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Chocolate Mousse Cake

Posted on March 3, 2010 by in baked goods

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Making a proper Chocolate Mousse Cake requires skill, patience and lots of time, right? Wrong!!! Let me explain! To make a proper Chocolate Mousse cake you need  to make all the different components such as the cake layers, the cocoa cream, the mousse filling and then last but not least the chocolate ganache.
Phew, I am tired just thinking of it…. Please don’t get me wrong, I have great admiration for people who bake these beautiful cakes, but in my kitchen I definitely lack the time and the skill to do so.


I have developed an easy cop out and my chocolate mousse cake requires very little skill and a bonus is that the ingredients will cost you a lot less than a for a proper chocolate mousse cake. The secret to this cake is that it must be dense and moist with a rich chocolate flavor and I will gladly share my easy way of attaining this.

Chocolate Mousse Cake
The Cake 

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar – I use caster sugar
125gr butter
1cup boiling water
4 eggs
4 tbsp cocoa
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp fine cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fine nutmeg
1/2 tsp fine cloves

Preheat oven to 180C. Prepare your cake pans(23 cm) but spraying them with a non-stick spray or butter them. Cut a circle of grease-proof paper the size of the pan and line the pan with it. Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and spices.Keep aside. Beat the eggs and sugar until pale in color and thick and foamy. Melt butter, boiling water and cocoa together in a separate pot. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and start folding it in. Add some of the hot cocoa mixture and mix well after every addition until all the ingredients are mixed together properly. Divide the mixture between the 2 pans and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the side of the pan.

The mousse Filling

500ml fresh cream
1 packet Instant Chocolate pudding
2 tbsp Kahlua Liqueur – you need more for the cake
1 cup cold milk

Mix the instant pudding with 1 cup cold milk. Beat and let it set in the fridge. In the meantime, whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks and then beat in the chocolate pudding spoon by spoon. Add the liqueur and mix well.

 To assemble the cake

About 125ml Kahlua
fresh berries of your choice
sprigs of mint
chocolate shavings

When the cake has cooled completely, cut each cake in two halves, so that you have 4 layers. Place 1 layer on your cake plate and drizzle with some Kahlua. Spread some of the chocolate mousse filling over the cake and top with another layer. Repeat until all 4 layers are done. Decorate the cake with fresh berries and chocolate shavings.

PS:  This cake has to be eaten the same day and it MUST stay refrigerated until you are ready to serve.  If you use non-dairy cream, the cake will last longer and refrigeration is not needed.

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21 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse Cake”

  1. MeetaK 3 March 2010 at 10:27 am #

    nina this does look extravagant. i love kahlua! so perfect with all the colorful fruit!

  2. Nina Timm 3 March 2010 at 10:35 am #

    I so admire your baking skills, it is an honor for me to get such a compliment from you!!!

  3. Bellini Valli 3 March 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Such a gorgeous presentation too Nina!!!!!

  4. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 3 March 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Wow, how beautiful with the fruit topping! Your cake sounds delicious and not that difficult to make either.

    Love the new 'look' here 🙂

  5. Marisa 3 March 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Yes! This is the perfect thing to get my chocolate fix with.

  6. Pam 3 March 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL!!! My chocolate loving family would really love this cake.

  7. mycookinghut 3 March 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Nina,
    Looks really pretty!! Love the colours!

  8. Mary 3 March 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    Nina, this is a gorgeous looking cake. You have presented it beautifully. I wager it tastes every bit as good as it looks.

  9. Tuty @ Scentofspice 3 March 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I like the simple and rustic look of the cake. The fruit certainly adds an elegant touch to it.

  10. Maria 4 March 2010 at 1:37 am #

    It looks like a decadent, time-consuming cake … love the shortcuts and will definitely try them out some time.

  11. Sook 4 March 2010 at 2:14 am #

    I love the combination of the mousse cake and fresh fruit! Amazing!

  12. Jan 4 March 2010 at 8:44 am #

    That cake looks amazing! Nina you are so talented.

  13. Peter M 4 March 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    The topping of fruits almost steals the show…almost. Chocolate doesn't give up the spotlight that easy.

  14. Helene 5 March 2010 at 4:02 am #

    I find this cake to be so chic. Chocolate should be eaten everyday 🙂

  15. Sommer 6 March 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Beautiful! I can't wait to try this.
    I really like your site–I think I'll add it to my blogroll!

    http://www.aspicyperspective.com

  16. Chocolate Shavings 10 March 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    That cake looks absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Anonymous 10 March 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    What a beautiful cake, Nins!!! PPD

  18. Jeanne @ Cooksister! 15 March 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Kahlua… cake… chocolate… what could go wrong? Love your easy peasy cake and love the berry topping!

  19. Regina 18 June 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    I am 11 turning 12 and chose to make this cake for my Dad on Fathers day. Hopefully he would love it since I made it all by myself. But he did not like the mess:(. I used my own recipe for Chocolate mousse I made it by blending 1/4 cup of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of unsweetend cocoa 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of vannila then I refrigerated it . It taste delish. You should try it.

  20. Hayley 18 August 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Couldn’t resist trying out this recipe when I found it online! So quick and easy, and so irresistibly delicious, without being too sweet! Would definitely recommend others to try make this cake…perfect for a tea time treat or dessert! 🙂

    • nerinatimm 18 August 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      So glad you tried it, my family loves it too!


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