FFwD: Michel Rostang’s Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

This week for French Fridays with Dorie we made Michel Rostang’s Double Chocolate Mousse Cake.

I was a little disappointed with how it turned out. I used a bigger pan than the recipe calls for, but didn’t think to increase the recipe size – so it’s a little flat! I also substituted hot chocolate for the coffee the recipe calls for. We don’t drink coffee and I wanted to add a liquid that would add some depth and I felt like the hot chocolate worked great. The flavor was outstanding – I was more disappointed in the appearance.

The recipe calls for making a chocolate mousse and then cooking 1/3 of it to make a base layer. You then cool the base layer and add the rest of the mousse and put it back in the oven to cook the remainder. So you end up with two distinct layers of chocolate. The bottom is more of a crust and the top ends up being a little lighter. But I don’t think I would be able to tell there were two layers if I hadn’t made it myself.

I ended up cooking it for less time because of the larger pan size, but still ended up burning it around the edges. I’m not sure I’ll make it again, but if I did I would definitely double the recipe!

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  1. Looks aren’t everything! Mine was flatter than I’d expected, but some of that was due to my own temporary air-headedness.

  2. Well I think that first photo is the best one I’ve seen today of this odd little cake.

  3. Oooh, I bet the hot chocolate in that was amazing! 🙂 Looks wonderful!

  4. Great idea to use hot chocolate! I don’t drink coffee either but bite the bullet and cooked with it for the very first time. I agree that the cook time on this was a little long and that the layers weren’t very discernable.

  5. How creative that you used hot chocolate instead! Good tip!

  6. It might be flat, but it looks perfect. I don’t drink coffee either. I used some instant, but I love the idea of hot chocolate instead.

  7. I love u added chocolate , i added hazelnut syrup in one batch , i think Candy cane cacoa would be great too!
    i think ur cake looks pretty and its good to have it thinner coz less is more with this dessert!

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  8. I’m behind & looking for non-coffee ideas. Thanks for shring your hot coca results!