Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake with three layers of chocolate is a chocolate lover’s dream (plus it’s gluten free)!

This Chocolate Mousse Cake is the ultimate dreamy, decadent dessert everyone will go crazy for!  A fudgy flourless chocolate cake is topped with ridiculously creamy chocolate mousse then crowned with silky rich chocolate ganache.  It is INCREDIBLE.  This chocolate mousse cake recipe requires a few steps but is easy to follow with detailed step by step photos, tips and tricks for one of the most stunning desserts of your life!  This chocolate mousse recipe also gets major points because it is best made ahead for a stunning, stress-free dessert every time.

Chocolate desserts are always a crowd pleaser and perfect for the holidays! Some of our decadent, hypnotic, must try favorites include: Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse, Chocolate Éclair Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Chocolate Lava Cakes, German Chocolate Cheesecake and Turtle Brownies.

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Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

I am so excited to bring you this Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe!  If I could pick only one dessert to eat for the rest of my life, I think this would be it.  It’s rich, chocolaty and decadent without being too heavy – just SO creamy and plain heavenly. I cannot wait for you to taste it, love it, share it and start a new tradition with this recipe!

The bottom layer is dense and fudgy, the chocolate mousse layer is silky smooth, cool, creamy and airy and beautifully complements the fudgy cake.  The adorning dark chocolate ganache is intensely flavorful, smooth, chocolate perfection.

Because this Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe is comprised of three parts, there are a few steps and a few dishes, BUT I promise it’s worth every second!  Here’s what makes this Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe such a masterpiece:

Bottom Layer:  Flourless Fudge Cake

The bottom layer of the Chocolate Mousse Cake needs to be sturdy enough to hold up to the mousse and a richer texture than a fine crumb cake in order to complement the mousse – enter flourless chocolate cake.  Flourless chocolate cake is dense like brownies, gluten free and mind blowing rich and chocolaty. Plus, it only requires a few ingredients including bittersweet chocolate, butter, eggs and brown sugar. 

This flourless cake recipe is from Cooks Illustrated Best Ever Desserts Magazine and is made by melting the chocolate and whisking in the egg yolks.  This recipe sets itself apart from others because the egg whites are whipped separately to lighten the cake, while still providing the needed structure.

Middle Layer:  Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse is to live for.  It’s rich, silky, airy and SO chocolaty – as in 12 ounces of chocolate goodness.  Mousse is French for ‘froth’ or ‘foam’ AKA airy – but don’t let the French name fool you!  If you’ve been intimidated by making mousse before, I’m sharing the absolute easiest way I’ve found to create mousse that is fool proof! 

To make the mousse, you’ll chop the chocolate in your food processor then stream in hot heavy cream and process until smooth.  To this heavenly chocolate, you will fold in whole eggs, whipped egg whites and whipped heavy cream to create an airy, luscious mousse.  This recipe sets itself apart from others because it is stabilized with gelatin to ensure it doesn’t drip over the cake but maintain its beautiful shape. 

Top Layer:  Chocolate Ganache

This Chocolate Ganache Recipe is pure chocolate decadence yet is deceptively easy to make!  Chocolate Ganache (pronounced geh-Nahsh) also sounds fancy because it is French, but it simply means chocolate melted into hot cream.  You only need chocolateheavy whipping cream, a splash of corn syrup, a microwave, and 5 minutes to make this fool proof, easy ganache recipe. 

This ganache is decadently divine and marries all of the layers of the Chocolate Mousse Cake together. This ganache sets itself apart from others because it is made all in the food processor (SO easy!), but you are welcome to make it in a bowl as well.

