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Chocolate Moussecake

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Holidays at our house mean chocolate for dessert. This Chocolate Moussecake definitely fit the bill with a chocolate cookie crust filled with a dreamy chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Moussecake on a white serving plate garnished with chocolate leaves and raspberries

Chocolate Moussecake  for Thanksgiving

So much to be grateful for this year…meeting blogger friends at 3 different conferences, hanging out with my three sisters on a variety of occasions, having my parents living together after years apart and my dad out of the hospital, 3 kind and thoughtful children and one adoring husband, and many, many dear friends. And of course, cookie dough.

Today, though, I’m sharing one of our Thanksgiving desserts which, unfortunately doesn’t provide any nibbles of my unrequited dough love…but this chocolate moussecake filling may be duking it out for the top spot in my heart. We always have pumpkin pie, and although I’d love to throw a pecan or apple into the mix, the second dessert must be chocolate. Generally that comes in the form of French silk pie, but this year I decided to mousse it up. A chocolate crumb crust topped with mousse, then glammed up with dark chocolate leaves for the holiday. Well, my grandiose  idea for chocolate leaves didn’t pan out exactly as I planned.


Chocolate Moussecake overhead view on a white platter topped with chocolate and berries

How to Make Chocolate Leaves to Garnish

I found some lemon leaves at my very favorite floral shop, The Empty Vase, and proceeded to paint them with a couple of layers of semi-sweet chocolate. I popped them in the freezer for a few minutes and then attempted to carefully peel the chocolate off the foliage. Bill was happy with all the shards of broken leaves and created his own personal sampling stash. But, unfortunately, I was left with very few whole leaves.

I soldiered on and arranged a few on top of the chocolate mousse cake along with some raspberries for a pop of color. I WILL try this again and get back to you all when I master this technique. What was the consensus?  It was truly phenomenal. One of the best darn desserts in months. I added a little more butter to the crust recipe as mine was super crumbly…but imperfect leaves and the finicky crust didn’t take away from my review. You need to make this cake…and soon!

This recipe contains raw eggs which can carry bacteria like salmonella. Desserts like this containing raw eggs should not be eaten by the very young, elderly or immune-compromised due to the potential risk of a food born illness. I use pasteurized eggs whenever possible, but find them difficult to whip into stiff peaks as needed in this recipe.

Chocolate Moussecake with Chocolate leaf garnish

Chocolate Moussecake

A decadent chocolate dessert with a chocolate cookie crust and mousse filling!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 16 servings



  • 1 9-ounce box Nabisco Famous Wafers
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Crush cookies by pulsing in food processor till they form crumbs. Add melted butter and process till combined. Pour into a buttered 10-inch springform pan. Pat onto bottom and part way up the sides. Refrigerate for a half hour or longer to set.
  2. In a large bowl mix melted chocolate with the two whole eggs. Add the 4 egg yolks and beat about 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. In another bowl, whip the 4 egg whites till stiff. Set aside. In yet another bowl, whip cream with powdered sugar till stiff peaks form.
  3. Stir about 1/4 of the egg white and 1/4 of the cream into the chocolate to lighten. Then gently fold in the remainder of the whites and cream till well blended. Pour into crust, smooth the top if necessary and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
  4. Garnish with berries or chocolate leaves.


Adapted from Creme de Colorado.

Total time does not include chilling time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g


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53 comments on “Chocolate Moussecake”

  1. This is gorgeous and I think the leaves look great!

  2. Stunning cake, Liz. And très elegant! Your lemon covered chocolate leaves are perfect…You are always such an inspiration, Liz, in so many ways. Thank you. I am grateful to have met you online and look forward to meeting you in person =)

  3. Your cake turned out beautiful Liz! Happy Thanksgiving Week:@)

  4. Salmonella be damned! I am trying this soon. And I think your leaves turned out rather nicely, Liz.

  5. Okay, officially craving for some of that right nowwwwww!

  6. The second dessert should always be chocolate, or make that the first one! I read somewhere that a tiny bit of oil helps with the leaves. Need to try it too. Stunning dessert Liz!

  7. Look at those leaves – how beautiful!! I think my family is going to be very thankful for you and this recipe, because it has been added to our Christmas menu!

  8. The leaves are stunning, Liz! I can always be tempted by chocolate cake, and one as light, moussey, and gorgeous as this one is a sure-fire winner! Absolutely beautiful 🙂

  9. such fun!!

    and uh yeah. LOVING this cake! So decadent and perfect!!

  10. This is beautiful, extremely enticing and your leaves look PERFECT to me Liz! LOVED meeting you this weekend, you’re even prettier and sweeter than I imagined, (and my expectations were quite high!). 🙂

  11. The leaves look PERFECT to me! I think the filling dukes it out with the leaves for my attention.

  12. This is beautiful and I can only imagine how fantabulous it tastes!

  13. Those leaves look great. I’ve never tried that but should. Although I’d probably get frustrated since it looks kinda fiddly. Anyway, lovely dessert. I’m not a true chocaholic, although I’m a big fan of it. So this would disappear in a hurry at our place!

