Mousse Cake

Mousse Cake
Last week our dinner time conversations were pretty much the same
me : what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?
hubby : I don’t want cake, just mint chocolate chip ice-cream.
me : I’ve never made ice-cream, I don’t even have an ice-cream machine, don’t plan on buying one these days. So what kind of cake?
hubby : ohh, make some cookies then.
me : I can make you a peanut butter and chocolate cake, you know how much you loved the last one I  made.
hubby : yeah, but I’m in the mood for some mint chocolate chip ice-cream.
me : let me make you a cake and we buy some ice-cream.
hubby : no, no, no. just make some cookies
Until Friday evening I had no idea what kind of cake I was supposed to make.
When it comes to cake, hubby and I make a perfect team. He eats the filling and the frosting and I eat the cake.
Since mint chocolate chip ice-cream was out of the picture, I had to come with a cake I knew hubby would love. One with tons of filling or frosting. The idea of a mousse cake was very tempting. It may be a little time consuming but when you have a little one to run after, time flies faster than you want.
I decided to go with a mousse cake
Mousse Cake
The cake is adapted from a Romanian well known cake, but left the egg whites out since they are used raw. The only cake I can’t resist, despite the raw eggs, is Tiramisu.
Usually this cake is crust free and filled with lots of fruits. To make sure everyone will enjoy it I left the fruits out and each guest topped it with cherry or blueberry pie filling, drizzled some fudge on top or left it plain.
 I’m far from being a cake expert but this mousse cake looks more like a mousse pie, but let’s call it cake. I’m not that crazy about pies.
Mousse Cake
For the crust I used 1/2 cup graham crumbs, 1/2 cup ground almonds and 4 tbsp soft butter. Mix everything together and lay it in thinly in a 9 inch springform pan. Put it in the fridge.
In a sauce pan combine 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 egg yolks.
Place it over low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken and temperature gets above 180F (mine even reached 200F) making sure the egg yolks are not left raw.
Turn the stove off and let it cool slightly.
Meanwhile dissolve 1 package knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Wait around 3 minutes and then pour it over the egg yolks mixture. Mix and leave it to cool.
In a bowl whip 2 cups heavy cream until stiff peaks. Slowly mix in the egg mixture and pour over the almond crust and put it back in the fridge for a couple of hours.
If you want, you can add layers of fruits but pay attention since some of the fruits contain an enzyme which breaks down gelatin causing it to lose its thickening properties.
Just before serving, remove it form the pan, slice it and enjoy.
Mousse Cake

Mousse Cake

Mousse Cake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1/2 cup graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 4 tbsp soft butter
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 package knox gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

    Crust
  1. For the crust I used 1/2 cup graham crumbs, 1/2 cup ground almonds and 4 tbsp soft butter.
  2. Mix everything together and lay it in thinly in a 9 inch springform pan. Put it in the fridge.
  3. Filling
  4. In a sauce pan combine 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 egg yolks.
  5. Place it over low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken and temperature gets above 180F (mine even reached 200F) making sure the egg yolks are not left raw.
  6. Turn the stove off and let it cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile dissolve 1 package knox gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Wait around 3 minutes and then pour it over the egg yolks mixture. Mix and leave it to cool.
  8. In a bowl whip 2 cups heavy cream until stiff peaks. Slowly mix in the egg mixture and pour over the almond crust and put it back in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  9. If you want, you can add layers of fruits but pay attention since some of the fruits contain an enzyme which breaks down gelatin causing it to lose its thickening properties.
  10. Just before serving, remove it form the pan, slice it and enjoy.
http://roxanashomebaking.com/mousse-cake-recipe/

That’s about it for today. Thank you so much for your visit and feedback.
As usual,
Roxana

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Comments

  1. The Harried Cook says

    Those cakes are absolutely-to-die-for gorgeous & tempting! I think you've done an amazing job – especially considering I have an 18 month old as well, and I know how they can keep you on your toes! How on earth do you get things done? :)

    More power to ya! :)

  2. Heavenly Housewife says

    That filling looks absolutely luxurious, what a great treat for anyone who has to eat gluten free (and for those who don't)!
    *kisses* HH

  3. Andrea (A to Z - food and travel) says

    Wow, the cakes look wonderful. I will probably make your second cake for Easter.

  4. Janet @ DyingforChocolate says

    What a fabulous cake! It's looks so pretty and not too difficult to make. Of course, my own cakes never turn out like the photos.. but I'm sure it will taste good. Recipe sounds great.

  5. Kristen says

    Those are perfect for someone who prefers the filling/frosting to the cake. They turned out so pretty, too.

  6. Archana says

    My god! If you are not an expert then who is?
    This is unbelievable!

    I wish you lived here and I was invited to just drool over the cake.

