Rating: 3.51 stars
642 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 149
  • 4 star values: 190
  • 3 star values: 181
  • 2 star values: 84
  • 1 star values: 38

With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place eight 6-ounce (3 1/2-inch diameter) ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet, and coat with cooking spray; set aside.

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  • Stir flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, milk, oil, vanilla, and 1/4 cup water; mix on medium-low speed until smooth and combined, about 3 minutes.

  • Divide batter evenly among prepared ramekins. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. Run a knife around sides of cakes; unmold. Cakes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic, up to 1 day.

  • Trim each cake to 1 inch high. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut eight 10 3/4-by-4-inch strips of parchment paper. Wrap a parchment collar around base of each cake, keeping bottom flush with baking sheet. Secure each collar with tape; set aside.

  • Transfer bittersweet-chocolate mousse to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (such as Ateco #808). Pipe a 1-inch layer of mousse into each parchment collar. Refrigerate until mousse is set, about 20 minutes. Repeat with milk chocolate mousse, piping on top of the bittersweet chocolate mousse. Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

  • Microwave semisweet chocolate until slightly warm but not melted, about 30 seconds. Scrape at a 45-degree angle with a vegetable peeler, forming curls. Before serving cakes, remove parchment collars, and garnish with chocolate curls.

Reviews (27)

