This recipe is for days when you want your life to look like Pinterest. Or like something out of the pages of a Bridal magazine.
But in reality, this is actually super easy to whip together, and I ate mine while watching an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and wearing a truly grotty pair of trackpants. I would never lie to you about my lifestyle, you guys.
But does that make this recipe any less delicious? NOPE. In fact, it kind of makes it more delicious. There something so illicit and decadent about eating a fancy dessert in a non-fancy setting.
And this is so easy to pull together too – no heavy machinery required and I usually have all of this stuff in my cupboard. So, if I want to, I can totally pull this together at the drop of the hat.
Obviously it’s a great candidate for those occasions in life which call for a nice dress and a snazzy pair of shoes, too! Something about this particular recipe screams tea party to me. Or should I say, it softly whispers tea party in my ear, in a very demure and coquettish way.
The floral, cherry rippled whipped cream with it’s rosy hue, would be just the perfect thing next to a pot of tea in a lush garden setting. And this baked chocolate mousse is pretty much the perfect thing for any scenario.
The texture of this chocolate almost-cake is ever so tender and fudgy. It’s not chewy, but somehow manages to walk the line between light and dense in a mystifyingly delightful way.
The chocolate is intense here, and there is no added cocoa, coffee or vanilla to mask that flavour, so be sure to invest in a good quality chocolate. You will not regret it.
Confession time: I have never in my life been to a tea party. Have you? I’m not really a tea party appropriate person. I have no ‘inside voice’. But I love to bake! And I love to drink tea! This is bogus.
Put it this way, if you invite me to your tea party I will bring this baked mousse and whipped cream combo, and it will be awesome. And if you live on the other side of the world, just make this and have a pot of tea for me!
- 4 oz (120g) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 1 stick (115g) butter
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup (150g) caster sugar (aka superfine sugar)
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- ½ cup (125ml) heavy cream
- 2 tbsp good quality cherry jam (I used bonne maman)
- Preheat the oven to 375F/180C and grease and line a 8inch/20cm square baking dish.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a small bowl in the microwave. You probably know your microwave best, but I do this in two 30 second bursts, stirring between them. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
- Place the eggs into a medium mixing bowl, and add the sugar. Whisk the eggs and sugar together for at least 2 minutes, or until they are slightly pale, and have a moussey texture.
- Pour the slightly cooled chocolate into the eggs, and sprinkle over the flour, and then fold everything together with a spatula. Be sure not to overmix.
- Scrape the batter into your baking dish, and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the mousse is just set. It will have a matte surface, and should not jiggle when you shake the pan gently. Set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes.
- To make the cherry whipped cream, simply whip the heavy cream to medium peaks, and then ripple through the cherry jam.
- The mousse is best served at room temperature. Slice it with a very sharp knife, and serve with a generous dollop of cream!
I didn’t even know there was such a thing as backed chocolate mousse, but now that I do I am going to think about it until I make it. Mousse is my favorite, but baked?!?! Holy moly, that is awesome. This is awesome.
Thanks Tieghan! Get it into yo’ life!
I don’t have an inside voice either, we would get along just fine ;D I’m currently sipping on a cup of tea and am wondering who I can blame that this cake is not on a plate in front of me…
Mind blown. Really.
Hello Chocolate Mousse. Yea, that’s me waving at you.
Who’s that all trashed and by my feet you ask? It’s just Boring Brownie. Don’t mind it.
I have tea, coffee, milk, TV, couch, garden etc. I am sure you will fit right in with anything, anywhere, cuz you are Awesome.
Won’t you come into my mouth, I mean, my house now. :)
How can something so simple make me go “WAHHHH?!” Baked moouse. Why is not more widely known about?!
Brilliant! Definitely need to try this–and i love, love, love that cherry whipped cream! :)
First: I love Comedians in cars getting coffee. Second, I love this dessert! It looks so effortlessly impressive (which is my life motto!)
I didn’t know you could bake chocolate mousse either, but holllley moley, I’m into it!
Your lifestyle and my lifestyle = samesies. Right down to the track pants. Except I haven’t had this baked mousse in my life yet, and that needs to change as soon as humanly possible.
Pinterest is one massive deep dark hole that i spend way too much precious time on!.. these baked mousse bites look TOO good.. definitely craving one right about now. love it Sarah!
I mean…I think I went to a tea party or 2 as a child? Lol
I LOOOVE this cake-the texture and it’s just so chocolatey and pretttyyyyy
Oh I am so ready for this! Love the addition of cherry flavored whipped cream. Gorgeous!
This. I mean, what. Cherry whipped cream? You’re so awesome.
Despite my chocoholic tendencies, the cherry whipped cream might actually be my favourite part about this dessert! If the colour is any indication, I bet it tastes amazing!
I want to have a tea party and I would love to invite you so that you could bring this deliciousness!! BTW, I love comedians in cars getting coffee – Have you watched the sarah silvernman one?? it is hilarious. I love these plates too!!
HAHA – yes! I love the Sarah Silverman episode. So many hilarious moments.
Lady, come visit me and we will tea party so hard! I will tea party your face off. It is possible that I am a weeee bit obsessed with tea parties and too-precious desserts and fiddly little napkins…just maybe. :)
PS Baked mousse, call me, mean it.
So these are basically brownies but better – into it. I’ve never been to a tea party either, but I have been to a tea house where they serve those tiny cucumber sandwiches and i end up eating like 5 of them cus they’re too small.
You are officially invited, wheneva’, to a teaparty in Amsterdam. Bring a crazy hat, and this.
Done and done!
This looks Delicious!! Chocolate and cherries… well chocolate and anything is a good combination… But Chocolate and cherries sounds like a stellar combo. Definitely going to give this one a try!!
Ice cream would work, yes? (Please say yes)