“CHOCOLATE CAKE may not fix everything but it’s a darn good substitute”

Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeTime flies and how.It was her birthday a few days ago, the not so terrible anymore {well almost} teen turned 16, a day she awaited eagerly. We did too as we have for every birthday, for us every year special.  On request was a Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry Birthday Cake, a cake that looked really nice, and tasted good too.Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeStrange beginning to the year. Just as I decided to get a handle on time management and better posting, we had a bad thunderstorm 2 nights ago, hailstorms, lightning, heavy downpour … the works. Lightning struck nearby and fried the modem and the poor motherboard of my dear computer! More needless running around, unnecessary expenditure {$$$}, and annoyingly, no internet!Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry Cake So while I sat in social isolation, I tried to type a blog post in 70 minutes, inspired by this post I read on BlogAdda just before lightning struck. Maybe it was meant to be.  So heres a short-ish post {still can’t figure out why writers block hits me when the internet is kaput} for the birthday, and it’s back to the 2nd.KidsAs I said earlier, how time flies! The ‘now threatening to be terrible pre-teen‘ was most excited on his sisters birthday and lavished his love on her all day long. I have never seen him so excited and attentive to her outlandish and whimsical demands and behavior … but he was. The pooch followed suit!!Kids & CocoThe teen was uncannily willing to be clicked , of course that was after I literally begged her; she uncharacteristically relented. Job done and she declared like the Queen of England that the pictures were nice and I could  use a few for my blog!KidsLuck wasn’t on my side, and I accidentally deleted the whole lot before they had a chance to get copied onto the computer. I could have wept. No cake pictures, no pretty pink baby shoes vs big feet, and terribly enough, no record of her on her sweet 16th!! She hounded me … “How could you mother? You can’t be joking? Where did the pictures go …..KidsIt was back to the Google Gods … how to recover accidentally deleted pictures from a camera card etc. I downloaded different softwares each promising the moon for dolts like me. ‘Just get me those pictures‘. I left the software to run through the night…Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeChocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeSweet success the next morning had software called Recuva recover all my deleted pictures. Lucky me!! I had all the pictures back, pink shoes and all! Gosh, how feet grow was all I could think!!Strawberry based desserts on PABHer love for strawberries is indescribable. She loves them to bits … right out of the box to enjoying them in desserts, diet or no diet! We are lucky enough to get fresh produce twice a year. Ah, the joys of living in a tropical country!Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeSo here’s the cake I made for her. It came out looking really pretty {if I may say so myself}, and was I glad the chocolate Bavarian mousse set!Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry CakeI also added a few tbsps of Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix to the Bavarian, the cocoa a gift from a sweet reader of PAB, Indrani. Her words touching and inspiring… “Thank you for all the lovely recipes you are churning out. I’m a better baker and it’s ALL thanks to you.Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa & WholeWheat Oat Choc chip CookiesThank you for the sweet gift Indrani. The kids have had a great winter slurping hot cocoa with Whole wheat & oat chocolate chip cookies!!Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry Cake Now onto the recipe which might seem a bit involved when you first read it, but it comes together fairly quickly. It’s always easier to bake the cake a day in advance {or a few hours earlier} if you are pressed for time {or electricity as my case usually is!}.

[print_this]Recipe: Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Strawberry Cake

Summary: Chocolaty, chocolaty and chocolaty … a delicious luscious cake with the quintessential combination of strawberries and chocolate, complimented beautifully with a light airy chocolate Bavarian mousse.

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes {plus setting/cooling/chilling time}

  • Chocolate Cake
  • 20g unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 90g flour, sifted
  • 30g cocoa
  • Strawberry Cream Filling
  • 150ml low fat cream, chilled
  • 2tbsp powdered sugar
  • 150gm strawberries, chopped
  • Bavarian Chocolate Mousse
  • 150gm dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tsp gelatin
  • 70ml milk
  • 400ml low fat cream {200ml room temperature, 200ml chilled}
  • 30gm sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 150gm dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 200ml low fat cream
  • 25gm honey
  • Garnishing
  • 150-200gm strawberries, halved for the sides {save a few for garnishing if desired}
  • Chocolate flakes, cocoa powder


    1. Chocolate Cake
    2. Sift the flour and cocoa. Reserve.
    3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together, and then beat over a bain-marie {simmering} water for 8-10 minutes until it doubles in volume and become mousse like {don’t let it become too hot}. Once doubled, remove from water, and continue beating with an electric beater till it becomes cool, and the batter falls in a thick ribbon.
    4. Gently fold in the sifted flour and cocoa in 2-3 batches, taking care not to release to much volume.
    5. Quickly yet gently add the melted butter and pour the batter into the prepared tin.
    6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the sponge is firm to touch, and springy. Cool in tin to 10-15 minutes, then turn onto rack to cool completely.
    7. Strawberry Cream Filling
    8. Beat the cream with sugar to stiff peaks. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries.
    9. Bavarian Chocolate Mousse
    10. Soften the gelatin in a ¼ cup of cold milk. {Place in a bowl of warm water until dissolved}.
    11. Place the chocolate in a large bowl.
    12. Heat 200ml cream, milk and half the sugar {15gm} until simmering. Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar with a balloon whisk, and add 1/3rd of the hot milk mixture over it, whisking continuously until well combined. Pour this back into the pan with the remaining milk mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the cream is thickened and coats the back of the spoon. {Don’t allow it to boil}.
    13. Remove from heat immediately and stir the gelatin into this hot milk mixture well, then quickly strain this over the chocolate. Stir until smooth. I added 2 tbsp of Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix into this. Cool over a bowl of crushed ice, stirring frequently.
    14. Once cool, beat the remaining 200ml chilled cream to soft peaks, and gently stir into the mousse.
    15. Chocolate Glaze
    16. Place chocolate in a bowl.
    17. Heat the cream and honey in a pan until simmering. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth.
    18. Assembling cake
    19. Cut the sponge horizontally into 2 layers. Place in dessert ring on serving platter. {Dessert ring should fit nice and snugly. I use this adjustable dessert ring I bought in Sydney.} Place one layer of cake, top with the strawberries and cream mix, followed by the second layer of cake. Chill for about an hour while the Bavarian cools.
    20. Line the sides of the dessert ring with strawberry halves, gently pour the Bavaria chocolate mousse into the ring and gently level it. Cover and refrigerate overnight preferably. Next morning, prepare the glaze and pour half of it evenly over the set Bavarian mousse. Chill for 30 minutes for the glaze to set, then top with flakes and strawberries, and dust the edges with cocoa powder.
    21. Unmold from the dessert ring, slather the bottom half of the cake with the remaining glaze {optional} and chill until ready to serve.
    22. Note: The setting strength of gelatin varies according to climate. You might want to increase it if the weather is warm. It was 5C here.


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