my husband asked if he could choose sunday's cake and of course i said "yes." he flipped through a couple of cook books and then decided on a bittersweet chocolate mousse cake from the cake book. he went to the store, bought all of the ingredients that we did not already have and came home. i was ready to get started and he quickly intervened and said "i want to make it." and so he did. let me tell you, he did a wonderful job. it is rich and delicious. bravo cute husband.

here's what you will need:

for the chocolate cookie crust:
1  1/2 (6.3 oz/180 g) chocolate wafer crumbs
4 tablespoons (2 oz/57 g) unsalted butter, melted

for the bittersweet chocolate mousse filling:
1 pound (454 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup (160 ml) whole milk
2/3 cup (4.6 oz/132 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
pinch of salt
1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2  1/2 cups (600 ml) heavy cream

make the crust:
butter the bottom of a 9 x 3-inch springform pan. in a medium bowl, stir together the cookie crumbs with the melted butter until combined. pat the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. refrigerate the crust while you make the mousse.

make the mousse:
place the chocolate in the bowl of a food processor and process just until finely ground. (leave the chocolate in the processor.)

in a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until  the sugar dissolves and the milk comes to a boil. with the food processor running, pour the hot milk mixture through the feed tube and process until the chocolate is completely melted. scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla extract, and process until blended. scrape the mixture into a large bowl and let cool.

in the bowl of an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream at high speed until soft peaks form. using a rubber spatula, gently fold one-third of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. fold in the remaining cream until completely blended.

scrape the mousse onto the crust and spread it into an even layer. refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours.

unmold the cake:
run a sharp thin-bladed knife under hot water and wipe dry, then run the knife between the cake and the side of the pan to release the cake; reheat the knife as necessary. remove the side of the springform pan. if necessary, run a small metal spatula around the side of the cake to smooth any rough patches.


  • Sarah Kyle

    Oh my this looks amazingly delicious. My husband is a chocolate fanatic, I will have to make it for him one of these days.

  • Keri-Anne

    Oh it does look good! My husband is the best and dissapearing into the kitchen and coming back out with baked goods :)

  • mary @ B&Gjournals

    i didn’t actually realize you do a cake once a week, super impressive and i’m jealous of all those in your house that get to partake in the finished products. looks yummy :)

  • RoselyC

    Looks delicious. And there is nothing better than a guy who knows his way around the kitchen :)

  • Isabelle

    This looks so delicious. I’d love to make it, hopefully as beautiful as yours! Props to Aubrey!

  • Cass

    Where are those cool plates from?
    Love your blog and family

  • Brandi

    The cake looks amazing and I love that your husband “took over” baking duties :)

  • Sam

    Yum! Bookmaked!

  • Molly Clark

    You lucky woman! I wish my husband would do something like that!

  • Lou

    it looks so perfect! what a husband!!! :)

  • anna k.

    Looks amazing! I have to show my husband this post, hopefully he will get the hint :)

  • Dani

    looks yummy!

  • Anne

    bravo indeed! that looks amazing

  • Emily

    Understandably you are a busy woman… but I love that you are posting more. I follow quite a few blogs and I think yours is my favorite. And that is so super cute that your husband made the cake. We need to hear those things every once in a while, to counteract all the men are stupid stuff (at least that I hear from my own mother that has been burned into my brain). Thank you!! xo

  • Ana

    What a sweet husband!

  • abigail

    truly scrumptious! team work at its finest! you have a lovely family.

  • Angelica

    go aubrey!! what an amazing husband. a cake and an “apple surprise” all in one week! lucky, lucky girl :)

  • lisa

    merci pour la recette :) à essayer !

  • abigail

    WOWAH, looks amazing! and what better way to enjoy it than to have your husband make it for you!
    thanks for sharing the recipe! My husband and I both have birthdays this month and this little cake might just be the ticket. (beautiful pictures as always!)
    aka @GrayDayShop

  • this little mum

    that looks divine. and probably tastes all the better for your husband having made it!
    our sunday cake was a lemon drizzle cake, went down a treat with the family

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