Chocolate n Strawberry Mousse Cake


                      Well….. cakes are my favourites and here is another one. I got this recipe from facebook’s foodilicious page. Actually I made this cake a few months ago, when strawberry was in season. This cake is of 3 layers. The base layer is ‘flourless chocolate cake’ which means it’s completely chocolaty…slurp… The middle layer is chocolate mousse and our topmost layer is a mixture of strawberries and white chocolate. Well the actual recipe calls for whipping cream and heavy cream to make the mousse… and you know wot, none of these are available at my place, not even in my neighboring cities. HOW SAD. So I used fresh cream and whipping powder instead, in short I had to be satisfied with it. But I have to admit, even though I’ve substituted a couple of ingredients, the taste was amazing… I would definitely make this cake again when strawberries are back in season. In Shaa Allah… So, here’s how I did it…

 

Base layer

 

Flourless Chocolate Cake Layer:

Ingredients:

semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped   –   7 ounces
unsalted butter   –   ½ cup
vanilla extract   –   1½  tsp
large eggs, separated   –   4
Salt   –   a pinch
light brown sugar   –   1/3 cup

Method 



1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by 
greasing the sides and base of the pan with butter.

2. Place chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl. Prepare a double boiler by filling a saucepan with 1″ of water and setting it over low heat on the stove. Set the bowl of chocolate-butter mixture over the pan and allow it to melt slowly, stirring often. Remove melted chocolate from heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla and egg yolks and beat until well combined.

3. With an electric beater beat egg whites and salt until its foamy. Sprinkle in about ½ of the brown sugar and beat until combined. Add the rest of the brown sugar and whisk to soft peaks. We should get soft peaks when the beaters are lifted. Do not overbeat.

4. Gently fold 1/3rd of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The cake will have risen, the edges will look set, and the center will spring back when touched. Set aside to cool for one hour or until completely cooled. Once cooled, the cake will sink down in the center.

Middle layer

EGGLESS CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:

Ingredients

gelatin    –   1 tsp
cold water   –   1 tbsp
boiling water    –   2 tbsp
granulated sugar    –   ½ cup
Cocoa powder (dark)    –   ¼ cup
fresh cream   –   1 ½ cups
whipping powder   –   ¾ cup
vanilla essence   –   1 tsp

Method

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl; let stand for 1 minute to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool slightly.
In another bowl add fresh cream and whipping powder and beat until soft peaks are formed.

Stir together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl; add the fresh cream mixture and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatin mixture; beat until well combined.

Pour this mixture on top of our cooled cake and refrigerate for about 30 minutes

Top layer

Eggless White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse: (you can add your own flavours )

Ingredients:
water   –   1 tbsp
unflavored gelatin   –   1 tsp
strawberries   –   16 ounces
sugar   –   2-3 tbsp
white chocolate, finely chopped   –   6 ounces
fresh cream   –   1 ½ cups

Whipping powder   –   ½ cup
Pink liquid food colour (optional)   –   3-4 drops
Method

Pour water into a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top and set aside for 5 minutes to bloom.

Put strawberries into a blender, add some water and make puree out of it. Add very less water so that we get a thick strawberry puree.

 Pour puree into a strainer that’s set over a bowl. Allow the strawberry juice to drip into the bowl. Press on the solids to get as much juice out of the puree as possible. Discard solids.

Pour strawberry juice into a small saucepan.

Add sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil, stirring often until the juice reduces to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the bloomed gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

Put chopped white chocolate into a large bowl. Pour hot juice over chocolate. Allow to sit for 3 minutes. Stir until it’s melted and becomes completely smooth.

Whisk fresh cream and whipping powder to soft peaks. Whisk 1/3rd of the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until light and fluffy.

Add liquid pink food colour if desired.
Our chocolate mousse must be set by this time. Remove the springform tin from the refrigerator and pour strawberry mixture over the top. Again  refrigerate it for at least 3 hours.

Remove from refrigerator. Run a thin knife or offset spatula around the edge of the pan. Release the latch on the pan and carefully remove the metal ring from the cake.

Since the top 2 layers are mousse, it melts very quickly. So take it out from the refrigerator only when it’s time to serve.

🙂
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