Martha Stewart, how do you do it? You do it all. Now you have tempted me with these little chocolate cakes of heaven. It looks so decadent and fancy. I looked over the recipe and it doesn’t look too hard. Of course Martha makes the bottom layer from scratch. You can, if you have some extra time in your day, but I will opt for boxed cake, then make her mousse recipe. Since I don’t own a piping bag, I will throw the mousse in a plastic bag, cut off the corner, and I am sure it will be the same. I will call it, “The Poor Girl’s Mousse Cake.” If you don’t like it, I don’t care, I am sure it will still taste delish, so I will eat your cake too.
3 1/3 cups heavy cream
8 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
7 ounces milk chocolate, melted
Put 1 2/3 cups cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate 1 hour.
Put 4 egg yolks into the clean bowl of the mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment; beat on high speed until pale and frothy, 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons water to a rolling boil in a small, heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook until clear, large bubbles form, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low. Carefully pour hot syrup down side of bowl. Raise speed to medium-high. Mix until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bittersweet chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt with a rubber spatula.
Add one-third of bittersweet-chocolate mixture to whipped cream; whisk to combine. Add remaining bittersweet-chocolate mixture, whisking until completely combined. Press through a large-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard any solids. Repeat entire recipe, substituting milk chocolate for the bittersweet.
The egg yolks in this recipe are not fully cooked. It should not be prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.
Thanks to Martha Stewart.
If you would like her dark chocolate from scratch cake recipe, click here.