This is a cake I made for the get together with my boyfriend's family on Easter Sunday. The base is a chocolate velvet cake, topped with a chocolate mousse layer. It's decorated with a white chocolate border and nests made from coconut and chocolate that are then filled with speckled eggs. Every Easter I always make something nest themed and always try not to repeat something from the previous year. It's certainly getting more difficult with each year!
The cake harbours a little secret: it's completely vegan. My partner's brother is vegan so I set myself the challenge of making an incredible tasting cake that he could eat as well. It gave me the chance to try something I've been dying to try ever since my friend told me about it: chocolate avocado mousse. Yep. The mousse is make with avocado in place of dairy and it is as amazing as my friend promised. You can't even taste the avocado (which is sad for me because it's one of my favourite things). It's perfect and creamy and I don't think I want mousse another way ever again.
As an aside, this cake allowed me to reflect on my personal growth and experience as a baker. The first time I made a chocolate mousse cake it was a disaster. Really over-set and unpalatable. It took me a few tries over the years to perfect a recipe. This time I was making a mousse cake with completely new ingredients, no gelatine and no idea what it was going to turn out like. And it turned out perfect. Perhaps more perfect than any other gateau I've made before. I can only attest that to the experience gained over the last 3 years empowering me and allowing me to make educated guesses/decisions along the way. I was having an absolute panic attack the whole time thinking it was going to be a disaster, and it was actually amazing. I never say that about anything I make because I think it's all rubbish but there was almost
nothing I disliked about this cake.
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