Since Bree had her surgery back on Mack’s birthday, I never had a chance to make him a birthday cake. Last night, I finally had the time. I don’t think Mack really cared that we hadn’t celebrated his birthday, but the kids did.
Mack’s favorite cake is chocolate cake with chocolate mousse frosting and filling. Pre-food allergies, I always ordered a delicious chocolate cake with chocolate mousse from a local Italian bakery. Since nothing at this bakery is considered to be peanut/tree nut free. I need to learn to do it myself.
(This is a stock photo from Google as you scroll my cake looks nothing like the one I was attempting to recreate from the bakery)
This was the first time I tried to make the chocolate mousse from scratch and decorate the cake with the mousse. I followed a Betty Crocker recipe I found in my cookbook, and it was very simple. I just felt like the mousse never really got thick enough. I refrigerated for 2 hours then whipped it until peaks formed. The peaks would form, but they wouldn’t last, so I refrigerated it for another hour before I assembled the cake.
I piped the mousse between the two layers of chocolate cake, but the mousse didn’t hold up well to the weight of the cake, the chocolate mousse started oozing out of the sides… I filled it the best I could and refrigerated for an hour and then tried to frost the cake with the rest of the mousse.
I quickly became frustrated with the oozing chocolate mousse and gave up on making it look fancy. At this point, I was just hoping for tasty.
(based on the few tastes I kept sneaking it was pretty tasty!! Not similar to the Google photo)
I refrigerated the cake for another hour and placed some sprinkles on top to try and save the sloppy appearance!
Luckily, despite the way, the cake looked everyone loved. In fact, my kids and niece all told me they wanted chocolate mousse for their next birthday cake 🙂
I made a lot of chocolate mousse because I didn’t have any idea how much I would need for covering a cake. It made a great after school snack served with sliced strawberries.
I’m still not satisfied with the thickness of the chocolate mousse, I’m not sure if this is how it was supposed to be or if I did something wrong.
Either way, I’m on a mission to make the perfect chocolate mousse that is delicious and stands up as a filling for a chocolate cake.
Let me know if you have any favorite chocolate mousse recipes!