Rich chocolate cake filled with delicate white chocolate mousse and cherry sauce is ultimate chocolate heaven!
Because I know how much you love chocolate and because my husband had a very specific request, I made this cake to satisfy everyone’s chocolate craving. Ever since I made this supreme chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling, my husband, who is addicted to chocolate, has been asking for a chocolate cake loaded with cherry pie filling. I try not to make too many rich cakes too often, but my hubby was so fixated on this cake idea that every night he would come home after work and check the fridge if I had made the cake for him. And I gave in and it disappeared in one day. We did share it with the family and everyone was happy.
This cake is exceptional. Delicate white chocolate mousse balances not-so-sweet chocolate cake and cherry sauce adds bursting fruit flavor in every bite.
The cake is actually pretty easy, nothing special that I need to address here. Just make sure not to over-mix the batter after adding the dry ingredients. Oh, if you don’t have instant espresso powder, you can substitute 1/3 cup of regular coffee. Adding a little bit of coffee, or espresso enhances the chocolate flavor. You won’t taste coffee at all. If you don’t want to add coffee, no problem, just add 1/3 cups of more milk.
To make the white chocolate mousse, make sure you don’t boil the heavy cream. Otherwise, too hot cream can ruin the gelatin and burn the white chocolate. Want to learn more about gelatin? Check out David Lebovitz’s post about how to use gelatin.
Please make sure that the cake is cooled completely before you slice it. The warm cake breaks easily and you sure don’t want to end up with cake crumbs. Be patient. 🙂
This cherry sauce is basically the cherry pie filling. You can use sweet or tart cherries here. If you’re using tart cherries, you might want to increase the sugar amount slightly.
If you love chocolate and cherry pie, this cake is definitely for you! Soft, delicate and rich! Your ultimate chocolate heaven!
Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse and Cherry Sauce
- For Cake
- • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- • ¾ cup sugar
- • ½ cup cocoa powder
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • 1 teaspoon baking powder
- • ¼ teaspoon salt
- • 1/3 cup warm water
- • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- • 1 large egg at room temperature
- • ½ cup milk at room temperature
- • ¼ cup vegetable oil
- • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- For White Chocolate Mousse
- • 1 ½ teaspoons 6gr powdered gelatin
- • 2 tablespoons water
- • 12oz 340gr white chocolate
- • 2 cups heavy cream
- For Cherry Sauce
- • 4 cups pitted sweet cherries fresh or frozen
- • ½ cup sugar
- • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- • 1/8 teaspoon salt
- • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Spray 9-inch springform pan with a cooking spray.
- 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- 3. In a small cup, dissolve the instant espresso powder in water. Set aside.
- 4. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract on medium speed until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until everything is incorporated. Stir in mixed espresso. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- 5. Cool the cake on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let it cool completely.
- 6. To make the white chocolate mousse filling, in a small cup sprinkle the gelatin over cold water. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
- 7. In a small saucepan, pour ½ cup of heavy cream and bring it to simmer over low heat. Don’t boil. Remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture. Stir until gelatin is fully dissolved.
- 8. In medium bowl, pour the warm mixture over white chocolate and using a silicone spatula mix until the chocolate is completely melted.
- 9. In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 ½ cups of heavy cream until hard peaks. Fold in the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture.
- 10. When the cake is cooled completely, divide the cake horizontally into two equal layers with a serrated knife. Put the bottom layer into the springform pan and add half of the white chocolate mousse filling. Spread evenly. Place the top layer on a separate plate and pour the remaining white chocolate mousse over it. Place both layers in the freezer for an hour to let the mousse set.
- 11. Meanwhile, let’s make the cherry sauce. In a medium saucepan, bring the cherries to boil over medium-high heat.
- 12. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add this to the boiling cherries along with vanilla extract and lemon juice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- 13. Pour half of the cherry sauce over the bottom layer with white chocolate mousse, then place the top layer of the cake with white chocolate mousse and pour the remaining cherry sauce. You may serve right away.