Three Layers Mousse Cake from Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie



The Ritchie sisters have become two of my favorites authors, they have wrote eleven books (and counting), and mostly all of them have been part of the Addicted & Calloway Sisters series, both series feature six of the most amazing characters that I have the pleasure to read in my bookish life. Some Kind of Perfect is the last installment of both series as a matter of epilogue after Addicted After All (Addicted #3) and Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4) where we have the last word of Rose, Connor, Lily, Lo, Daisy and Ryke but we also meet the lovely children of them. Because SKOP is told by six different POV, I have plenty of dishes from where to choose like something from the Colbats Wednesday nights, creating a recipes inspired on the cookies Lily would have make for her kids at school, the Cinnamon Rolls since they’re Lo favorites and how he’s called by the fandom or a variety of sushi recipes because it’s Rose favorite food, but throughout all this series there have been a constant and that is the Chocolate Cake.

It all started with Ryke trying to make Daisy to eat and turning it into a sexual innuendo between them, then it appear more and more through the years with the phrase “chocolate cake is better than sex”. Daisy loves chocolate cake and no matter what was wrong she always gravitated to it when she needed to feel better, so there’s nothing more representative for the Fizzle Force than this desert. SKOP is special and just like the Ritchie said is “the most sentimental, bittersweet part that gives you lots of answers that'll warm your heart, make you laugh, and shed some goodbye tear”. 

So, keeping true to the whole vibe of this amazing story, I found the most perfect three layered chocolate mousse cake by OMG Chocolate Desserts. I know (more like hope) Daisy would approve, because my friends just as she would say: “chocolate cake cures everything” and this is the perfect dessert to enjoy with this book…

Ingridients:

The Cake:
  • 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened at room temperature)

The Chocolate Mousse
  • 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons cool water

The White Chocolate Mousse
  • 7 oz. high-quality white chocolate (chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons cool water

Method

The Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 9 or 10 inch springform and line the bottom with parchment paper. The cake should be baked in a water bath so the edges don’t dry out (wrap the springform pan in two layers of aluminum foil and place it in larger pan with about 1-1/2 inches of hot water).

Melt 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate on low heat over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Place egg whites in a large bowl with about a third of the sugar and beating on low speed. Gradually increase the speed and beat until the mixture begin to look fluffy, then add the remaining sugar, salt and vanilla. Continue beating until all sugar is dissolved and the meringue looks shiny (nearly soft-peak stage).

Using a whisk stir softened butter into the melted chocolate until it’s combined, then whisk in the egg yolks. Add half of the meringue into the chocolate mixture and whisk gently, then with a spatula fold in the remaining meringue (keep in mind to mix in well the heavier batter at the bottom of the bowl)
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 26-28 minutes (Until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).

When you remove the cake from the oven first let it cool to room temperature and then refrigerate it for 1 hour (cooled cake will sink a little and lose some volume). Take it out the fridge and run a knife around the edge of the pan, unlock the ring from the springform pan, take it off and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Remove the bottom of the pan and parchment paper then place back the ring from the springform around the cake to use it as a mold for the chocolate mousses.

The Mousses
Both chocolate and white chocolate mousses are prepared the same, so do the following instructions to make each one.
  
Place 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. In a small dish soften 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in 2 tablespoons cool water set aside. Bring 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream to a boil and pour it over the chopped chocolate, stir it gently, until smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. If the chocolate won’t melt completely re-heat the mixture on a low heat, and continue to stir until it’s all melted.
  
Heat softened gelatine on low heat, stirring to dissolve. When it’s completely free of lumps, stir melted gelatin into the melted chocolate. Whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream until a soft peaks form. Chocolate mixture must be free of lumps and the temperature should be about 80 degrees F (in order to avoid that chocolate sets up, but if it’s too hot, whipped cream will melt). 

Add about half of the whipped cream to the chocolate and whisk gently until it’s all combine, then fold in the remaining whipped cream (make sure to evenly incorporate all melted chocolate from the bottom of the bowl). Spread the mousse over the top of the cooled cake in the ring and smooth it with the spatula. Place the cake back to the fridge. 

Spread the white chocolate mousse over the top of the chocolate mousse and set back into the fridge for at least 4-5 hours (or overnight).

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