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Monday, January 9, 2012

Chocolate and Caramel Mousse Cake


This delicious creation was another Christmas day treat! It is perfect to take along to summer BBQ’s as a dessert plate. This is another recipe that I have had in a folder that I have been meaning to try for a year+ and again I wish I had tried it earlier, it is very easy but you need to have a bit of time on your hands as there is a bit of a wait between steps.

125g plain biscuit crumbs (I used ‘Round Wines’)
75g butter, melted
1½ teaspoons gelatin
1 tablespoon hot water
380g tin of caramel condensed milk
¾ cup cream
1 cup dark chocolate melts
2 teaspoons gelatin
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup cream, softly whipped

Line a  20cm round spring-form tin with wax baking paper (base and sides).
Combine the biscuit crumbs and butter and press mixture into the lined base of tin. Place in the fridge to chill.
In a bowl dissolve the first measure of gelatin in the hot water and when smooth stir through the caramel. Evenly spread the caramel mix over the base and return to fridge.
Pour ¾ cup cream into a pan and heat until it is nearly boiling. Remove from the heat and stir through your dark chocolate melts until they are dissolved and the mix is smooth. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve the second measure of gelatin in the water and stir it into the chocolate cream. Chill until thickened but not set, about 15 minutes.
Fold the softly whipped cream through the chocolate cream and spread the mousse over the caramel base. Chill for a minimum of 3-4 hours before serving, it can also be made a day ahead.

You can garnish the cake with summer berries, chocolate lattices or some white chocolate curls/shavings like me.

Tip: If I had been at home on Christmas day I would have grabbed a spoon and run it under hot water (then dried it) so I could use the back of it to smooth off the rough edge where I had removed the wax paper.

This will probably be my last recipe for a wee while I am sad to say, we move out of our house next Friday and will be staying with family for a little while before the big move to New Plymouth. We also have Max’s birthday party the weekend after our move – which I am super excited about, so I may find some time in amongst the chaos to give all of you lovely readers a sneak peek at what we have planned.


  1. Whoa, that looks INCREDIBLE! and great tip about the hot spoon - I would have never thought of that.

  2. Uh.. Yum! If only I wasn't afraid of gelatine..