Festive Chocolate Mousse Cake

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time:
Cooling Time: 8 hrs
Yields: 12 servings


Great for entertaining, this spectacular Chocolate Mousse cake combines tender ladyfingers and a rich, creamy chocolate mousse filling with a hint of coffee. Also, it is topped with an elegant Chocolate glaze made from NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels and whipping cream. This Grand Prize Winning recipe was created in the kitchens of Carole Stowell of Salida, CO.


  • 3 pkgs. (12 each) ladyfingers, split
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 1/4 cups hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon hot coffee
  • Whipped cream and orange rind curls (optional)


bottom and side of 9-inch springform pan with split ladyfingers.

PLACE morsels in bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. With processor running, slowly add hot coffee. Add oil and process until smooth. Transfer chocolate mixture to large bowl; cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Fold whipped cream into cooled chocolate until no white streaks remain.

POUR 1/3 of mousse mixture into prepared pan. Place a layer of split ladyfingers over mousse layer. Pour 1/3 of mousse mixture over ladyfingers. Repeat with remaining split ladyfingers and mousse mixture. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

morsels, cream and hot coffee in uncovered, medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir until smooth. Add additional coffee, if needed, to obtain drizzle consistency. Remove side of pan. Drizzle sides and top with chocolate glaze. Garnish with whipped cream and curls, if desired.

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by s. sherry , , Hampstead, NC on Dec. 2009

I have made this recipe several times and it is easy and I give it a 10....absolutely beyond words....delicious....

Crowd Pleaser !!

by D. Debi , Rocester,NY on Dec. 2009

I made this for 2 holiday parties last year and will repeat (due to requests!) this year. Takes a little more time but so worth the effort. Looks (and TASTES!)like it came from a Paris bakery! oooo-lala! It's delish!


by S. Sadie , Bronx, NY on Aug. 2009

A nice glass of cold milk . and WHIP CREAM on top of the Mousse cake. This is the way I like to eat my Chocolate cake.

Festive Chocolate Mousse Cake

by R. RUTH , Ocala, FL on Apr. 2009

An elegant dessert that is really not that hard to make. Not a heavy dessert, but light as a cloud. A spectacular finish to a great meal.

Festive Chocolate Mousse Cake

by I. India , Las Vegas, NV on Feb. 2009

What a delicious master piece. I don't like coffee. So I took out that part. But the over all ending. It was to die for. Thank you!

Very Good

by B. BARBARA , Middletown, NY on Jan. 2009

My family loved this - -its so good.


by B. Bonnie , Hartford, WI on Jan. 2009

I made this cake last week for a belated xmas party and it was a BIG HIT. Everyone wanted the recipe so I told them about VBB. We have a new subject to discuss at lunch and it concerns the best recipes.

Festive Chocolate Mousse Cake

by N. Noreen , Burlington, MA on Jan. 2009

This cake is so light and delicious to the taste and very easy to make. My friends realy loved the taste of this cake and were asking for the recipe.

Yummy Chocolate Mousse Cake

by p. patricia , Lufkin, TX on Jan. 2009

This was so easy to making and very creamy. I make this for an gathering and everyone just love itso delicious. I definitey will be making it again.

Festive Chocolat Mousse Cake

by J. Jowanna , Sweeny, TX on Jan. 2009

I love this recipe it is a hit from everyone you take the cake!