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Chocolate Brownie Mousse Cake

Heavy clouds float high above me. They push and prod at the sky, hiding the sun from reaching me miles below them. Cold blasts of wind shake trees bare and scare away the green. Winter brings with it the dull, drab days the beg to be wrapped in handed-down quilts, fluffy sweaters and scarfs of all colors. It also brings with it holidays, get togethers, special meals and birthdays.

This weekend was my mother’s birthday. I baked this for her. We may not get snowy days here in Texas but that doesn’t stop us from having snow-dusted cakes.

Like most of my recipes, this one has quite a few parts – we’ll call it a special occasion recipe. That being said, it is well worth it. The dense brownie-like chocolate cake with the light and fluffy chocolate mousse play so well together. The sweet, chocolate icing brings it all together! If you’re a chocolate lover, then you need to make this cake. Not to mention, the diamond and triangle pattern formed will impress your family and friends. And they don’t need to know how easy it is to do.

Diamond-filled cakes: While this wont work with all fillings and cakes, it works well with fillings like mousse that, when refrigerated, become firm and able to support the weight of the cake on top. Below is a diagram on how to achieve the affect.

 

Chocolate Brownie Cake: The very high moisture and fat content in this recipe makes a very dense, brownie-like cake. It is normal if the center collapses or does not rise fully.


Chocolate Mousse: Chocolate mousse is fairly easy to make. This recipe, adapted from Bo Friberg, uses boiled honey to cook the eggs and create structure in the mousse. Anytime you melt chocolate, you want to make sure to do it over barely simmering water in a bain marie or a large glass bowl placed over a pot. Take care not to heat the chocolate too much.

Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Making chocolate buttercream is almost as easy as making buttercream. There is just one extra step of melting chocolate and adding that into the buttercream.  Anytime you melt chocolate, you want to make sure to do it over barely simmering water in a bain marie or a large glass bowl placed over a pot. Take care not to heat the chocolate too much.

AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Born and raised in Texas, Russell van Kraayenburg may sit you down for a stern lecture if you confuse barbecue with grilling. Creator of Chasing Delicious, and author of Haute Dogs, his work has been featured in Southern Living magazine and on such sites as Lifehacker, Fast Co. Design, Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, The Daily What, Quipsologies, Neatorama,Explore, and Fine Cooking.

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  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Absolutely stunning, Russell! You have me drooling.

  • Riley

    That’s my kind of mousse-to-cake ratio! This looks absurdly delicious!

  • Brooks

    Wow! A gorgeous cake Russell, you’ve served your Mother’s birthday with stylish honor. It’s so easy to get lost in your words. Visits here are like a little getaway…time well spent.

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    This cake is gorgeous..and I can only imagine it is delicious too! I bet your mom loved it!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    This is beautiful. I can’t even get over that mousse.

  • Erika

    Wow! This cake looks Heavenly!!!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Ohmahgoodness. I hath died and gone to dessert heaven. This looks AMAZING.

  • Rebecca

    I can’t even. Wow. Well done. Wow.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Russell – it’s brilliant! The flavors, the intensity of chocolate, the mousse, the texture and layers. The cake stand – love it!! Gorgeous cake! Pinning!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    That mousse filling looks to-die-for! Gorgeous cake and what a wonderful birthday treat for your mother!

  • Nessie @ bakingequalslove

    Russell, this cake looks like an absolute dream! Just stunning :)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Whoa. This is all kinds of fabulous. Love that mousse!!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Chocolate? Brownies? Mousse? And cake? YES PLEASE!! That looks awesome :)

  • jaime @ sweet road

    It’s beautiful! I’m so envious of anyone who can make a cake that doesn’t look like a blob of frosting just dripping off a cake.

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    Special occasion, indeed! Although I’m pretty sure this cake would make a day special just by being there.

  • Debie Grace

    Looks very delicious!! :)

  • Peggy

    Looks delicious! Have you considered adding a Pinterest link to each post so that viewers can add your recipes to their Pinterest boards? Thanks.

  • Peggy

    Oh my goodness. I feel so stupid. I see the Pinterest link now. I was looking for something red and did not notice it in grey. :(

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    What an awesome rich looking cake. I could list this to be one of my Birthday cake (hint hint :P) My mom’s Birthday was last weekend, and I baked her something too. Have not posted it up just yet. So can you bake me a cake for my birthday? It’s coming up in less than 2 weeks. LOL.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Mom!! xo

  • Sarah

    GOOD LORD. Merry Christmas to all, and to all, go away because I need to be alone with this cake.

  • QQ

    nice…amazing cake =)

  • Spencer

    How awesome! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes amazing.

  • Joanne

    Now this is truly a thing of beauty. And for the record, as a northeasterner…I’d take a dusting of powdered sugar over snow any day!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy

    Wow, that is such an incredibly cool effect! Wishing a very happy birthday to your mom! :-)

  • Jeanette

    Wow what a special cake for your mom’s birthday Russell! She is so lucky to have a son like you. I hope one day my boys can bake me a cake as nice as this.

  • Diane (createdbydiane)

    I need this!
    Really, I just love chocolate mousse and well of course I love cake.
    Beautiful photos!

