Delicious Recipe Cherry Mousse Cake

Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by Cinthia

Cherry and chocolate are two flavors that go wonderfully together. The delicious cherry mousse cake is the perfect combination of these two amazing flavors. It is a wonderful cake to make for a special occasion, whether that is a birthday, anniversary, graduation or holiday party.

Though this cake does require some baking experience to get down all the parts of it, it is worth all the work. It is sure to be a big hit at your next party, as people will be going back for a second slice. It is a unique dessert that is sure to become a hit thanks to its great texture and flavor.

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What Is Mousse Cake Made Of?

Mousse cake typically consists of several layers including mousse, cake, and sometimes other ingredients such as a jam or fruit filling, whipped cream, ganache, or frosting. The mousse and cake can be a variety of different flavors.

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Mousse is typically made of either whipped cream, whipped egg whites, or both of those ingredients. It also often contains flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, fruit, caramel, or coffee. In addition, it may also contain other ingredients including gelatin and sugar.

Mousse is fluffy, creamy, and rich in inconsistency with a wonderful flavor. It is commonly served as a dessert on its own or used as a cake filling. It is often chilled in the fridge so it can reach its lovely texture.

How long does mousse last in the fridge?

In general, the mousse will last for around four to five days in the fridge. You should always store it in the fridge when not serving, as it is perishable. For best results, store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

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What’s the difference between ganache and mousse?

Though mousse and ganache often share some of the same ingredients, they are different in texture. Mousse is fluffy and airy, like a thick whipped cream. Ganache, on the other hand, is thick, rich, and creamy.

Mousse often contains whipped cream along with other ingredients such as chocolate, egg whites, or gelatin. Ganache is simply warm cream and chocolate mixed together. The warm cream melts the chocolate and then the two ingredients are mixed together before being added to a dessert.

What You Will Need To Make Cherry Mousse Cake

To make this delicious cherry chocolate mousse cake, you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus additional for the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for the pan
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cherry Mousse Filling:

  • 1/4 cup well-drained high-quality cherries in syrup, plus 2 tablespoons syrup
  • 1/4-ounce packet unflavored gelatin
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Equipment

  • Two 8-inch round cake pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Food processor
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Offset spatula

Step by step instructions

Step One: Preheat Oven Then Prepare Cake Pans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then butter the two cake pans, add a layer of parchment paper, another layer of butter, and then a sprinkling of flour.

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Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Step Three: Combine the Wet Ingredients

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted and cooled butter, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup water together until it is nice and smooth. Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the batter is just combined.

Step Four: Bake the Cake

Carefully divide the cake batter of the chocolate cakes evenly into the two cake pans, then bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Next, let your chocolate cakes cool on a wire rack.

Step Five: Prepare Gelatin for Mousse

In a small bowl, combine the gelatin with cold water then let stand for five minutes. Next, heat the gelatin in the microwave until it becomes melted, about 10 seconds.

Step Six: Combine the Gelatin, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Sugar, Salt, and Almond Extract

In a food processor, process the gelatin, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, salt, and almond until smooth.

Step Seven: Combine with Cherries

Quarter the cherries and add them to a medium bowl along with the two tablespoons of syrup. Add the cream cheese mixture to the cherries and mix well, then refrigerate for five to 15 minutes, until set.

Step Eight: Assemble Cake

Spread the cherry mousse on top of a cake layer and then place the other layer of cake on top. Place the cake with mousse in the fridge for one hour.

Step Nine: Make Ganache

In a small saucepan, bring the cream you are using for the ganache to a simmer, then remove from heat. Add the chocolate to the hot cream, let stand for three minutes and then mix. Next, place the ganache in the fridge for 15 minutes.

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Step Ten: Cover Cake With Ganache

Remove the ganache from the fridge then stir and cover the outside of your cake with the ganache. Then, refrigerate your cherry mousse cake for at least two hours.

Tips And Tricks

Store the mousse cake in the fridge in an airtight container when not serving. The cake will keep in the fridge for up to four to five days as long as it has been properly stored.

Since mousse does not freeze well, it is best to consume the cake with five days of making it. However, you can make the cake layers and freeze them ahead of time, then make your mousse when you are ready for the cake.

Servings And Preparation Time

Bake Time

Preparation Time Servings 
25 minutes 50 minutes (plus chilling)

10-12

An Amazing Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake

This incredible cherry mousse recipe is perfect for any party or occasion. Though it does require intermediate baking skills, it is worth every step.

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Delicious Cherry Mousse Cake

Cherry and chocolate are two flavors that go wonderfully together. The delicious cherry mousse cake is the perfect combination of these two amazing flavors. It is a wonderful cake to make for a special occasion, whether that is a birthday, anniversary, graduation or holiday party.
Prep Time50 mins
Baking Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry chocolate mousse cake, cherry mousse cake, cherry mousse recipe, How long does mousse last in the fridge?, What is mousse cake made of?, What's the difference between ganache and mousse?
Servings: 12
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Cherry Mousse Filling:

  • 1/4 cup well-drained high-quality cherries in syrup, plus 2 tablespoons syrup
  • 1/4- ounce packet unflavored gelatin
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven Then Prepare Cake Pans.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then butter the two cake pans, add a layer of parchment paper, another layer of butter, and then a sprinkling of flour.
    1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus additional for the pan, 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for the pan
  • Combine Dry Ingredients.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
    1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for the pan, 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Combine the Wet Ingredients,
    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted and cooled butter, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup water together until it is nice and smooth. Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the batter is just combined.
    1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus additional for the pan, 1 large egg, at room temperature, 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 cup water
  • Step Four: Bake the Cake.
    Carefully divide the cake batter of the chocolate cakes evenly into the two cake pans, then bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Next, let your chocolate cakes cool on a wire rack.
  • Prepare Gelatin for Mousse.
    In a small bowl, combine the gelatin with cold water then let stand for five minutes. Next, heat the gelatin in the microwave until it becomes melted, about 10 seconds.
    1/4- ounce packet unflavored gelatin
  • Combine the Gelatin, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Sugar, Salt, and Almond Extract.
    In a food processor, process the gelatin, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, salt, and almond until smooth.
    1/4- ounce packet unflavored gelatin, 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Combine with Cherries.
    Quarter the cherries and add them to a medium bowl along with the two tablespoons of syrup. Add the cream cheese mixture to the cherries and mix well, then refrigerate for five to 15 minutes, until set.
    1/4 cup well-drained high-quality cherries in syrup, plus 2 tablespoons syrup
  • Assemble Cake.
    Spread the cherry mousse on top of a cake layer and then place the other layer of cake on top. Place the cake with mousse in the fridge for one hour.
  • Make Ganache.
    In a small saucepan, bring the cream you are using for the ganache to a simmer, then remove from heat. Add the chocolate to the hot cream, let stand for three minutes and then mix. Next, place .the ganache in the fridge for 15 minutes.
    3/4 cup heavy cream, 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Cover Cake With Ganache.
    Remove the ganache from the fridge then stir and cover the outside of your cake with the ganache. Then, refrigerate your cherry mousse cake for at least two hours.
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