Add eggs, water and oil to cake mix, blending on low until moistened, then
on medium for 2 minutes.
Place 3 1/2 cps of batter in the pan (you'll have batter left over to
Bake the cake for 21-24 minutes or until done.
Cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from pan, inverting cake onto a wire
rack. Let cake cool completely before placing on a serving platter.
Mousse: Melt the chocolate chips and water over low heat, stirring constantly
until smooth, then remove from heat. Remove 2 tablespoons of chocolate mixture
and set it aside.
Refrigerate remaining chocolate for 10 minutes, until thickened but still
Fold it into the whipped topping and spread evenly in the cooled cake.
Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, then drizzle the set-aside chocolate over the
Refrigerate for 2 more hours.
Chocolate Amaretto Tiara Cake: Use the same recipe as above,
but substitute a dark Dutch fudge cake mix. Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to the
mousse and sprinkle 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds on top.
Black Forest Tiara Cake: Substitute devil's food cake mix.
Bake and cool cake as directed above. Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to 8 ounces
non-dairy whipped topping, spread and chill like the mousse.