Chocolate mousse cake

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Serves 6

Preparation: 20 min

Cooking: 20 min

Chilling: overnight

4 eggs

160 ml (? c) caster sugar

250 ml (1 c) flour

60 ml (¼ c) cocoa powder

25 g butter, melted

MOUSSE

400 g milk chocolate, chopped

200 g dark chocolate, chopped

1 litre (1 c) double cream

10 ml (2 t) gelatin

TO SERVE

chocolate shavings and cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease and line a 24 cm springform cake tin.

In a bowl beat the eggs until light and fluffy.

In a saucepan over medium heat bring the caster sugar and 30 ml (2 T) water to the boil. Pour the hot syrup into the eggs while beating. Continue beating until the mixture cools and forms thin ribbons when you lift the beaters from the bowl.

Sift the flour and cocoa power over the egg mixture. Gently fold in, then fold in the melted butter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack.

Mousse: Melt both kinds of chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, bring 60 ml (¼ c) of the cream to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat.

Soak the gelatin in cold water for 3 minutes or until spongy, then add to the hot cream and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Whisk the remaining cream until soft peaks form. Working quickly, add the chocolate and gelatin mixture to the cream and whisk until the chocolate is incorporated.

To assemble the cake, spoon the mousse mixture over the cake base and chill in the fridge overnight or until set.

10 To serve: Top with chocolate shavings and dust with cocoa powder.

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