This week’s Weekly Bake Off challenge was Mary Berry’s Chocolate Mousse Cake from her 100 Cakes and Bakes. The sponge was a challenge to say the least although it turned out well. It is a Genoise cake recipe and involves whisking the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy, then adding flour, cocoa powder and cornflour and cooled melted butter. The whisked eggs make the mixture really light but it needs a very gentle touch to prevent it from sinking! The cake was baked for 35 – 40 minutes and I was quite relieved to see it hadn’t sunk. The next part of the recipe involves cutting the cake in half, returning the bottom half to the cleaned tin and filling with a chocolate mousse then placing the other half back on top and chilling in the fridge. Sounds lovely and looks lovely but I’m really not sure about the mousse – is it really ok to eat raw eggs? The mousse was made with melted plain chocolate, brandy, powdered gelatine, egg yolks, whipped double cream and whisked egg whites - all mixed together – poured on top of the sponge in the cake tin – covered with the other half of the sponge – placed in the fridge to set – but not cooked. I was so traumatised by the thought of wiping out my entire family with food poisoning I decided not to decorate the top with lots of cream and white and dark chocolate swirls as Mary did to make it pretty. I left it plain in the hope that it wouldn’t look very tempting. Unfortunately it still looked delicious and even worse it was delicious. It’s all been eaten and nobody’s been sick. I should have trusted that Mary Berry knows what she’s doing – another of her recipes that turned out really well. Having said that I don’t know if I could put myself through that again so would make the sponge again but not the mousse. I’d fill the middle with chocolate and whipped double cream and then decorate the top with peace of mind!
Weekly Bake Off