Sunday, May 8, 2011

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Oh, holy cow. This. I mean. Wow. It's super fancy, without being uppity or really very time consuming. You can just see the moist cake layer peeking out from the strawberries there along the bottom, but that top, light brown layer is a rich mousse. Really. Really. Good. It doesn't call for strawberries, but again, that is my favorite and I think it added even more to an already incredible dessert!

1/2 C chocolate syrup
1 pkg chocolate cake mix {again, I used Devil's food}
1 C water
1/3 C oil
7 eggs, divided
1/2 C sour cream
1 pkg cream cheese
1 C sugar
1 can (12 oz) Evaporated milk
4 squares baking chocolate or 2/3 C chocolate chips, melted

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 12- cup fluted tube{bundt} pan with cooking spray; pour in chocolate syrup. {Make sure it's a 12 C pan. Mine wasn't and could have been disastrous! If you have a 10 C, like mine, just leave out 2 cups of the cake batter. That will make about 9 cupcakes, if you want.}

Beat cake mix, water, oil and 3 eggs with a mixer for 2 minutes or until well blended. Blend in sour cream. Pour over syrup in pan and set aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Add remaining eggs; mix well. Blend in milk and chocolate; gently spoon over cake batter. Cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray, sprayed side down.

Place the tube pan in a shallow pan (9x 13' worked for me). Add enough water to larger pan to come at least 2 inches up the side of the tube pan. Bake 1 hour and 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours. Invert cake onto plate. Remove pan. Serve cake topped with cool whip and strawberries.

{There should be a little chocolate glaze on the top from the chocolate syrup put in at the very beginning. This worked the first time I made it, but when I made it most recently the chocolate syrup somehow was cooked into the layers. Still tasted amazing, but if this happens to you, you may want to put a little more chocolate syrup along the top for aesthetics.}

By the way- my darling husband let me get a new camera for Mother's Day, so if you hadn't already noticed, pictures should get a lot more tempting from here on!

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