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Ghirardelli®
Chocolate Mousse January 12, 2019

Ghirardelli® Chocolate And Orange Mousse Cake

A decadent flourless chocolate cake featuring a creamy chocolate mousse. The combination of chocolate cake, rich mousse and orange make this an impressive holiday dessert.

The cake is delicious and ended up being very dense and moist. There was a little confusion when it came to making the mousse. The recipe calls for a 1/4 cup of warm water, but there is no use for it in the instructions. I ended up using a few teaspoons because the chocolate mixture was so thick, but not a full 1/4 cup. There was also no sugar called for in the mousse. I added 1/4 cup thinking the water was a typo. I'm happy I did because the mousse would have been too bitter without it.

Ghirardelli® Chocolate And Orange Mousse Cake

  • PREP TIME 35 min
  • COOK TIME 45 min
  • TOTAL TIME 11 hour20 min

Author: Ghirardelli Serves: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • Chocolate Mousse:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 whole eggs, separated
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli® Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large room temperature eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch spring form pan and line with parchment paper.
  • 2. In a large microwaveable bowl melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter together. You can do this over a pot of simmering water (bain marie) or gently in the microwave.
  • 3. When the chocolate has cooled, whisk in sugar then add 6 egg yolks, one at a time. Add in the vanilla extract.
  • 4. Sift cocoa and salt over chocolate mixture and whisk to combine.
  • 5. In a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer) beat 6 egg whites at medium high speed until peaks form and it becomes stiff.
  • 6. Gently fold in a large spoon full of the egg whites to the chocolate mix. This is called "introducing." It will loosen up the chocolate mixture. Then follow with the rest of the egg whites. Gently folding, taking care to maintain the bubbles in the eggs.
  • 7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until it is just set. Take care not to overbake or it won't be as moist. Cool the cake in the tin until totally cold. The cake will naturally fall in the center but that is normal.
  • 8. Cover the cake and set it aside until ready to decorate. This cake is best made the day before.
  • 9. For the Chocolate Mousse: Put 3/4 cup chocolate chips, butter and orange zest in a heatproof bowl and place over a pot of simmering water (bain marie) to melt. Gently stir until melted. Remove from the heat and cool.
  • 10. Whisk 3 egg whites in a large clean bowl until stiff peaks form.
  • 11. Whisk 3 egg yolks into the chocolate mix until combined.
  • 12. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix. Start by folding in one spoonful to loosen the mix, then fold in the rest until fully incorporated.
  • 13. Place the mousse in the refrigerator to set overnight or a minimum of 10 hours.
  • 14. The next day, spoon the mousse over the cold cake. The cake naturally falls during baking, which creates a nice crater for the mousse.
  • 15. Once the mousse is on top of the cake, store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • 16. Optional: decorate the cake with colorful fruit on top.

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