Saturday, 7 January 2012

Luscious and Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Yes friends, Im finally back to the blogging world. Ive enjoyed a funfilled Christmas season with friends and family and I feel refreshed and look forward to 2012 with renewed energy and excitement.

As I look back at 2011, amongst the many blessings, I see what a rollercoaster it has been for me.......my life has changed sooo drastically, from being a carefree fun loving bindaas person..... to that of a sleep deprived, walking, talking zombie for months on end, yes friends 2011 has brought me the joy of being a Mother...of caring and nurturing for this little person, who has turned my world upside down and filled my life with immense joy, excitement, wonder, love and mystery...........I wouldnt want it any other way.

Now as I prepare to move on from a "Stay home mom" to work soon, I eagerly look forward to claiming back a part of my life that I have long forgotten, a new found excitement is welling within me, at the same time new fears of letting my son start his journey towards toddlerdom begins!! ......I look forward to all the challenges and joys 2012 brings me and pray for strength, hope and good fortune. 


Coming to the present, ITS JANUARY the most happening month OF THE YEAR in our family with 4 wedding anniversaries ( My parents and 3 of us siblings) and 3 birthdays ( my baby's 1st birthday!!!, my nephew and sister's bday)....wow!! time to rock and roll again.....


I begin this year's post with a utterly delicious, decadent and moorishly addictive chocolatey mousse cake recipe that is melt in the mouth and sinfully gorgeous. The beauty and speciality of this cake lies in the fact that I have carefully married two of my favourite chocolate recipes.......Nigella's instant chocolate mousse and hershey's chocolate cake to give you this bombshell of a cake. The cake recipe is eggless and the mousse is made from marshmallows, hence kids will love it!! (unlike traditional mousses which have raw eggs in it....this one is simple to make, sets horrendously quickly and is delicious!)


I made this cake for my friend and partner in life- Clem............. you know I wouldn’t change a thing ....."God proved his sense of humour when he matched you and I together ;) ...........He also proved He's a genius". Happy 6th Anniversary!! 


To make this Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake you will need:

Ingredients:
For the Chocolate Cake ( my adapted recipe from Hershey's). Preferably make the previous day.
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup Cocoa
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
Dash salt
1 cup (2 stick) butter
2 cup sugar
2 cup milk
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Instant Chocolate Mousse ( Nigella)
150 grams mini marshmallows
50 grams soft butter
250 grams best-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
60ml hot water from a recently boiled kettle
250ml heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons seedless black raspberry preserves

Method:

To make the chocolate cake (preferably make the previous day)
1 Heat oven to 350°F/ 180C. Line bottom of a 23 cms 0r 9-inch round baking pan with wax paper. Lightly grease sides of pan. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2 Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute or until melted; stir in sugar. Add milk, vinegar and vanilla to butter mixture; stir until blended. Add dry ingredients; whisk until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3 Bake 15-20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack; gently peel off wax paper. Cool completely for atleast 2-3 hours. If making the cake the previous day, once cooled, place the cake back in its springform baking tin, place it in a closed plastic bag in the fridge overnight.

Next day:
4 To prepare the CHOCOLATE MOUSSE topping.
a. Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and water in a heavy-based saucepan.
b. Put the saucepan on the stove, over heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat.
c. Meanwhile whip the cream with the vanilla until thick and then fold into the cooling chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, cohesive mixture.
d. Take the cake with its tin out of the fridge; spread 3 tablespoons of preserves over the top of the cake. Carefully pour all of the chocolate mousse filling over the cake ( make sure the cake is still in the tin). Smooth the top of the mousse. Cover the top of the cake tin with foil and place in the fridge for about half an hour to an hour to completely set.

5. Once the mousse has set, run a knife along the sides of the tin to loosen it. Open the springform and check to see if the mousse has completely left the sides of the tin. Then close the tin again while you complete the decorations for the cake. I used lightly sweetened stiffly beaten whipped cream and a no. 30 rossette tip to pipe a few rosette all along the border of the cake. I also used the same tip to write on the cake. Since its my first time actually piping on a cake.....im actually chuffed at the outcome :) Refrigerate till serving.

Just before serving open the springform side and carefully place the cake with the tin base onto a decorative plate. 



Caysera's notes:
1. You  may add a teaspoon of instant coffee powder dissloved in a tablespoon of water to the to the cake batter, to increase the depth of flavours. I also added a teaspoon of coffee powder to the mousse mixture while on the stove top, for a mocha flavour.





I share a virtual piece of this cake with all of you who have lived and loved........to love...Cheers!! 

Refrigerate leftover cake. 12-16 servings.

Enjoy,









Sharing this recipe with Valentines Day event hosted by Anzz @ Anzz Cafe.



Sharing this recipe with Teena Mary's Valentine's Day Event.@ Teenz Yummy Delights


Sharing this recipe with Chocolate Mela event hosted by Srivalli @ Cooking 4 all Seasons.

17 comments:

Aarthi said...

Totally Yummy

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Teena Mary said...

Woah!! I just looooved it..Perfectly done & sooo inviting!! Glad to hear tht u had a fun filled holiday..Happy New Year dearie :) Enjoy all the b'day & anniversary celebrations !!! Have a blast :)

Indu said...

Love the look of that mousse

Indu said...

Love the look of that mousse

Juan H.R. said...

Hola Cay. Muchas gracias por tu visita, comentario y haberte hecho seguidora de mi blog. Deseo que hayas pasado unas fabulosas fiestas y que este año que acaba de comenzar te sea muy propicio.
Aunque mi inglés no es muy bueno, por decir algo jj, he estado viendo las recetas que tienes y la verdad es que son una maravilla.
Esta tarta haría las delicias de mis hijas. El chocolate les encanta.
Me hago seguidor de tu blog y espero que a lo largo de este año tengamos la oportunidad de visitarnos aunque sea virtualmente.
Un cordial saludo desde Castellón

CaySera said...

Thankyou Aarthi, Teena and Indu :)

CaySera said...

Estimado Castellón,

Dear Castellon,
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para visitar mi espacio .... Estoy encantado. Sus hijos seguramente le encantará este pastel .... intente y me dejó saber ....... seguramente visita tu blog más a menudo y compartir en el viaje de yiyr blogs encantadora ..... hasta entonces comer, amar y ser feliz .... Feliz Año Nuevo!

Sobha Shyam said...

cake looks awesome, absolutely yummy, thanx for the comments n follow at my space, glad to follow u too :)

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What an incredible cake - SO beautiful and completely delicious
amazing!
Mary

Jay said...

rich n divine cake...excellent presentation dear..;)
Tasty Appetite

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous and chocolate mousse is one of my favorite desserts. Happy Anniversary!

CaySera said...

Thankyou Sobha for dropping by and for your lovely comment :)

CaySera said...

Thankyou Mary and Jay :)

CaySera said...

Tahnkyou for stopping by Carrie.....I hope you try and my version and enjoy it!

Artù said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog. I sign for you blog....
very nice this recipe!!!

Anjali Shukla said...

I'm so much in love with this cake...can't express even! :)
Thanks for dropping by my space; I could discover your lovely blog only then. :)

Sadaf Afshan said...

Absolutely droolworthy cake. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to follow you too.