Tuesday, September 6, 2011

triple chocolate mousse cake with raspberries


I've made America's Test Kitchen's triple chocolate mousse cake various ways now - as individual cakes, a full sized cake, and one layered with strawberries - and it always turns out great.  In July I made one again, this time for a goodbye lunch for a coworker who was leaving the company, and I simply decorated it with fresh raspberries.


Again I used my favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe for the bottom layer.  When it came time to make the chocolate mousse layer, I was somewhat distracted with the kids, and hastily read the recipe's measurement for salt as 1 teaspoon.  It didn't register in my mind that it was a lot salt!  But I whipped up the mousse, added it on top of the chocolate cake layer in my springform pan, and place it in the fridge for it to set.  Then I went to clean up and start on the next layer.  Before I threw the spatula I had used into the sink, I licked it off (can't let chocolate mousse go to waste!), and then realized that the mousse was REALLY salty!  I rushed to check the recipe again, and it was actually 1/8 teaspoon of salt that I should have added!  DOH!


I ended up waiting for the much-too-salty mousse layer to set in the fridge so that I could slice the layer off easily, and then dumped it in the trash. :( What a waste of good dark chocolate!  Then I proceeded to make another chocolate mousse layer, this time with the correct measurement of salt!


After adding the third layer of white chocolate mousse, I let that set in the fridge, and then decorated the perimeter of the cake with fresh raspberries.  To finish it off, I piped a "best wishes" message in melted chocolate.


The raspberries went really well with the cake, and the tartness of the fruit cut the richness of the dessert perfectly.  I hope everyone enjoyed it at the lunch!  Good luck and best wishes to Clayton, with whom I've worked with for over 10 years!


13 comments:

  1. so sad to waste chocolate mousse!!!! but the cake loke great, and im sure it taste great too, with the right amount of salt!

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  2. Wow! What a gorgeous cake! And such neat piping for the letters. Amazing :)

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  3. Great rescue job! You could never have told that you had that complication, it looks just perfect and i bet tastes extraordinary :)

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  4. That's one fine and elegant all time favorite mousse cake of us in the family. I'm surely gonna add it to my mousse recipe archive.

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  5. Gorgeous! Only thing better than chocolate mousse is TRIPLE chocolate mousse!

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  6. Wow, look at your perfect penmanship to match such a tres chic dessert, beautiful.

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  7. WoW! looks very tempting.. that makes me drool.

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  8. Hello,
    Can i ask you to repost the whole recipe for the cake because i can not register on that site where is located the original recipe? I am from outside USA and that is the reason. If u can send it to me by e-mail it would be perfect. My email is dos@gbg.bg Thanks!

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    1. @Anonymous - i just sent you an email! enjoy!

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  9. Hi, like Anonymous I too can't register to get the recipe as I live outside USA. Would appreciate if you could send me the triple chocolate mousse cake recipe to my email. My eMail is judywyl@gmail.com. Thank you so much in advance. Judy.

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  10. Hello! I also can't register to get the recipe and I would love to make this cake! I would apreciate if you could send me the recipe for this recipe, the triple chocolate mousse cake! My email is nynaely@hotmail.com Thank you :)

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