Three Layer Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake

Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake |

If you ask my husband, who I bake for every week, “what’s the best desserts she’s ever made,” he’d say a Three Layer Chocolate Mousse Cake. I have to agree. 
I don’t make it very often, as it’s so easy to eat the entire cake, all by ourselves. My husband wont let me share it with anyone else, and I don’t blame him. 
This decadent flourless chocolate cake which is topped with the best chocolate mousse I’ve ever tasted, and a slightly sweet, yet rich and creamy, white chocolate mousse layer, is hard to part with.

Three Layer Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake |

This winter has been dreary, and although I’ve been baking like a mad woman for Valentine’s Day, I thought it was time to break out the heart shaped springform pan and make my husband his favorite dessert. I can hardly believe that the last time I made a version of this cake was three years ago.

chocolate raspberry mousse cake

My Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake was one of the very first recipes I shared on this blog, and it has been one of my most popular posts.

It was about time I made it again. 

Valentine's Day cake recipe
This time I decided it would be fun to toss some Maraschino cherries into the white chocolate mousse to add some color, flavor and texture. I may have gone a bit overboard. I was one of those kids who could sit with jar filled with brightly colored cherries and devour the whole thing. My husband was not. He thought I added too many. 
If you make this cake, you can decide just how many flecks of red you want in your cake. You may not be a fan of Maraschino cherries at all. In that case, you can swap them out for bing cherries. I may just try that next time. I’m sure there will be a next time, and for my husband that can’t come soon enough. 

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*I’m going to give you the full recipe for this cake, but you can find the step-by-step pictures for the first two layers on my Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake post.

Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake

Chocolate cake recipe

Recipe by Beth Jackson Klosterboer, Hungry Happenings

Flourless Chocolate Cake Layer:
7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, separated
pinch of salt
1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Generously grease the sides and base of a heart shaped springform pan with butter.
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler set over low heat. 
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then stir in vanilla and egg yolks.
  • Whisk egg whites and salt until foam forms.  
  • Sprinkle in about 1/2 of the brown sugar and whisk until combined.  
  • Add the rest of the brown sugar and whisk to soft peaks.
  • Fold whipped egg whites into the chocolate. 
  • Pour batter into springform pan.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until cake has risen, and springs back when touched in the center.
  • Cool completely for one hour. The cake will fall as it cools. 
Chocolate Mousse Layer:
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar
3 egg yolks, room temperature
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and still hot
  • Whisk whipping cream to soft peaks. Set aside.
  • Pour water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly drizzle the hot sugar syrup into the eggs, whisking continuously. 
  • Stir into melted semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Fold whipped cream into chocolate until light and fluffy. 
  • Spread evenly over flourless chocolate cake.
  • Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
White Chocolate Cherry Mousse Layer:
3/4 teaspoon powdered gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup – 1 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries (use as much as you’d like)
  • Sprinkle gelatin over water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Bring 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream just to a boil. 
  • Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • Pour over white chocolate. Let sit one minute, then stir until melted. 
  • Whisk remaining 1 cups heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks. 
  • Fold whipped cream into white chocolate. 
  • Fold maraschino cherries into white chocolate mousse, leaving a few to sprinkle on top of the cake.
  • Spread evenly over chocolate mousse layer.
  • Refrigerate cake for at least 2 hours before serving.

See step-by-step-pictures and tips for the first two layers can be found on my original Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake post, here. 

White Chocolate Cherry Mousse Layer:

white chocolate mousse recipe

Sprinkle powdered gelatin over water and set aside to bloom. Heat cream just until it boils and stir in the gelatin until melted. Pour over white chocolate. Let sit a minute, then stir until melted. If by chance all of the white chocolate does not melt, you can heat it for 10 seconds in the microwave.
Whip cream to stiff peaks and fold into the white chocolate until light and fluffy.
marashino cherry mousse recipe

Drain, dry, and finely chop maraschino cherries, fold into mousse, spread evenly over cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Cherry Chocolate cake recipe

It’s easiest to cut into this cake while it is cold, but best to allow it to warm up a bit before eating. The flavor of the chocolate will intensify if it’s not too cold.

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    • says

      So far, to my husband's dismay, I've shared a piece with 4 of my friends. They all loved the cake and all felt the cherries were a great addition to the cake. I used a cup of cherries, and thought it was perfect too.

  1. says

    This sounds so delicious and I have to make it real soon. I love Maraschino cherries and guess I have get an extra jar course I know I will eat most of them before adding them. Thank's for a lot of great recipes and I will for sure peek here another day.
    Greating from Denmark :-)

  2. Candice says

    I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. She loves to bake and is very picky about her desserts. She absolutely loved it! Thank you for the recipe! Well worth the cost and effort.

    • says

      I'm so happy to hear that your daughter loved it. This cake does take time to make, but I totally agree with you that it is worth the effort:)

  3. JBateman says

    Love,Love,Love your creations and work! Can't wait to attempt to make this. Please don't ever stop creating and posting! Just great!

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