Chocolate Rhapsody

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time: 4 hrs
Yields: 12 servings

Description

Inspire romance any day of the week with this recipe for indulgence. With its divine raspberry mousse and moist yellow sponge cake separated by a thin layer of decadent chocolate, Chocolate Rhapsody is sure to make love abound.

Ingredients

  • CAKE LAYER
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • CHOCOLATE LAYER
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • RASPBERRY MOUSSE LAYER
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed, pureed and strained
  • 8 oz. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Baking Bar, broken into small pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.

FOR CAKE LAYER:
COMBINE
flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in small mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk. Spread into prepared springform pan.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

FOR CHOCOLATE LAYER:
MICROWAVE
morsels and 3/4 cup cream in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. If morsels may retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Cool completely.

FOR RASPBERRY MOUSSE LAYER:
COMBINE
sugar, water and cornstarch in medium saucepan; stir in raspberries. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Cool completely.

MICROWAVE baking bars and 1/2 cup cream in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until pieces are melted. Cool completely. Stir into raspberry mixture.

BEAT remaining 1 1/4 cups cream and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold raspberry mixture into whipped cream.

TO ASSEMBLE:
REMOVE
side of springform pan; dust off crumbs. Grease inside of pan; reattach side. Spread 3/4 cup chocolate mixture over cake layer; freeze for 5 minutes. Spoon raspberry mousse over chocolate; freeze for 10 minutes. Carefully spread remaining chocolate mixture over raspberry mousse. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm. Carefully remove side of springform pan. Garnish with whipped cream and raspberries.

Yummy for the tummy

by T. Tess , Sterling,VA on Mar. 2010

I make this for our office party and everyone in my office love it so much. I do plan to make this again for Easter

In my top 10

by S. Scott , Southbridge, MA on Mar. 2010

This is by far one of my favorites!!!

Very Tasty

by T. Tabitha , , on Feb. 2010

When I saw this recipe and the picture, I immediately chose it for our Valentines Day dessert. It is a very tedious process but I thought it was a lot of fun to make. Although mine didn't look as nice and pretty as the picture it was still delicious. Like the other reviews, the mousse did not set in the 2-4 hr window as stated in the recipe. Next time I make this, I plan to use an unflavored gelatin to give it a bit more stability. Or make it the night before to give it a full day to set up. It seemed the chocolate layer was more firm so as you'd cut the cake it'd smash out the raspberry mousse layer. My whole family loved the flavor, no matter what it looked like on the plate. One friend said it was a bit too rich. Small slices do go a long way.

havnt tried yet!

by A. Alissa , , on Feb. 2010

loooooks amazing though! will defiantly be trying this weekend

Chocolate Rhapsody

by P. Patricia , CALIMESA, CA on Feb. 2010

I loved this and so did everyone that tried it. I used strawberries instead raspberries and it was delicious. Don't try this if you don't have a lot of time but it is worth the effort.

So yummy!

by K. Kerri , , on Feb. 2010

I have made this several times and love it! My only suggestion is to make the top chocolate layer as thin as possible without having the mousse show through. If this layer is too thick the dessert is hard to cut without squishing the piece.

Bliss

by T. T , Yuma, AZ on Feb. 2010

This was fabulous. I'm usually not able to get a product to appear even close to how it does in the photo, but I did it this time! It was a trial run for a family event on Valentine's Day so I'll make it again soon.

It's the Best!

by L. Lorna , Houston, TX on Jan. 2010

Everyone asks for this one over and over again.

Nobody else brought one!!!

by L. Leslie , Cincinnati, OH on Jan. 2010

During the holidays, and any other occassion that gives you an excuse to bake, it can be difficult to find something different from what somebody else may make, that pleases even the harshist of critical palates, and is also readily eaten by the eye, be sure to make more than one of this one (as my out of town friend, who gave the recipe to me, had warned of its effect on those who ate it.) It was easily the biggest hit of my dessert table of offerings brought for the annual family "Christmas bake-off". Make sure not to lose the recipe as it will be asked for on the next gathering.

chocolate rhapsody

by S. Sharril , ,Long Beach, Ca on Nov. 2009

This one really rocks!!! Had to use Nestle Premium White morsels, but it worked like a charm. Fresh rasberries also worked, couldn't have turned out better; my friends did not believe it wasn't from the store.