Posts Tagged ‘mousse’


Cake or Death?

November 30, 2008

tile200-chocolate_truffle_cNot Quite Nigella is running a chocolate cake competition, and I decided that an 11th hour entry was essential, despite having baked a horde of cakes already this week, including a wedding cake for yesterday (post to come very soon!). Anyway, as you’ll know if you’re at all familiar with my blog, I do tend to make the occasional chocolate cake…But I decided my regular chocolate cake recipe (which I do highly recommend, as a reasonably failsafe, delicious and moist cake) was just not exciting or challenging enough.


So this is my cake. Looks fairly harmless, does it not? Boring even, you might say…

tower-of-cakeBut… It’s a huge tower of cake! That’s a 20cm cake that is 12.3cm high! (yes, I had to measure it) It is a crazy concoction of deliciousness, decided upon after much umming and ahhing. This is a five-layer cake, in alternating layers of Rose Levy-Beranbaum’s White Chocolate Whisper Cake and Donna Hay’s Rich Chocolate Cake, filled with White Chocolate Mussoline buttercream (another Rose Levy-Beranbaum recipe) and a cream-based chocolate mousse (concocted without a recipe) and all topped with a rich dark chocolate glaze. Phew! And I can assure you that it is quite deadly! Want to see the guts of it? Brace yourselves!

cross-section-shotNow, be aware, this is not your everyday chocolate cake (although the white chocolate whisper cake is a perfectly respectable everyday cake on its own), and in fact a normal-sized slice would probably clog your arteries instantly, but a tiny sliver with a small scoop of homemade vanilla ice-cream goes down a treat – a delicious way to finish off the weekend!

I promise I’ll update the post with recipes tomorrow, but at the moment it’s sleepy time – if you happen to be reading this and think you might be in the area in the next day or so let me know, though, because I just might be able to reserve a slice for you – we’re going to need some help with this one!


Chocolate Mousse

January 25, 2008

Not very pretty, but boy was this yummy! Hamish was talking the other night about how good chocolate mousse is (and who can argue with that?), so I decided to make some. I’ve never done this before, but that’s what recipes are for, isn’t it? And it turned out fine – I wanted to make a simple, ‘pure’ chocolate mousse, but next time I think some complementing flavour – perhaps orange – might give it an extra dimension. That or serving it layered with raspberries. It was sooooo rich on its own!

If you’d like to try this, the recipe is as follows:

200g dark chocolate (or whatever you prefer – I used about 100g of 70% dark, as that was all I had left, and the rest milk)
400ml cream
4 eggs
50g castor sugar

– Melt chocolate – I usually do this in short bursts in the microwave, but make sure you don’t let it burn! Alternatively, use a heat-proof bowl over a simmering saucepan on the stove. Make sure you do this first so it has a chance to cool a little before you mix it with the eggs.
– Whip cream.
– Separate eggs and beat whites until fluffy, but stop before you get to the stiff peak stage.
– Beat sugar into yolks, just until disolved.
– Stir yolk mixture into the melted chocolate.
– Fold first some cream and then some egg white into the chocolate mixture, and continue to alternate, gradually folding, until all ingredients are mixed together.
– Spoon into your serving dishes or glasses and refrigerate for at least an hour (but no longer than a day, as raw egg is not a good thing to take a chance on).
– Enjoy!

I got the recipe from this website, randomly enough.

And yeah, I know it’s not cake. I’m trying to cut back on eating the stuff, and since noone else is demanding it at the moment I’ve not been able to justify it… But I have some new toys I need to play with, so I can’t hold out for too much longer!