Chocolate mousse cake
I volunteered to do the catering for a friend's wedding as a wedding gift. For the cake, he wants a rich dark chocolate mousse cake. I've never made a chocolate mousse cake, so I would appreciate some guidance.
We were discussing the following layers: chocolate cake | chocolate mousse | chocolate cake | chocolate ganache | whipped cream + strawberries on the top.
I've done some internet searches, and I've not been convinced by any of the recipes I have seen thus far. The kind and knowledgeable folk on chowhound usually lead me in the right direction, so I'm hoping you can do so again :). If you have a recipe that you have used with success, please post. If you have any tips for the making, they would be appreciated.
I will make a test cake about a month before. Unfortunately,I won't be making the wedding cake in my oven/kitchen, which does make me a bit nervous. But I'm usually a good baker so I'm hoping that won't matter.
Start with this and use strawberries instead of raspberries.
While the chocolate covering the outside is pretty, I've frosting this cake, too--layered first in a springform pan, refrigerate. Make sure to make a damn w/ the ganache to hold in the mousse. I don't use special transfer paper but get florist paper--cheaper but no pretty designs. I love this cake for special occasions.
re: Becca Porter
I 2nd Cook's Illustrated Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.The cake gets lighter as you go up to create a delightful contrast in textures and minimize heaviness -- the bottom layer is a flouless chocolate cake, the middle layer is chocolate mousse and the top layer is like a white chocolate chiffon. I am not much of a baker but I made this cake for Xmas to rave reviews.
Here is a helpful blog I used to make this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake:
FYI, for the white chocolate layer, I melted imitation white chocolate chips and it turned out great. The blogger used real white chocolate but Cook's Illustrated found that they got better results from using imitation white chocolate.