Chocolate Bourbon Mousse Cake with Ganache

Amy Rice

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  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces butter, salted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp.
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites, room temp.
  • 1 egg yolk, room temp.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon-whiskey


  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey




  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch spring foam pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper (cut out to fit the bottom).
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water/double boiler (make sure the bowl does not touch the water). Put the butter and chocolate chips in the bowl and melt. Mixing until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir until the sugar is slightly melted, remove from heat.
  3. While the chocolate mixture is off the heat, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add flour mixture and two eggs to the chocolate mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Pour and evenly spread around prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.




  1. In a double boiler, melt the 3tbs of butter, 8oz of chocolate chips, and stir until smooth, add bourbon and stir till just combined. Turn off heat. When the chocolate is not hot, but warm, add the 1 egg yolk and gently stir into the chocolate, stop when the yolk is incorporated.
  2. In a clean and chilled mixing bowl whisk the 3/4 cup of cream till soft peaks form on high speed. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer with whisks attached (not chilled), beat the 3 egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form, add the 2tbs of sugar, and return to high speed until stiff peaks have formed.
  4. In three batches, fold the whipped cream into the chocolate (it should be just warm to touch), making sure each addition is fully combined. Now gently fold in the egg whites, in three batches, until fully combined.
  5. When the cake has fully cooled in the pan, gently pour the mousse on top and spread around evenly. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. When the mousse has set, gently remove the ring from around the spring foam pan.



  1. Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl. Heat cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and instantly pour over the chocolate. Sit for 1 minute and then stir till chocolate is melted and is smooth. Let it sit for 10 minutes, add the bourbon and combine then pour over the set mousse.
  2. Place in the fridge for the ganache to set, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Enjoy!



*This recipe contains raw eggs.

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