Yield: 8 servings
4 egg whites
½ cup (110 g) sugar
5 oz (140 g) hazelnuts, finely ground
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
9 oz (250 g) dark semi or bittersweet chocolate (60-70%)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup (70 g) sugar
¼ cup + 1 cup (0.6 + 2.4 dl) whipping cream
Directions for the Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
- Line a 9 inch (23 cm) cake tin with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin.
- Whisk the eggs whites until stiff and in peaks by using an electric mixer, gradually add the sugar and whisk well each time sugar has been added.
- Mix with finely ground hazelnuts and cocoa powder.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool the cake.
- Melt finely chopped dark chocolate over hot water.
- Beat the egg yolks with 2 oz sugar until white.
- Heat ¼ cup whipping cream to the boiling point, and whisk in beaten egg yolks.
- Fold in melted chocolate. The mixture will immediately thicken. Cool to approx. 100 deg F / 38 deg C.
- Whisk 1 cup of whipping cream. Fold with the egg and chocolate mixture, one tablespoon at a time until the filling becomes soft, then the remaining part of the cream.
- Transfer to the cake tin, and place in the refrigerator for several hours.
If served cold the filling appears more like chocolate truffle than mousse. If you prefer a more sweet flavor of the filling you can use semisweet chocolate (40-45%) instead of the recommended type.
- For decoration – make chocolate panels to cover around outside of cake. To make chocolate panels: melt 8 oz (250 g) bittersweet chocolate. Spread onto a piece of baking paper. Allow to become mat dry. Mark panels height of cake x 2 inches (5 cm) by scoring with a knife. When set a little more, break off panel pieces and stick onto outside of cake by using a little mousse as a ‘glue’. Overlap each piece little. Decorate top with piped mousse, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc. Tie a ribbon around circumference of cake