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It’s such a joy to be assigned the blog of friends for the Secret Recipe Club. Feast on the Cheap is a delightful page written by a mother daughter team of foodies…and has been in the Group C rotation for as long as I can remember. This Chocolate Mousse Cake caught my attention…flourless chocolate cake topped with mousse? Can you see why? This recipe comes from Mary Anne’s mom…and is a dessert sure to please your family.

I loved that this gem was made from all pantry ingredients…chocolate, eggs, sugar. No need to run to the market…and in a couple hours, you have a decadent chocolate dessert. My mousse didn’t set up before I took the photos…but it was much better after an overnight stint in the fridge. The hubby raved about this, saying it was “mighty fine” after his first bite. It is not overly sweet…so a perfect dessert for you chocoholics who don’t need a sugar high after a big meal.  Thank you, Mary Anne and Mariel, for this lovely recipe. I’m so glad I finally got to bake from your blog! I will also be making your Pesto Parmesan Meatballs very soon…I found so many recipes I want to try.

Tip of the Day: If using a non-stick cooking spray like Pam, place your pan in the sink to spray. Using this method, you will avoid a greasy counter.


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Chocolate Mousse Cake #SecretRecipeClub


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons strong, brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or similar liqueur, I used Frangelico, optional
  • Garnish with sweetened whip cream (I added vanilla and Frangelico), berries and/or chocolate curls if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease a 9” springform pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray..
  2. Melt the chocolate in the coffee in the microwave (use microwave safe bowl), stopping and stirring at 30 second increments, till smooth and melted. Stir in liqueur if using. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium-large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, using the same beaters, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. On low speed, beat the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture until incorporated.
  6. Fold in the egg whites, till well incorporated.
  7. Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place the remaining batter in the refrigerator.
  8. Bake the cake for 25 minutes. Turn off the oven but leave the cake in for an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 1½ hours. During this time, the center of the cake will settle, while the edges will crack and form a higher rim.
  10. Loosen the cake by running a sharp knife along the inside of the pan. Remove the sides of the spring form pan.
  11. Spread the chilled, reserved batter evenly over the center of the cake, up to the edge of the rim. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to the day before serving.
  12. To serve, run a sharp knife along the bottom of the cake pan to loosen. Carefully slide the cake onto a platter. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream, berries, and chocolate curls, if desired.

Note: This dessert contains raw eggs. Please use pasteurized eggs to avoid the chance of contracting salmonella, especially if serving to the very young or old, or the immunosuppressed.

Yield: 8 servings

Total time: 4 1/2 hours, with chilling time

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52 comments on “Chocolate Mousse Cake #SecretRecipeClub”

  1. I love chocolate mousse and adding Frangelico sounds wonderful!

  2. I love flourless cakes and what better than a chocolate mousse cake that is simple to make! The Secret recipe club sounds fun.

  3. Whipped cream mousse is my favorite. This chocolate cake seems sensational. I am reading here way past midnight and totally snack on a slice or two here as a way past midnight snack. 🙂 So very tempting!

  4. Thank you for sharing this heavenly recipe, Liz…I think I might hear angels singing? Or am I simply in a happy daydream of chocolate, coffee and liqueur?

  5. This looks delicious! Thanks for the Pam tip 🙂

  6. Sounds like a decadent little treat:@)

  7. I like this double duty recipes. I can only imagine after chilling it… Gorgeous!

  8. Ah Lizzy this look absolutely delicious !! ( I posted my récipe too)

  9. Mmmmmm……..chocolate mousse! Yes, please I think I will!

  10. Love this chocoholic mousse cake – it looks incredibly tasty and decadent! Thanks for introducing us to Mary Ann and Mariel’s site, it looks wonderful and love how they include a lot of recipes that are already in the pantry including this wonderful cake 🙂 Hope you have a great week Liz!

  11. Liz, this looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the tip too. If it’s not raining, I spray mine outside so it doesn’t go everywhere. I hate that stuff all over my counter tops. =o)

  12. So delicious!

  13. It looks easy to make and quite scrumptious!!!!!!

  14. Yay! So glad you “had” us Liz! I had forgotten about this gem, I need to remind my mom to remake it so she can bring a slice over….