  14. This is the most amazing chocolate mousse cake ever…and you are one amazing baker!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  15. The leaves are beautiful. I was thinking of adding chocolate this year to the dessert mix. For us it is always pumpkin and apple. Not a huge fan of either so chocolate would be completely for me.

  16. The chocolate leaves are the perfect touch! Gorgeous!

  17. Oh yum, this dessert looks so sophisticated! The chocolate covered leaves look awesome!

  18. What a stunning cake, Liz! You have magic hands. I could never pull that one off as beautifully as you have done but I will admit that I’m tempted to try this recipe nonetheless. It is gorgeous and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  19. Happy Thanksgiving Liz, to you and all your friends. This is a stupendous cake… and the decorations! Oh my!

  20. Happy Thanksgiving Liz. Your moussecake looks fabulous… and those chocolate leaves… so pretty and elegant !

  21. Gorgeous and elegant chocolate mousse cake, Lizzy! Such a perfect last touch to an abundant Thanksgiving dinner! I love the addition of the chocolate leaves:)
    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family…from your friend, Lizzie…and family!

  22. You are just so incredibly talented my friend. Not only do you have a gift for baking the most decadent sounding treats but the decorating you do is so professional and classy.

  23. What a beautiful cake! You DO have a lot to be grateful for, don’t you? We’re still struggling to find dementia care for John’s mum (Rob’s wife) but I’ll be very grateful to get that sorted. 🙂

    I’d love to make this cake but the warning about elderly and eggs has me thinking maybe it’s not a good idea. At nearly 93 he fits in the elderly category. (Not if you ask him though!)

  24. What a gorgeous dessert!

  25. What a gorgeous cake Liz! I think you did a fantastic job – love the pop of color from the raspberries and the leaves look beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. I am always for a chocolate dessert and this one looks like a winner to me. And the leaves are gorgeous. I don’t think raw eggs could get between me and this.

  27. Lizzy,
    This looks fab-u-lous! Lovely touch with the chocolate leaves. I can’t wait to try it. If I can’t find the Nabisco Famous Wafers, I could probably use Oreos couldn’t I?

  28. wow, that’s a beautiful moussecake..
    the leaf pattern chocolate is stunning!

  29. The treat is a thing of beauty, including the leaves! You are such a busy lady, I hope you’r taking some time for yourself. Have a great week!

  30. You’ve done it again, Liz! You’ve sent my heart in a whirl and all I want to do is dive into that most gorgeous Moussecake of yours!!! Sinful, I tell you.

    I just know you are going to master the leaf technique but oh my goodness, aren’t they just perfect the way they are. I will definitely be having sweet dreams tonight:)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Liz. This is a huge year for thankfulness:)

  31. This cake is beautiful! And oh so delicious….

  32. Stunning, simply stunning!!

  33. What a fantastic dessert! And so fancy with the chocolate leaves.

  34. I love chocolate mousse, what a stunning dessert!

  35. Those chocolate leaves are gorgeous! Such skilful hands you’ve got, Liz! Is it free-hand drawing or there’s a mold? Amazing!

  36. This cake looks delectable, leaves or no leaves. It sounds like you’ve had a great year!

  37. We do have a lot to be thankful for this year and glad to hear that your dad is out of the hospital. Chocolate mousse cake is one of my favorites so light and fluffy. I guess we will both need to take a chocolate class to hone our skills on leaf making and other potential chocolate bloopers in the kitchen. Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Take Care, BAM

  38. A cake for the perfect party 😀


  39. What an amazing moussecake!
    Where did you get time and energy to cook and post every day!?

  40. Such a gorgeous looking cake.
    You are such a hardworking lady, bake some great desserts.

  41. I hear ya on those chocolate leaves. Martha Stewart makes it sound soooooo easy. When I tried it with mint leaves, I maybe got three whole leaves out of like 40 tries! Regardless, this is such a beautiful cake, Liz. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  42. Ha! If I tried those chocolate leaves, I probably wouldn’t even have ONE fully formed leaf! You did a fantastic job, Liz, and this moussecake looks absolutely divine. You’ve had a tough year but you’re right, there’s still so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

  43. This is so beautiful!! Not only does the chocolate mousse cake sounds decadent and inviting, those leaves on top just add such a nice touch.

  44. I love the way this looks with the leaves and raspberries. So beautiful!

  45. Wow what a stunning cake! Looks so delicious. Will be keeping this recipe to try.

  46. Stunning dessert! This is sure to be a crowd pleasure on Thanksgiving!

  47. oh my gawd Liz! This is beautiful. . and the leaves are PERFECT!!! I was wondering if you made them. just lovely!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  48. The leaves are a great touch! I’ll be interested to hear what the secret is…please let us know when you discover it. 🙂 I’m glad you’re not the only one who requires a chocolate dessert at Thanksgiving!

  49. Okay… is it just me, or does everyone just want to dive into that face first. 🙂 Looks gorgeous. 🙂

  50. Totally awesome cake and those lovely chocolate leaves are worth the trouble. You have me thinking of giving those leaves a try. I’d be happy with the broken shards too.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have even more to be thankful for in the coming year.

  51. So pretty, Liz! This looks so light and creamy!

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