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This dreamy Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake is a chocolate extravaganza with layers of cake, mousse, and ganache! A masterpiece!!

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake on a cake stand

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

One of my dear friends and her husband invited us over for crab cakes and a lobster boil. If you’re aware that we live in land-locked Indiana, you know this is an offer you don’t refuse.

It was on our wedding anniversary, so I volunteered to bring dessert for the gang. And it had to be chocolate for the guy I’ve been hitched to for 28 years.

Plus his birthday was the next Monday so unbeknownst to him, we were celebrating that, too! This Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake, in fact, is the perfect dessert for any celebration, birthdays, anniversaries and, this time of year, Easter.

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake from above with a decorative berry topping

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

I sent the dear hubby to the grocery store for 2 quarts of heavy cream and a couple of pounds of semi-sweet chocolate.  He gleefully complies with this sort of errand…knowing the payout will be a decadent, chocolate laden dessert. I found a recipe called Celebration Cake on Epicurious and simplified it to the best of my ability.

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake slice on a white plate with berry garnish

I eliminated the chocolate collar, the splitting of the layers, halved the ganache and mousse, and did all my chocolate melting in the microwave. I think I’d tweak the layering next time as well…maybe just one big mousse layer in the center.

All the components are divine, but I prefer a recipe that can be completed in one day. The cake portion is known to sink on occasion, but as long as it’s cooked through, a little trimming will make up for any shortcomings. This cake was a HUGE hit…and the birthday boy was quite pleased.

Chocolate Mousse Cake collage at birthday celebrationHere are a few Easter and Passover recipes from my blogger friends. Make sure to bookmark your favorites for the holiday! They all look scrumptious!!!

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake
Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

An exquisite chocolate dessert with layers of cake, mousse and ganache!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield 16 servings


For cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

For ganache:

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 pounds semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

For mousse:

  • 4 1/3 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 pounds bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

For assembling:

  • 2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, cherries, small strawberries, blueberries and blackberries to garnish


To make cake:

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour two 10-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides; line each with round of parchment paper or waxed paper. Combine first 5 ingredients in medium bowl; whisk to blend well. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and egg yolks in large bowl until very thick and heavy ribbon falls when beaters are lifted, about 6 minutes. Add oil, sour cream and vanilla, then dry ingredients all at once to egg mixture. Beat at low speed until just blended, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl. Beat at high speed until well blended, about 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips; divide batter between prepared pans (about 3 3/4 cups batter in each).
  2. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes completely in pans on racks. Cover; let cakes stand at room temperature overnight.

To make ganache:

  1. Bring cream to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer ganache to glass bowl. Let stand until thick enough to spread, about 4 hours.

To make mousse:

  1. Using electric mixer, beat 3 1/3 cups cream in large bowl until peaks form; refrigerate. Combine remaining 1 cup cream and corn syrup in heavy medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted, smooth, and still warm to touch. Pour warm chocolate mixture directly onto whipped cream and fold in gently. Chill until mousse is set, at least 8 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
  2. Cut around pan sides; turn out cakes. Peel off paper. Cut each cake horizontally in half. Place 1 cake layer, cut side up, on 9-inch tart pan bottom or 9-inch cardboard round. Place another layer, cut side up, on clean baking sheet. Spread each with 1/3 cup raspberry jam. Chill until jam sets, about 15 minutes
  3. Drop 1 cup ganache by rounded teaspoonfuls over each jam layer. Using offset spatula, gently spread ganache to cover jam. Drop 3 cups mousse by heaping spoonfuls onto each ganache layer; gently spread to cover. Refrigerate cake layers 30 minutes. Using large metal spatula, place cake layer from baking sheet, mousse side up, atop cake layer on tart pan bottom. Place third cake layer, cut side down, on cake (reserve remaining cake layer for another use). Spread 1 cup mousse over top of assembled cake. Using long offset spatula, spread sides of assembled cake with enough ganache (about 1 1/2 cups) to fill gaps and make smooth surface. Transfer cake on tart pan bottom to platter.
  4. Chill cake at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. Mound fruit atop cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Adapted from Bon Appetit

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1273Total Fat: 84gSaturated Fat: 44gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 213mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 132gFiber: 7gSugar: 100gProtein: 13g


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57 comments on “Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake”

  1. Your cake is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like you all had a delicious anniversary-slash-birthday celebration! I hope you all had a really good time.

  2. The cake looks amazing! I’d love a big ole slice any time of day! Happy Anny, Happy B-Day to your Hubby and wising everyone a very Happy Easter-enjoy:@)

  3. LOL. Your husband looks like a very happy camper, indeed. As he should after slices of such luscious cake…This chocolate wonder is going in my keeper file!

    Happy Easter to you and yours, Liz =)

  4. Your husband is such a lucky man!!!!!!!!! This cake looks AMAZING Lizzy! Happy Anniversary, happy birthday to your hubby and Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family my friend!

  5. Delicious!
    Happy Easter dear Lizzy

  6. Liz!!! THIS is why I am so in awe of you!!! Oh my gawd, gorgeous gorgeous cake! and I absolutely love how you frosted and decorated it! Celebrating your anniversary and Bill’s birthday . . this cake is the perfect cake for TWO celebrations! LOVE!

  7. That’s a great cake, it looks delicious! Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated the 15th, a lot more years than yours though! Have a Happy Easter!

