How to make it

  • Make the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your pans - recipe calls for 2 9 inch layers, split into 4 layers. I used 3 8 inch layer pans, and didn't split anything.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir with wire whisk til blended.
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat well with whisk or mixer until combined, about 2 minutes.
  • While beating, heat the cup of water in the microwave to boiling. Stir water into the cake batter.
  • Pour thin batter into prepared pans (bakers joy is good to use) and bake until done.
  • Make the mousse:
  • Place the chocolate chips in a food processor bowl; cover and process until finely ground.
  • Mix 1/3 cup whipping cream and the sugar in a small saucepan. Cook stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is just boiling.
  • With processor running, pour hot cream through the feed tube, processing 10 to 20 seconds until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Scrape side of processor bowl, then add the coffee liquer or regular strong coffee.
  • Pour into large bowl, let cool to room temperature.
  • Beat 1 cup whipping cream just until soft peaks form.
  • Fold whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture, very gently. This takes a few minutes!
  • Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups.
  • Make the frosting:
  • Stir together the powdered sugar and 2/3 cup cocoa. Add 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla.
  • Beat on low speed of mixer until stiff peaks form, scraping bowl constantly. Mixture will be very stiff. By hand, stir in milk, one tablespoon at a time, to make desired spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.
  • If you use 3 layers, start layering, spreading half of the mousse between each layer. If splitting the larger layers into 4, spread about a cup between each layer.
  • Then cover the top and sides with the frosting.
  • The mousse does get soft easily, so keep well chilled!

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  • hunnee 4 years ago
    omg omg omg lol this looks great
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