Compared to the other chocolate mousse recipe on this blog, this version is lighter and fluffier and perhaps more appropriate for a warm summer day.
Chocolate Mousse II
From Betty Crocker
Yield: 8 servings
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup + 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
- 1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
- Beat egg yolks in small bowl with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until thick and lemon colored.
- Gradually beat in sugar.
- Heat 1 cup heavy cream in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until hot.
- Gradually stir at least half of the hot heavy cream into egg yolk mixture; stir back into hot cream in saucepan.
- Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens (do not boil).
- Stir in chocolate chips until melted.
- Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, just until chilled. (Or you can leave it in the refrigerator overnight, but you’ll have to let it warm up to stirrable consistency on the counter the next day.)
- Beat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream in chilled medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff.
- Stir a large dollop of whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.
- Fold chocolate mixture into whipped cream in three additions.
- Pipe or spoon mixture into serving bowls.
- Immediately refrigerate any remaining dessert after serving.
The texture of these muffins was amazing: almost exactly like muffins made with all-purpose flour! You won’t taste the bananas, and surprisingly, the flavor of the peanut butter is also pretty mild. For the most part, these taste like chocolate chocolate chip muffins.
Flourless Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
Adapted from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Yield: 12 muffins
- 1 cup (256 g) no-stir smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons (84 g) honey
- 1/2 cup (40 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch processed will work just fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the wells of a standard 12-cup muffin tin and set it aside.
In a large bowl, place the peanut butter, bananas, eggs and honey, and beat with a handheld mixer until very well-combined.
Add the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix with a spatula until just combined.
Beat the mixture again with a handheld mixer until very well-combined. The batter should be thick but soft and as smooth as possible.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared wells of the muffin tin, and shake the tin back and forth to distribute the batter in an even layer in each well.
- Place the tin in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the tops of the muffins are puffed and spring back and feel relatively firm when pressed gently in the center (22 to 25 minutes).
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. They freeze exceptionally well when sealed tightly in freezer-safe wrap or a freezer-safe container.
This chocolate pudding is smooth and silky. If desired, serve with homemade whipped cream.
From Betty Crocker
Yield: 7 servings
- In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt with whisk.
- Gradually stir in milk.
- Cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly, until pudding boils and is thickened.
- Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat; gently stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.
- Pour into large bowl; cover surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming.
- Cool 10 minutes.
- Serve warm, or refrigerate until serving time.
This is one of those wonderful recipes that taste just as delicious whether gluten free or not. The cakes have an intense chocolate flavor and are warm and gooey inside. They’re so rich that you have to pair them with ice cream or whipped cream.
Gooey Chocolate Cakes
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours
Yield: 6 cakes
- 1/3 cup gluten-free OR all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (4 ounces coarsely chopped, 1 ounce very finely chopped)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- Ice cream or whipped cream, for serving
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 400ºF. Generously butter (or spray – it’s easier) 6 cups of a regular-size muffin pan, preferably a disposable aluminum foil pan, dust the insides with flour, and tap out the excess. Put the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
- Sift the flour, cocoa, and salt together.
- Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, put the coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter in the bowl, and stir occasionally over the simmering water just until they are melted – you don’t want them to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water. (Alternatively, you can very carefully heat the chocolate and butter directly in a small non-stick pot over very low heat, stirring constantly.)
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and yolk until homogenous.
- Add sugar and whisk until well blended, about 2 minutes.
- Add dry ingredients and, still using the whisk, stir (don’t beat) them into the eggs.
- Little by little, and using a light hand, stir in the melted chocolate and butter.
- Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over the batter.
- Bake the cakes for 13 minutes if gluten free, OR 12-13 minutes if not. Transfer them, still on the baking sheet, to a rack to cool for 3 minutes. (There is no way to test that these cakes are properly baked, because the inside remains liquid.)
- Line a cutting board with a silicone baking mat or parchment or wax paper, and, after the 3-minute rest, unmold the cakes onto the board. Use a wide metal spatual to lift the cakes onto dessert plates. Serve immediately with ice cream or whipped cream.
