It’s Crazy Cooking Challenge time again and this month our hostess Tina of Moms Crazy Cooking challenged the participating bloggers to search non-celebrity blogs looking for the ultimate chocolate cake recipe. Once we find what we think is the ultimate recipe we are to make and feature that recipe and the blog where we found it. I posted recently in my Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel post that since making my Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart I’ve been on a major lemon kick so when I saw Mimi’s Double Chocolate Tangerine Mousse Cake I knew immediately that I could tweak the recipe a bit switching out the tangerine for lemon and I could get my tangy lemon fix, still meet the requirements of making a chocolate cake while also making the ultimate chocolate cake.
This cake used both white and dark chocolate and that combined with tangy lemon, well it was exactly what I had been craving. The chocolate cake is flourless so it’s dense and rich. The mousse uses gelatin which is something that I haven’t done before but it seemed to help the mousse keep it’s shape but the mousse remained light, soft, rich and creamy. Everyone who tried the cake thought it was beautiful and adored the rich flavors…and they were rich so small slices are a must. If you adore dark chocolate and lemon like we do, I think you will find this to be a favorite in your home too.
My previous Crazy Cooking Challenge entries:
Chicken Noodle Soup Challenge: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
Fudge Challenge: Biscoff Fudge
Mashed Potato Challenge: Aloo Tikki
Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge: Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps
Mac & Cheese Challenge: Velvety Mac & Cheese
Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake (Adapted from here)
1 cup butter
9 oz. dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 cup ground toasted walnuts
1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
1/3 cup lemon sugar syrup from making the Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel
2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
12 oz. white chocolate chips
6 TBS sour cream
2 cups chilled whipping cream
Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel
walnut halves, toasted
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan with cutter and then dust with cocoa powder. Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, checking and stirring often until smooth. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and ground nuts. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out with very moist crumbs attached, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on rack (cake will fall and crack). Once cool, using the pan’s cutter release the cake from the pan.
Lightly brush the sides of a 10-inch springform pan with vegetable oil. Set the cooled cake in center of pan (there will be space around cake that will be filled in with mousse). Refrigerate cake.
Place 3 TBS of the lemon juice in a small bowl and sprinkle in the gelatin. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften. Meanwhile, simmer the remaining lemon juice and lemon sugar syrup, stirring until combined, about 3 minutes. Add the gelatin mixture to the lemon juice mixture and stir to dissolve. Add 12 ounces white chocolate and whisk over low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the sour cream. Pour the lemon white chocolate mixture into a large bowl. Chill the mixture until cool and thickened but not set, whisking occasionally, about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Beat the chilled whipping cream to stiff peaks. Fold into the lemon white chocolate mixture. Pour the mousse over the chocolate cake in the springform pan, covering the top and sides completely. Refrigerate cake overnight.
Run a small sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides. Place cake on platter. Garnish as desired.
Would not have thought to make this sort of cake for the challenge... glad you did though! Looks very tasty!ReplyDelete
wow, that looks really delicious - not a combination I would ever have thought of, but I want to try it!ReplyDelete
This turned out beautiful! Well done!ReplyDelete
What a professional and delicious looking cake!ReplyDelete
Stunning! It makes my cake look like kids play ;)ReplyDelete
OMG! Can you just pass me a slice now, please! I've been really good, all day! My two favorite flavors in one place, I don't know if I can stand it!ReplyDelete
Your cake pictures are gorgeous!
It has crossed my mind to pair lemon with chocolate, but I have not been brave enough.
With this recipe I may have to give it a try.
Wow, I never would have though to pair lemon with chocolate. Looks absolutely gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Great job, your cake looks amazing!!! I made the Black Magic Cake w/ White Chocolate Buttercream Icing. Also, I would love for you to visit my new food blog, The Sweet Spot, and link up your recipes to my Mouthwatering Monday Link Party!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous Gorgeous Cake! Great Job!!!ReplyDelete
Please stop on by #62 :)
This is a breathtakingly lovely cake! It sounds delicious too.ReplyDelete
OMG, I am not making that. I would eat the whole thing. :PReplyDelete
Wow, so much chocolate! When we want a chocolate cake, we use my Mother-In-Law's chocolate sheet cake. Made with lots of cocoa, frosting that melts when the cake is hot, then hardens...... and sometimes called Texas Sheet cake - very yummy!ReplyDelete
Wow!! What a beautiful looking cake. I thought lemon & chocolate cake sounded a little different, but it seriously looks delectable. Great job combining an unexpected flavour combination. :)ReplyDelete
Your cake is very professional looking. you did a great job. and sure it is delish. andiReplyDelete
This looks divine! Lemon desserts are my favorite! Stopping by from the CCC (#31).ReplyDelete
I love your beautiful presentation!ReplyDelete
Such a gorgeous cake!