Chocolate Mousse Cake with slices missing to see the inside of the cake

Ingredients for Chocolate Mousse Cake 

Don’t let the decadence of this Chocolate Mousse Cake fool you into thinking it requires special ingredients. In fact, most of them are pantry staples! For this recipe, you’ll need the following: 

  • Butter: Unsalted butter so we can control the amount of salt in the recipe. 
  • Chocolate: Primarily bittersweet chocolate to prevent the cake from being too sweet with just a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. You will want to use baking chocolate bars found in the baking aisle opposed to chocolate chips. You will need 21 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate and 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate in this recipe. 
  • Eggs:  I recommend using pasteurized eggs since this is a no-bake dessert (more info below on eating raw eggs).
  • Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract will deliver the best flavor. 
  • Salt: Enhances the chocolate flavor and rounds out the flavor of the dessert. 
  • Sugar: I use a mixture of light brown sugar and granulated sugar in this Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe.  Brown sugar to keep the fudge cake extra moist and granulated sugar in the mousse.  
  • Cream of tartar: Helps stabilize whipped egg whites, prevents sugar from crystallizing and acts as a leavening agent in the flourless chocolate cake.
  • Heavy cream: The cream needs to be very cold so that it whips up properly and creates a light and fluffy mousse. 
  • Powdered gelatin: Make sure to buy unflavored powdered gelatin. It is a common baking ingredient and can be found next to the packages of Jell-O and pudding at your grocery store. The gelatin gets dissolved in some water before being mixed into the mousse to add structure.
  • Corn syrup:  Makes the chocolate ganache extra smooth, keeps it flexible when it sets and keeps it shiny even after being refrigerated.

CAN YOU EAT RAW EGGS?

The chocolate mousse uses raw eggs which are not recommended for those with a compromised immune system, are pregnant or elderly due to the risk of salmonella.  If you fit any of these categories or would like more peace of mind, I suggest using pasteurized eggs. Pasteurized eggs are just a little more expensive but pasteurization destroys any potential bacteria and viruses so they are completely safe to eat raw.

The FDA says: “For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served — like Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream — use either shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method, or pasteurized egg products.”

CAN I USE CHOCOLATE CHIPS?

Set yourself up for success by using baking chocolate in this Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe. Baking chocolate is cooled, hardened chocolate liquor with a high percentage of cocoa butter because it’s intended to be baked with and therefore melts beautifully for the cake, mousse and ganache.

If you need to use chocolate chips, ONLY use Guittard or Ghirardelli brand chocolate chips.  Most other chocolate brands contain less cocoa butter and will not melt as seamlessly and can leave you with stubborn chocolate pieces AKA they’re not suitable for melting. When selecting chocolate, check the label for cocoa butter; the higher the percentage of cocoa butter, the better the chocolate chips. This translates into the tangible qualities of richer flavor, aroma, and better melting ability.  

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CAN I USE HALF AND HALF INSTEAD OF CREAM?

No, do not substitute the heavy cream for half and half in this recipe.  Heavy Cream is always the best option for melting chocolate because the higher the fat content of the cream, the richer and more stable the finished melted chocolate/ganache will be. Heavy creamy is also needed for whipping, half and half will not work.

Do I have to use CORN SYRUP?

I highly recommend using corn syrup in the ganache, it makes A HUGE difference in the final product.  Just remember the purpose of ganache:

  • To make the ganache extra smooth
  • Keep the ganache shiny even after being refrigerated
  • Keep the ganache flexible when it sets

Without corn syrup, your ganache will not boast these qualities. 

How to Make Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe 

Step 1: Make the Bottom Cake Layer

Melt the chocolate and butter together. You can either do this in a double boiler on the stove (by placing the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl, set over a boil of simmering water, and stirring until melted and smooth). Or you can do this in the microwave (by heating the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth).

To the melted chocolate mixture, add the vanilla and egg yolks.

a collage showing how to make chocolate mousse cake by 1) adding chopped chocolate and butter to a bowl 2) melting butter and chocolate until smooth 3) adding eggs to melted chocolate mixture

Beat together egg whites, cream of tartar and salt using a stand mixer. Add the brown sugar, then beat until soft peaks form.  Soft peaks means when you remove the whisk, a peak is just starting to hold and then droop after a second. Using a rubber spatula, fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture in thirds until no white streaks remain.   

