Saturday, May 31, 2008

Black Tie Mousse Cake

This is exactly like Olive Garden's! Don't be scared by all the steps, they are very simple! Try it!

1st Layer- dense chocolate cake

1/2 box Devils food cake mix (put half in ziplock bag)
1/2 small box dark chocolate jello pudding mix
1/2c + 2 Tbsp cups water
1 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Second Layer Dark Cream Cheese Mousse

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

1 tablespoon cold water

2 tablespoons boiling water

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 bag) (use Guittard or Ghirradelli)
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Third Layer Italian Custard Mousse

3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour, sifted

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

Fourth Layer Dark Chocolate Ganache

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter

18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 bag Mini semi-sweet choc. Chips for around edge

Bake according to package directions using 1 9" round cake pan. When cake is cool, remove from pan and make a collar around it out of wax paper about 4 inches taller than the cake. (or put in springform pan lined with wax paper)

2. Second Layer: Dark Cream Cheese Mousse.
Melt chocolate and cream cheese together. Let cool. Soften gelatin with cold water for one minute then add boiling water. Stir until dissolved and clear. Let this cool while you start whipping the heavy cream and sugar. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Add 1/4 of the cream to the chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly. Fold this into the remaining cream. Once you have completed, spread onto cake and refrigerate.

3.Third Layer:Italian Custard Mousse.
Beat egg yolks until pale. Add sugar, flour and gelatin, beating until mixed. Bring cream and vanilla to a boil. Add a small amount of cream to egg mixture while stirring. Gradually add until all of the cream has been added and then pour entire mixture through a strainer into the pan. Continue to cook until custard begins to thicken. Cool slightly and pour on top of chocolate mousse. Freeze while getting the icing ready.

4. Fourth Layer: Dark Chocolate Ganache.
Bring butter and cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool to slightly warmer than room temperature until it starts to thicken. Remove cake from freezer and remove the collar. Pour some of the ganache over top of cake and spread it evenly across top and sides. While the ganache is still wet, cover sides of cake with mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate. Let remaining ganache cool and pipe through decorating bag onto cake with star or shell tip around top and bottom edge.

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