18 Aug 2015

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Cake

It was that time of the year again when I become a 2 day celebrity in my home and everybody fusses over me! It was my birthday again!! It's the same thing every year but I must say I enjoy every bit of the fussing! 

So every year I bake my own birthday cake and I get to bake whatever I want. Last year I made the Eggless No Bake Chocolate Chilli Cheesecake and this year I chose a simple Chocolate Mousse Cake! Oh how sinfully delicious this cake turned out to be! Mousse cakes are always a delight, I love my Eggless Mango Mousse Cake & Eggless Strawberry Mousse Cake.

The speciality of this cake is that I have not used any setting agents to make this cake. I know a lot of people don't want to use gelatin or agar agar and this works well. The cake as usual is one of my most favourites, the egg free dairy free chocolate cake and tastes absolutely delightful! And for the mouse I used my recipe chocolate mousse with ganache. Do make this cake and enjoy!

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Cake

Preparation time 1 hr 30 mins (including baking time) | Setting time 8 hrs | Serves 12-15

For the cake

You can use any 8 inch chocolate cake. If you have a favourite chocolate cake with eggs, use that, just make sure it's an 8 inch cake. I used my favourite egg free chocolate cake. If you want to use the same cake that I used, check the given link.

Bake the cake and let it cool completely. Cover and refrigerate the cake for 1/2 hour and then slice the cake evenly into two.

Ingredients for the chocolate mousse

For the ganache
  • Dark chocolate - 225 gms (I used Morde compound)
  • Cream - 3/4 cup (I used amul fresh cream)
For the mousse
  • Heavy whipping cream - 2 cups (I used tropolite)
  • Icing sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Cake

1. Making ganache - Chop the chocolate into even pieces. Heat the cream for 30 seconds - 40 seconds or until you can see bubbles around. Do not over heat the cream. It will curdle and over flow.

2. Pour the cream over the chocolate, make sure all the chocolate is covered. Set aside for 5 minutes.

3. After 5 minutes, whisk the chocolate and cream well.  
4. Make sure it's a homogeneous mix. Set  aside.
5. Making the mousse - Take 2 cups of cream and add 1 tsp vanilla extract. Add the icing sugar and whip well until it forms soft peaks, about 7 minutes.

6. Now add the cooled ganache and whip well until it forms stiff peaks. (Do not add the ganache while it's still warm and at the same time don't let it set till it's hard)

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Cake

Assembling the cake
1. Take a 9 inch springorm cake pan and remove the base. Lightly grease the sides of the pan and and place the ring on the serving platter. (I served with the springform pan base itself)

2. Place one half of the cake in the center of the ring and soak the cake with sugar syrup (I used grape juice). Check notes on sugar syrup.
3. Now place a huge dollop of the mousse on the cake and spread it all over with a spatula, make sure you spread the mousse into the sides also.

4. Place the next layer of cake and soak this layer of cake too. Place the remaining mousse over the cake and spread all over. 
5. Cover and refrigerate for about 8 hours (I left it overnight).

6. Once set, genlty remove the ring and decorate as you wish.

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Cake

1. You need to use heavy cream for this recipe, this will not work with low fat cream like amul.
2. Before whipping the cream to make the mousse, chill the cream and beaters in the fridge and freezer respectively for 2 hours. 
3. Whipping the cream to stiff peaks plays a big part in this recipe, so whip correctly and whip well. Do read my detailed post on How to whip cream to stiff peaks for more details.
4. Use a compound chocolate to make the ganache. The ganache and the cream whipped to stiff peaks is what makes this cake work without any setting agents.
5. I love using grape juice to soak my chocolate cakes since it gives an awesome flavor. You can use wine too. Or simply use sugar syrup, add 3 tbsp sugar to 1 cup of water, boil it and cool completely and use. Do not use the entire 1 cup, use only about 1/4 cup of sugar syrup.
6. Please note, the cake is baked in an 8 inch pan and I have used a 9 inch springform pan to set the cake since I wanted the mousse to act as a frosting too. 
7. Using the 9 inch springform pan to set the cake, the entire mousse got used up completely, there were no left overs. 
8. While you chill the cake in the refrigerator, keep it covered.
9. I had the cake out of the refrigerator for about an hour or so while cutting the cake during the party and it was still stiff, did not melt. After that I put it back in the refrigerator. 
10. You can pour a layer of ganache over this cake too. 
11. This cake tastes great when you let it rest awhile and all the flavors have seeped in so plan and make the cake!

Until next time,
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  1. Belated Happy Birthday...Nice cake to celebrate the special day

  2. Happy belated birthday. The cake truly a beauty. Very nice.

  3. Delicious chocolate mousse, looks so good..

  4. Birthday wishes dear...lovely cake to celebrate the occasion...

  5. Mindblowing Cake dear...looks awesome

  6. Just fantastic <3 you are the queen of Chocolate recipes :)

  7. I have made your recipe twice and both the times they turned out awesome!!! The frosting is so delicious....Thank you for such an amazing cake:)

    1. Hi Jayanthi, thank you so much for coming back to leave a feedback, appreciate it :)
      Glad you liked it!

  8. It is very nice mousse cream but unfortunately I didn't have as much cream for the top layer as you do.

  9. I tried ur recipe...really yummy...i swear by all u recipes

    1. Hi Sunayana, thank you so much for your feedback! Really appreciate it :)

  10. Hi Beulah..I don't have a springfoam pan... Can I just Frost the cake like the normal forsting? Or should the mousse be refrigerated before? Pls advice

    1. Hi Sneha, a springform pan or a loose bottom pan is best for this cake. The mousse definitely needs to be refrigerated.

  11. Hello, awesome recipe, I had 2 doubts. Can I use white compound instead of dark compound for the ganache? And I want to frost the cake with mousse, but I don't have a springform pan. Can I quickly frost and pop it in the refrigerator.

    1. If using white chocolate but the proportions will change. Let the mousse set for sometime and then you can quickly frost the cake.

  12. hi.. can diary heavy whipping cream be used in this recipe in place of tropolite. I prefer using diary cream instead of non dairy . Also can this mousse be used to frost cakes ? if yes then do we need to set the mousse in fridge for few hrs before frosting? thank u

    1. Hi Karishma, if you live in India, none of the dairy creams you get here will work. It won't set like non dairy cream. But if you live abroad, then you can definitely use a dairy heavy whipping cream.
      And yes, you can use this to frost cakes and yes you have to let it set in the fridge for sometime.

  13. Thanks a ton for ur quick response 🙏 I stay abroad & use 35% fat heavy whipping cream for my other bakes & desserts. I will try with that & let u know the outcome . Just a quick chk , the qty of dairy cream I should use the same as non dairy or the qty changes ? Also the rest of the ingredients remain the same while using dairy cream or the qty changes ? thank u

    1. Yes the other ingredients remain the same. Except if using dairy cream, it is usually unsweetened so do add some extra sugar while whipping the cream.


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