Mary Berry’s rich and delicious chocolate mousse cake recipe

Mary Berry details recipe for her chocolate mousse cake

It is International Chocolate Day on September 13th, in which people celebrate foods from different cultures all around the world and how they use chocolate to make delicious desserts.

What better way to treat yourself than baking an indulgent chocolate mousse cake, which can be easily created following British cooking legend Mary Berry’s recipe which has been shared by BBC Good Food and BritBox.

This rich chocolatey dessert is an “ultimate favourite” of Mary Berry, who has described it as “so easy to make and even easier to eat!”

This recipe comes with two instructions for both the cake and mousse, but it is very simple to follow and this “special” and delicious cake can be enjoyed or home or make an incredible centerpiece dessert for your next celebration.

In order to make this Great British Bake Off-approved cake, you will first need a mixing bowl, a spatula to mix as well, and a cake tin that measures 20cm (8 inches).

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Mary Berry’s chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Mousse Cake Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting

  • 100g (4oz) baking spread (butter or margarine), plus extra for greasing

  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar

  • 100g (4oz) self-raising flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tbsp brandy

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 3 tbsp boiling water

For the mousse:

  • 300g (11oz) dark chocolate (no more than 40-50 per cent cocoa solids), broken into squares

  • 450ml (15fl oz) whipping cream

Serve it with (optional): 

  • 225g (8oz) fresh raspberries and blueberries

  • Pouring cream

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How to make the chocolate cake

1. First, prepare. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) for a fan oven or 160°C (320°F) for a gas oven. Then, grease the cake tin and line it with baking paper. The baking tin must be lined with baking paper to the top, even though not all the cake mixture will fill it.

2. Add cake ingredients to a mixing bowl. Place the cocoa powder into a mixing bowl with the hot boiling water, and mix with a spatula until it is a paste. Next, add all the dry ingredients such as flour, sugar, and baking powder to the mixture as well as the eggs and your butter (or margarine).

3. Mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth cake batter. Spoon the mixtures into the prepared cake tin and make sure to make the surface even with a knife. Bake in the oven for around 20 to 25 minutes.

4. In order to know if the cake is done, use a toothpick or skewer into the cake, and if it comes out clean and dry it is time to take the cake out of the oven. If it comes out wet with batter, leave it for a few minutes. Once the cake is done remove it from the oven brush it with brandy, and then leave it to cool down inside the baking tin.

How to make the chocolate mousse

1. Melt the chocolate. Place chocolate chopped up in a heat-proof boil and melt it over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Make sure to keep stirring it to make sure the chocolate comes out smooth, and then leave it to the side in order for it to cool down.

2. Whip the cream. Mix the cream in a bowl until soft peaks foam, and then carefully mix and fold in the melted chocolate.

3. Once the cake has cooled, spoon the chocolate mousse on top of the cake. Next, cover the cake with cling film and let it chill inside your fridge for at least four hours, but for the results, it should be overnight.

4. The mouse should harden inside the fridge and be firm. Carefully remove the cake from the cake tin and it is ready to serve. Place on a plate and decorate it with a dusting of coco powder and icing sugar. Serve the delicious cake with raspberries and blueberries as well as a dollop of cream.

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