Chocolate Mousse Cake

This delicious chocolate cake is a chocoholics dream dessert, so soft and moist. The dark chocolate in this recipe really makes it fantastic, and if you use 70% dark it becomes very very rich - you can tone this down a little bit by mixing half dairy milk chocolate with half dark chocolate if preferred; it is a riiich dessert!

Keep tasting the coffee mascarpone and added more icing sugar as needed if it is too bitter to your taste. If you dont have chocolate sorbet to serve alongside the cake, vanilla bean or good chocolate ice-cream works just as well. Be careful not to exceed the baking time, as 12 minutes really is all thats needed. This is a sumptious cake that people will ask you to make again.

500g dark chocolate
4 eggs
1 tbs caster sugar
1 tbs plain flour, sifted
2 tbs golden syrup
125g unsalted butter
Melted chocolate, to decorate
Chocolate sorbet, to serve
200g mascarpone cheese
2 tbs instant coffee
2 tbs pure icing sugar

Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease and line the base of a 20cm round spring-form cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer or use an electric hand beater and beat on high for 10 minutes until very thick and pale. Gently fold in the flour then fold in the chocolate mixture until combined. Pour into the cake pan and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake. Remove collar from cake pan and transfer the cake to the fridge for 1 hour to cool (this step is important as it sets the middle of the cake).

For the coffee mascarpone, dissolve coffee in 1 tablespoon of boiling water and set aside to cool. Beat together the mascarpone, icing sugar and coffee in a bowl until stiff.

To make the chocolate leaf, brush non-toxic leaves with the melted chocolate. When cool, peel the leaf off.

Slice the cake and serve with a dollop of coffee mascarpone, a chocolate leaf on top and a scoop of sorbet or ice-cream on the side.