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Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day Treat: Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

Mother's Day always causes a dilemma for Ginger.  She loves her mom, Kay, but can stand being around her alcoholic dad, Roger. Her solution?  Mail Mom a gift and jet-set away with boyfriend, Tyler. Do we see a pattern here?  She is always running away from her troubles. But, I guess three days on the beach is better than watching her father get drunk and offensive.

I always fall for this in restaurants, but homemade is better. Conquer it in steps, and you’ll have smooth sailing.


1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups boiling water

until smooth and set aside. Combine:

2¾ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder

Set aside. Cream:

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
2½ cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

for five minutes. Add in flour mixture, alternating with cocoa mixture. Bake in (3) 9 inch round pans, greased and floured for 25-30 minutes at 350˚. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on racks.

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Stir in:

6 egg yolks

until blended. Then add:

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 egg whites

until stiff, and then gently fold into chocolate mixture.



6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
½ cup cream
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar


Layer cakes with mousse filling and ice with frosting.  Refrigerate a minimum of five hours. Store in refrigerator.

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