia's picture

(post #65072, reply #35 of 37)

That sounds more like a meal than a dessert to me. LOL

Madeleine's picture

(post #65072, reply #36 of 37)

That has always been my problem...dessert could be my meal!

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Marcia's picture

(post #65072, reply #37 of 37)

I am perhaps fortunate not to have much of a sweet tooth. :)

nexus's picture

(post #65072, reply #4 of 37)

I've made the Chocolat Obsession Truffle Torte and it is fabulous and gorgeous. I got the recipe here.


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FL.Cook's picture

(post #65072, reply #7 of 37)

I have not tried that one, but the one that I am posting is fabulous.  I have been making it for years!  It is more of a cake then a pie.


                 Chocolate Mousse Pie


crust:


3 cups choc. wafers; 41 cookies [about a box and a half]


½ cup unsalted butter, melted


 


filling:


1 lb. semi sweet chocolate


2 eggs


4 egg yolks


4 egg whites


2 cups whipping cream


6 tablespoons conf. sugar


 


chocolate leaves:   (these make it look very pretty, but most of the time I just do some choc. curls on top of the cake)


8oz. semi sweet choc.


1 scant + tablespoon veg. shortening


waxy leaves


 


topping; 2 cups whipping cream


 


1.   combine crumbs & butter.  press in bottom and up sides of a 10” springform pan. ref. 30 min.


2.   soften choc. let cool to lukewarm, 95 degrees.  add 2 whole eggs & mix weel.  add yolks & mix well.


3.   whip cream with conf. sugar until solf peaks form.


4.   beat whites until stiff, but not dry.


5.   stir a little cream and whites into choc. mixture.


6.   fold in remaining cream & whites until blended.


7.   turn into crust & chill at least six hours.


8.   whip remaining cream with sugar to taste until stiff, and DECORATE.


 


Carole


Edited 4/10/2009 10:55 am ET by FL.Cook

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Gretchen's picture

(post #65072, reply #8 of 37)

I have really been trying to cut down on my chocolate mouse consumption--they are getting endangered.  ;o)

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MadMom's picture

(post #65072, reply #11 of 37)

You and Adele are evil, you know.  I first assumed it was Chocolate Moose, then finally read the recipe and saw it was Chocolate Mouse.  Think I could catch some around Easter? 



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Jean's picture

(post #65072, reply #12 of 37)

I'd still rather eat the bunny's ears and tail.




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FL.Cook's picture

(post #65072, reply #14 of 37)

Ok, OK, no one said that I was the master of spelling!!!!! 

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