How to make it

  • _-=+Make cake=+-_
  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 F. Butter and flour two 10-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides; line each bottom with round of parchment paper. Combine first 5 ingredients in medium bowl; whisk to blend well. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, eggs and egg yolks in large bowl until very thick and heavy ribbon falls when beaters are lifted, about 6 minutes. Add oil, sour cream and vanilla, then dry ingredients all at once to egg mixture. Beat at low speed until just blended, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl. Beat at high speed until well blended, about 3 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips; divide batter between prepared pans (about 3 3/4 cups batter in each).
  • Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes completely in pans on racks. Cover; let cakes stand at room temperature overnight.
  • _-=+Make ganache=+-_
  • Bring cream to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer ganache to glass bowl. Let stand until thick enough to spread, about 4 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  • _-=+Make mousse+=-_
  • Using electric mixer, beat 3 1/3 cups cream in large bowl until peaks form; refrigerate. Combine remaining 1 cup cream and corn syrup in heavy medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted, smooth, and still warm to touch. Pour warm chocolate mixture directly onto whipped cream and fold in gently. Chill until mousse is set, at least 8 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
  • _-=+Assemble and serve cake+=-_
  • Cut around pan sides; turn out cakes. Peel off paper. Cut each cake horizontally in half (a bread knife works well). Place 1 cake layer, cut side up, on 9-inch cake board round. Place another layer, cut side up, on clean baking sheet. Spread each with 1/3 cup raspberry jam. Chill until jam sets, about 15 minutes
  • If ganache is chilled, microwave on defrost setting in 15-second repetitions until just soft enough to spread, stirring occasionally. Drop 1 cup ganache by rounded teaspoonfuls over each jam layer. Using spatula or knife, gently spread ganache to cover jam. Drop 3 cups mousse by heaping spoonfuls onto each ganache layer; gently spread to cover. Refrigerate cake layers 30 minutes. Using large metal spatula or knife, place cake layer from baking sheet, mousse side up, atop cake layer on cake board. Place third cake layer, cut side down, on cake (reserve remaining cake layer for another use). Spread 1 cup mousse over top of assembled cake. Using spatula, spread sides of assembled cake with enough ganache (about 1 1/2 cups) to fill gaps and make smooth surface. Transfer cake to platter.
  • _-=+Chocolate sides+=-_
  • Arrange two 20-inch-long pieces of foil on work surface. Cut two 4 1/2-inch-wide (or however tall your cake is) by 15 3/4-inch-long strips from parchment paper. Lay 1 parchment strip, onto each sheet of foil. Place chocolate in medium metal bowl; set bowl over saucepan of simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Stir until chocolate is smooth and very warm to touch (about 115°F). Remove bowl from over water.
  • Pour thick ribbon of melted chocolate (about 2/3 cup) onto 1 parchment strip. Using a spatula, spread chocolate evenly over parchment strip, covering completely (chocolate will run over sides of strip). Lift edge of chocolate-coated strip with tip of knife. Slide hands between parchment strip and foil, lift entire parchment strip and place it, chocolate side up, on baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate on strip is set and loses gloss but is still flexible (do not let chocolate become too firm), about 1 1/2 minutes. Using fingertips, lift chocolate-coated strip and attach, chocolate side in, to side of cake. Press strip to seal chocolate to side of cake (strip will stand about 1 inch above top edge of cake).
  • Coat remaining parchment strip with chocolate, transfer to baking sheet; chill until set but still flexible. Arrange 1 end of second strip against (but not overlapping) 1 end of first strip. Press second strip to seal chocolate to side of cake (both strips will just encircle cake). Refrigerate cake until chocolate strips are firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Carefully peel parchment paper off chocolate strips. Chill cake at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  • Mound fruit atop cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Cake can be assembled up to 8 hours ahead.)

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  • Rachelreck 6 years ago
    Great recipe! The only thing I changed was to assemble it in a pot the same diameter as the cake pan, which kept the layers stable until chilled so the mousse didn't put the layers askew. I saw this on another recipe online. Lined the pan with cling wrap like a "U" first to lift out easily. The melted chocolate wrap is ingenious. Very easy and easy to cut through. 12 yr old loved this for his birthday cake. VERY RICH!!
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  • elcheeserpuff 11 years ago
    Haha, thanks for pointing that out trackwidow. I completely missed the spelling.
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  • pinkpasta 11 years ago
    this is absolutely gorgeous! looks soooo good!
    thanks for posting!
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  • shandy 11 years ago
    This sounds completely delicious! I am printing out and hope to find time to try this weekend. Great Post! :D
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  • trackwidow 11 years ago
    One question: Is this a Mouse cake or a Mousse cake?
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  • trackwidow 11 years ago
    YUMMY! Thank you for such a delicious sounding recipe. I will be making this soon!
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    " It was excellent "
    paprikamama ate it and said... kinda deseert...thanks so much
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