Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!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.

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!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!)

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!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 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!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.”

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 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!)

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!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!

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!

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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!
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 510kcal

Ingredients

For the Cake (Bottom Layer)

  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 4 oz. ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

For the Chocolate Mousse (Middle Layer)

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cup hot water
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped
  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

For the White Chocolate Mousse (Top Layer)

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 8 oz. white chocolate chips
  • cups heavy whipping cream divided
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 12-15 Baci Perugina chocolates chopped

Instructions

For the Cake (Bottom Layer)

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line bottom of an 8”x3” springform pan with parchment paper; grease sides and bottom of pan. Set pan aside.
  • Using a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a gently simmering saucepan of water, add chocolate and butter. Heat, stirring occasionally, until fully melted.
  • Remove bowl from heat and add sugar; whisk until just combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract; whisk until just combined.
  • Add cocoa powder and whisk until just combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Set cake aside to cool completely (~1 hour), but do not release springform pan.

For the Chocolate Mousse (Middle Layer)

  • Using a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and hot water; set bowl aside.
  • Using a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a gently simmering saucepan of water, add chocolate. Heat, stirring occasionally, until fully melted. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in the cocoa powder mixture. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar together until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently stir ⅓ of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Using a spatula, fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread mixture evenly into the pan (on top of cake layer). Tap pan firmly on counter several times to remove any air bubbles. Place pan in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

For the White Chocolate Mousse (Top Layer)

  • Using a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Place the white chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl; set bowl aside.
  • Using a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat ½ cup of whipping cream until boiling. Stir the gelatin mixture into the hot cream until fully dissolved. Pour hot cream over the white chocolate chips and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir the white chocolate mixture until smooth; set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, whip remaining 1¼ cups of whipping cream together with powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold ⅓ of the cooled chocolate mixture into the whipped cream. Repeat process two more times with the remaining chocolate.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread mixture evenly into the pan (on top of chocolate layer). Tap pan firmly on counter several times to remove any air bubbles. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove cake from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Before removing springform pan, slide a thin knife or spatula between the cake and the pan. Remove pan and smooth sides of cake with offset spatula if needed.
  • Before slicing, garnish top of cake with chopped Baci Perugina.
  • Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

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!

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34 Comments

    1. Oh my gosh, this really is a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, Dawn! We might have already finished this one early here (oops), but I’ve still got time to make another. And it’s really not that difficult of a recipe! Oh, and definitely try Baci if you see them in the store…they’re one of my all-time favorite chocolate treats! 🙂

  1. You freakin’ won a trip to Italy?! How amazing is that? I certainly didn’t win anything like that going to high school. So cool!

    This cake looks pretty delicious too, David. And three layers of chocolate? Yes please! This for Valentine’s day with a glass of vino and I’m one happy lady 😉

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. I did indeed win a trip to Italy! I mean that’s pretty awesome straight up, but as a high schooler who loved Roman history? I was in heaven! This cake really is delicious, Dawn. Chocolate is the way to go for Valentine’s Day, and this cake is a winner. #TrustMeHere Thanks so much, my friend, and I hope your week is off to a great start, too! 🙂

  2. So I think we might be siblings. (Which means I have some difficult questions for my parents.). But seriously I’m OBSESSED with all things Italian. Obsessed. The history, the language, the food. And yes, baci. That’s so cool that you won a trip to Italy! I wish my high school self had been inclined to try things like essay contests. If you have any leftover cake feel free to send it my way–it looks insanely good.

    1. Hmmm, we might need to sit down and talk about this one, Kelsie. In fact, the difficult questions might be for my parents as I’m pretty sure I’m not related to my sister. Haha! You know, I have no idea what inspired me to enter that essay contest back in high school. Maybe it was my English teacher? I really wish I could remember. But the result was a further love of all things Italian…and Baci! I might have eaten all of this cake, but I’ll gladly make another one for our family tree meeting. 🙂 Hope your week is off to a great start, my friend!

  3. I am a serious chocolate lover. I will eat all kinds of desert but chocolate is my abosoulte favorite. Can you believe I’ve never had chocolate mousse??? It should be a crime. I love weird teachers, they always make a impression on students, your Latin teacher sounds fun. OMG you are also Latin teacher David? I didn’t know that. Wow you won a trip to Italy in highs school? I would love to read that essay. I hope I see this gladiator costume sometime soon. I’ve never heard of Back Perugina, I guess I’m not living right lol.

    1. You’ve never had chocolate mousse!? Mary. Stop everything right now and go make chocolate mousse. It’s rather easy to make, and it’s so so so good! And it becomes even better when it’s in this cake form, too. I was indeed a Latin teacher…and I like to think I was one of those “fun” teachers. I mean I made my students work, but I tried to incorporate some fun in there, too! As far as that essay from high school? Gosh, I don’t know what happened to it. I’ll have to ask my Mom if she has it! In the meantime, you definitely need to try Baci if you see them in the store…trust me on this one. I wouldn’t lead you astray! 🙂

  4. This cake, David, looks like all of my chocolate dreams come true-and I love Baci, or really anything Italian for that matter. I can’t imagine a more perfect Valentine’s Day dessert! So good! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Haha…I love that description, Laura! “All of my chocolate dreams come true.” And you know what? I have to agree with you! The creamy mousse filling combined with the cake combined with the chopped Baci makes for one amazing dessert! Definitely give this one a shot next time you have a chocolate craving! 🙂

  5. You were a Latin teacher, David? Wow! You’re full of surprises!

    As a chocolate lover, I’ll tell you that this cake is absolutely drool-worthy! And just in time for Valentine’s Day!

