Chocolate Mousse Torte
- 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup special dark cocoa or hershey's cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FILLING (recipe to follow)
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 35mins
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 15" x 10" jelly-roll pan with foil, grease and flour foil.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, alternately with milk, beating until well blended. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; carefully peel off foil. Cool completely.
Prepare chocolate mousse filling. Trim edges from cake; cut cake crosswise into 4 equal pieces, each about 9 x 3 1/2". Place one layer on serving plate; spread with about 1/2 cup filling. Repeat with 2 more layers; pipe or spread fourth layer with remaining filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cover; refrigerate leftover torte.
CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FILLING
1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tbsp. cold water
2 tbsp. boiling water
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp. hershey's cocoa or special dark cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small cup; let stand several minutes to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool 5 minutes.
Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla in medium bowl until thickened; pour in gelatin mixture and beat until stiff. Use immediately.