This wonderful cake recipe is courtesy of my Uncle John. He has made this cake for family gatherings for years now and it is one of my favorites. I think I’d have tried it sooner if I’d known how EASY it is. There’s nothing better than a really easy dessert that looks this fancy!
- 1 boxed chocolate cake mix- I like Duncan Hines! (with oil/eggs/water to make according to directions)
- 2 packets of Dream Whip (I’d never heard of this– it comes in a box and was near the jello/pudding boxes at the grocery. There are 4 packets per box, and if you order them in a 6-pack at Amazon they are much cheaper than in the store.)
- 3/4 c. milk
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3T. cocoa powder
- 3T. powdered sugar
- one container of pre-made chocolate frosting.
- Make cake mix according to box and bake in 2 – 8 or 9 inch round pans (I cut parchment paper to fit and place it in the bottom of each pan so that it comes out easier).
- Cool cakes completely on a wire rack and while they are cooling make your mousse.
- Put Dream Whip, milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together.
- Using a mixer, beat until stiff peaks form (3-4 minutes)
- Scoop chocolate frosting into a microwave safe bowl and heat for only about 20-30 seconds in the microwave. Heat until frosting is melted into a hot fudge consistency.
- Use a large serrated knife to level your two cakes.
- Place 1st cake on serving plate, leveled edge up.
- Pour about 1/4 of melted frosting on top of cake and spread to cover (I put this layer in the fridge for about a minute just to cool the warm frosting down before adding the mousse layer)
- Spoon all of the mousse on top of the cake and spread it ALMOST to the edges.
- Top with second cake– put the leveled edge against the mousse…this keeps all the crumbs in the middle and leaves a nice flat surface on the top of your cake. Gently press top layer down to squeeze the mousse all the way to the edges.
- Pour the rest of the melted frosting over the entire cake and let it drip over the edges.
- Refrigerate until serving.
My thoughts: WHO KNEW you could melt frosting and make such a wonderful fudge-like topping? Learn something new every day. Uncle John sometimes adds peppermint extract to the mousse– so yummy– and I had the thought while I was making this that a layer of raspberry preserves somewhere in the middle would be amazing. I think you will just love this mousse. It is so creamy and flavorful.
If you live in Africa and cant find Dream Whip PLEASE don’t ask me what to substitute– I have no idea what this stuff is…it’s MAGIC :) and I love it!
Curiosity got he better of me…. here’s what Dream Whip is: click here (I still think it’s magic.)
Enjoy this recipe friends! Thanks for the inspiration Uncle John!!! -r