Chocolate-Orange Mousse Cake

Published November 1, 2002.

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The best chocolate mousse cake recipe produces a fudgy, chocolaty, and very rich dessert with a perfect texture. To get the sophisticated flavor we were looking for, we used bittersweet chocolate plus an ounce of unsweetened chocolate for depth. Eight egg yolks and 1 1/2 sticks of butter gave… read more

The best chocolate mousse cake recipe produces a fudgy, chocolaty, and very rich dessert with a perfect texture. To get the sophisticated flavor we were looking for, we used bittersweet chocolate plus an ounce of unsweetened chocolate for depth. Eight egg yolks and 1 1/2 sticks of butter gave our chocolate mousse cake recipe a melt-in-your-mouth texture. To keep the egg whites from collapsing under the weight of the chocolate, we beat them with brown sugar, which added flavor and stability. Finally, for a perfectly moist, creamy cake, we found it necessary to employ a water bath.

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Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 12 to 16

Because it is available in most supermarkets and has scored highly in past tastings, Hershey's Special Dark is the chocolate of choice in this recipe. Other bittersweet chocolates will work, but because amounts of sugar and cocoa butter differ from brand to brand, they will produce cakes with slightly different textures and flavors. When crumbling the brown sugar to remove lumps, make sure that your fingers are clean and grease-free; any residual fat from butter or chocolate might hinder the whipping of the whites. If you like, dust the cake with confectioners' sugar just before serving or top slices with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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