Everyone needs to have an impressive, delicious, foolproof and easy recipe up their sleeve for all main occasions. A sumptuous roast, a mouth-watering pasta, a fantastic soup, a versatile salad, a delectable dessert and a special cake. This decadent chocolate mousse cake ticks all the boxes and is a great dessert or a super special cake to have to for afternoon tea.
Separating the eggs
Seriously, the most difficult part of this cake is separating the eggs.
There are numerous ways to separate eggs. I have an egg separator, which I love but rarely use. Actually, I have two, one that I ‘won’ at a Tupperware party and a ceramic one that belonged to my Mum. I use large eggs in my recipes and my egg separator is made for medium eggs. More often than not, the egg separator loses the yolk over the side with the white.
Instead, I just use the eggshells or my hands to separate eggs. I do break the egg whites into a cup and then transfer each egg white into the bowl before breaking the next one. When I don’t I tend to stuff up the last egg and have yolk in with all my whites. When six eggs are involved, the risk of waste is just too great.
Long story short: use the method that you prefer. But I still recommend using large eggs for this recipe.
Is it cheating?
I’ll admit, sometimes, when I am short on time, I will use a packet mix for the mousse. The real recipe is not difficult, but waiting for the melted chocolate too cool is sometime more time than I have. I have for example been known to forget the cooling chocolate to the point that it goes hard again and needs to be remelted…
If you are going to use a packet mix, make sure you get a good brand, preferably one that you have tried before.
A little something special
With all the air from the egg whites, this decadent chocolate mousse cake is actually quite light. Yet the richness of the mousse adds a dimension that makes this cake a ‘wow’ cake.
Don’t want the raspberries and strawberries on top? Add more berries. Or use chocolate dipped pieces of orange and consider adding finely grated orange peel to the mousse.
You could also use chocolate to decorate your cake. Just make sure that the chocolate is not too heavy as it will submerge into the mousse.
I used marshmallows and tiny chocolate chips to create a dinosaur birthday cake sensation.
Want something extra special to wow everyone at the end of a meal? Use white chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse and swirl them.
Make this decadent chocolate mousse cake for your next dinner party
If you are like us, you won’t have a lot of time