Chocolate Mousse Torte #SundaySupper

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I spied this decadent Chocolate Mousse Torte on the Fine Cooking website and knew immediately it would be our Christmas dessert. Rich and exquisite, this is definitely mousse in cake form. The only downside is that it’s difficult to slice  into perfect wedges. Fine Cooking recommended using dental floss, but my clan really doesn’t care didn’t care as long as they were dished a serving ASAP. It’s truly decadent and worthy of any special occasion.

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Bill requested I tone down the coffee flavor in this dessert, so I cut the espresso powder from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. Feel free to up the dose if you love a true mocha flavor. The recipe is pretty straight forward, but be forewarned, there will be a few dirty dishes…what with making ganache in the food processor, whipping up the cake batter in your stand mixer, then slowly folding the batter into the ganache in yet another bowl. I usually leave the dirty dishes for the hubby, but when every surface is covered with holiday prep, I do shed some mercy. But I seem to splash chocolate on the kitchen wallpaper every single time I have batter to clean out of mixing bowls  before loading them in the dishwasher. But this chocolate mousse torte is worth the mess…and the dishpan hands.

I’m honored to be hosting the Sunday Supper’s virtual anniversary party. It’s been two fun-filled years of wonderful recipes and camaraderie. We’re all reflecting on our favorite moments over the past year. Hands down, mine was meeting up in person with many of the friends I’ve made in this group. First, at the IFBC in Seattle, I was thrilled to meet Alice of Hip Foodie Mom, Nancy of Gotta Get Baked, Linda of The Urban Mrs, and Megan of I Run For Wine. Then in November, I gathered with Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, Lauren of Heathy.Delicous, Angie of Big Bear’s Wife, and Courtney of Neighborhoodfood at another food blogger’s conference, Mixed, near Pembroke, Virginia. These gals were as wonderful as you’d imagine…we were instant friends. I hope to meet more Sunday Supper members in 2014!

Sunday Supper at IFBC

With Nancy and Alice

Sunday Supper at Mixed

With Angie, Lauren, Courtney and Kim

Chocolate Mousse Torte
Ingredients
For ganache:
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
For cake:
  • 1 tablespoon butter at room temperature for the pan
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules (may add 1 tablespoon for more espresso flavor)
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1//4 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Generously butter a 10-inch springform pan and wrap the bottom and sides in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. Make the ganache by grinding the chocolate in food processor till it looks like coarse crumb. Bring cream to nearly boiling. Add hot cream to food processor and process for about 10 seconds. Scrape down sides of processor. Dissolve the espresso powder in a teaspoon hot water and add it to the warm ganache still in the food processor. Process until fully incorporated, about 10 seconds. Transfer the ganache to a large bowl.
  3. In your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs, sugar, and flour on high speed until pale and fluffy and doubled in volume, about 6 minutes. Add about one-third of the egg mixture to the ganache and fold in with a rubber spatula until combined. Add the remaining egg mixture and fold together until just combined..
  4. Pour the batter into the springform pan. Set the pan inside the roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with 1 to 1-1/2 inches of boiling water. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or till top is crusty and center jiggles just slightly. Remove from water bath, remove foil and cool on a wire rack to room temperature and then refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. To cut the torte dip your knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut. Serve with whipped cream and berries.
Yield: 12 servings
Total time: 5 hours

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful light torte, Liz! It sounds like it would taste like eating chocolate clouds!

    I am so envious of everyone who was able to attend the Food and Wine Conference! Thank you for sharing your photos and hosting this great celebration.

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Yep, that could be scooped up with a spoon as long as I had some:@)

  3. Don’t think I’ll be cutting my amped up with espresso chocolate mousse with dental floss…But I will enjoy every bite and crediting the lovely Liz Berg for the introduction to divine desserts and Sunday Supper =) Thank you for hosting and for all your gracious hospitality year round =)

  4. Messy cutting is an excuse to eat some of it with a spoon from the serving plate, and I love that. This is beyond decadent Liz and perfect for a celebration! I’m so bummed I didn’t make it to this event, especially with you hosting! Meeting in person is a thing to look forward to for sure! Have a great sunday!

