Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Cake

I promised my little cousin that i would make a birthday cake for her this year, since i just started my baking 'craze'. So a month before her birthday, i asked her to draw a sketch of what she wants for her birthday cake, and the flavour she likes. She gave me a simple round cake sketch, which i thought would not be difficult. The flavour she requested was chocolate - one of my favourite too! I went searching for a good and easy chocolate cake recipes, and actually found many but narrowed to one chocolate banana cake. After checking with my little cousin her favourite fruits, it wasnt banana but strawberry. Strawberry + chocolate, should be a nice combination as well! Eventually i used a combination of recipes to achieve this final cake....

The chocolate sponge cake recipe is using the same as my earlier Tri-Chocolate Sponge Cake, and the strawberry mousse is adapted from aunty yochana's Strawberry Mousse Delight.


Chocolate Sponge Cake

(a) Egg Yolk Mixture
3 egg yolks
50g sugar
120g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
50g olive oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

(b) Cocoa Mixture
30g cocoa powder
120g warm water

(c) Egg White Mixture
3 egg whites
1/4tsp cream of tartar
60g sugar

1. Preheat oven to 175 deg. Lined the cake tin.
2. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
3. Mix (a).
4. Mis (b) in another bowl, and stir till smooth.
5. Add cocoa mixture into egg yolk mixture, and stir till smooth.
6. Beat egg white with cream of tartar for 1 min, then add in sugar gradually till egg white become fluffy and reach soft peak stage.
7. Fold in egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture gently.
8. Bake for 40-45 mins.
9. Leave cake to cool.

Strawberry Mousse
220ml whipping cream
200g strawberry puree
50g sugar
1/2tsp strawberry paste
14g gelatine powder mixed with 60g water

1. Mix strawberry puree, sugar and strawberry paste into a saucepan and warm it over a stove to melt the sugar.
2. Add in gelatine mixture.
3. Leave to cool.
4. Fold in whipped cream.

My 'usual' mishaps occurs (failure seems to be quite immune by now), and the cake was only completed on the eleventh hour!

The strawberry biscuit sticks were used only to hide the really ugly (note: 'really ugly' is an understatement) finishing of the cake, and it was loop-sided!

Overall, the cake has a very sweet after-taste, which T analysed that it was probably due to the hershey kissables chocolate decorated on top of the cake. Anyway, this is a kid's birthday cake, shouldn't it be colourful and sweet?

I desperately need a lesson on decorating & frosting cake! Must find the time to do it, hopefully before end of the year oO.

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