Turn the chocolate cake batter into a 9.5-inch springform pan and bake until done. Let the cake cool completely.  The cake will collapse slightly as it cools which is normal. 

a collage showing how to make chocolate mousse cake by 1) whipping egg whites in a stand mixer, 2) adding egg whites into melted chocolate, 3) mixing egg whites into melted chocolate, 3) mixing egg whites into melted chocolate, 3) mixing egg whites into melted chocolate until smooth 4) baking cake in a springform pan

Once the cake has cooled, temporarily remove the springform pan.  Snuggly encircle the cake with parchment paper that reaches about 1 inch above the edge of the springform (you can tape the parchment to itself.)  Re-place the springform pan and re-clasp.   This will prevent the mousse from running over the sides of the bottom layer.

Step 2: Chocolate Mousse (Middle Layer)

Add unflavored gelatin to a microwave safe bowl then pour cold water over top; let stand for 5 minutes then microwave for 15 seconds; set aside to cool.

showing how to make Chocolate Eclair Cake by dissolving gelatin in water

Finely chop chocolate in a food processor. With the processor running, gradually pour hot cream through the feed tube and process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and refrigerate. Once room temperature, whisk in 2 whole eggs.

a collage showing how to make chocolate mousse cake recipe by 1) adding chocolate to a food processor 2) processing chocolate until fine pieces, 3) adding heavy cream and processing until smooth, 4) whisking 2 eggs into melted chocolate

What if I don’t have a food processor?  I love completing this step in my food processor because it takes minutes, but you can also complete it without a food processor. Add heavy cream to a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until just boiling, about 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and add chopped chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk vigorously until chocolate is melted and smooth.

While you’re waiting for the chocolate to cool before adding the eggs, beat 1 cup heavy cream and sugar in a bowl until soft peaks form. Turn the mixer to low and slowly pour in the gelatin mixture. Mix until combined then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing until stiff peaks form; set aside.

Add 4 egg whites to the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whip until stiff peaks form.

a collage showing how to make chocolate mousse cake by 1) whipping heavy cream until stiff peaks form, 2) whipping egg whites until stiff peaks form

Gently gold one third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture at a time. Fold in the whipped cream until completely combined.

Pour mousse over cooled cake. Chill for 2 hours up to 24 hours, until ready to top with ganache.

a collage showing how to make chocolate mousse cake recipe by 1) adding heavy cream to melted chocolate, 2) adding whipped cream to melted chocolate and folding in until smooth, 3) smoothing chocolate mousse in springform pan

Step 3: Chocolate Ganache (Top Layer)

Add heavy cream to a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until just boiling, about 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and add chopped chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk vigorously until ganache is melted and smooth. Whisk in corn syrup.

showing how to make chocolate mousse cake by whisking ganache in a glass bowl until smooth

Pour ganache over chilled mousse and spread into a smooth layer. Chill for at least 45 minutes or until ready to serve.

Step 4: Garnish

Remove springform pan and parchment paper. Garnish with raspberries, shaved chocolate if desired and serve.

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Do I Have to Use a Springform Pan? 

A springform pan is very helpful to stabilize this Chocolate Mousse Cake but it can be made without one. To make this recipe without a springform pan, bake the cake in a parchment lined greased 9-inch cake pan.  Let cool completely then carefully transfer to a cake platter.  Snuggly encircle the cake with a few layers of parchment paper that reach about 3 inches above the top of the cake.  Tape the parchment to itself.  Make sure the parchment paper is sturdy enough to hold up to the mousse. 

