chocolate mousse cheesecake

by doughmesstic on February 17, 2010

in 1Featured Cakes and Cheesecakes, cake, cheesecake

I do still know how to bake.

Perhaps you thought I had given up on it, considering it’s been a while since you saw me make anything other than a cookie.  I DO still know how to bake.sbcake2

Take this cheesecake, for example.

Oh how I wish I could show you the inside of it, but it was an order for a restaurant, and alas, I don’t think the owner would have understood my desire to photograph all of my food.  My husband barely understands it, but after nearly two years, he’s getting used to the fact that dinner must wait until the pictures are taken. I’m sure it’s not something he ever considered when he said the ol’ “’til death do us part” speech, but, you learn to live with things, I guess. At least he gets fed.

For those of you who must have a graham cracker crust to enjoy a cheesecake, you’ll be out of your element here. This is a cake, not a pie.  Cheesecake can be either, or a great combination of both.  In fact, I’m not sure which it officially is: cake or pie?  Because I like to answer my own questions, this one is a cake. A CAKE.

The bottom layer is all cheesecake. Tall, thick, creamy goodness.  You’ll make this layer in a regular cake pan, not a springform.  I find it much easier to deal with, as you don’t need to wrap it in aluminum, there is no water getting into it because of leaky aluminum. Just nice, perfectly baked cheesecake.  Once it has cooled in the fridge for several hours, you can just shake it right out of the pan, easy as that.

Now it the time to get out the springform. Take the newly released cheesecake and place it in the center of the springform pan.  Pile it full of this rich, decadent chocolate mousse. Make sure you get it down the sides of the cheesecake, too, all the way to the bottom. Pile it high, to the top of your pan if you have enough of it.  Now freeze it.  Yep, just toss it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

berrycuWhile it’s chilling, make some chocolate ganache and have it ready and waiting.  You can even hurry the ganache along by placing it in the freezer for about 15 minutes (no more) if you want…just make sure it is thick and cool (not warm and not frozen).  Then, when you pull the frozen mousse cheesecake out of the freezer, you’ll have an easy time of icing it with the ganache.  The point of freezing the cake is so that the ganache will stick to it easily and without incident. It will help to start in the center and work the ganache out and then down over the sides. Yes, it’s a little more difficult than icing with buttercream, but it’s really not tough. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.

The decorations are up to you! For me, I went grand. I dipped a few strawberries in some of my extra ganache, then placed them on top. Then I bagged some of the ganache, zapped it for 5 seconds in the microwave, and piped swirls all over the top.  Finally, I piped a chocolate fudge border around the bottom to neaten it up, although you could easily add some powdered sugar to you left over ganache and whip it to make a nice icing thick enough to make a border with.  Or you could leave it plain. Or you could make a few chocolate curls/shavings (like I did for the top out of dark & white chocolate)…the options are endless.

Final piece of advice – make sure this cake is very cool before trying to cut it.  I used floss to cut nice, clean pieces, but you could use a thin sharp knife as well.

Or, just sit down with a fork and dig in.

Either way.


Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

1- 9′” Baked & Cooled Cheesecake – See recipe here

Chocolate Mousse Recipe

  • 1 Tablespoon Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons Cold water
  • 8 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips or Chunks, melted & cooled
  • 2 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla

Add gelatin to cold water in heatproof bowl and allow to thicken, around 1 minute.  Place thickened gelatin in microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then return to microwae for additional 20 seconds. Remove and allow to cool.

Whip the cream on high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add in sugar and vanilla.  Then add in cooled gelatin. Do not overbeat.

Add in chocolate and mix until all white streaks are gone.  Chocolate should be room temperature, not cool. If it is too cool, the chocolate will flake when it comes in contact with the cold cream.

Chill mousse until ready to spread onto your cheesecake.

Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks or Chips
  • Heat cream almost to scald. Remove from heat.
  • Add chocolate and whisk to blend. Allow to cool before using.

Thanks for stopping by! And if you haven’t already, you should enter to win the fabulous Julia Child & Le Creuset Giveaway I announced yesterday! You can’t win if you don’t play!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Eliana February 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

This is totally making my mouth water at work right now. Whatever restaurant got this is super lucky.


Julia February 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

wow, gorgeous!


Kristin February 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

OMG, that looks absolutely divine! Wanna come bake for me?


Andrew's Mom February 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Beautiful – I'm making something similar for Easter.


Bethie February 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I will take the ganache and skip the cheesecake! I am a weirdo, I know.


Shoshana February 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Chocolate Mousse and cheesecake in one dessert? Sign me up!

Reply February 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

This looks delicious! I will be making it this weekend!


Vicki February 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Fantastic looking! And here I thought it would be a long while before anything chocolate looked good after Valentine's Day. A silicon cake pan works for setting a spring form in before immersing in a water bath. Less fiddly than blasted foil. Not my tip, but Rose the Cake Bible lady.


Federica February 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

wow che golosa!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmm…………


Memória February 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Cool!! I made a chocolate mousse cheesecake for my birthday not too long ago and blogged about it!! Your cheesecake looks intense!! I don't know if I could eat that without the crust. I guess I need a piece to find out hahahaha. It looks amazing!!


Amanda February 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Do you think it would have been too much to ask the restaurant owner to photograph it for you once it was sliced?? LMAO! it looks amazing and I have actually never heard of using the cheesecake itself as crust, sounds great!


megan February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

oh my goodness. this looks incredible. i have to try it. i just need an occasion! If I make just for us, I will gain 10 lbs. thank you


Janice February 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Chocolicious! I know what you mean about the photographing of food, it does become a bit of an obsession. Wish I could take part in your comp but if you are not sending to Alaska I doubt if you will be posting to Scotland, especially when there is a Le Creuset involved.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 19, 2010 at 1:16 am

This looks amazing! I had to chuckle about your husband and taking photos… My hubby always "warns" our guests that they will be served cold food due to the food photography. But, for the record, I usually put the camera away when we have company. :) He eats well, though, so he really shouldn't complain! ;)


Nutmeg Nanny February 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Chocolaty cheesecake deliciousness!


Megan February 20, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Wow, this is an absolutely masterpiece! It almost looks too pretty to eat…almost ;)


Gourmet Food March 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

thanks for that


Alessio March 18, 2010 at 12:57 am

Yum!! must try this one when berries will be back in season :D


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