Vanilla Cake with Salted Chocolate Mousse – A Celebration Recipe

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For the cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 salt

For the Mousse:

  • 5 1/2 ounces dark chocolate with sea salt
  • 1 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • blueberries
  • powdered sugar



Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Line a jelly roll pan (15 x 10 x 1) with parchment and grease well
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside
  • In a stand mixer with the whisk attached whip the eggs until thick and lemon colored – 5 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low slowly add the water and vanilla.
  • Add the flour and mix just until combined.
  • Add the batter to the prepared pan, spread evenly with an offset spatula
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes until just done.
  • Cook on a wire rack

Make the Mousse:

  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler – I used a glass bowl over one of my small saucepans.
  • While the chocolate is melting start whipping the eggs whites. As they start to foam slowly sprinkle in the sugar and continue whipping to soft peaks.
  • Whip the cream to firm peaks – just be sure to not take it too far.
  • Add the whipped egg whites a little at a time to the melted chocolate folding gently until well incorporated.
  • Carefully fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until well mixed.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make the Dessert:

  • Cut rings from the vanilla cake using a 3″ biscuit cutter. Save the trimmings to eat later.
  • Add a large, decorative tip to an ice bag.
  • Fill the bag with chocolate mousse
  • Take one cake ring and spread about 1 1/2 tsp strawberry jam
  • Top the jam with a swirl of mouse.
  • Repeat this with another circle of cake and add it to the first, then top with a third circle to complete the dessert.
  • Repeat the process until you use up all of the circles you have cut. You will have leftover mousse to enjoy by itself.
  • Serve with blueberries or another fresh fruit. Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar.

Keywords: mousse, chocolate mousse, layered cake, celebration cake