Tips for Making a Chocolate Mousse Cake 

  • Use good quality chocolate bars. The chocolate is the star of the show, so be sure to invest in some good quality chocolate baking bars. I recommend Ghirardelli 60 percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate. Any other chocolate is likely to produce drier results. 
  • Use bittersweet chocolate. If you use all milk or semi-sweet chocolate in this recipe the cake will be far too sweet.
  • Gently melt chocolate.  Whether you melt the chocolate for the fudge cake layer in the microwave or double broiler, do it gently/gradually so the chocolate doesn’t break, separate or scorch. 
  • Cool chocolate until barely warm.  Once you’ve melted the chocolate over the makeshift double broiler, cool it until it is barely warm – not hot and not cold.   Too warm and the eggs will scramble, too cool and the chocolate will seize up when you add the other ingredients.
  • Separate eggs when cold, but whip at room temp.  Eggs separate easiest when they are cold straight out of the refrigerator, however, egg whites will whip more easily when they are room temp.  So, separate the eggs first and then let the egg whites sit at room temp for several minutes before whipping.
  • Whip eggs whites in a clean bowl.  Egg whites will not whip effectively if there is residual fat in the mixing bowl or bowl beaters, so make sure you are using very clean, dry equipment.
  • Don’t over-bake bottom fudge cake. A toothpick will NOT come out clean in the center of the fudge cake when it’s done.  The cake is meant to walk the fine line between gooey and fudgy.   The cake is done when the center reads 200°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Fudge cake will shrink and cave.  This is completely normal for this type of cake so don’t be alarmed. 
  • Gently fold egg whites and whipped cream into mousse.  Gently folding instead of stirring will keep the mousse light and fluffy and prevent the eggs from deflating.
  • Let each layer chill. This triple Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe requires some patience, but it’s vital that you let the fudge cake layer cool completely after it’s done baking. Then, the cake should be left to chill in the fridge after the first mousse layer has been added, and so on. 
a slice of Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe on a white pedestal

Recipe Variations to Try

  • Try a different base. Don’t want to bake a chocolate cake? You can try using an Oreo crust in place of the chocolate cake layer. Obviously, this will drastically change the texture of the bottom layer.  To make an Oreo base, finely grind 20 Oreos (with filling) in in a food processor. Add ¼ cup melted butter and pulse until well combined. Press Oreo crumb mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake crust 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Add peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combo! Try making a Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake for something a little different. 
  • Add chocolate curls. I topped this cake with raspberries but chocolate curls would be another lovely addition.
  • Add caramel.  Try drizzling the dessert with salted caramel.
  • Strawberry sauce.  Try serving with homemade strawberry sauce.
  • Add coconut.  Try topping the ganache with toasted coconut.

Can I Prep a Chocolate Mousse Cake in Advance? 

Yes! This Chocolate Mousse Cake is a wonderful make-ahead dessert that actually gets better the longer it’s refrigerated. You can make this cake up to 48 hours in advance and it will still taste fabulous!

You can also make the fudge cake base 24 hours ahead of time, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.  I don’t recommend making the mousse ahead of time due to the gelatin because it needs to be added directly on top of the cake.  

How to Store Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Mousse Cake must be stored in the fridge. You can store the cake in the springform pan with plastic wrap on top until ready to serve or store it directly on a serving plate, covered.  Chocolate Mousse Cake will last up to 4 days.

Can I Freeze This Cake? 

Yes! You can absolutely freeze Chocolate Mousse Cake! Tightly wrap in plastic wrap followed by double layers of foil. Freeze for up to two months. When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, do NOT attempt to heat it in any way.

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Chocolate Mousse Cake

Servings: 8 -10 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients

Flourless Fudge Cake (Bottom Layer)

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 pieces
  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate* finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Chocolate Mousse (Middle Layer)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate* roughly broken into pieces
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate roughly broken into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream divided
  • 2 whole pasteurized eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 pasteurized egg whites only

Chocolate Ganache (Top Layer)

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate* roughly broken into pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup

Instructions

Flourless Fudge Cake (Bottom Layer)

