This Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake features 3 layers of chocolate, and it’s topped with chopped Baci Perugina chocolate. This cake is perfect for any and all chocolate lovers in your life!
I credit my love for all things Italian to one of my middle school teachers. As a 7th grader back in Charleston, SC, we were all required to take Latin. Yes, that dead language. (Well, technically it’s not entirely dead. The Pope still speaks Latin.) But I still remember my middle school Latin teacher. He made that class fun! Like most Latin teachers, he was a bit eccentric. He wore bow ties, and he came up with crazy games to help us learn declensions, conjugations and mythology. I loved that class!
In fact, I loved that class so much that I later became a Latin teacher myself. And, yes, I did wear a bow tie on occasions. (I told you all Latin teachers are eccentric!) But this post isn’t about teaching Latin. Instead, it’s about chocolate. And not just any chocolate. It’s about Baci Perugina.
In high school, I entered an essay contest through my local newspaper…and I won. I still remember getting the phone call. The prize: A trip to Italy with other winners from all 50 states. It was seriously an amazing experience! I’d been taking Latin for years, so I was well versed in Roman history. The chance to see sites like the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in person was literally life-changing. I’m sure this trip contributed to my decision to major in Classic Studies in undergrad. I’m also sure this trip contributed to my decision to own a full-out gladiator costume. We keep that costume packed in a bin in our basement, and Laura just rolls her eyes whenever it comes out.
Aside from seeing ancient history firsthand, that trip also introduced me to Italian chocolate. I remember we were on a bus trip from Florence to Siena, and we had pulled over at a rest stop. I went in looking for a snack, and I came out with Baci Perugina. Have you ever tried Baci? (Hint: Do it. It’s amazing!) Baci are a combination of a creamy chocolate hazelnut filling topped with a whole hazelnut and then coated in fine, Italian chocolate. I still remember coming out of that rest stop with Baci in hand. I loved them so much that I stocked up on them before the return trip so that I could share Baci with family and friends back home.
And I guess I haven’t changed much as the very first present I ever gave Laura when we started dating was a box of Baci. Seriously! We started dating in January, and Valentine’s Day snuck up really quickly on me. I was in a real pickle. I wanted to give her something for Valentine’s Day, but we had only been on a couple of dates at that point. I settled on chocolate. And not just any chocolate. I wrapped up a box of Baci Perugina chocolates. I think it worked as we ended up getting married. (Turns out Laura is half-Italian, so she was a fan of the Italian chocolate!)
Bacio (singular form of Baci) is Italian for kiss, and since the 1930’s, every single Bacio is wrapped with a love note. The love note is written in 4 languages, and Laura and I always read the notes aloud whenever we unwrap a Bacio. One of my favorites: Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies (Aristotle). How fun is that? Of course, reading the love note is immediately followed by a period of silence while we savor our Baci. If you’re looking for a fun and unique gift for Valentine’s Day, grab a box of Baci Perugina chocolates! I gave Laura a box that first Valentine’s Day, and I still give her a box every year on February 14. Sure, it might be a little predictable at this point, but both of us love this chocolate…so don’t mess with what works!
This year, I took our love of Baci Perugina a step further. I used chopped Baci as a garnish on top of this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake. Have you ever had a slice of Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake topped with chopped Baci? If not, you need to! This is seriously one amazing dessert! The deep chocolate flavor is balanced by the creamy mousse layers, and the texture of the chopped Baci on top is perfect. Laura and I enjoyed a slice of this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake a couple of nights ago, and not a word was spoken. Well, I lie. All we could do was keep saying, “This is so good. This is so good. This is so good.”
I know this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake might look difficult, but it’s not! It does require some time, but it’s not difficult. I promise! Just treat this as 3 separate recipes, and you’ll see that each one is really quite manageable. And I love that this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake is served cold, too. In fact, this one would be great for warmer months for that very reason! (Hey, I’m always looking for an excuse to make a chocolate dessert…especially one that includes Baci!)
And to say that this cake is stunning when you cut into it is an understatement. This Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake is a showstopper! The layers of flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse look really cool, don’t ya think? And then the chopped Baci on top just finishes this one off in the best way possible!
So grab a box of Baci Perugina and make this Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake for Valentine’s Day. Actually, check that. Grab two boxes. One for making this cake and another to wrap up as a gift. Giving Baci Perugina chocolate is the Italian way of saying “I love you.” Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!
Disclosure: This Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake post was sponsored by Baci Perugina, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!