love the lemon and chocolate combo.ReplyDelete
SO gorgeous. This cake sounds delish!ReplyDelete
Beautiful cake! I'm not really big on chocolate, but this is a flavor combination I'd love to try.ReplyDelete
I loooveee lemon. Citrus and lemon are a great combo, the cake looks divine!ReplyDelete
this looks divine! I would love a bite :) PS I cannot comment with my wordpress ID!ReplyDelete
That is beautiful looking. I would hate to eat it. But somehow I'd make the sacrifice! ;)ReplyDelete
This looks gorgeous. Really one to impress people with!ReplyDelete
Lemon and chocolate? Sounds like the best of both worlds--chocolate for my hubby and lemon for me! I'll have to keep this recipe in mind for the future...our Meyer lemon tree is just a baby and had only ONE lemon for us this past year!ReplyDelete
Wow, your cake turned out gorgeous!! Sounds yummy!ReplyDelete
That sounds absolutely divine! I adore meyer lemons, I just might have to give this a try.ReplyDelete
This is GORGEOUS, Lisa! I remember a chef pal telling me that lemon and chocolate should not be paired. Are you kidding me? I will send him this as proof that not only is it a great pairing, but look at how beautiful! I still need to try a meyer lemon lolReplyDelete
Lovely presentation! Glad I visited.ReplyDelete
Wow! Your cake looks amazing! Love the dark chocolate dipped candied lemon peel!ReplyDelete
Never would've thought to put lemon and chocolate together - it's beautiful!ReplyDelete
Wow this looks so good!! I'm sure that the lemon with the chocolate would be delicious!! Stopping by from CCC#45.ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by! Your cake and your photography is amazing! Great post! Now following!ReplyDelete
Your cake looks absolutely amazing! Brava! NettieReplyDelete
This is definitely a cake I would enjoy -- lemon and chocolate -- sublime! Glad you tweaked it. Thanks for stopping by. It's a great Challenge, this month, and soooo many chocolate cakes should take care of all the chocoholics! Feel free to visit, anytime!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness that looks absolutely amazing! I also have a love for lemon! I think I just found a treat for the spring! Thank you for sharing and stopping by A Little Treat!ReplyDelete
The combination of lemon and chocolate sounds so intriguing and your cake and photography are just absolutely breathtaking! Awesome ... wow.ReplyDelete
Lemon and chocolate, interesting. I would never have thought of that combination. I will have to try this cake. Your cake turned out so lovely.ReplyDelete
What an intriguing combination. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for stopping by at A House and Yard.ReplyDelete
This is such an interesting combination of tastes. I love the addition of meyer lemon. You really outdid yourself on this one.ReplyDelete
What a lovely combination! This must be a chocolate cake you eat without that feeling that you've eaten too much! Thanks for visiting my blog! Am following you on Connect and just about everything else now!! Lin xxReplyDelete
Wow! I would never think to put lemon with chocolate but I'll have to try it sometime. And it looks gorgeous!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic looking cake!ReplyDelete
I have those same plates! This sounds like such an interesting combination, I never would have thought about it. However, your mouthwatering pictures may have me convinced to try something new. :)ReplyDelete
Lisa, what a unique and delicious twist on a chocolate cake. That lemon mousse layer sounds amazing!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful presentation for your wonderful cake. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
I would have never thought to make this kind of cake for the challenge, but boy does it look good. It's gluten free to boot! Pinning this one. :)ReplyDelete
This just may be the most beautiful chocolate cake I've seen yet! Seriously. Wow never would have thought of this combo. I am really loving lemon lately too, great pick for the challenge! And thanks for stopping by and checking out my cake too :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful cake and great photos. I've got to try this!ReplyDelete
Oh This looks AMAZING!!!! I want a slice right now! = )ReplyDelete
Oh wow! That is just AMAZING!! I have to make this a special occasion cake!ReplyDelete
I wouldn't have thought of combining chocolate and lemon, but it actually seems like a winning idea!ReplyDelete
Lisa, this is a great Cake, I love the lemon with the Chocolate. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.ReplyDelete
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OMG! Give me a slice or two now please.ReplyDelete
i badly want a slice...yummy!ReplyDelete
Looks divine. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.ReplyDelete
That looks so yummy and would surely like to try it..ReplyDelete
Visiting for FTF! Hope you can stop by:)
oh my word, this looks so good! thank you for linking to foodie friday! Not Your Ordinary AgentReplyDelete
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This is a beautiful, and very original cake! I am a new follower! PatsyReplyDelete
My mouth is watering just looking at this cake. I love the combination of lemon and chocolate.ReplyDelete
Wow this looks absolutely beautiful! And lemon and chocolate are such a great combination!ReplyDelete
I love your take on this cake.ReplyDelete
Wow, that cake looks incredible. I'm saving this recipe.ReplyDelete
/this cake not only looks absolutely delicious, but beautiful as well!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful cake!! Looks like something you would find in the finest bakery.ReplyDelete
Wow! Over the top chocolate and lemon-my favorite flavors. You did a wonderful job with the recipe and the cake is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Stunning...It REALLY looks delicious! I'm intrigued with the lemon-chocolate combo too! Love them both so I'm sure it's a good thing!ReplyDelete
Oh that is so gorgeous! I love the use of lemons with it.ReplyDelete
Love your Lemon Mousse cake, it looks awesome. Great post!ReplyDelete