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan that is at least 3 inches high with parchment paper. Spray the bottom parchment and inside of the pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together. You can either do this in a double boiler on the stove by: placing the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl, set over a boil of gently simmering water, and stirring until melted and smooth. Or you can do this in the microwave by: heating the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  • Let melted chocolate cool for 5 minutes then whisk in egg yolks, vanilla and baking powder; set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt at medium speed until frothy, about 30 seconds. Add ¼ cup brown sugar and beat to combine, then add the remaining brown sugar and beat at high speed until soft peaks form, scraping down the sides halfway through. (Soft peaks means when you remove the whisk, a peak is just starting to hold and then droop after a second.)
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture in thirds until no white streaks remain. Transfer the batter to the prepared springform pan, tap on the counter a few times, then smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F until the cake has risen in the center and the edges are set (a toothpick will NOT come out clean), 16-20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. The cake will collapse slightly as it cools. You can begin making the mousse 45 minutes after cooling.
  • Once the cake has cooled, temporarily remove the springform pan. Snuggly encircle the cake with parchment paper that reaches about 1 inch above the edge of the springform (you can tape the parchment to itself.) Re-place the springform pan and re-clasp. Set aside.

Chocolate Mousse (Middle Layer)

  • Add unflavored gelatin to a microwave safe bowl then pour the cold water over top; let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the gelatin mixture to the microwave and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir the mixture, then set aside to cool.
  • Add chocolate to food processor and finely chop. Add vanilla and salt and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer 1 cup heavy cream to a microwave safe measuring cup/bowl and microwave until boiling, about 2 ½ minutes.
  • With processor running, gradually pour hot cream through feed tube and process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and refrigerate. Once room temperature (don’t let it cool completely), whisk in 2 whole eggs. (See notes if you don't have a food processor.**)
  • Meanwhile, in another clean mixing bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup heavy cream with sugar on medium-high speed with a handheld mixer until soft peaks form. Turn to low and slowly pour in the gelatin mixture. Mix until combined then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing until stiff peaks form; set aside. (If your gelatin has hardened, microwave to liquify again and cool.)
  • Add 4 egg whites to the clean bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold one third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture at a time, don’t stir or the egg whites will deflate. Gently fold in the whipped cream until completely combined.
  • Pour mousse over cooled cake and smooth into an even layer and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours up to 24 hours. You can add the ganache at any point between the 2 and 24 hours.

Chocolate Ganache (Top Layer)

  • Add heavy cream to a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until just boiling, about 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and add chopped chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk vigorously until ganache is melted and smooth. Whisk in corn syrup.
  • OR to make ganache in food processor: Add chocolate to food processor and finely chop. Transfer heavy cream to a microwave safe measuring cup/bowl and microwave until boiling about 2 minutes. Pour hot cream evenly over the chocolate in the food processor and let stand for 1 minute. Cover then process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour in corn syrup and pulse to combine.
  • Pour ganache over chilled mousse and spread into a smooth layer. Chill for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  • Remove springform pan and parchment paper. Garnish with raspberries, shaved chocolate and serve.

Notes

**Chocolate Mousse Step 2-3:  I love completing these step in my food processor because it takes minutes, but you can also complete it without a food processor, by adding hot heavy cream to finely chopped chocolate in a microwave bowl. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk vigorously until melted and smooth then add vanilla and salt; refrigerate. Once room temperature (don’t let it cool completely), whisk in 2 whole eggs.

