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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 slice removed, topped with chocolate curls

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.

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers overhead view

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.
Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers---front view with first slice removed

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.
Slice of chocolate mousse cake with ladyfingers on a square white dessert plate

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.

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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.

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Chocolate Mousse Cake with slice removed, topped with chocolate curls

Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers

A layered ladyfinger and chocolate mousse cake that’s both elegant and delicious!!!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, No-Bake
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 23 (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

Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Raspberries or chocolate curls to garnish

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Sue Thomson

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86 comments on “Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ladyfingers”

  1. Happy New Year to you as well! Those cookie dough brownies look right up my alley. I LOVE cookie dough, sometimes more than the actual baked cookies. 2011 was fun, looking forward to seeing what you cook up in 2012.

  2. Although cakes and cookies looks amazing. Just one week ago, i have tried to bake triple Chocolate cookies and cakes and i did have bake it very well.

  3. Congratulations on Top 9, great way to start the new year!

  4. Such a great post! I love this recipe and I still drool over those chocolate chip cookie dough brownies and baked apple! Happy new year!

  5. Hi Liz! My Mama calls me Liz.

    This looks wonderful!
    Thank you for the recipe.

    Charlie

  6. Everything looks so good! Thank you for sharing and congrats on Top 9. 🙂

  7. I love anything chocolate, and this one looks so sinful! Thanks for sharing. Glad to virtual party & bake along with you! Happy New Year, Skinny Chick!

  8. Oh wow, the lady fingers combined with chocolate mousse sound absolutely to die for!! 🙂
    Happy new year!

  9. Hello dear Lizzy,
    Wish you a very happy New Year 2012!Seems like you guys had a rocking party:) Your Chocolate Mousse looks out-of-the-world – Congratulations on the Top 9 too!!

  10. Beautiful dessert! Happy New Year!!

  11. What a fabulous spread for a New Year’s Party! Looking forward to another year of your wonderful recipes, Lizzy.

  12. What a gorgeous cake Lizzy!! And I need that puff pastry wrapped apple, it’s on my to-do list. Happy New Year 🙂

  13. A chocoholic like me will grab this for sure! Thanks a lot for sending this awesome entry to my event! Eagerly waiting to see more of your creativity!

  14. Liz, had so much fun making this for SRC! And it was SOOO good. It won rave reviews at my dad’s bday party – both for presentation and deliciousness!!! Thanks!!!

  15. I’m so glad, Sara!!! Glad it was such a success 🙂

  16. Love this recipe.. so easy and so yummy 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 I love chocolate very much.

  17. I’ve never made a refrigerator cake… Now I feel like I need to:@)

  18. Liz this looks fantastic and you offer So many useful tips. 

    I’m shocked that I haven’t commented on this recipe before but will definitely be saving it to try in the near future. 

  19. What a gorgeous and easy cake! The mousse look oks rich and creamy. I usually stabilize my whipping cream with a little gelatin and that way it’s still good the following day.

  20. I wish I could sneak my pinky finger through the PC screen and sneak test a taste of this delicious looking cake.

  21. My mom used to make something like this, it brings back lots of delicious memories!

  22. Awesome recipe, & love those tips!  xoxo 

  23. Wow! I love chocolate mousse cake! This one has lady fingers in them, nice! So lady fingers are not just for tiramisu 🙂

  24. I’m not a coffee drinker so this appeals to me more than tiramisu. It was AMAZING!!

  25. Looks so gorgeous when it’s cut. Everyone loved it!

  26. Love this Lizzy ! looks really delicious !

  27. We have no trouble getting those sponge biscuits here – they seem to be in every shop you walk into. Your chocolate curls are perfect. Because it’s so hot here at the moment, I’m whipping cream in stainless steel bowls I had in the freezer for a few minutes. Like you say, it really helps. This cake/dessert is absolutely stunning. Wonderful presentation xx

  28. I am a big fan of mousse in my cakes!! Thank goodness for all of your tips! It looks amazing.

  29. This is such an amazing treat! Everyone loved it!

  30. The best dessert I’ve had in a long time! Definitely a keeper!

  31. Another stunning dessert Liz, no wonder Bill loved it. 

  32. That is so pretty! I need to give it a try!

  33. Stunning cake, Liz! The layers are so pretty!

  34. The mousse looks like as a feather and gives me another reason for me to buy a new loaf pan. This would be a great Easter dessert also.

  35. This cake is SO pretty and looks both elegant and so so so delish!

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