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Chocolate Ganache Mousse Cake

This elegant cake is topped with ganache and has a surprise inside! Serve a delicious heart shape in every bite!
Makes: 8-10 cake servings.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Tasty-Fill? pans with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In large bowl, prepare cake batter according to package directions; divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely. In large microwave-safe bowl, melt 6 ounces (6 squares) chopped chocolate. Quickly fold in about half of the whipped topping to lighten chocolate. Fold in remaining whipped topping; mix until well blended. Spoon mousse into cavities of cooled cakes. Assemble cake by inverting top layer onto bottom layer. Ice with remaining mousse. Chill cake while preparing ganache glaze.

Step 3

In small microwave-safe bowl, heat the cream until hot, but not boiling (about 30 seconds). Add remaining 2 ounces (2 squares) chopped chocolate. Let stand 1 minute; stir until chocolate melts. Cool ganache about 15 minutes. Pour over top of cake and let drip over sides of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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1 package (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix

1 package (8 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate ((chopped, divided))

2 containers (12 oz. ea.) frozen whipped topping, (thawed)




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Chocolate Ganache Mousse Cake is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st time making this cake. This cake was very easy in terms of labor. I used triple chocolate fudge cake instead of yellow cake. Also, I had trouble with all the chocolate melting into the folding whipped topping. It hardened before melting and resulted in a speckled look to the mousse. I used it anyway because it still tasted amazing. It made way more mousse than I needed and didn't make enough ganache. I had to double the ganache to get it to run down the sides of the cake. I topped with a single strawberry (per my 7 yr old daughter). The middle turned out with a perfect circle instead of a heart, but no one knew the wiser. I also had trouble after making the cakes knowing which one was the "bottom". I made it for my husband's birthday and took it to his work. They were so impressed, especially with the filling and it was so much easier than any buttercream cake I've poured hours into. Definitely will make this cake again. Total time spent with baking around 2.5 hours.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I agree with needing two cake mixes one is just not enough to fill the pans properly. I like the mousse, but next time I will make my own real cream mousse rather than using the cool whip (just a personal preference). Be sure to use a higher quality chocolate like Ghiradelli it makes the ganache smoother.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I used chocolate cake with chocolate chips, rather than the yellow cake (it came out fine!). Make sure your boxed cake mix is 18.25 oz, which is enough. However, the mousse was trouble. Each time I tried to mix the cool whip and the melted chocolate, the chocolate would cool and solidify immediately, which meant having lil chocolate ribbons in my cool whip, rather than actual chocolate mousse. However, it was still tasty, it had a nice texture difference. I also used cream cheese frosting instead of the mousse. Good cake, the pans were easy to use (I followed some picture instructions from another user's blog). The only thing that didn't work out was the mousse. Maybe if you let the cool whip get to room temperature? (I noticed that stuff DOES NOT melt!)
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The first time made this cake was today Before i made the cake i made sure i read blogs . I guess practice makes perfect because it did not come out as pretty as i wanted it to. You def need 2 boxes of cake for this cake . when the cake bakes it needs to be leveled . The heart shape did come out perfectly for me just that i did not put enough filling so half of the heart was filled .I personally do not think this is an easy cake the first time around .
Date published: 2012-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my standby "impress the heck out of people" cake. I can't believe how easy it is and how difficult it looks to others. I like to use chocolate cake, a Devil's Food or the like, as the base. The chocolate ganache then seems so mild and light. Fantastic, one of the best cakes I've made!
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made it for my mother Inlaw's birthday! She loved it! A few people asked me if I made cakes for a living! It looked and tasted that good!
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made 3 of these cakes for Mother's Day. So easy and everyone was impressed with the heart in the middle. Loved this cake and delicious. Will make this again.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have made this cake, and have also made a lemon version, filling with lemon mousse and topping with lemon curd! Fabulous, and so showy. I only wish (and I know there isn't) that there would be a way to KNOW for sure that your heart is perfectly alligned before you take it to, say, you work for someone's birthday!!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was one of the first cakes I tried to make, the filling is awsome I still make the filling with other cakes. I took it to work for all the ladies and they all LOVED it!!
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE this recipe. I've made it on several occasions and it's always a HUGE hit. I'm still yet to get a perfect looking heart in my cakes (maybe they're too moist, which is a good thing!) but the pans are really easy to use and make filling a breeze. I've also done this recipe w/ganache completely covering the cake, it is was AMAZING!
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was a beautiful and delicious cake. The mousse was tremendously easy and one of the best that I have tasted. Everyone loved this cake. It will be one of my "regulars"
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought the baking pan tried the the cake right away. It was great. I took it to work share with my coworkers. They loved it!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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