My brother in law loves his chocolates especially the dark kind. So I thought baking a bespoke chocolate cake would be our birthday gift for him.
I baked two kinds of chocolate cake from scratch using Martha Stewart's recipes. For the base, I made double-chocolate brownie cake and for the top layer, Martha's Ultimate Chocolate cake. Both recipes can be found also in this blog under my Kit Kat Overdose Cake post.
For the filling, I took inspiration from Paula Deen's chocolate mousse recipe. Its soft-icecream-like texture was a perfect foil to the two layers of different chocolate cakes.
The double chocolate brownie layer is dense and chewy providing a nice contrast to the soft and chocolatey Ultimate chocolate cake.
Here is the recipe :
A. Double Chocolate Brownie Recipe ( base) --- see Kit Kat Overdose Cake post in this blog
B. Ultimate Chocolate Cake ( second and top layer) - see Kit Kat Overdose Cake post in this blog
C. Chocolate Ganache - see Kit Kat Overose Cake post in this blog
C. Chocolate Mouse Filling :
4 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup extra strong coffee
4 large eggs separated
1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup
2 cups heavy cream
1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. When close to melting, add coffee and stir.
2. In a separate bowl, beat 3 egg yolks and 1 cup sugar. Mix well.
Add to the chocolate mixture ( #1)
3. Cook over low heat. Stir well till sugar is melted. Set aside and cool.
4. In a separate bowl, beat 4 egg white till stiff peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture.
1st layer - double chocolate brownie
2nd layer - chocolate mousse
3rd layer - ultimate chocolate
NOte : Pour the ( cooled ) chocolate ganache all over the cake and garnish with chocolate shavings.