- Store leftover cakes in an airtight container at room temperature. The next day, warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds to restore the gooeyness.
I really like this frosting because it’s both chocolate-y and tangy. Since it’s a thicker frosting, I’d pair it with a denser cake (which is perfect for gluten-free cakes…).
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from All Recipes
- 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk (you can add 1 more tablespoon if necessary)
- 1-4 cups confectioners’ sugar, to taste
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- Still on medium speed, beat in 3 tablespoons milk, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and cocoa until frosting is creamy and spreadable. Beat in extra milk and/or confectioners’ sugar if necessary to get a spreadable consistency.
If you’re searching for a light, fluffy, gluten-free chocolate cake, look no further! Since whipped egg whites provide the structure for the cake, the lack of gluten is not noticeable. I can barely taste a difference from chocolate chiffon cake made with cake flour. If you want to get a little fancy, you can crumble a couple almond crackle cookies and sprinkle the bits over the top of the cake.
- Separate the eggs when cold, then allow the whites to come to room temperature before beating them.
- The gluten-free cake dries out fast compared to regular cake, so frost it as soon as it cools to seal in moisture. Then store it in an airtight container.
Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Inspired by Taste of Home
Yield: Two-layer 8″ cake
For the cake:
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 cup+2 tablespoons boiling water
- 3/4 cup+2 tablespoons gluten-free OR cake flour
- 3/4 cup+2 tablespoons sugar (divided into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup+2 tablespoons)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
For the whipped cream frosting:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
For the filling:
- After separating, let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, stir together cocoa and water until smooth. Cool for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°F and set aside an 8″ round baking pan with 3″ sides. If using gluten-free flour, line it with aluminum foil to make cake removal easier.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, oil, and vanilla.
- Add egg yolk mixture and cocoa mixture to dry ingredients. Beat or stir vigorously until well blended.
- In another large bowl, using clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until they form soft peaks.
- Gradually add 1/4 cup+2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form.
- Add a large scoop of the whipped egg whites to the yolk mixture and mix gently but thoroughly to lighten the batter.
- Add the remaining egg whites in 3 additions. Gently fold into the batter using a large wire whisk, making sure to scrape down the bottom of the bowl frequently.
- Gently scrape batter into pan and gently smooth top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes without opening the oven door during this time. Increase heat to 350°F and bake an additional 15 minutes. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or when the surface springs back immediately after pressing on it with a finger.
- As soon as you remove cakes from oven, lay 2 thick wooden spoon handles (or chopsticks) across the top of each pan and place a shallow bowl upside down on top of the handles/chopsticks. Invert each arrangement and cool cakes completely upside down. This step is important, because otherwise the cakes will sink. It looks like this:
- Unmold cake carefully, because it is fragile, and slice in half horizontally.
- Using a mixer on medium speed, beat together heavy cream and powdered sugar until whipped cream holds stiff peaks.
- Scoop about 1 1/2 cups frosting into a small bowl, and fold in 1/3 cup marmalade to make the filling.
- Place one cake layer cut side down on a serving plate and spread with the filling. Top with the second layer cut side up.
- Frost first the sides and then the top of the cake with remaining whipped cream.
- Refrigerate the cake in an airtight container if you’re not serving it immediately.
My friends and I loved this flourless chocolate cake. It’s very rich and intensely chocolate-y.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Yield: 8″ cake
- 4 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus additional for sprinkling if desired)
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 375°F. Butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper. Make sure the paper sticks completely to the buttered pan and lies flat, or it will make an indentation in the cake.
- Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring, until smooth. (Alternatively, melt chocolate with butter in a small non-stick pot over very low heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.)
- Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture.
- Add eggs and whisk well.
- Sift 1/2 cup cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined.
- Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Don’t worry if the cake is domed when it comes out of the oven, because it will flatten as it cools.
- Cool cake in pan on a rack for 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.
- Dust cake with additional cocoa powder, if desired.
- The cake can be cooled completely and stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.