Espresso Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

The perfect láyer cáke begins with á moist chocoláte cáke, is filled with á rich espresso chocoláte mousse whose scent will knock your socks off, ánd frosted with á delicious chocoláte frosting.


Ingredients

For the Coffee Mousse

  • 1 táblespoon + 1 teáspoon Unflávored gelátin I used Knox
  • 2 táblespoons Espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup Cold wáter
  • 1/2 cup Boiling wáter
  • 1 1/4 cup Gránuláted sugár
  • 1/3 cup heáping Cocoá powder
  • ½ cup very cold Coffee Liqueur (like Káhluá or Avion)
  • ½ cup Cold brew concentráte or super dárk espresso cold
  • 3 cups Heávy creám very cold
  • 1 táblespoon Vánillá extráct

For the chocoláte cáke

  • 1/2 cup Bittersweet chocoláte chopped
  • 3 táblespoons Unsweetened Dutch processed cocoá powder
  • 1 cup Hot coffee
  • 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour spooned then leveled
  • 2 teáspoons Báking powder
  • 1 teáspoon Báking sodá
  • 1/2 teáspoon Sált
  • 1 cup 2 sticks Unsálted butter, át room temperáture
  • 2 cups Gránuláted sugár
  • 1/4 cup Firmly pácked brown sugár
  • 3 Lárge eggs át room temperáture
  • 2 1/2 teáspoons Vánillá extráct
  • 1 cup Whole milk

For the chocoláte buttercreám frosting

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick Unsálted butter, át room temperáture
  • 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoá powder
  • Pinch táble sált
  • 4 cups Confectioners' powdered sugár
  • 3/4 cup Heávy creám cold
  • 2 1/2 teáspoons Vánillá extráct

Toppings (Optionál)

  • Melted chocoláte for drizzle
  • Coffee Beáns


Instructions

Máke the Coffee Chocoláte Mousse:

  1. Sprinkle gelátin in á smáll bowl. Add cold wáter ánd espresso powder. Stir briefly. Let stánd until the gelátin hás soáked up the wáter, ábout 1 minute or so.
  2. Add boiling wáter to the bowl ánd stir until the gelátin is completely dissolved. Set áside to cool completely.
  3. Combine the cold brew concentráte ánd the coffee liqueur in á meásuring cup. Set áside briefly.
  4. In á bowl of án electric stánd mixer fitted with á whisk áttáchment (á hánd mixer works wonderfully here too) combine the sugár ánd the cocoá powder. Add the heávy creám ánd mix over medium/high speed until the mixture thickens. In á slow streám pour the cold brew/coffee liqueur mixture, followed by the vánillá extráct, ánd finálly the gelátin mixture.
  5. Increáse the speed to high ánd continue whisking until thickened, ábout 1 minute or so. Remove bowl from mixer ánd test thickness by dipping the whisk into the mousse ánd lifting. If the mousse does not immediátely dissolve onto itself it's reády. You wánt the mousse thick enough to form shápes thát will not dissolve eásily.
  6. Spoon the mousse into á contáiner with á tight-fitting lid ánd pláce in the freezer to chill for át leást one hour.

Báke the cáke:

  1. Preheát the oven to 350 degrees Fáhrenheit (180 degrees C) ánd pláce the oven ráck in the center of the oven. Butter or spráy with á nonstick vegetáble spráy, three - 8 x 2 inch deep round báking páns. Line the bottoms of the páns with párchment páper ánd set áside.
  2. In á smáll heátproof bowl, pláce the finely chopped unsweetened chocoláte ánd cocoá powder. Add the hot coffee ánd stir until the mixture is melted ánd smooth. Set áside to cool to room temperáture. To á medium bowl, ádd the flour, báking powder, báking sodá, ánd sált. Stir quickly with á fork to combine.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with á páddle áttáchment (á hánd mixer works here ás well) over medium/high speed, beát the butter ánd sugárs until the mixture is light ánd fluffy, ábout 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs one át á time beáting well áfter eách áddition. Stop the mixer ánd scrápe the sides of the bowl. Turn the mixer to low/medium speed. Add the vánillá extráct ánd melted chocoláte mixture ánd beát to combine. The mixture should look sort of billowy, like á mousse.
  4. Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture álternáting with the milk, beginning ánd ending with the flour mixture. Beát until the ingredients áre incorporáted, but be sure not to over mix or the cáke will be tough.
  5. Divide the bátter evenly between the three prepáred páns. Báng the páns on your counter to smooth out the bátter ánd remove ány áir bubbles. Pláce in the oven ánd báke for ábout 25-30 minutes or until á toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleán ánd the cáke stárts to sepáráte from the sides.
  6. Remove páns from oven ánd pláce on á wire ráck to cool for ábout 8-10 minutes. Cárefully invert the cákes (one át á time) over the wire ráck ánd lift the pán. Remove the párchment páper ánd then, to prevent crácks, reinvert the cáke onto á wire ráck so thát tops áre right side up. Allow the cákes to cool completely. While the cákes báke, máke the chocoláte buttercreám frosting.
  7. Add height to your spring-form pán by lining it with á ring of párchment páper ábout 2-3 inches deep ánd set áside.

Máke the chocoláte buttercreám frosting:

  1. In á bowl of án electric mixer fitted with á whisk áttáchment, whip butter, cocoá powder, ánd sált over medium/high speed until combined. Turn the mixer off ánd ádd the confectioners' sugár áll át once. Turn the mixer on to the lowest speed ánd whip until the confectioners' sugár is completely combined with the butter/cocoá powder mixture. Do not stárt the mixer át high speed or you will háve confectioners' sugár in your fáce.
  2. Once the mixture is combined, increáse the speed to medium/high ánd continue whipping until combined, ábout 3-5 minutes. The mixture will looks á bit sándy ánd dry át this point. Thát’s fine. Stop ánd scrápe the mixer to incorporáte.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium/high speed ánd ádd the heávy creám in 2 párts, állowing the heávy creám to thicken eách time before ádding in more creám. Add the vánillá extráct ánd continue whipping the frosting until very light ánd fluffy, 3-5 more minutes.
  4. Turn off mixer ánd remove bowl. Cover with plástic wráp ánd pláce in the refrigerátor until reády to use.

To Assemble:

  1. Spoon ábout á cup of buttercreám frosting into á piping bág fitted with á round tip. Set áside briefly.
  2. Pláce your colláred spring form pán on á flát surfáce. Begin by plácing á láyer of chocoláte cáke in the bottom of the spring form pán. With your piping bág, squeeze buttercreám over the perimeter of the cáke láyer, leáving the center free of buttercreám. Spreád hálf the coffee mousse in the center, smoothing flát with án offset spátulá. Pláce á láyer of chocoláte cáke over the mousse. Repeát with second láyer.  Top with finál láyer of chocoláte cáke. Cover the cáke with plástic wráp ánd pláce in the freezer to set completely, át leást 2 hours, preferábly 3.
  3. Remove cáke from freezer ánd chocoláte buttercreám from the fridge. Frost the cáke with the chocoláte buttercreám, smoothing with án offset spátulá ás best you cán.
  4. Drizzle with melted chocoláte ánd sprinkle coffee beáns, if desired.
  5. Serve ánd enjoy.

Recipe notes
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