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Friday, February 1, 2013

Cake for Celebration- Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse filling covered with Chocolate Ganache

A year back, this is the day my blog baby was born. Though I had created my blog account much earlier it was left untouched until one fine day suddenly I decided to write something, created a blog, baked and posted- My first post , Simple Vanilla Cake.  I can't believe one year has flown by so quick. In this one year, I have learnt a lot. Blogging has made life more interesting and meaningful. I have made lot of good friends.  Everything is good but the only bad thing (not bad, even that is good) might be am always stuck with laptop or tab or my phone checking blog stats, new posts, visiting other blogs, commenting or just chat with my darling friends in Facebook :D mmmmm.. Life is good.. So it is all because of this blog and my blog baby is turning one today which definitely calls for celebration. We had a dessert party in my Facebook page, where all our blogger friends brought their yummy desserts. Thanks a lot friends for your participation. 
So for this occasion, I baked a special cake, Chocolate Cake with chocolate mousse filling covered with chocolate ganache. Yummy Chocolate'y treat. 

Chocolate cake
Recipe Source: Entenmann's Big book of Baking
What are the ingredients needed?
Butter(room temperature), 1/2 cup
Light brown sugar, 1 1/2 cup
Eggs, 2 nos.
Unsweetened cocoa, 3/4 cup
All purpose flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda, 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Whole milk, 1 cup
Vanilla extract, 2 teaspoon
Boiling water, 1 cup

How it is made?
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together and beat one egg at a time, mixing well.
  3. In another bowl, combine all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set them aside.
  4. Slowly add this mixture little by little  to the butter mixture alternating with milk. 
  5. Then to this add the vanilla extract and boiling water and mix well. 
  6. Pour the mixture evenly to the prepared cake pans and bake for 30 minutes or until the fork inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove and let it cool for atleast 10 minutes, before transferring them from cake pan to prevent the cake from breaking. 

Chocolate Mousse

What are the ingredients needed?

Unflavored gelatin, 1 teaspoon
Cold water, 1 teaspoon
Hot water, 1 teaspoon
Cocoa powder, 1/4 cup
Sugar,1/2 cup
Heavy Cream, 1 cup
Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon

How it is made?
  1. Dissolve the the gelatin in cold water and let it sit for a minute. Then add the hot water mix well until the gelatin is melted.Set aside.
  2. With the electric mixer, beat the heavy cream till it forms soft peaks. 
  3. Whisk together cocoa powder and sugar to remove any lumps. Then add this mixture and vanilla extract to the heavy cream and continue beating for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Finally add the melted gelatin and beat till they are completely mixed.
  5. Now cover this and keep it refrigerated for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache
Recipe Source: Joy of Baking

What are the ingredients needed?
Heavy cream, 3/4 cup
Semi sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup
Butter, 2 tablespoon

How it is made?
  1. Place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream  and butter in pan and bring it to boil.
  3. Then add this mixture to the chocolate bowl and let it stand for few minutes.
  4. Then whisk them together gently until it is smooth.
Final assembly of the cake.
  1. Once baked let the cake cool completely. 
  2. When the cake is baked it  forms a crown and it has to be removed to get a flat surface. That is called leveling. I used a cake leveler to do that. You can use a long serrated knife too.
  3. Both the cake are leveled. Place one layer of the cake, apply the chocolate mousse and spread it around smoothly on top and then place the next layer. Such that two layers are sandwiched together. If there are any leftover mousse reserve for decoration.
  4. Now brush off any crumbs. Apply a thin coat of ganache to give a coating. Let it set and then cover the whole cake with ganache. Let it set completely before the final decoration.
  5. Finally, fill the leftover mousse in a piping bag, with the star tip, drop splotches around the perimeter of the cake and top it with glazed cherries.
  6. Store the cake in refrigerator, till it is ready to be served.


  1. congrats dear.. wish you many more success :) cake is very beautiful..

  2. congrats dear i missed the party but the cake looks awesome
    i can make it but minus the eggs

    i do have eggs cake bt dont use in my cooking

  3. Congrats...Was waiting to see this from yesterday...Looks super moist and delicious...You can send me half the cake as a slice would be too small..:)Lovely clicks gal...last one is a tempting one..

  4. A very very happy birthday to your blog Divya :)May you celebrate many such amazing years together!

  5. congrats Divya! this looks awesome. perfect for this day.

  6. Congrats dear, super moist cake, perfect treat :-)

  7. Congrats Divya...lovely cake tempting me....

  8. Congrats dear...yes I know if I touch my iPad I know it's only blogger:) wish to see many more celebs like his...

  9. Lovely bake & congrats on your blog anniversary!

  10. congrats sis:)keep going:)fingerlicking and mouthwatering here:)

  11. Divya, congratulations! What a perfect cake you made!! Hats off to you and hope to learn more from you in the coming days!

  12. Congrats dear... Cake looks gorgeous

  13. Congrats Divya...keep rocking !!! :-)

  14. Congrats Sis, happy birthday to ur blog baby, wishing you many more beautiful years dear;.

    Cake looks stunning,gorgeous and definitely my kind of cake,love to finish a huge slice.

  15. Yay!! Congratulations Divya! Wish you many more to come.
    Yummy looking cake!

  16. congrats dear.. wish you many more success :) cake is very beautifuln tempting..

  17. Congrats .Moist and light chocolate cake.love to have a bite.

  18. Congrats Divya, cake looks awesome, very tempting..

  19. Amazing dear !!! Congratsss dear :)

  20. congrats and many more to come and cake is awesome.

  21. Congratulations dear on ur blog anniversary....cake looks awesome...

  22. Many hearty congratulations divya- the cake is a stunner and the last pic has my attention !

  23. congrats....cake looks gorgeous...

  24. Congo on your blog anni.

    The cake lookis super moist and absolutely lovely.

  25. Hey dear :) Congrats on your blog anniversary!! So happy for you :) Heartiest wishes for your blog to reach many more happy anniversaries!! Cake looks so good and yummilicious Divya!!! Loved the last click :) keep rocking and give us super duper recipes like you always do :)

  26. Your cake looks completely awsome.Its s omoist and spongy.Happy anniversary.

  27. wow...congrats on your blog anniversary divya....happy to follow you!

  28. congrats.. cake looks moist, yummy and delicious.. nice clicks..

    Spill the Spices

  29. Congrats Divya. Cake looks super delicious. Nice clicks

  30. Congratulations! and what a way to celebrate, its a triple chocolate treat!

  31. Congratulations! Divya.
    Blogging certainly makes life meaningful and interesting and busy as well. When my friends sometime phone me in the evening and I tell them I am on computer, they just seem surprised. Anyhow, this cake looks utterly delicious and the idea of celebrating with chocolate cake brilliant.

  32. Hearty congratulations Divya!! Wish u many many more years of blogging, was waiting for ur chocolate cake, this looks so delicious n my kinda cake...loving it!!
    Beautifully presented with lovely pics...keep Rocking dear!!! Wish u all success!!

  33. congrats Divya... You have a lovely blog with beautiful photography...you deserve lot of applauds...coming to the recipe chocolate cake looks so pretty...Keep rocking...

  34. Congrats Divya.You have a nice baby blog ,Many more happy returns of the day..Cake looks yummmmmmy.

  35. Looks wonderful and healthy too. congrats, :)

  36. Yummy delicious cake, super clicks dear !!!


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