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Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

This is another of our indulgent chocolate mousse recipes, which is made in several layers. The first layer is an ultra-rich and mouthwatering chocolate cake, enhanced with rum, chocolate chips, espresso, and even a pinch of red chili powder. You might consider red chili powder to be an unusual cake ingredient but it actually adds a great flavor to the cake. Just look at how many Mexican desserts with chocolate also contain chili powder or how many savory chili dishes are enhanced with a pinch of cocoa powder. Chocolate and chili are wonderful together but just use a tiny bit of chili.

The mousse is made with chocolate instant pudding, which can be served alone as a pudding or used in recipes like this coffee chocolate mousse cake recipe. You can try using a different flavor of instant pudding for this dish if you like – maybe Oreo flavor or French vanilla. The chocolate ganache topping is rich and creamy and, overall, this is a luxurious cake, which has plenty of wonderful flavor in every mouthful.

This recipe takes a while to make because the cake has to cool, then the following two layers have to set, but it is well worth making if you are a fan of rich, creamy chocolate desserts because this is one of the best mousse recipes for true chocoholics.

Ultimate Indulgence Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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For the Cake:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ packet melted chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅛ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup strong espresso
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup rum
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar dissolved in ½ cup water or ½ cup espresso
For the Mousse:
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 packages instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 oz melted bittersweet chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1 package bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Handful chopped walnuts, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a nonstick round springform pan.
  2. Beat the sugar and eggs until creamy and white, then add the shortening, vanilla, and espresso and beat again.
  3. Add the rum and melted chocolate and keep beating on a low speed. Sift the cocoa powder, chili powder, salt, baking powder, and flour into the mixture and fold it in gently.
  4. Transfer the batter into the greased pan and bake the cake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down.
  6. Take the cooled cake out of the pan and put it into another pan (or clean the first one and use that). Pour the sugar syrup over the cake.
  7. Whip the mousse ingredients together, and then spoon this over the cake.
  8. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until the mousse layer has set.
  9. Combine the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in a bowl to make the chocolate ganache and microwave it for a couple of minutes or until the chocolate melts.
  10. Stir well, and then spoon this over the mousse layer.
  11. Chill the chocolate mousse cake in the refrigerator until it has set.
  12. Cut the dessert into slices or into pieces with a shaped cookie cutter and decorate each serving with some chopped nuts and a sprig of fresh mint.

Photo Description:

Biting into this chocolate mousse cake is like tasting a bit of heaven. The rum, chili powder, espresso and other flavors all combine perfectly and result to give a multi-dimensional flavor which gives this dessert recipe a gourmet finish. The chopped nuts and fresh mint look beautiful as a garnish, as you can see in the photo, and this tasty chocolate mousse cake is suitable for any occasion, from a late afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of coffee to a formal dinner party setting.

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