This was a very rich chocolate cake with mousse filling I made for very good friend's Father- in- law's 70th birthday.
My friend 'Renu' loves all the cakes that I make. Since Chocolate is her fav, I had once made a death by chocolate cake for her. Ever since she had that she had decided to give all her cake orders to me:) She dint want the cake to be decorated in fondant so I used butter cream & ganache for the decoration. This cake came out very well. It was a super rich yummy cake. In fact I am still craving for some:) I have used Hersheys chocolate chips to make this cake. Everyone loved this cake & most of them had 2nd, 3rd serve:) I was very happy to see people enjoying my creation. I also got 2 more orders for this cake, which I will be making next week. Here is the recipe & I hope you will try this recipe soon.
Chocolate cake with Mousse filling
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 Tspn Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Tsp salt
Method: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch round baking pan. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder in large bowl. Cream the oil sugar with a spoon or whisk. Add beaten eggs and vanilla.Add in the dry ingredients & Mix the hot water. I used the electric beater to get the right consistency. Pour batter into prepared pan & bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Now cut the cake into 3 layers & frost with chocolate mousse.
(Note: Since I have a small Oven I made 2 batches of 9 inch cake & 2 batches of 6 inch cake to serve around 25 people. )
Chocolate Mousse Recipe
- cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 Cup melted chocolate (Good quality semi sweet chocolate)
- 1/2 cup Icing sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp of agar agar (Mix this well in 1/2 cup of hot water)
Method: Beat the whipping cream to stiff peaks, fold in the melted chocolate & agar agar into it. Refrigerate it for about 1 hour until its all set.
Note: To make the cake really juicy & moist ,I add in sugar syrup on each layer of the cake before frosting.
For the Moss green Butter cream frosting for decoration
- 500 gms Salted Butter
- 800 gms Sifted icing sugar
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
- Green Edible Color (I used Wilton color)
- Petal tip
- Piping Bag
Beat butter to a smooth consistency, add powdered sugar , color& Vanilla Essence, Beat this well with an electric mixer until its very creamy & fluffy. Fill this in the piping bag & decorate the entire cake.
Assembling the cake:
Cut each cake into 3 layers , build a butter cream dam around & fill the mousse inside. Layer all the cakes one on top of the other. Once all the cakes are layered. Spread the butter cream outside the cake & crumb coat it. Let this set in the fridge for at least 20 mins. Now remove it & start the decoration with Green butter cream icing.
I covered the 9 inch cake with chocolate ganache instead of butter cream crumb coat. I also used some ganache to decorate the top of the cake. I used a big star tip to decorate.
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp butter
Method: bring heavy whipping cream to a rolling boil. turn off the stove, now add in the chocolate chips & butter to the cream mixture. Let it rest for 5 mins. Keep stirring it in between. Once the chocolate chips are melted well, allow it to cool & than pour this mixture on top of the assembled cake. (While doing this, make sure the cake is on the wire rack & a plate or parchment paper is kept underneath to avoid any wastage of ganache) I also refrigerated the remaining ganache for 2 hours & used this for decorating the top of the cake.
- After assembling the cakes with mousse, I put the cake in the freezer for 20 mins for fast setting.
- I also freeze the cake after crumb coat for 10 mins
- I have used Wilton gel color for decoration
- After the complete decoration, I again kept the cake in the freezer for about half an hour.
- If you are freezing your cakes, keep the cake in room temperature before 1 hour of cutting.
- You can also use gelatin instead of agar agar