  7. Wendy Irene says

    What beautiful creations you have made! I wish you could taste throught the internet :) You are a very talented artist as the cake looks like a work of art!

  8. The Mom Chef says

    Wow, something for everyone here. I LOVE the non-chocolate mousse cake for me, but adore the look of the chocolate one for the rest of the world. I'll take three of each, please!

  9. Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com says

    oooh – I could gobble up that one with berries on top. Looks just my "piece of cake". Mmmm.

    I think Oliver would stick his whole head in that triple chocolate one and devour the lot given the chance. He'd sell his soul for chocolate mousse !

  10. Dionne Baldwin @ Try Anything Once says

    Cake it is, lol! These cakes look so good I uttered an innapropriate expletive when I saw it. I can just imagine how rich and decadent this is. I must have this.

  11. Sandra says

    This is great Roxana..I love how you made this cake too! Very well done, and photos are gorgeous as always!!!

  12. sara @ CaffeIna says

    yay for getting the recipes. I don't think I would be able which cake I like the most. I am not a big fan of chocolate but they are both so enticing!

  13. Kate says

    Congrats on the top 9! This mousse cake looks delicious! So creamy and rich and wonderful. i have now bookmarked this recipe :-)

  14. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking says

    Somehow AWESOME doesn't seem like a big enough word for how great these cakes look!

  15. Beth Michelle says

    So.Beautiful. You can almost taste how light and fluffy it is. Dying over that chocolate cake, amazing. I'm sure your husband was very happy :)

  16. Parsley Sage says

    I was already blown away by the first cake…now you're telling me you made two!? You are the Super Chef! And infinitely more patient than me :) Everything looks gorgeous. I love that you let guests choose which topping they'd prefer. Blueberry over here :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Susi's Kochen und Backen says

    Happy Birthday to your husband! That conversation about his birthday is hilarious, could have been me and my husband LOL

    Both of your cakes look delightful, but I'm really drawn to the triple mousse cake. Simply stunning and I bet it tasted even better. :o)

  18. Foodiva says

    Roxana, that hubby of yours is truly spoiled and very lucky. He gets to eat two cakes and has you to pamper him, too! I must say, both your mousse cakes look absolutely divine! I'm so glad you came by my site today because I've missed you and it prompted me to return here as well.

  19. Meg (The Red Spoon) says

    Both cakes look divine, I thought one of them was cheesecake at first! Either way, I could easily eat 5 slices of each!

  20. Spicie Foodie says

    Your hubby is one lucky guy! This mousse cake is one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen. Your photos are gorgeous Roxana, keep up the fab job. Have a great weekend!

  21. Amy says

    Your cakes both look beautiful and I am sure they were even more delicious than they look in the photos! Happy b-day to your Hubby!

  22. Kankana says

    you do know how much I love this cake of yours right ?:) I am saving this .. i have to make this. Hubby likes white chocolate and I like dark chocolate.. will make two layers :)

  23. FOODESSA says

    As I can see and understand…we seem to cater and enable our spouses into sweet tooth paradise. Especially when so much thought and love is put into one special cake. I really hope he appreciates the special person that you are…and talented to boot!!!
    Gorgeous dessert Roxana ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  24. Butrcreamblondi says

    The conversation between you and your husband cracked me up! That chocolate mousse cake looks lovely! The second cake sounds just perfect with the almond crust!

  25. Elisabeth says

    Roxana-Your triple mousse cake is absolutely gorgeous. So generous of you to share your fabulous recipe.
    The photos are superb, as well:DDD

    I would like to pay forward the award to you. Just grab the award. I do believe you are on the list for my other award, previously. Not doing another list again, but I did wanted to let you know. You deserve this award…and then some!!!
    xoxo

  26. Cakewhiz says

    Oh man! That conversation was hillarious!

    And your triple mousse cake looks gorgeous. I like how each layer is a different color.

  27. baking.serendipity says

    These both look fantastic! As much as I like ice cream (especially when it's homemade!), a slice of either of these cakes would definitely top it. Happy Birthday to your hubs :)

  28. MarmandeintheKitchen says

    Wow, both of those cakes look amazing! The layers in the chocolate one are really impressive. Happy birthday to your husband!

  29. aipi says

    The three chocolate mousse cake- OMG OMG- Roxana , I looked at the picture , closed my eyes and went OMG! This really truly is PERFECT!
    Belated b'day wishes to your hubby..
    US Masala

  30. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says

    wow! those layers take the visual appeal to a whole new level.. now i know wt to make fr my husbands bday too :)

  31. says

    Totally going to make this for me for Mother’s day. I found your blog through the Pillsbury site and can’t wait to explore more!
    Love all the recipes!
    Thanks!

  32. Martha J says

    what happened to the three mousse cake recipe? I made it and it was amazing – now I want to make it again but it’s gone!!!! :-( Can you email me the recipe?

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