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Chocolate Mousse Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

It's the third Wednesday of the month...and PiTCC's Favorite Dishes from Around The World is back!
Today's recipe is different from the first two we've featured before. It's something rich, moist, sweet and decadent! It's the first "cake" guest post in our series...and I am both excited and humbled that Lizzy of That Skinny Chick Can Bake found the time to share her recipe of my favorite Chocolate Mousse Cake!
I'm sure you all know her! She's that fabulous, sweet and very caring lady who's such a valuable asset in the food blogging community, not only for her mouthwatering recipes and stunning pictures, but much more for her very warm and inspiring personality. I met Lizzy through Foodbuzz and I have been a big fan of her since then. I am not much into baking so I really admire those who are good at it, and Lizzy is one of them. Though she's not from France where chocolate mousse originated, when I think of cakes, she is the first person that comes into my mind! Baking queen is what I consider her to be and I truly feel so honored to have her today! Without further ado, I give you the amazing Lizzy...
Hi everyone! I'm Lizzy of That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I am a self taught home cook who loves making every dish both beautiful and delicious. My family is full of chocoholics and this is reflected in the embarrassingly high number of brownie recipes on my blog! My household composed of a hungry husband and 3 grown up kids plus one sweet, geriatric pup named Lambeau.

I am thrilled to be kicking off Tina's guest posts on cakes for her  PiTCC's Favorite Dishes from Around The World series. She has asked a number of her baking buddies to demonstrate some of her favorite cakes. I was excited to see a chocolate mousse cake as one of her options and nabbed it immediately! My youngest son's birthday was approaching and I was certain this would be his idea of nirvana.

Chocolate is melted, eggs are separated, whites are whipped. Lack of flour makes this cake smooth and silky...a melt in your mouth wonder. The birthday boy was smitten with this fabulous cake...I hope you will be too!

Chocolates are gently microwaved with butter, till smooth and melted.

Springform pan is buttered and wrapped in foil.

Egg whites are whipped till stiff.

Egg whites are folded into mixture of chocolate, egg yolks, and flavorings, then scraped into prepared pan.
 Baked in a bain marie (water bath) to perfection.

Thanks again Tina, for inviting me to your incredible blog! You are a constant inspiration both as a home cook and a mom. You are such a dear and supportive blogger friend. 

Ingredients: (Adapted from Cook's Illustrated)
Serves 12-16
  • 12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, plus softened butter for greasing pan
  • Flour for dusting pan
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • 1/8 tsp salt 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325º. Butter then flour sides of 9-inch springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment round. Wrap bottom and sides of pan with large sheet of foil.

2. Melt 12 tablespoons butter and chocolates in large bowl and microwave for 30 second increments, stirring occasionally, until chocolate mixture is smooth. Cool mixture slightly, then whisk in vanilla, Kahlua and egg yolks. Set chocolate mixture aside.

 3. In a standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt at medium speed until foamy, then add half of the brown sugar, beat at high speed until combined, then add remaining brown sugar and continue to beat at high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes longer. Using whisk, stir about a third of beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites in 2 additions with a spatula. Pour batter into prepared springform pan, then set springform pan in large roasting pan. Carefully fill the roasting pan with hot water to a depth of 1 inch. Bake until cake has risen, is firm around edges, center has just set, and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers about 170º, 45 to 55 minutes. 

4. Remove springform pan from water bath, discard foil, and cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Run a knife between sides of pan and cake to loosen, then cool cake in springform pan until barely warm, about 3 hours. Wrap pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

5. To serve cake, remove sides of pan. Slide thin metal spatula between cake and pan bottom to loosen, then invert cake onto large plate, peel off parchment, and re-invert onto serving platter. To cut, dip a knife in hot water...and wipe between each cut. Serve with berries and sweetened whipped cream.

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Now, we all know how to make this sinfully good Chocolate Mousse Cake! A million thanks to Lizzy for sharing this recipe with us!

