Chocolate Sponge Cake with Cappuccino Mousse

Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Rhodes Around Britain

By Gary Rhodes

Published 1994

  • About

If you would like to be more adventurous, here is a way to make the mousse even more exciting. The sponge adds a good texture to the mousse, but of course can be used with any mousse or other puddings.

Ingredients

    Method

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and line a 30 × 25 cm (12 × 10 in) baking tray and four 6 cm ( in) flan rings with greaseproof paper to come up 5–7 cm (2–3 in) round the sides.

    To make the sponge, melt the chocolate with the coffee in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Leave to cool slightly. Beat the egg yolks until smooth then add the caster sugar. Continue to beat until pale and the mixture trails off the whisk in ribbons. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until they form soft peaks. Add the melted chocolate to the egg yolk mix then fold in the egg whites. Spread on to the lined baking tray to between 5 mm (¼ in) and 1 cm (½ in) thick. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

    Make the mousse but do not allow it to set. Cut out four rings from the sponge the same diameter as the flan rings, and place them in the bottom of the rings. The sponge can now be flavoured with a little rum or liqueur, if required. Spoon the mousse into the moulds on top of the sponge, chill and leave to set.

    When the mousses are set, lift off the flan rings and carefully take off the paper. Finish with the whipped cream and grated chocolate of the mousse recipe. Place the mousses on plates and serve with your chosen sauce and a sprig of mint.