  • thelittleloaf

    You’ve totally outdone yourself here – this looks incredible! Love the hidden segment of mousse inside and all that chocolate? You can’t go wrong :-)

  • Aly

    It makes me think of what other cut outs one could do! Beautiful and yummy looking.

  • Fernanda Oliveira

    I love your blog. Every time I come here I’m delighted.
    This cake is heavenly and very original.
    I’ll take to make Christmas for my famíia
    Happiness and kiss.

  • Kathryn

    I would be pretty happy to live on this cake and this cake alone for the rest of my life. All of my favourite things in one!

  • Carolyn

    Okay, the flipping part freaks me out. That is bound to be where I mess up and get mousse all over the counter! I will just leave such amazing things to you. :)

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    I am so jealous of your baking skills. I can hardly get a pan of brownies to turn out right and you’re putting DIAMONDS OF CHOCOLATE MOUSSE(!!!) into your cakes. I might just have to attempt this for Christmas…

  • Paola @ gnom-gnom.com

    This looks GORGEOUS- and reading the ingredients I am going to just assume that it also tastes awesome. I really love when cakes have buttermilk.

  • Cheria

    This cake looks decadently delicious! My recipe highlight of the day… Thank you!

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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    RUSSELLLLLL! This cake is a jaw-dropper! And I love that you get to snack on the cone shaped section you take out as you make it. ;)

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  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    Mousse-to-cake ratio here is excellent. I loooove lots of mousse!!

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies

    I’m going to be drooling over this cake all week! Will you make one for my birthday too?!

  • RavieNomNoms

    This is just so creatively done! Looks delicious!

  • Magda

    What a beautiful cake! Whenever I come here I’m inspired. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Happy Birthday to your mom, I bet she was one very happy woman with a gorgeous cake like that to celebrate!

  • Lisa

    OMG..this looks sensational. I knew a chocolate heaven existed! ;D

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    This cake is simply stunning! Too pretty to eat!
    Happy Belated Birthday to you Mom. A gorgeous cake to celebrate her special day

  • Dina

    I love this cake. Perfect on my holiday table.

  • Karen

    I made this for dinner guests! Easy, beautiful and delicious! I added heavy whipping cream while making the frosting, made it really smooth.

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    This is the most amazing thing I ever saw… yum!!!!

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  • sue l

    I imagine that you could just put the mousse in the middle , or cut each cake into two pieces and make this a four layer cake. might be easier to do, but would taste the same. don’t think i am that talented to cut the cone out and do it the way the recipe says. just sayin.

  • Blaise

    Stumbled upon your site, and it’s beautiful :) That’s a very good looking cake.

  • Dixie

    I can not wait to make this beautiful cake. Can you tell me where you got the cake stand?

  • Liz

    Wow! The chocoholics in my house would go nuts for this baby!!! Every component sounds spectacular!

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  • Sally

    Georgeous,must try.

  • Crystal

    This is my first time to your blog and I am so impressed, great lay out. Wonderful diagrams easy to follow and beautiful pictures. Thank you for doing what you do. Looking forward to making this cake for my husbands birthday…he says he doesn’t want a cake, but I know his chocolate loving ways will adore this!

  • barbara

    I am trying to make this cake, but there are no eggs listed. Is that correct? in the cake, I mean

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  • while

    Question – How deep do you need the 6″ pans? 2″? 3″? Thanks!

  • Taylor

    Found the best app for sharing recipes ever! It’s called Heirloom Recipes my sister just got it today and emailed me this recipe with the link and I got the free version to try it and OMG I imported the recipe right into the app no typing or anything! The email had the link to the free one: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id617619870. I’m going to make this cake for our mother’s birthday next week. I hope mine looks as perfect as the pictures of it here. Thanks!!!

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  • Rachel @ Bakerita

    This cake is gorgeous, and sounds absolutely delicious!! Pinned :)

  • #mousseprobz

    The cake part turned out awesome–quite like a brownie, bittersweet, dense, and preeetty rad. However, dat mousse. We didn’t get along.
    The chocolate & egg yolk mixture turned out a weird consistency and hardened almost the instant I mixed it. Then, when I put it to the cream,
    IT JUST
    WOULDN’T
    HOMOGENIIIIIZE
    It was lumpy and awkward. I got a little sad. So, at the expense of some fluffiness, I resorted to squishing the mixture against the side of the bowl with the back of a wooden spoon. I didn’t get it creamy even then, but it wasn’t deflating at all, which, in my experience, is super uncharacteristic of a mousse.
    While I liked most of the recipe, it was a just a smidge disappointing giving a mousse disclaimer before cutting my mum a piece of her birthday cake. (Haha, just what is it with mothers and chocolate?) I’m not unfamiliar with mousses… moussi… uh, plural mousse, and while I could have easily made some kind of oops somewhere, did you by any chance have a similar issue? Any tips? Or perhaps you might review the recipe you posted, ‘cuz the mousse in the picture looks much different and far tastier. XD
    Otherwise, the cake was great and I’ll definitely reuse that portion of the recipe!

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