Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Chocoholics Anonymous

I have said on many occasions that I have the most wonderful husband (sorry girls he's mine). He is the undoubted chairman, treasurer and life-long member of my fan club. It still amazes me that he will tell strangers about the food I make. The amazing thing is that he will actually talk about food, as he is not the kind of person you would ever imagine talking about foodie things.

Last week he came home and told me that he had an order for me from someone he had told that I make the most divine chocolate cake, carrot cake and mint-choc chip ice-cream. They promptly placed an order for all three!!!

I have already shown how to make my chocolate cake, so that needs no further explanation, but I would like to share with you what I did do with the "off-cuts" from the cake.

Chocolate Cake and Mousse desserts
Makes 4

Chocolate cake (I used the top piece that I cut off the cake to make it level before frosting)

Chocolate mousse
  • 1/2 Tablespoon unflavoured gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl; let stand 1 minute to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool slightly.

2. Stir together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl; add whipping cream and chocolate extract. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatin mixture; beat until well blended.

Use ramekins which have been sprayed with non-stick spray, or line them with plastic wrap.
Place a layer of chocolate cake on the bottom of the dish, do not leave any spaces.
Top with the mousse and then put a lid on with more of your cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and leave to set in the fridge for a few hours. I did this the night before and served it the following day.

I have un-moulded mine and placed it on a pool of cream and then topped with a little more cream and sprinkled some finely chopped orange intense dark chocolate on top.... DELISH!

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Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This is looking good, I like the orange hint there somewhere.

Rose&Thorn said...

It is great for left over cake.

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