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Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse Torte

  • servings: 15
Photography: GENTL & HYERS


  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 65 percent cacao), chopped
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 ounces crisp oval butter wafer cookies (20 total)
  • Good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. Step 1

    Make mousse: Put chocolate in a large bowl, and set aside. Heat 1 1/2 cups cream over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan until cream is steaming and small bubbles form on edges.

  2. Step 2

    Pour cream over chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth. Let cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Put remaining 1 1/2 cups cream and the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture, one-third at a time.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble torte: Line a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on sides. Spread enough mousse (3/4 to 1 cup) over bottom of pan to cover. Arrange 5 cookies on top in a single layer to cover, breaking them to fit as necessary. Spread enough mousse (3/4 to 1 cup) on top to cover; smooth into an even layer. Repeat process with remaining cookies and mousse until pan is full.

  5. Step 5

    Press plastic wrap directly onto surface, and refrigerate torte until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

  6. Step 6

    Remove plastic wrap from surface. Invert torte onto a serving plate; unmold, using overhang to coax it out. Remove plastic wrap. Dust with cocoa.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2005

Reviews (2)

  • 1 Jul, 2008

    Ah ha! This is the chocolate mousse recipe that I have been searching for - just what I had in mind as a filling for a very decadent birthday cake - perfect!

  • 6 May, 2008

    I only had 75% cacao chocolate, so I used more sugar ( to taste) and whipping cream. The result was wonderful. Light, airy mousse. The wafers absorbed some of the moisture from the cream but still had a slight crunch. My husband loved it. Very easy recipe.