This is truly one of the richest and most decadent desserts I have ever made. Not for the faint of heart, or the watchers of waistlines, or the non-chocolate lover. Thankfully for me, I fit into exactly none of those categories. Well, not when this cake is in front of me, anyways.
Consisting of a brownie layer, chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache covering the whole thing, it has nearly 2 lbs. of chocolate in it, not to mention almost a quart of cream and a significant amount of butter.
Did you catch that part about not being for the watchers of waistlines?
But boy, is it worth it.
I have to say, of all the components, the cake layer was my least favorite. It was good, but not great. Maybe I overbaked it a little. Who knows. But the mousse? Out of this world. Combined with the brownie? Unbelievable. And the ganache? Smooth, melting in your mouth delectableness. All together? An unforgettable dessert.
It does take awhile to make....I made the cake and brownie on one day and the mousse and ganache the next. Just made it easier.
I changed the original recipe a tad, because there were several ingredients measured in 1/8th of a cup. I, for one, do not own measuring cups in 1/8 cup increments. I made it a little simpler, and I'm sure it didn't affect the quality of the cake a bit.
For the record: 1/8 cup = 2 Tablespoons.
Recipe: (adapted from Annie's Eats)
1/2 c. plus 2 T. cake flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
6 T. unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
Chocolate Cake Layer:
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 T. cocoa powder
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. plus 2 T. unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1/2 c. plus 2 T. sugar
6 T. unsalted butter, soft
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-3/4 c. heavy cream
1 T. sugar
1-1/2 c. heavy cream
2 T. unsalted butter
18 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 12 oz. chocolate chips, 6 oz. Baker's Chocolate)