  5. Dental Floss? Yea, I wouldn’t have the patience for this. I bet this tastes extraordinary. Yum!

  6. Thanks for hosting and Happy Birthday to you, since you are such a big part of this group! And dental floss? Ain;t nobody got time for that when there’s chocolate cake involved!

  7. Love this recipe. Chocolate Mousse Torte is a favorite, and I’m always looking for new tips … thanks for posting!

  8. Thank you Liz for hosting. What a marvelous Chocolate Mousse Torte.

  9. What I wonderful torte and I can see why you wanted to make it for a special family meal. My husband would want the coffee flavor toned down also.
    Thanks so much for hosting the Sunday Supper two year anniversary event. Getting to you know through the group has been a real highlight for me and I hope we can also meet in person one day.

  10. What a beautiful and I bet absolutely delicious torte! Happy 2nd Birthday!

  11. Liz!!!
    ok, first off. . this chocolate mousse torte! Just beautiful! But everything you bake is beautiful! I absolutely love the simple, yet elegant presentation of the fresh raspberries on top. This is perfection. And I’m so happy we both posted the same photos!! :) Meeting you was a highlight in 2013. . and I hope to meet more Sunday Supper peeps in the future!

  12. I am sure that was a perfect Christmas dessert. Beautiful.

  13. I love intensely chocolate cakes like this and I can tell from that slice that this one would be right up my alley! Thank you for being a wonderful host this week Liz and I hope that we have a chance to finally meet this year.

  14. Oh oui, I could gobble it all up now. Haven’t seen a chocolate mousse Torte in ages and I so wish I could make this but the heavy cream brands are really crap here. Imagine, they have soya heavy cream only… lol

  15. This torte looks beautiful and is perfect for celebrating Liz :) Happy 2nd Birthday to Sunday Supper and thanks for sharing these wonderful photos – what a great group of ladies and thank you for hosting the anniversary event!

  16. Another in your string of absolutely gorgeous desserts. This one looks like a yumfest!
    Thank you for being a wonderful host for our party today.

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!

  17. This dish is BEAUTIFUL, Liz! Thank you for being such a crucial part of the Sunday Supper team and for hosting this birthday party. :)

  18. A beautiful dessert, Liz! You are very inspiring and hope to meet you someday! Thanks for hosting and for all the love and support you’ve shown me!

  19. FC takes flossing to a whole new level! ;-) Looks gorgeous Liz! Thanks for hosting this auspicious event!

  20. When a dessert is this decadent and beautiful, who needs clean-cut slices?! Wonderful recipe, and thank you for being a great host!

  21. This is EXTREME! Extremely decadent. Extremely luscious. Extremely chocolatey and EXTREMELY DELICIOUUUS!!!

  22. This looks so creamy and decadent….holy moly! I really think I need a slice right about now…even if it almost looks too pretty to eat!

  23. Liz,

    Kudos for your wonderful hosting job for this special Sunday Supper. I’m not much a baker (yet), and I endeavor to create desserts like yours, as beautiful to look at as they are to eat.

  24. I’d do the full coffee flavor. ;-) I’ve read about that dental floss trick but have never tried it. Maybe someday, although I’m not that picky about how things look either. Really super recipe – thanks.

  25. Thanks for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper Birthday Bash! Your Torte is mouthwatering! The photos make me want to jump right in for a bite!

  26. Look amazing Lizzy and with all these raspberries!!
    I post chocolate too!

  27. This looks Heavenly Liz!!! It also looks so easy to make that I can see myself making an excuse for it soon :) .

  28. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. This dessert is a gem!

  29. This mousse sure looks fabulous. I’m not much of a baker, but this sounds like something I’d like to try. Even if I have to dirty a few dishes to end up with this beauty. I tend to lean toward simple, easy to clean-up meals. I like to clean as I go so there’s not so much to do after the meal. I’m not as lucky as you to have a husband that will do dishes. I guess he hates dish pan hands. LOL

    I’m going to have to check out Sunday Supper. I’ve heard about it, but haven’t joined yet. Putting that on my “to do” list.

    I’ve pinned this recipe and hopefully, in the near future, I’ll attempt this chocolate mousse torte.

