2 tablespoons raspberry flavored liqueur (I use Chambord liqueur)
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Raspberry Liqueur Sauce
1 pint fresh raspberries
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen quick thaw raspberries in syrup
2 tablespoons raspberry or cherry flavored liqueur
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Line
with circle of wax paper and grease and flour wax paper and sides of pan.
Cake: Place chocolate in top of double boiler and cook over simmering water until just
melted. (I now do this in the microwave, 10 - 15 seconds at a time until it is melted.)
Remove from water and set aside to cool.
In large bowl with electric mixer, beat together butter, egg yolks and liqueur
until smooth. Add cooled chocolate and beat for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in small bowl with electric mixer (use clean
beaters) on high speed. until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until
whites are stiff and glossy, about 1 minute. Stir about one-quarter of beaten whites
into chocolate mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whites until no streaks of
white remain. Turn mousse mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350
degrees F or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. (Cake will sink slightly back down into
pan as it cools.) Remove pan sides and cool completely. (Cake can be made up to
2 days ahead; wrap airtight in plastic wrap and refrigerate.) Invert cake onto serving
platter and remove wax paper.
Topping: Beat together cream, confectioner's sugar and cocoa in small
bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spread topping in even layer on
top of cake. Arrange raspberries on top of cream. Refrigerate for up to 8 hours,
if you wish, or serve immediately.
Raspberry Liqueur Sauce: Place berries with syrup and liqueur in processor or
blender; whirl until pureed.
Serve with Chocolate Mousse Cake.
Some people use raspberry brandy instead of Chambord liqueur because it
apparently is a lot less expensive.
I also buy an extra container of heavy cream and whip it and sweeten it (and
add one teaspoon vanilla extract) and use it to decorate the top, but it is purely optional!
Also, note that it says "cake will sink slightly" as it cools. I found
that it sinks quite a bit! It ends up being about the height of one small layer
cake - 1 1/2 to 2 or 2 1/2 inches. So don't be alarmed it it does that! The
outcome is a thick chewy cake, more like a torte or brownie consistency - decadent