  15. I don’t know HOW on earth you stay so thin with all these lovely treat you always make! This looks lovely!

  16. The cake does look very, very rich. I’m sure it’s outstanding for chocolate lovers 🙂

  17. Mmmmm this mousse cake looks like the epitome of decadence! And I love that I have everything I need to make it in my pantry!

  18. I can completely understand the joy that this secret recipe would bring. This looks wonderful!

  19. I love this recipe. It sounds very delicious and looks wonderful:)

  20. i love your Pam spray tip- a total “why didn’t I think of that before??” moment for me!

  21. A chocolate mousse cake with part of it’s own batter. My curiosity is peaked. Look great. Got to remember this one.

  22. Great cake, Liz and the chocoholics here would love it. I do the same with Pam. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I just about die and go to heaven with every forkful of a chocolate mousse cake, and I bet this one would be no exception! It looks irresistible, Liz!

  24. I love chocolate mousse but you’re right it does take time to set up. Even still if it’s a bit runny it still tastes great. Yep, I agree, the only way to use non-stick spray is in the sink. Accidentally get it on a tile floor and you go sailing in the air – take it from one who knows! This looks great!

  25. I love Frangelico and it is perfect for this sweet treat.

  26. I go weak for a beautiful slice 😀

  27. Okay Liz – my mouth is officially watering! 🙂 This would be great for a dinner party or just nibbling on a weekday evening. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

  28. What a divinely gorgeous chocolate cake, Liz! You always do such beautiful work!

  29. I’ve seen recipes like this before. I am so happy it turned out good as I’ve always wanted to try it! Now i know I won’t be disappointed.

  30. This cake is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Love chocolate mousse- this would be a great Thanksgiving dessert for my chocolate loving family.

  32. That’s gotta taste amazing!

  33. I love a chocolate mousse cake, especially one served with a few berries on the side. I like how you used Frangelico – I love that in and not just in the cooking! xx

  34. Irresistible! I would love a 2nd helping, please!

  35. I am a notorious chocolate lover so this mousse is no exception! Love it!

  36. A brilliant cake. Looks very scrumptious, Liz.

  37. Looks pretty easy and who doesn’t love a good chocolate mousse..yum.

  38. I agree – getting assigned blogs we love or are close to are so much fun!! Beautiful mousse!

    Happy SRC reveal fellow Group C SRC’er!

  39. Chocolate mousse is my favorite! This mousse cake looks divine my friend 🙂

  40. This looks like the perfect recipe to (finally) break out the Scharffen Berger chocolate bars. I’m also loving the cooking spray tip.

  41. Cointreau and coffee? I love this! What a simple list of ingredients – pantry items is right! This is a great recipe for a make-ahead-yet-impress company dessert! (sharing this all around!)

  42. Holy moly, Liz! This sounds incredible! Love the combination of chocolate, Cointreau and coffee. I can practically taste how decadent this must be. Lovely!

  43. Chocolate with chocolate! Yes, please. This looks soooo good.

  44. Lovely mousse cake… Looks so light and divine!

  45. These look great! And what a coincidence…I’ve been CRAVING

  46. I am already thinking of your chocolate mousse cake in a very fond way. My other half’s mom makes chocolate mousse as one of her signature desserts and this reminds me of her. I will tuck this away and make this over the holidays (if not before).

  47. I could eat half that cake… and not even think twice. 🙂 Looks so divine. 🙂 Thanks for the tip about the cooking spray… my hubby is so messy when he uses it… he usually gets it on the floor and I’m “ice skating”.

  48. Lizzy,
    This cake looks amazing. The hubby usually gets cooking spray all over everything, so I’ll give him your tip.

  49. MMMMM, I love gluten free treats like this.

  50. you had me at chocolate… and kissed me with a mousse! 🙂

  51. This cake looks delicious! I’d never think to put anything on top of the already delicious flourless chocoolate cake, but I can see how mousse would take it over the top!

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