Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I made this cake for my mom's birthday and it was such a big hit!

2/3 cup butter, softened
1-2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups milk

Preheath oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating until smooth after each addition.

Pour batter into 2 greased 9 inch round baking pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done.

Chocolate Mousse:
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/3 c. water
3/4 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. heavy cream
In saucepan, place chocolate and water. Stir over low heat until blended. Add sugar and salt. Simmer 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. In a bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in the chocolate mixture (stir constantly). Add vanilla and cool to room temperature. Beat heavy cream in a large bowl. With rubber spatula, fold in chocolate mixture gently. Chill while cake finishes baking.
Chocolate Frosting:
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
     6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
     6 tablespoons butter
     5 tablespoons evaporated milk
     1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

Once cake has cooled completely, put one layer on a cake plate.  Fill with the chocolate mousse.  Then put the other layer on top and frost with the chocolate frosting. Refrigerate for a half hour.  Enjoy!

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