This Chocolate Mousse Cake is perfect for any celebration! The mousse is deliciously rich and creamy, and there is absolutely no baking involved!
Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers
If you feel your baking skills are lacking, here is an easy, decadent chocolate mousse cake recipe that requires absolutely no baking! Made with ladyfingers, homemade chocolate mousse and a whipped cream frosting, all you need is a mixer and rubber spatula and a little patience as it chills.
Tips for Making This No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Cake
- The hardest part about this recipe was finding soft, spongy ladyfingers. Since one of our major grocery chains went out of business, I had only seen the harder version used for tiramisu.
- When I finally located some, I snatched up two packages knowing I was way overdue to make this cake. Even though the packages stated 3 ounces on the label, it took part of a 3rd package to cover my loaf pan. So back to the market I went!
- PRO-Tip: Beware that the mousse layer of this cake contains raw eggs. If you plan to feed this dessert to any children, older folks or anyone who has a suppressed immune system, you need to find some pasteurized eggs.
- Pasteurized eggs are gently heated to kill any food borne bacteria without cooking the eggs. They have become more difficult to find locally just like soft ladyfingers.
- If you’re a mousse lover, but worried about salmonella, I have a chocolate truffle mousse that’s actually cooked so safe for all. But it wouldn’t necessarily work in this cake without some trial runs.
- As with many of my desserts, I use an offset spatula to smooth and level the mousse and spread the whipped cream over the cake.
- PRO-Tip: Did you know whipping the cream in a bowl that’s been chilled in the freezer helps stabilize the whipped cream?
- Adding powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar also helps the whipped cream from separating (while providing that needed touch of sweetness). It will still eventually separate, but using the powdered sugar extends the usable time frame.
How to Garnish This No-Bake Mousse Cake
- Chocolate is always the easy answer when making a chocolate dessert. I made chocolate curls and then added some grated chocolate to finish it off.
- Chocolate shards are easier to make than curls and are also impressive. But if you see any beautiful red berries in the market, that’s another option.
- Years ago, when I first made this mousse cake, I placed a line of ripe raspberries down the center of the cake. It was simple and the red popped on top of the white whipped cream frosting. Strawberry halves would be another alternative.
How to Assemble This Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers
I recommend lining your loaf pan with non-stick foil. It will help you remove the cake after it’s chilled and before it’s frosted.
Next, line the pan with ladyfingers, starting with the bottom, then the sides. Cut pieces from the leftover ladyfingers to fill any large openings.
After that, layer half the chocolate mousse over the ladyfingers in the bottom of the pan. Smooth with an offset spatula.
Layer more ladyfingers, repeat the mousse, and finally, top with more ladyfingers. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 6 hours to let the mousse harden.
Note: This recipe was first shared in 2012. I’ve updated the text and photos, but here’s a review from the picky hubby after having this for dessert on Christmas Day, 2011.
“Incredible,” was the first word out of Bill’s mouth. He claimed not to like ladyfinger desserts before tasting this one. It’s really quite simple to whip up. I might even up the amount of whipped cream icing next time to make it nice and billowy. It was the perfect way to end our holiday meal.
You may need these supplies to make this chocolate mousse cake recipe:
- 2-3 (3 ounce) packages of ladyfingers
- 18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 7 egg yolks (pasteurized eggs preferred)
- 5 egg whites
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Raspberries or chocolate curls to garnish
- Split ladyfingers and arrange on the bottom of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan lined on all sides with either parchment or non-stick foil. Trim ladyfingers to fill any empty spots. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate with 3 tablespoons of water in microwave. Start, stop and stir at 30 second intervals till chocolate is melted and smooth. Mixture will be thick. Stir in powdered sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Beat till smooth. Allow to cool.
- Beat the egg whites till soft peaks form. Mix some of the whipped egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold and mix in the rest till completely combined. Spread half of this chocolate mousse over the ladyfingers, then place a second layer of ladyfingers over the mousse. Top with the remaining mousse and then another layer of ladyfingers. Cover with foil or plastic wrap. Chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
- To serve, whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Invert pan onto a serving plate and remove foil or parchment. Frost cake with whipped cream and garnish with berries or chocolate curls.
Recipe courtesy of Sue Thomson
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 35gProtein: 7g