Is there any dessert that screams “Happy Holidays” louder than a Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Layer Cake? I think not!
CONFESSION TIME: I used a cake mix for the four cake layers. Sorry folks, but it’s Christmas time and it’s all I can do to get my teeth brushed each morning when I leap out of bed at 7 a.m. and frantically run around like a crazy woman until I collapse into bed at midnight.
But, the peppermint mousse was from scratch and totally out of my own culinarily oriented brain. It’s easy and creamy and – well, Yum!
CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT LAYER CAKE
Prep Time: 1 hour Serves at least 12!
Prepare a chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Cut a circle out of wax or parchment paper the size of the bottom of your 8 inch round cake pans and place these in the bottoms of four pans. NOTE: Do NOT skip this step, or the layers will crumble and fall apart when you try to remove them from the pans! Pour 1 cup of cake batter into each pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, until done in center. Remove from pans, let cool and layer with peppermint mousse between layers.
12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups cream, divided
8 ounces light cream cheese
1 cup crushed peppermint candies
Place chocolate in a double boiler and melt slowly. While chocolate is melting, heat 1/2 cup of cream and cream cheese in microwave oven until heated through. When chocolate is melted, slowly whisk in the cream mixture. Slowly stir in crushed peppermint candies, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to warm.
Whip remaining whipped cream to firm peaks and fold into chocolate mixture. Chill for one hour. Spread between layers of chocolate cakes.
— posted by Donna