Be sure to visit That Skinny Chick Can Bake! Let me tell you, that skinny chick can definitely bake! Lizzy's blog offer a wide collection of baked sweet treats that will surely tickle your taste buds and inspire you to bake. But it doesn't end there! She also has savory dishes to offer and you'll truly be amazed! ;)


  1. Great to see Liz over here! She bakes exceptionally delicious cakes and this one is no exception. :)

  2. Oh, I'm blushing from your sweet introduction, Tina! You're too sweet. Thanks for inviting me to share on your fabulous blog today!!! xo

  3. Tina, what a great guest you have for us! I adore Liz and I am huge fan of her blog.
    Liz this looks phenomenal. I could never bake a cake like that..I am more of whip and serve kind of gal..making/baking cakes is not my forte:)
    Ladies, wishing you awesome day!!!

  4. LIzzy's baking skills does not any intro for I have over and over to her blog and can't seem to get enough of the desserts and cakes she makes. Such a perfect looking cake and simply gorgeous.

  5. Nice to see Liz guest posting here! Not only is this lady talented in the kitchen, she really does have a sweet personality. This cake truly does showcase her talent nicely, so it was an excellent choice. I enjoyed stopping in and you both have a great day!

  6. This sounds like such a delicious cake. Served with sweet summer strawberries, I know my friends will love this when they come to visit.

  7. Delicious chocolate mousse cake. Yes Lizzy is baking expert, love her recipes.Both Tina and Lizzy you gals done a wonderful job.

  8. Well done, Tina! Lizzy is an excellent choice to be a guest post here at PITCC and of course her superb baking skills that is truly one to admire. Thank you Tina and thank you Lizzy! :)

  9. Liz, seeing your gorgeous cake on two blogs today is too much for me. If I had more time I would make this mousse cake at once. Maybe this weekend... Congratulations for this wonderful guest post!
    Tina, thank you for inviting Liz. She is such an amazing baker and cook!

  10. This is such a gorgeous creation and a great guest post from Lizzy!

  11. Great to see Liz over here, love her blog and this cake is fantastic!

  12. Mmmm ... I could totally low carb that cake :-)

  13. Great guest post Tina,I really like her Blog too,Lizzy is so sweet,and yes she is Amazing Baker,Thank you both for sharing this great chocolate mousse recipe,welldone !!


  14. So great to see Lizzy guest posting! Love her! The cake has ben on my to-bake list for too long. It looks so tempting :)

  15. That looks yum! The texture .. the photography .. all of it is making me drool.

  16. Tina, I love Lizzy's and your blogs.
    This is a delicious cake that Lizzy shared on your blog.

  17. Lizzy, you've made every step seemed so simple but I know it's not, lol! Lovely post! Oh and hi to Tina, this is my first time visiting and already liked what I saw so far:D Will be visiting again!

  18. I am a Lizzy blog follower. I am glad to see her here. :) What a yummy recipe!

  19. Oh yes, definitely Lizzy is the queen of baking among people I know! Lizzy, this mousse cake looks so good, totally hit a spot for chocoholics like myself! Embarrassingly high number of brownie recipes? That's a good thing!!! ;-) I wonder how you always come up with the different name though. Keep working on the numbers! Haha! Thank you Lizzy and Tina!

  20. This looks so amazing! Super moist and melt-in-your-mouth :) YUMMMMMMM...

  21. Thank you ALL for your sweet comments!! And thanks, again, Tina, for your kind invitation!!!! xo

  22. Hi Tina, your mouse cake look absolutely tempting and delicious.
    Lover the moist texture, wish I can have a bite now.

    Have a nice day.

  23. Tina, I'm a great fan of Lizzy too & I'm delighted to see her here too. What a timely post when I was just dreaming of a delicious choc cake!

  24. Hi Tina-So sorry to be late in commenting to you lovely guest post from our Lizzy! She just keeps popping out cakes like she has a "little cake factory", after another, and more fabulous than the ones before...or after?
    Anyway, you did an awesome review of Lizzy, as your guest poster...the cake is to "die for" gorgeous, and incredibly delicious!

  25. Hi Tina, nice to meet you :) And Lizzy, this is just such a delightful cake...the texture looks amazing!