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Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake

A lot of my favourite foods or flavours are associated with some fond childhood memories. The combination of chocolate and orange is one of them. Have you ever tried Jacob’s Club chocolate orange biscuits? Growing up in Hong Kong, it was such a precious and delicious treat for me as a kid and I would eat it as slowly as possible, trying to cherish every single bite ! This food nostalgia has also given me the idea to make this mousse cake ! I made them into three layers…. cake, mousse and a ganache on top. It does require more time and work, but it’s worth it. Not only do layered desserts look sophisticated, the different textures make every bite more enjoyable.

I made these in minis, but the recipe is good for a six inch cake too. If you don’t have ring molds, spring-form pans will work, but run a warm knife or spatula around the cake before releasing the spring, otherwise the cake may crack.

For the cake

Makes 4-5 three inch mini cakes

  • 150 g all-purpose flour
  • 150 g cake and pastry flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 6 g baking powder
  • 3 g baking soda
  • 3 g salt
  • 240 g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 mL buttermilk
  • 120 mL vegetable oil
  • 60 mL fresh orange juice
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ml pure orange extract
  • 120 mL hot water

  1. Preheat oven to 350o F
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 9 ” square pan or a similar size baking tray and line the bottom with parchment paper
  3. Sift together flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside
  4. In another mixing bowl, hand whisk together granulated sugar and eggs until frothy
  5. Mix in buttermilk, oil, orange juice, orange zest, and extracts
  6. Slowly combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  7. Add in hot water, a little at a time, mix until just blended, do not overmix
  8. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes. (To help keep the cake moist, you can bake it on top of a cooking sheet filled with hot water, but handle very carefully)

For the Mousse

  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • 375 ml cold whipping cream
  • 2 gelatin sheets (1 g each)
  • 2.5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 mL pure orange extract
  1. Chill the mixing bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. Place gelatin sheets in cold water for a few minutes to bloom
  3. Heat about half a cup of whipping cream in a pot over medium heat until just starting to boil, turn heat off
  4. Squeeze gelatin sheets to remove excess water, add into heated cream and stir until dissolved
  5. While it’s still hot, pour over dark chocolate, stir until smooth
  6. Mix in extracts and let cool
  7. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk remaining whipping cream in the chilled mixing bowl until stiff peak is formed
  8. Gently fold in chocolate mixture, do not over mix

To assemble

  1. Trim top of sheet cake with knife or wire cake cutter to about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick
  2. Cut out individual cake using 3″ ring molds and place each, with the ring, on a small piece of parchment paper
  3. Pour mousse on top of cake and smooth with a spoon, do not fill to the top, leave some space for the ganache
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours to set
  5. Prepare ganache when mousse is set

For the ganache

  • 90 g dark chocolate
  • 75 ml whipping cream
  • 2.5 ml pure vanilla extract
  1. Heat chocolate and whipping cream in the microwave for about 30 seconds (Since we only need a small amount of ganache, it’s easier to heat it up in the microwave)
  2. Stir until smooth, add vanilla and let cool
  3. Pour ganache on mousse cake and refrigerate for another 2 hours
  4. To serve, remove molds by using a kitchen torch and gently heat around rings or carefully run a warm knife or spatula around the cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze

My daughter said “zucchini is my worst enemy ! ” But with this yummy cake, I have successful converted her enemy into her new friend ! Yes, zucchini is definitely chocolate cake’s best friend. It makes the cake moist and soft. And you can eat your vegetable right inside a dessert !

Makes one 9 inch round cake

For the cake

  • 200 g grated zucchini
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1+3/4 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup demerara or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the ganache

  • 1 cup whipping or heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

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  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Lightly grease 9 inch spring-form cake pan with oil, then dust with flour
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside
  4. Add lemon juice into milk, let sit for a few minutes
  5. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat oil and sugars at medium speed until blended
  6. Mix in eggs, milk with lemon juice and vanilla
  7. Add flour mixture in 2-3 portions, scraping sides and bottom of mixing bowl
  8. Add grated zucchini, mix until just blended
  9. Stir in 2 ounces of chopped chocolate 
  10. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes (toothpick should come out clear when inserted into middle of cake)
  11. Meanwhile, prepare the ganache by heating cream in a non-stick pot over medium heat
  12. Turn heat off when cream just starting to bubble
  13. Pour over chopped chocolate, let sit for 1 minute
  14. Stir until smooth, let cool at room temperature
  15. When cake is ready, cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then completely on rack
  16. Cover cake with chocolate ganache, smooth with a spatula
  17. Let chocolate set, keep in refrigerator

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Tools I used and you may like

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KitchenAid K45SSWH Classic 4.5-Quart Bowl Stand Mixer, White

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Wilton 409-7716 Angled Icing Spatula, 13-Inch, Black

You can get these tools through the Amazon website by clicking the above link. I will receive a small compensation if you purchase the item. 

Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes

My son turns 11 today! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. My little boy is now a little man! He eats way more than I do and beats me in arm wrestling every single time! Happy Birthday my little man !

Makes about 12

For the cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed, mix together eggs, sugars, coconut oil and vanilla extract
  4. Mix in half of flour mixture and half of buttermilk
  5. Add the other half, mix until just blended, do not over mix
  6. Pour into slightly greased paper muffin cups, about 1/2 full
  7. Bake in muffin tins for about 18 minutes (toothpick should come out clean when inserted into middle of cupcakes)
  8. Cool completely before frosting

For the frosting

Makes about 2 cups

  • 3/4 unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar,sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, blend sugar and butter until smooth
  2. Add vanilla, mix well