Chocolate Mousse Torte
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 a 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 as long as they were dished a serving ASAP. This Chocolate Mousse Torte is truly decadent and worthy of any special occasion.
Why You Must Make this Chocolate Torte
- My inspiration recipe was from Fine Cooking Magazine!! It’s an incredible resource for terrific recipes.
- It’s rich, delicious, and only one layer so you won’t be tempted by zillions of calories worth of cake in your kitchen. Not to say this is lacking in calories!
- If you’re looking for an exquisite dessert to impress, you’ve found it.
Bill requested I tone down the coffee flavor in this chocolate mousse torte 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 straightforward, 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.
Sunday Supper Celebration!
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. Delicious, 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 blogger friends in 2014!
With Nancy and Alice
With Angie, Lauren, Courtney and Kim
- 10 Inch Springform Pan (affiliate links)
- Stainless Roasting Rack
More Chocolate and Mousse Recipes:
- Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Sauce
- Frozen Chocolate Mousse Cake
- French Chocolate Mousse
- More Homemade Chocolate Recipes
Chocolate Mousse Torte
A decadent chocolate dessert worthy of any special occasion!
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 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
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Generously butter a 10-inch springform pan and wrap the bottom and sides in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Make the ganache by grinding the chocolate in a food processor till it looks like coarse crumbs.
- Bring cream to nearly boiling. Add the hot cream to the food processor and process for about 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the processor.
- Dissolve the espresso powder in a teaspoon of 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.
- 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..
- 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 the top is crusty and center jiggles just slightly. Remove from the water bath, remove foil and cool on a wire rack to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- To cut the torte dip your knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut. Serve with whipped cream and berries.
Total time does not include chilling time.
Adapted from Fine Cooking.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g
61 Comments on “Chocolate Mousse Torte”
This was truly the best and decadent as promised! Will make again soon!
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.
I am thinking now..this would be perfect cake for Valentine’s Day. Or maybe making some cute little cakes.. 🙂
Mom’s been pining for something like this for HER birthday! Definitely saving it
I’m so glad we got to meet at Mixed! This torte looks incredible.
What a wonderfully decadent looking torte. And I love the photo of all of you together. 🙂
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!
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.
No wonder you were giddy-this is just a gorgeous treat.
That cake looks absolutely gorgeous! Raspberries are always a great choice to pair with chocolate cake
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! 🙂
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.
Thanks so much for hosting Liz, what a great event it was and your dessert looks out of this world as usual. Happy #SundaySupper!!
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!
…and chocolate and mousse and tort…with those fresh berries on top! Pure decadence! Nice bunch of girls there! 🙂 ela
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?
I would want to lick the plate clean. It looks luscious and delicious. 🙂
You are an expert in making chocolate (and raspberries) desserts! The torte looks exquisite!
You definitely are a dessert queen, looks decadent. I really like the coffee in it.
Have a great Monday.
Thanks so much for hosting! This looks yummy, what a special treat to bring to this special birthday! HUGS