• Rich chocolate mousse cake

    by  • November 7, 2012 • Dessert • 19 Comments

    I clearly have an obsession with chocolate. Gourmet chocolate, chocolate body butter, chocolate cupcakes… and the darker my chocolate, the better!

    served with strawberries

    One of my all time favourite desserts though is chocolate mousse.

    Oh chocolate mousse how I love thee! Light, but rich. Fluffy, but creamy. Airy, but satisfying.

    making the base

    So what’s better than chocolate mousse?

    Chocolate mousse cake. Rich, velvety mousse drizzled with dark chocolate over a crunchy biscuit base.


    chocolate base

    For our wedding, there was one thing Gareth cared about. The cake. Or should I say cake-s.

    melting cocoa butter

    If I love chocolate mousse cake, Gareth adores it.

    soaked cashews

    So on the menu? There was at least one chocolate mousse mountain cake. Yep. That’s what it was called.

    Well, we had that and a cherry ripe cake, a cookies and cream cake, a cake with mousse and caramel layers and a cake called death by chocolate.

    chocolate batter

    You get the idea. We clearly love our chocolate and take our chocolate cake very seriously.

    batter served

    Now for a man who made himself sick from eating too much chocolate wedding cake (well almost, he got a serious case of heartburn that scared me like nothing else) to rate this cake in the same league as that wedding cake… well you know it must be pretty darn good. He even thinks we could have had it as our wedding cake. <sigh> I could just swoon!

    melted chocolate

    It’s dark, creamy, rich, velvety, bittersweet and did I mention dark?

    chocolate splatter

    And unlike the cakes at our wedding this is sugar free, raw, vegan, dairy free and grain free. No nasties whatsoever.

    chocolate splatter from above

    Perhaps most importantly is that it’s really easy to make ahead and store in delicious bite sized pieces in the freezer for when you next get that chocolate craving.

    chocolate covered strawberries

    The recipe is high in healthy fats from the cocoa butter and the nuts. The cashews have been soaked which will help with their digestions and make their nutrients more readily available. The cacao is also high in antioxidants.


    So whip these up, sit down and enjoy a satisfying bite sized piece of heaven.

    served with strawberries times 2

    Rich chocolate mousse cake

    Makes 12 mini muffin sized, 6 muffin sized and a loaf sized slice (sorry! I made this in a hodge podge of containers as the original recipe didn’t say how much it made! This is probably 30ish mini muffin sized cakes, 18 muffin sized one or 1 to 2 cake sized ones!) Adapted from G Living



    2 cups raw cashews, soaked at least 1 hour and rinsed

    1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

    1/2 cup water

    1/2 cup melted cocoa butter

    1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

    Small pinch sea or rock salt

    1 cup cacao (or cocoa) powder


    1/2 cup brazil nuts

    1/2 cup dessicated/shredded coconut

    1 tbsp cacao (or cocoa) powder

    1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

    Dash vanilla essence, or seeds from a vanilla bean (optional, but delicious)

    2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional, but delicious)



    Put the brazil nuts, coconut, salt , cocoa powder and vanilla in a food processor until it turns into crumbs. Add the maple syrup or honey and cocoa nibs (if using) and process a bit longer until it sticks together. Press onto the bottom of a silicon pan or parchment paper lined tin.


    Blend everything together except the cacao until smooth. Mix through the cacao (by hand or in the blender if it can mix it).

    Pour the filling over the crust and chill or freeze until ready to serve. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Serve with chocolate covered strawberries.


    Notes and suggestions: this tastes just like chocolate bavarian straight from the freezer or chocolate mousse cake once thawed a little. I prefer thawed, my sister prefers frozen. Try pureeing some fruit – like raspberries, cherries or passionfruit pulp and covering the cakes with a layer of the puree before serving. Serve with berry coulie and cashew cream.

    What’s your favourite chocolate recipe?

    This post is part of Wheat free Wednesday, Slightly Indulgent TuesdaysFat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays, Real Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter, Tasty Traditions, Gluten free Friday, Potluck party, Make your own Monday

    19 Responses to Rich chocolate mousse cake

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    2. November 8, 2012 at 3:51 am

      This is an awesome recipe and no eggs! I LOVE this recipe! I’m sharing it on my Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Facebook page!

    3. November 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing! The recipe really is delicious, and not an egg in sight! I hope you make it and enjoy it as much as we do! The recipe really makes a lot too, so perfect for sharing or storing in the freezer for when you need a chocolate fix!

      • November 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        I might reduce the quantities and try them this weekend! I only have a small amount of cocoa butter and there’s only three of us so I guess I’ll halve the quantities – I can not wait! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

    4. November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Hi Steph ;)
      I LOVE this recipe – these look so great I can’t get my eyes off the screen … ;D
      I want to make them right now!
      Thank you so much for bringing them over to the potluck party and for sharing your story ;)
      xo Ella

    5. November 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

      I’ve just made these! So excited to try it! I used slightly less cocoa powder but apart from that I followed the recipe exactly! I’ve been licking out the bowls! I’ll let you know how everyone enjoyed it later!

    6. November 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

      This looks delicious! I would love it if you would share it on this week’s Make Your Own Monday. I feature my top fave recipes and share them on FB (lots of exposure!). Here is the link: http://www.nourishingtreasures.com/MYOM111212

      What kind of cocoa butter do you purchase or recommend?

      • November 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

        They really are amazing. I do hope you make them. Thanks for the invite to make your own Monday, I will come check it out.

        My favourite cocoa products (including cocoa butter) are from loving earth. They are raw, organic and fair trade. We buy ours in bulk as cocoa products are very shelf stable. Raw power is also a very good brand. You can buy both brands online.

    7. November 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

      These look amazing!! So tempting!!! I am also a new follower of yours on pinterest! Thanks for kicking off the Gluten Free Fridays party this weekend! WOOT! We have some awesome recipes and they just keep coming!! So….Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    8. November 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

      This looks great! But you wrote Brazil buts instead of “nuts” :).

    9. November 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Hi again. Could you please email me at wholenewmom at gmail dot com? I would like permission to feature your photos on my blog and/or FB page – with credit. Thanks in advance!

      • November 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Hi Adrienne! Thanks for the typo pick up and I’ve just emailed you. Thanks for stopping by!

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    11. November 15, 2012 at 1:34 am

      Hi Steph! Thanks for sharing at {Wheat-Free Wednesday} last week. Your post has been pinned to my Pinterest board and shared on my FB page. I hope you’ll share again this week:



    12. November 15, 2012 at 3:55 am

      wow, girl this looks AWESOME!! I’m going to feature this recipe on my friday favorites this friday:) Thank you for linking up with us at gluten free fridays!

    13. November 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

      Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

    14. December 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

      What a stunning recipe and photos ;)
      I want to bite into one now! ;)

    15. January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

      These look beautiful and I’m impressed they’re dairy and gluten-free! I can eat these! I’ve pinned them. They’ll make a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Thanks, Marya

      • January 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        I hope you enjoy them! They are seriously decadent and just perfect for valentines day :)

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