Friday, 20 January 2012

Michel Rostang's Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

One word to this chocolate cake, DIVINE.
Fall in love instantly with this moist & melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse cake.
I added a little variations to the recipe.
I really like the subtle note of Grand Marnier matching with bittersweet chocolate & I used muscovado sugar to increase the richness & moisture.

I baked a small 6" cake instead of 8", only because I didn't have a 8" pan in hands.
I think it's the right size, a small slice with a cup of tea makes my day happy & satisfied after the photo shoot.
Below is my favourite photo of the day, really like the tone & composition :)

Recipe (6" round):
adapted from here

60 g dark chocolate 72%
40 ml hot brewed espresso or strong brewed coffee
50 g salted butter, soften
65 g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 tbsp Grand Marnier
Cocoa powder, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 200C, line a parchment paper at the base & grease the side of a 6" springform pan.
Dissolve 30 g of sugar in hot brewed espresso or coffee.
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate over simmering water, stir in the espresso or coffee.
Remove from heating, stir in butter until smooth.
Stir in egg yolks, one at a time, until smooth.
Add in Grand Marnier, stir until smooth.
In a large bowl, whisk egg whites with the remaining sugar to soft peaks.
Fold the 1/3 of egg whites into the chocolate batter until smooth.
Fold in the remainder of the egg whites.
Pour in 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan, cover & refrigerate the remaining batter.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 min, remove from heating & cool to room temperature, cool further in a refrigerator (at least 1 h).
Pour the remaining batter on top of the cake, return to the oven & bake at 200C for 25 min or until a skewer inserted come out almost dry.
Leave to cool & refrigerate for at least 4 h or overnight before serving.
Run a blunt knife around the edges & carefully remove the cake from the pan.
Dust with cocoa powder & serve.

Note: If you're using 8" cake pan, just double the recipe.


  1. it really looks divine, so thick and totally decadent

  2. What a delicious-looking cake… and that photo is beautiful!

  3. Would you believe me if I told you I dreamed about this cake last night? Word! haha
    I can almost smell it from here. Delicious!

    1. hi zen chef, the recipe is really good, give it a try when you have time. also, there're a few other ways to bake & eat it :)

  4. This dish looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my comfort foods blog hop for a chance to win a Wilton donut pan:

    1. thanks matt, but the contest is open to US & Canada, I'm in UK... i want a donut pan...

  5. I'm always on the lookout for a good choc cake recipe so this is right up my alley!

    And I like your fave photo of the day too, love how nicely backlit the props are!

    1. this chocolate cake is great & I hope you'll like it :)

  6. the cakes are looking very delicious, thanks for sharing new ideas



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