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Chocolate Mousse Cake by cakecrumbs Chocolate Mousse Cake by cakecrumbs
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.

Anyhoo, for more rambles, photos, the recipe, and even a gif of my cutting into the cake, check out the blog: [link]

Moar Easter nests:


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:iconkoroshiyazane:
KoroshiyaZane Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
heavy breathing
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Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so scrumptious, I wish there was such a thing as e-tasting!! :D
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lasofia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
PErfect!
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akaicchi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Yum...
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Zilarine Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I was like, that looks absolutely amazing.. but I wouldn't be able to eat it. Then I read it was vegan! c: Looks so yummy.
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AngelicSweets Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
It looks amazing, and it looks just so tasty!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks!
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
That is cool and looks yummy =D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you! :la:
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Your Welcome =D
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LittleMrsAdams Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want to reach through my computer screen and eat it all. It looks divine!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Thank you. ♥
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LittleMrsAdams Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're welcome :)
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SheDares Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a rather awesome looking cake :meow: The ribbon and nests are a rather nice touch :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Thank you. :]
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SheDares Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problemo :3
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mhmmm, cake. Looks delicious :3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Thank you! ♥
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Teremiao Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:love:
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, I love how they look like little nests! :squee: So cute!!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thanks :D
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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DevilKid-chan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As usual with your food, this looks absolutely GORGEOUS. :heart:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thank you. ♥
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DevilKid-chan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks perfect. I love the way you combine different angles on the same image..:)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I'm so indecisive I can never decide which one I like! I'm always conflicted about just uploading one photo or one with details.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a good idea. Any time I've chosen a picture to upload.....I always think I should have chosen another! ^^
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Oh it's so difficult. But I do always love the ones you choose.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankyou ^^.....oh, and Happy late Birthday. It's been manic the past couple of days, and haven't got round to going through my mail!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Thank you. ♥ It gets a bit like that haha. Thank you also for the cake badge!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome..:)
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onirique7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so good *_* And thanks for the recipe, I wanted to make a vegan cake/dessert for a very long time :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
My pleasure. :D Thanks for the lovely comment. ♥
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onirique7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) you're welcome
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claremanson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is stunning and really does show how far you have come with your skills :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
It's always nice when you have those moments where you go "Wow, I would have botched this a year ago".
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Aiohon12 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student
looks great!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Thanks!
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Aiohon12 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student
welcome
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lilisys Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My friends made avocado/vegan/chocolate cake earlier this year too! I'm gonna try it out someday :D
Awesome job as usual!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Awesome! :la: Thanks!
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Thank you. :D
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Why oh why do you do this to me? I want to eat my monitor right now... ufff you made me crave a cake.

Ramblings aside... this looks fantastic and the fact it's vegan - my hat is off to you, again. Brilliantly done. I really wish I could have a piece.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
:mwahaha: Mission accomplished.

Thank you, too. It's so effortless to make you could totally have a piece!
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
:rofl:

well, I might give it a try, especially the velvet cake because everyone keeps mentioning it and it's something I never ever tasted... I mean, I see it in a lot of recipes, usually it's red velvet cake but hmmm... how does it taste? :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I'm not entirely sure chocolate velvet is a thing but it was so like red velvet I decided it's a thing. :giggle: The recipe is basically the same except there's no buttermilk or red food dye. It's kinda like a chocolate muffin recipe. Very moist and chocolately. One of the nicest chocolate cakes I've had.
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
aha, I see.... velvet cake = almost like nice moist muffin, good to know and I agree, very good :)
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UHM-Fish-Doctor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks so yummy.
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