642 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 149
  • 4 star values: 190
  • 3 star values: 181
  • 2 star values: 84
  • 1 star values: 38
Rating: 2 stars
09/09/2019
You have the ingredients for the cake part, but then the instructions just sa y: Transfer bittersweet-chocolate mousse to a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (such as Ateco #808). Pipe a 1-inch layer of mousse into each parchment collar. Refrigerate until mousse is set, about 20 minutes. Repeat with milk chocolate mousse, piping on top of the bittersweet chocolate mousse. Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight. So where are the ingredients for the mousse?
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2019
Is there a certain kind of tape that works on parchment? I ended up having to cut strips of regular paper- about an inch wide- taping them into a ring that fit over the parchment paper- I tried scotch tape and masking tape on the parchment and neither held.
Rating: Unrated
08/08/2017
Gorgeous!
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07/03/2017
Its look gargeous. I wanna try this recipe Chocolate Mousse Cakes. Thank you
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2017
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2017
I made this recipe with my daughter for our Christmas dessert and it was fantastic! We split the recipe in half - only wanted to make 4 instead of 8. It took a lot of steps, in terms of prep work, but so worth it!! Will add it to my favourite desserts! ❤
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Rating: Unrated
08/05/2016
This recipe is much easier if you bake a double recipe of the cake in a quarter sheet pan. Cut out the cake with a ring mold. (You'll need eight ring molds.) Line the ring molds with acetate collars. Place the cake in the bottom of the ring mold. Pipe or spoon the mousse in. Chill as in the original recipe, still in the ring molds. Remove the ring molds and acetate collars before serving. There is a reason professional chefs use cake rings or ring molds for stuff like this.
Rating: Unrated
04/25/2013
I thought I would put this review here tos as well as on the mousse recipe. These cakes are a huge hit every time I make them. The milk chocolate mousse does have a thinner consistency but I provide a few tips on my site for making these cakes look as Martha's presented them http://gracessweetlife.com/2011/03/triple-chocolate-mousse-cakes/.
Rating: Unrated
03/16/2013
Delicious and discouraging to make: -the 2 mousses are yummy. It is a ton of work to have to wash & dry all that equipment in the midst this project. -I overcooked my sugar syrup the first time & it crystallized, causing me to waste most of my b-sweet chocolate in the sieve. Be careful with your cook time. -the cakes were only okay. They provide a good, sturdy base for the mousse but get hard & lose flavor with all the refrigeration. -Consider doubled parchment & wrap-around packing tape.
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2013
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12/30/2012
Okay, my first and biggest complaint is that tape doesn't stick to parchment paper. I ended up having to smear corn syrup on the outside to keep the parchment paper together while the mousses were in the fridge. Also, as someone else said, the milk chocolate really didn't set nicely. I had to serve mine with the parchment paper still wrapped around to keep it from falling apart. Otherwise, these were delicious. I don't think I'll be making them again, though.
Rating: Unrated
07/31/2011
This recipe is so fantastic! Tastes delicious and very impressive to look at. I recently made it for a dinner party as part of a dessert trio and my guests were blown away. Check out pictures here http://gustatorydelight.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/couples-wine-night-the-grand-finale/
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2010
I'm a caterer and sometimes I have a hundred individual desserts to do. I like to bake a the cake in a lined sheet pan and cut out the cake rounds using a can or buscuit cutter. If you are using a can (a clean vegetable can with top and bottom cut out) then you can actualy keep the cake in the bottom and pipe the mousse right on top then freeze until solid. When ready to serve push out frozen dessert from can onto serving plate and let thaw:)
Rating: Unrated
11/03/2010
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02/24/2010
This recipe is time-consuming, but well worth it. It is de-LISH! I had a hard time dumping the cakes out of the ramekins. I was thinking maybe next time I should grease and flour them? For some reason, my milk chocolate mousse didn't set up as well as the bittersweet mousse, and I did it exactly the same way. I garnished it by melteing some white and dark chocolate, piping them into hearts, and let them harden. I highly recommend this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2009
I tried this recipe and it was excellent, easy to make and delicious to taste. Thanx Martha please demonstrate some more recipes on video.
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01/29/2009
I used this recipe to make a 9 inches cake. It was very delicious. However, the mousse was too soft so I used chocolate to make a barrier to hold on the mousse.
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2008
I did not double the mousse part of this recipe, instead, I did 1/2 dark and 1/2 milk and proceeded as directed. It held up very well and impressed my guests so much at Thanksgiving 2007 that I will make these for Christmas Eve this year. Beautiful and truly delicious!
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2008
These were amazing! The mousse was very rich - I used Ghiradelli's milk and bittersweet chocolates - and very smooth. It was a bit tricky getting the tape to stick to the parchment paper, I ended up using packing tape but it still didn't work great. Oh well, they were beautiful and delicious!
Rating: Unrated
05/13/2008
This is perfetct for my mood :-)
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05/13/2008
This is perfetct for my mood :-)
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03/11/2008
One of my favorite desserts to wow the table at dessert time! Used the best quality chocolate I could get my hands on and each time this has turned out sublime!
Rating: Unrated
12/31/2007
HI Bito: dont wait so long before eating. I wait overnight, and Just before serving remove collars, garnish then serve and eat immediately. Don't let them set and melt. Just enjoy. you saved some good recipes, and I got them. thanks
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12/28/2007
Extremely time consuming and not worth the effort. The cakes were dry and I undercooked by 12 minutes. After chilling they are very hard too. The bittersweet mousse set ok after whipped to stiff not soft peaks. The milk chocolate did not set well even after 5 hours in fridge. When unwrapped they started to melt quickly. They looked picture perfect for about 10 minutes. The taste was just OK. I'm not a huge mousse fan and they just tasted like mouthfuls of mildly flavored whipped cream.
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11/19/2007
I can't wait to try this recipe. It's perfect for a candlelight dinner in your house for your husband's birthday or your wedding anniversarry.
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11/18/2007
I tried this cake and it tasted like chocolate heaven.The only problem I faced though was that the mousse was quiet runny, even after refrigrating it for 4 hours! When I wrapped off the parchement, the mousse looked well structured and firm, but almost 10 minutes later, the mousse started melting and collapsing...It was a disaster, but people didn't seem to care since they loved the taste...I followed the mousse recipe exactly, so I dont know what went wrong...Any suggestions?
Rating: Unrated
11/12/2007
I may not be the first one to make this suggestion, but I figured I'd have a go at it anyway. I found the step where we are to wrap the cake with parchment paper, a bit messy. Today, I discovered that the mouth of the larger SOLO cups fits the size of the ramekins that I used (which is probably about the same size that you used in the show as well). I cut off the bottom of the SOLO cup and set the cup around the cake, mouth-side down. This way, the "mold" for the mousse is more structured.