Raspberry Mirror Mousse Cake

READY IN: 5hrs 20mins
YIELD: 16 slices




  • 1. In large bowl, beat egg yolks, all but 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the sugar and vanilla for 2 minutes or until light. Sift flour and cocoa over top; stir until incorporated and thick. In bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir one-third into batter. Fold in remaining whites.
  • 2. Grease side of 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Pour in batter. Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven for 12 minutes or until cake pulls away from side of pan. Let cool in pan on rack. Turn out onto rack; peel off paper. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; set aside for up to 24 hours.).
  • 3. Chocolate mousse: Place chocolate in bowl. In saucepan, bring cream and vanilla to boil; pour over chocolate, whisking until smooth. Place bowl in larger bowl filled with ice water. Let stand, stirring often, for about 30 minutes or until very cold.
  • 4. Press raspberries through fine sieve into small saucepan; stir in sugar. Sprinkle with gelatin; let stand for 1 minute. Warm over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into small bowl; refrigerate, stirring often, for 30 minutes or until thickened to consistency of egg whites.
  • 5. Clean cake pan; line bottom and side with parchment paper. Return cake to pan. With electric mixer, beat chocolate mixture until soft peaks form; fold in raspberry mixture. Spread over cake to side of pan. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 4 hours or until mousse is firm. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.).
  • 6. Raspberry glaze: Press raspberries and jam through fine sieve into sauce-pan; stir in grenadine. Sprinkle with gelatin; let stand for 1 minute. Warm over medium heat, stirring, for 5 minutes or until dissolved; strain. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until cool but pourable. Pour over mousse. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until glaze is firm. Garnish with a ring of fresh raspberries around the outer edge of the cake, as well as a cluster of raspberries and mint in the center, if desired.