RECIPE: chocolate mousse cake

barbara52January 1, 2004

This is easy and delicious. It is from the magazine Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion.


serves 8

NOTE: Use the best bittersweet chocolate you can find!

7 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1 stick unsalted butter, plus some for greasing the pan

3 eggs, at room temp

2 TBS flour

2/3 cup sugar

optional (for garnish):

powdered sugar

freshly whipped cream

shaved chocolate

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan (I use a pyrex one) and set aside. Warm about 4 cups of water and keep handy for a bain-marie (water bath).

Melt chocolate, butter, plus 2 tsp water in a double boiler. Remove and let cool briefly. NOTE: I was very wary of adding the water to the chocolate mixture -- thought this was taboo. But I checked with a friend of mine who is a professional pastry chef, and she assured me it would be all right, and it was.

With an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat eggs, flour, and sugar until light and pale colored. Add melted chocolate mixture and blend well. Mixture will be runny.

Pour batter into buttered loaf pan and place pan in a rectangular glass or ceramic baking dish. Place in oven and carefully pour warm water into the baking dish to a depth of one inch.

Check cake after 30 minutes. If it's getting too "done" on top, tent w/aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes of baking time (40 minutes total). The top will be crunchy but the inside will be very moist.

Remove loaf pan from bain-marie and place on a rack to cool slightly before serving. Can also be served at room temp.

Serve directly from the pan, cutting the cake into slices.

If you like you can sprinkle the top w/powdered sugar, and/or garnish w/whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

This is really quite scrumptious! The best thing is that it isn't a fussy recipe, and uses ingredients you're likely to have on hand.

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Sounds great! Does it rise & then fall?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 10:39AM
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Ginger, it never rises very high, then it does fall just a bit. It will develop a few "cracks" in the top as it bakes, and be slightly crunch/crusty on top and delightfully soft/dense/gooey inside. It is so good!!

BTW, do you ever get over to Virgin Gorda? We vacationed there a couple of times and thought it was Paradise.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 11:16AM
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It's been a while but yes. Love the Baths except the last time I went on this boat & they anchored waaaaay out in deep blue water & I don't swim. Had to get to shore on a swimming raft. Deep water scares the begeebers out of me.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 2:09PM
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I LOVE the Baths! The second time we went there we rented a villa quite close by. Heavenly! Did you get to Mad Dog's? We practically lived on their BLT's and pina coladas, and loved the friendly, informal atmosphere there. When we told Mad Dog (Colin) that we were leaving the next morning and asked what time he opened, he said "What time do you want us to open?" Incredible!

Too bad you aren't a swimmer. I'm not a great swimmer, but I do love the snorkeling there.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 3:21PM
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Didn't get to Mad Dog's but I'll keep it in mind next time I get a chance to go. I can't tell you the number of years I'd taken swimming lessons. Such a waste not being able to swim. I can float but never got the hang of turning my head to breathe & I'm deathly afraid of water when I can't see the bottom. I'm a great wader, though. LOL

    Bookmark   January 9, 2004 at 3:56PM
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I made this last night, and it was definitely a hit! I've made other cakes similiar to this, but this one was nice since it made a smaller one. Very easy - I used the chocolate chips I had in the cabinet since I'd already been to the store and it was excellent. Thanks for sharing :-)

    Bookmark   January 10, 2004 at 10:25AM
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Hi Barbara,

I want to make this cake to serve 16. Do you think I could double your recipe with success?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2005 at 9:17PM
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Barbara, this cake sounds amazing. Adding yet another recipe to my got to try soon list. Thanks.


    Bookmark   May 31, 2005 at 12:07AM
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Debbie, Hope I'm not chiming in too late... have been busy with an upcoming move and not spending too much time at the computer these days.
If I were doubling the recipe, I'd divide the batter between two pans, instead of putting it all into one big pan. Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2005 at 2:26PM
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Good luck on your upcoming move Barb. This cake does sound like a hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 8:14PM
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I made this on Sunday night and everybody loved it.

Simple , rich, and delicious.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2005 at 1:53PM
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