  8. How adorable Liz! You are so sweet and your Husband is lucky to get such a gorgeous cake! It is mouth watering beautiful!!

  9. Gorgeous.. i love to have a slice please.

  10. WOW!! This looks so good, perfect for Easter!!! Happy Easter!

  11. You brought down the house with that decadent cake!

  12. Wow. Just wow. This looks divine, awesome job and thanks for sharing!

  13. Looks fantastic. Right up my street. I’d love a big slice of this for dessert tonight πŸ˜€ Happy anniversary!

  14. I am simply drooling over this cake. I love the gigantic mousse middle. Happy Anniversary!!

  15. How sweet! Happy Easter!

  16. Once again, you’ve brought another absolutely gorgeous dish to our #SundaySupper menu!

  17. I love this combination of flavour and texture!

  18. OMG! This cake is stunning! I’ll invite you over for dinner if you bring dessert πŸ™‚

  19. What a stunning cake, I love it for Easter or any occasion!!

  20. what a great wifey you are!!!! This cake looks INSANELY beautiful and delicious and decadent and I know Michael would be obsessed!!!

  21. Talk about the perfect trifecta…Happy Easter, Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! The cake is gorgeous and certainly worthy of all three occasions!

  22. I bet this tastes great with a slice of fudge lamb! πŸ˜‰

  23. I love chocolate mousse cake. Next time, call me, I’ll go to the store for you if I can get a piece of cake that looks this good. πŸ™‚

  24. OOOO, MY,
    sin-sational, gorgeous, delectable cake.
    Loooove your photos.
    Can I come over?! Xx

  25. Lizzy, that cake is a show stopper! It’s 8:05am over here and I am staring at it in awe! It would be nice for breakfast hah…hah…hah….So, a belated Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday Bill!

  26. What a big beautiful cake! Happy birthday to your loved one!

  27. I pinned it, I pinned it, I pinned it!

  28. Wow! Just Wow! What an amazing looking cake! Happy Easter Liz!

  29. That. Looks. Divine. πŸ™‚

  30. This looks luscious and sensational, Liz.

  31. Happy anniversary to you both and happy birthday to hubby! He certainly looks excited to eat that marvelous cake, and I can see why!! In fact, you both look very happy and make a lovely couple!! Many more anniversaries and birthdays to come!

  32. Lizzy,
    Wow! This cake looks amazing. I love all your desserts. Happy Easter.

  33. I would invite you over every day if you would make this cake! It’s so gorgeous!

  34. …that’s a magnificent birthday cake! Happy Day to your husband! πŸ™‚ ela

  35. What a decadent mousse cake it looks simply gorgeous πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. This cake looks gorgeous Liz! Happy happy anniversary to you and Bill – love the photos! This decadent chocolate cake sounds like the perfect celebration cake! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend:)

  37. Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe it but my husband and I married just three months before you! We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary on board the cruise ship. It’s lovely to see photos of you and Bill – you both look so happy and there are not many marriages these days (sadly) that reach this milestone. I love this cake and I shared it on FB. It’s so pretty and it really does look like a celebratory cake xx

  38. Happy Anniversary Liz (and hubby)! That cake looks delicious. What a chocolate lover’s dream come true…

  39. Hey, Liz! Happy Anniversary!!!! I’m glad that you had a wonderful celebration with your husband and friends, savoring this scrumptious (and gorgeous) chocolate mousse cake.

  40. Now that’s a birthday cake! Delicious!

  41. Wow, I saw that cake posted on FB over the weekend and thought WOW! It’s totally amazing but I have to agree with you, I too would prefer a cake that can be made in one day. I’m sure everyone at the Anniversary/birthday celebration was thrilled that you brought such an amazing dessert. Happy Anniversary (we’ll be celebrating 28 in May too, what a coincidence that both you and I were child brides ;-)!!!)

  42. Wow is all I have to say about this!! MELT IN YOUR MOUTH! You make a beautiful couple!

  43. OH MY!!!! This is THE most amazing, delicious looking and sounding cake EVER!!!

  44. Beautiful cake and beautiful reasons to celebrate! This cake is so elegant and thanks for sharing your pictures.

  45. Such a gorgeous, decadent cake. I love the fresh berry topping!

  46. What a gorgeous cake and what a lucky husband. Happy birthday to your husband and happy anniversary to you both. πŸ™‚

  47. You are such lovely couple! πŸ™‚

    And the cake is just gorgeous! All cakes you are making are πŸ˜€

  48. Wow what a decadent looking cake! It’s calling my name. Yum!

  49. All those berries look to-die for!

  50. Great pictures of you guys! And yes, who could complain about buying chocolate and heavy cream? πŸ™‚

  51. That is fabulously decorated and looks so moist inside. What a great cake for celebrating both occasions. Love the photos.

  52. Wowie! This is stunning. I only have one question – how do you make and eat all this and stay so skinny?? I feel like I gained 10 pounds just reading blog posts today.

  53. What a beautiful cake to celebrate with… I wish I could have a nice big slice. πŸ™‚

  54. Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful cake…perfect for celebrating. You did a marvelous job. Happy Anniversary to you both! xo, Catherine

  55. What a stunning cake, Liz! I love everything about it but especially your artistic arrangement of the fruit on top. Gorgeous!

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