Oh Wow! This is a chocolate-lovers dream cake!
Three layers of Chocolate Cake.
Chocolate Mousse Frosting
Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
Let me take a minute to harness my inner Jack Nicholson for a second … ahem… You can’t handle the Chocolate. Lol… okay, I’m sorry for that… But in all honesty, see the rays of light in the photo above? God has even endorsed this cake. I loved the light so much that I didn’t want to edit them out. It was the perfect effect.
This was the first dessert that I’ve made in September. Ya see, in an effort to lose some weight and get in shape I’ve started a Paleo diet… You can check out some of my Sugar Free/Gluten Free/Paleo desserts over on Pint Sized Baker.
I was so good when it came to making this dessert. I am a BIG spoon licker. I love to taste test while I bake and I most likely consume way too many calories just licking my fingers and the bowl… lol… but this time I was good. Minimal taste tests of this cake.
However… I just HAD to taste the final product. I can’t tell you what a great cake this was if I don’t try it… right?
So, to my fellow weight loss buddies, I did have 3 – 4 bites of the slice and one truffle. I don’t think that was a very big cheat at all. And I am very proud of myself for NOT eating the entire thing!
Yes, this cake was THAT good!
If you have made your cake and truffles, you can make your frosting. If you’re ambitious and have the time, you can make this cake in one day. It’s not difficult. The truffles can sit overnight and the iced cake can sit over night and all you have to do is finish decorating it the next day.
Since the frosting is a mousse, it’s best eaten the day that it’s served. However, my husband had no problems eating it two days later. in front of me. While I ate my Paleo Ice Cream. And secretly cursed him in my head.
A Chocolate Lovers utopia. A rich cake with a mousse frosting and chocolate truffles.
- Chocolate Cake
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 oz unsweetened cocoa powder
- 13 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 7 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Prepare a large bowl for an ice bath. Be sure that the medium bowl will fit inside.
- In a medium pot, combine the cream and cocoa and heat until a full boil forms. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate pieces and butter. Wait five minutes for the milk to melt the chocolate then slowly whisk until the chocolate and butter are completely melted, blended and smooth.
- Add in the vanilla and salt, then place the bowl into the prepared ice bath and whisk until the chocolate has come to room temperature. Lumps will form if you stop mixing. Once cool, remove from the ice bath and set aside.
- Whip the egg whites with a whisk attachment in a mixer. Once the whites are foamy, slowly add in the sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in a third of the chocolate into the meringue then gradually add in all of the chocolate and fold until the chocolate and meringue are incorporated.
- Reserve a cup of the frosting.
- Place the top layer of the cake, upside down into a springform pan. Add 1/3 of the chocolate mousse frosting allowing it to run over the sides. Place the second slice of cake on top along with more frosting and finally top with the bottom slice of the cake with the bottom up (smooth side up). Cover the cake and fill in the sides with the frosting. Allow to chill overnight.
- Slide a warm, dry knife along the edge of the springform pan and slowly release the clasp. Remove from the pan and place on a serving dish.
- * If you can safely remove the bottom of the pan, do so. I used a Large Cake Lifter to move my cake off the springform bottom and onto the cake platter.
- Use the extra frosting to touch up any spots and add it to the top of the cake. Use a serrated knife to make groves in the top of the cake or you can use an inexpensive tool like this Decorating Comb
- Take the chopped macadamia nuts and gently press them into the sides of the cake. A lot will fall off onto the platter. Just keep going around until they are coated.
- Finally, top with the truffles and place in the fridge for an hour before serving. I found this cake was best served cold.
Recipe via Fine Cooking Chocolate Magazine
Find the Chocolate Cake Recipe and Torting Tutorial HERE.
Find the recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Truffles HERE.