    1. I was indeed a Latin teacher, Marissa! And I miss those days. I taught down in Baton Rouge and then returned to teaching when we moved up here to upstate New York. Sadly, the school up here stopped their Latin program, but I would love to go back to teaching Latin again someday! 🙂

      As far as this cake, drool-worthy is the perfect description! It is (uh, was…oops) SO good! I might just have to make another one for Valentine’s Day. I don’t think Laura will mind at all! Haha!

  6. I like your stories about the teacher’s times. You should definitely take a new picture for the blog’s profile. You know, that one, eccentric. Wearing a bow tie and the gladiator costume 😉 This cake looks absolutely stunning, and these chocolates sound delicious. I like mousse cakes for being airy and light. Also, they’re deceiving too as my mind wants to think they don’t have as many calories as a regular cake has 😉

    1. So I’m not sure that a photo of me as a gladiator is what you want to see every time you stop by my site, Ben. But I might be convinced to put a photo up in a post at some point. Let’s wait ’til it’s a bit warmer, though…gladiators didn’t exactly dress for subzero temps. Haha! I love mousse cakes as well, and this one was delicious! Also, didn’t you know that calories don’t count around Valentine’s Day? 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Puja! I wish I could just magically make this cake appear in your home. But you really should make it sometime! It looks fancy, but it’s really pretty straightforward. 🙂 And it’s really pretty delicious, too! Haha!

  7. Uh, we need to see you in this Gladiator outfit, obviously. The cake sounds incredible, by the way. And you took Latin in middle school? That’s amazing! I can’t believe any middle school in the entire United States teachers Latin.

    1. You know, I’m not so sure that a photo of my in the gladiator costume is an obvious deduction here, Jeff. But I might just have to give in and do it…when the weather is warmer. Gladiators didn’t exactly have snowsuits. So you think teaching middle school Latin is interesting? Try teaching elementary school kids Latin. I did that back in Baton Rouge. No joke. I taught Latin to 3rd-12th graders there…and it was amazing! Also, cake. 🙂

    1. Haha…why thank you, Kathy! I feel like my life is fairly “normal,” but when I stop and think about it, I’ve had some pretty cool experiences. 🙂 So this cake. This cake. This cake is amazing! If you’re ever craving chocolate, then just remember this cake. The combination of smooth and creamy mousse with the chopped Baci on top is just something that’s impossible to put into words! Thanks so much, my friend!

  8. Intrigued I had a look into Baci Perugina chocolates and I see they have a U.K. site so I investigated further and I think these chocolates as well as the pancake recipe I’ve made several times for Lynne will be the perfect Valentines gift for Valentines day! So thanks David! And, I absolutely love the different
    layers on this triple chocolate mousse cake. Yum double yum!

    1. Yes! Baci are incredible, Neil. They’re such a fun and tasty chocolate by themselves, and we love the little saying that’s wrapped up in each one. I’m sure you could find them there in the UK. Hey, that tradition works well around our house come Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much, my friend! 🙂

  9. Awww – such a sweet Valentine’s Day tradition you and Laura have – and it all started on a second/third date! What a story to pass on to Robbie someday! And speaking of passing – dude, I think you should just pass this WHOLE scrumptious chocolate mousse cake with BACI onto ME!!! What a stunner this is! We LOVE LOVE Baci – our favs are the white chocolate ones, in fact I think Lil Shashi and I hid a bag of them in the back of our pantry just so we could make them last till Christmas!
    BTW – Lil Shashi informed me that bow ties and patches are back in now – and not just for toddlers either! 🙂

    1. So here’s the thing, Shashi…it’s really hard to figure out what to give someone for Valentine’s Day when you’ve only been on a couple of dates. Fortunately I picked the right gift with the Baci! 🙂 (You know how I feel about Baci!) This cake is absolutely amazing, too. SO good! Wait. Bow ties and patches are in? Score! Maybe Dad will have to get a matching sweater so I can go out on the town with Robbie. Haha! Thanks, Shashi!

  10. I love mousse, having two types of mousse atop a rich looking bottom cake sounds ahmazingggg! Also I’ve never had that kind of chocolate, but it sure looks right up my ally. I’ll be sure to try them if I see them around!

    Aside from that, I can only imagine how awesome Italy was. A place so rich in history would be so awe inspiring to see. It’s definitely on my bucket list!

    1. This cake is so delicious, Matt! It might sound like a lot of work, but I actually found that it came together pretty easily. And then I found that it disappeared even more easily after that. 🙂 Italy is an incredible place, and you should definitely, 100% put it on your list. In fact, Laura and I just booked a trip there for later this year. Oh, and keep an eye out for Baci in your area, too. They’re awesome!

    1. Thank you, Nicole! It’s funny how that Baci tradition developed. I mean what do you get someone who you’ve only been dating for a couple of weeks? It was a Valentine’s Day trap! But fortunately Baci was the right choice…I mean it’s delicious chocolate, so you can’t go wrong there! 🙂 And this cake. Woah. It’s SO good. Thanks so much, my friend, and happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

    1. Then stop looking right now, Marina! You’ve found it! This cake is absolutely incredible. If your husband is a chocolate lover, then I promise he’ll love this one! And it might sound difficult, but I found this cake came together nicely since you do a little bit, let it sit, do a little bit, let it sit, etc. Definitely keep this one in mind, and definitely look for Baci in your area to top the cake. The crunch from the chopped hazelnuts paired so well with the creamy mousse. 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

    1. I did indeed win a trip to Italy! And it was really cool meeting other kids my age from across the country. Unique program for sure, and I would love to relive that time! Thanks so much for the kind words about the cake, too, Deepika! This cake is seriously one of my all-time favorites!!

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