  30. Thank you so much for hosting this special event Liz! I couldn’t imagine a prettier cake for this special birthday celebration!

  31. I’m not a huge mocha fan either but I like a little tiny bit in baked goods. This looks amazing though, your family is very lucky!

  32. My mother used to cut cheesecake with a piece of thin copper wire. Dental floss is much easier. This chocolate mousse torte is what I want to serve at my next dinner party. I’ll be a hero.

  33. WOW this looks gorgeous!

  34. Beautiful! Thanks for hosting Liz!

  35. Looks delicious and so pretty too. I had heard about the dental floss but haven’t tried it yet. Your slice looks pretty clean.

  36. Absolutely stunning, you are the chocolate dessert queen! :)

  37. I can’t think of a better host for this group’s anniversary. Your torte looks perfect – did you actually use dental floss to cut those slices?

  38. Congratulations on hosting this very exciting Sunday Supper Movement anniversary! Great job.

    I am only confused by one part of your article. Why did you have any dirty dishes? I would have to lick each bowl clean!!

  39. Lizzy,
    This is definitely a wow dessert. I love all your decadent desserts and this one is one more on my list to make.
    Annamaria

  40. I have been waiting for this recipe since you tempted it and now I see why, it’s beautiful! Looks amazing girl!

  41. Thanks so much for hosting! This looks yummy, what a special treat to bring to this special birthday! HUGS

  42. You definitely are a dessert queen, looks decadent. I really like the coffee in it.
    Have a great Monday.

  43. You are an expert in making chocolate (and raspberries) desserts! The torte looks exquisite!

  44. I would want to lick the plate clean. It looks luscious and delicious. :)

  45. Liz, you seemed to have so many of these events. Bet you enjoy making new friends :) This choc mousse makes a perfect dessert for the coming Valentine’s Day too. Don’t you think so?

  46. …and chocolate and mousse and tort…with those fresh berries on top! Pure decadence! Nice bunch of girls there! :) ela

  47. Ooh this looks amazing and decadent Liz!So lucky you met with so many from our group.I’m hoping to attend the conf this time round and would love to meet you :) Its been a pleasure cooking with you and wishing for many many more!!Thanks for hosting this wonderful event!

  48. Thanks so much for hosting Liz, what a great event it was and your dessert looks out of this world as usual. Happy #SundaySupper!!

  49. It’s awesome you got to meet some Sunday Supper bloggers! I sometimes love making desserts that dirty pretty much every dish in the house. They tend to be the tastiest and it’s pretty fun to make them.

  50. Wow this looks so pretty and you were able to cut it very clean!
    I know exactly what you mean with chocolate splashing along the walls. This happens to me almost all the time. By the way, I’ve been thinking of joining Sunday Supper (I only hope I can commit). And thanks for stopping by my site through Nancy. Your blog is absolutely beautiful! :)

  51. That cake looks absolutely gorgeous! Raspberries are always a great choice to pair with chocolate cake

  52. No wonder you were giddy-this is just a gorgeous treat.

  53. More lush and gorgeous desserts, I don’t know how you do it week after week. I need to come to your house one day so I can enjoy one of these amazing desserts.

  54. Girl, you know how to celebrate a birthday!! This is wonderful! I had such a good time meeting you this year and hope to see you again in the future!

  55. What a wonderfully decadent looking torte. And I love the photo of all of you together. :)

  56. I’m so glad we got to meet at Mixed! This torte looks incredible.

  57. Mom’s been pining for something like this for HER birthday! Definitely saving it

  58. I am thinking now..this would be perfect cake for Valentine’s Day. Or maybe making some cute little cakes.. :)

  59. I can totally commiserate on the thousand dirty dishes scenario. Every time I bake, I seem to use every item I own in the kitchen. This creamy, chocolatey mousse torte would definitely be worth the effort, however. It’s beautiful! Sunday Supper has meant so much to me. Isabel reached out to me right when I was starting out and this group has taught me so much about blogging. More importantly, however, all the friendships I’ve made have been invaluable. I was so happy to meet you and the rest of our blogger friends at IFBC. It was definitely the highlight of my year! I’m hoping to make it to the F&W Conference this year because I’d love to meet everyone else.

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