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Chocolate Mousse Crepe Cake

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

Happy pre-Thanksgiving, folks! How’s your Thanksgiving prep going? I have a busy day ahead of me. Today, I need to prep the potatoes and stuffing, help my husband brine the turkey, make my pumpkin mousse pie and this pecan pie.

I already made these apple pie turnovers last week. They are frozen and ready to be baked tomorrow. I think, I have everything “under control”, except I need to go to grocery store to pick up some last minute stuff. (Grrr, I hate when I do this to myself!) I’m so excited for tomorrow though. It’s my favorite american holiday with LOTS of food and surrounded with family. In Mongolia, the whole extended family gathers together and pigs out on Lunar New Year. Thanksgiving is very similar to that, and that’s probably why it’s my favorite. It reminds me of home.

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

Anyhow, let’s take a little break from all the Thanksgiving stuff for a moment, and talk about this beautiful layered crepe cake. Crepe cake has always been on my list of things to make. I should mention this list is quite long, and unfortunately, I never get to this crepe cake. Well, one day I was reading one of my favorite blogs, and Lindsay announced the kitchen challenge to make a crepe cake. What a perfect excuse to finally tackle this long-overdue task! I just needed that nudge, you know.

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

I’ve been making crepes for my entire life. Russian culture influenced a lot here. For me, crepes are Russian thing, not French. (Not arguing that crepes are originated in France though.) Anyway, crepes are one of my husband’s favorite Sunday breakfasts. We love to eat them smothered with butter and jam. It’s the best. You see, whenever I plan to make a crepe cake, we just end up devouring it before I get a chance to stack them up. Sigh…

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

This time was different though. I had accepted the challenge, and I’m not the one who’d back out. So, I was determined to be patient and save the crepes for the cake. I didn’t want to make my regular basic crepes too. It’s a challenge; let’s make something different! I decided to load them up with chocolate. Oh man, was it the best decision ever? My supreme chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling is the MOST popular recipe on my blog. I get rave reviews all the time. So why re-invent the wheels? I simply made small changes in the mousse recipe and used it in this crepe cake as well. If you love chocolate as much as I do, you will love this chocolate crepe cake recipe.

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

Honestly, making a crepe is not very difficult, but it’s time consuming. And never expect your first crepe to turn out perfect. No matter how experienced you are, your first crepe will always be imperfect, to say the least. But that’s ok, you’re gonna eat that one anyway for taste-testing to make sure there is enough sugar, or salt, or whatever other flavorings you’re adding. Just stop at one though, and save the rest for the cake. 🙂
You can make this cake in advance, which makes it perfect for holiday. Make the crepes and mousse filling a day advance, refrigerate them separately and assemble them a few hours before serving. Or you can actually assemble the whole thing a day in advance. Up to you.

I hate buttering the pan every time I cook a crepe. Here is my secret to avoid that: add vegetable oil into the batter and use non-stick pan. For uniform-sized crepes, which are important for this cake, use skillet on a smaller size. I used my 7-inch non-stick pan here. My #1 tip is to make sure your skillet is HOT before you start cooking the crepes. When the pan is hot, it doesn’t take long to cook the crepes, AND they don’t stick to the pan. As usual, here are step-by-step photos to guide through the process.

Chocolate Crepe Cake Chocolate Mousse Filling for Crepe Cake

Perfect centerpiece of any holiday table, don’t ya think?

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates. This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for reading and being on this journey with me!

Chocolate Mousse Crepe Cake

This beautiful chocolate mousse crepe cake is made of 20+ layers of delicate chocolate crepes filled with rich chocolate mousse filling and topped with festive red pomegranates.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

For chocolate crepes:
  • 2 cups (250gr) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (30gr) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (480ml) milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, or canola oil
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish, optional
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
For chocolate mousse:
  • 2 tablespoons (15gr) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup (150gr) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream

Directions:

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, or using an handheld electric mixer,or by hand, beat the eggs for a minute. Stir in milk and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium low speed just until combined, 1-2 minutes. Don’t overmix, or the batter will get tough and rubbery! Cover the mixture with a plastic wrap, so that it touches the surface of the batter. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes. When ready to fry the crepes, whisk in the vegetable oil.

Heat 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat. (The bottom of my 10-inch pan measures 7 inches, which means the crepes will be 7-inch round.) Place a little less than ¼ cup of batter into the hot pan, quickly swirl the pan so the batter is evenly covers the bottom of the pan. In about 1 minute, when the edges of the crepe start to pull away, flip it over using a spatula. Cook for about 30 seconds or so and stack the crepes on a plate. You'll get about 20 crepes. Cool the crepes completely. You can wrap the crepes with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a day.

To make the mousse filling, dissolve the cocoa powder in ¼ cup (60ml) hot water. Set aside.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in the cocoa mixture.

In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until hard peaks form. Fold in the whipped cream into the melted chocolate and gently mix until no white streaks remain.

Spread heaping one tablespoon of mousse filling on a crepe. Place another crepe on top and spread another heaping tablespoon of mousse filling. Repeat until all crepes are used. Store in airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Top the cake with pomegranate seeds and dust some powdered sugar generously using a mesh sieve right before serving.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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26 comments

  1. This cake is AMAZING! The layers are so beautiful!

  2. Hi Shinee! This cake is gorgeous! I found your blog from love and olive oil’s kitchen challenge and really this is amazing. I’ve always made plain crepes, and now I’m going to have to try chocolate crepes! My hubby will love them for sure.

    Love,
    Wardah

    • Hi, Wardah! I’m glad you found my blog. Welcome! Yeah, these chocolate crepes were great, I’ll be definitely making them over and over again. I hope you and your husband enjoy them as well. 🙂

  3. Yay! I’ve found Rick’s birthday cake! Thank you! 🙂

  4. I could stare at it for eternity, so awesome. I think i’ll experiment further, ill keep you posted.

  5. Am dying to make a crepe cake! You are inspiring me.

  6. I cannot wait to try this!!! How delicious. All of your recipes are totally drool worthy!

  7. What an absolute showstopper of a cake!

  8. Someone needs to make this for me stat!

  9. OMG! This looks absolutely delicious! Lucy from Bake Play Smile shared this on her FB page and I started drooling all over my laptop just looking at it! 😉 Thank you for sharing and giving me inspiration to hopefully produce a beautiful cake (I’ve pinned it for later)

    • That sounds awesome! I’m glad I inspired you. The beauty of this cake is so natural, I’m sure you’ll make a beautiful one as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Found the perfect treat to make for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing, it looks deeeeelish 🙂

  11. Be good to get more receipts

  12. What a beautiful presentation Shinee! Bet it tastes awesome!

  13. love the cake you are brave don’t think I’m ready for this one yet will stay on my to do list  while I practice other recipes thanks for sharing pinned 

  14. One of the most delicious crepe cakes I´ve seen around!! The chocolate mousse filling makes this simply perfect 🙂 🙂

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