Tips and Tricks

  • I recommend pasteurized eggs.  The chocolate mousse uses raw eggs which are not recommended for those with a compromised immune system, are pregnant or elderly due to the risk of salmonella.  If you fit any of these categories or would like more peace of mind, I suggest using pasteurized eggs. Pasteurized eggs are just a little more expensive but pasteurization destroys any potential bacteria and viruses so they are completely safe to eat raw.  The FDA says: "For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served — like Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream — use either shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method, or pasteurized egg products."
  • Do I have to use corn syrup?  Corn  syrup makes the chocolate ganache extra smooth, keeps it flexible when it sets and keeps it shiny even after being refrigerated.  Without corn syrup, the ganache will not boast these properties.
  • Use good quality chocolate bars. The chocolate is the star of the show, so be sure to invest in some good quality chocolate baking bars. I recommend Ghirardelli 60 percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate. Any other chocolate is likely to produce drier results. 
  • Use bittersweet chocolate. If you use all milk or semi-sweet chocolate in this recipe the cake will be far too sweet.
  • Gently melt chocolate.  Whether you melt the chocolate for the fudge cake layer in the microwave or double broiler, do it gently/gradually so the chocolate doesn't break, separate or scorch. 
  • Cool chocolate until barely warm.  Once you’ve melted the chocolate for the fudge cake layer, cool it until it is barely warm – not hot and not cold.   Too warm and the eggs will scramble, too cool and the chocolate will seize up when you add the other ingredients.
  • Separate eggs when cold, but whip at room temp.  Eggs separate easiest when they are cold straight out of the refrigerator, however, egg whites will whip more easily when they are room temp.  So, separate the eggs first and then let the egg whites sit at room temp for several minutes before whipping.
  • Whip eggs whites in a clean bowl.  Egg whites will not whip effectively if there is residual fat in the mixing bowl or bowl beaters, so make sure you are using very clean, dry equipment.
  • Don’t over-bake bottom fudge cake. A toothpick will NOT come out clean in the center of the fudge cake when it’s done.  The cake is meant to walk the fine line between gooey and fudgy.   The cake is done when the center reads 200°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Gently fold egg whites and whipped cream into mousse.  Gently folding instead of stirring will keep the mousse light and fluffy and prevent the eggs from deflating.
  • Let each layer chill. This triple Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe requires some patience, but it’s vital that you let the fudge cake layer cool completely after it’s done baking. Then, the cake should be left to chill in the fridge after the first mousse layer has been added, and so on. 

How to Store 

This Chocolate Mousse Cake must be stored in the fridge. You can store the cake in the springform pan with plastic wrap on top until ready to serve or store it directly on a serving plate, covered.  Chocolate Mousse Cake will last up to 4 days.

How to Freeze 

Yes! You can absolutely freeze Chocolate Mousse Cake! Tightly wrap in plastic wrap followed by double layers of foil. Freeze for up to two months. When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, do NOT attempt to heat it in any way.

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12 Comments

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Spencer, I am SO excited for you to try it!

  1. Amy says

    This cake looks so amazing! I love all your recipes and can’t wait to try this one!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Amy! I’m excited for you to try it too!

  2. Jabari says

    What a thoroughly well written post. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Kimi Linaman says

    We had this cake for dessert for Christmas dinner. Everyone thought it wass delicious. I will make it again.
    5 star recipe

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for the 5 star review Kimi! Merry Christmas!

  4. Linda says

    Good morning,
    Wanted to let you know I made your Chocolate Mousse Cake over the New Years holiday. My husband did the clean up which was a great help.
    We both agree this is the BEST cake ever! Your instructions(while initially daunting) were so spot on.
    The cake/mousse is better than a restaurant and tastes amazing. I have one question regarding how to cut this cake so it looks as beautiful as your does on your website.
    Thank you and happy New Year!

    • Jen says

      Hi Linda, I’m embarrassed I’m just now responding to your comment! I got swamped over the holidays and am still playing catchup but I SO appreciate you taking the time to comment! I am thrilled you made and loved the chocolate mousse cake because it is also one of my favorite cakes ever! As far as cutting – make sure the cake is thoroughly chilled (mine was overnight) and it should cut no problem. If it’s still not slicing cleanly, try boiling some water (can be done in the microwave), soaking the knife, wiping it dry then slicing; then repeat dipping the knife in hot water and drying in between cuts – I hope that helps!

  5. Annette says

    Made this for Valentine’s Day! I kept thinking, This is restaurant-quality! Perfect dessert for V-Day! We’re still gushing over it! Bravo!

    • Jen says

      Aw, thanks so much Annette! I’m thrilled you loved it!