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Chocolate Spice Cake with Whipped Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate spice cake topped with whipped chocolate mousse and served with raspberries.

Large Cakes | 29th May 2009 | By

If you’re in need of a chocolate cake that isn’t too rich or too fussy, then this chocolate spice cake is a good one to go for. It’s an easy to make light chocolate cake with spicy notes. You can cover it with chocolate buttercream for afternoon tea or with a spicy whipped chocolate mousse for a special occasion.

This chocolate spice cake goes back a long way. Well, since my childhood anyway. It’s something of a family recipe. Whenever I bite into it, I’m flooded with memories of a long ago camping trip down at Sennen Cove. The week long holiday was destined to end in disaster. The first two days were brilliant. The sun shone, we swam, explored and feasted on the cake. It has never tasted quite as scrumptious as it did eating it out in the open with the salt Cornish air in our lungs. But it wasn’t long before the heavens opened and our tents and sleeping bags got thoroughly soaked. The rain showed no inclination to stop and after one night of sleeping in a damp puddle, we decided to cut our losses and go home. The joys of camping!

Slice of chocolate spice cake topped with whipped chocolate mousse.

When I first got into cake making in my teenage years, the bake I made most often was this Chocolate Spice Cake.  It was me that made the one for our ill-fated camping holiday. Once I left home, I sort of forgot about it. But a few years ago, I must have had a sudden yearning for my youth or something. I woke up one morning with the certain knowledge that I wanted to make this cake today.

Chocolate Spice Cake Tips

I’ve made the cake several times since. Sometimes I vary the flour, just to ring the changes. I’ve used half wholemeal spelt and half quinoa and I’ve also tried it with half buckwheat or coconut flours. These have all been good, but I always come back to my trusty wholemeal spelt flour which just works. Occasionally, when I’m feeling a bit more health conscious, I swap the sugar for Rapadura, but it’s hard to kid myself that this cake is anything but an indulgence.

Chocolate spice cake topped with whipped chocolate mousse and served with raspberries and a card.

The original chocolate spice cake includes mixed peel. I find it makes a really good addition. But mixed peel is one of the things that unfussy CT is fussy about. So I tend to swap the mixed peel for crystallised papaya or pineapple. If you don’t like it, you could just leave it out all together, but it’s just not quite the same.

Update Sept 2019 – Jo recently made this cake and she swapped the mixed peel for crystallised ginger. What a very good idea. You can see how she got on over on her blog Jo’s Kitchen Larder.

I used to whip up the egg whites separately to the yolks and fold this into the cake mixture. But it’s an additional step that I’ve now stopped doing. I don’t think it makes much difference to the final texture and it just takes more time and creates extra washing up. Who needs that?

Chocolate spice cake topped with whipped chocolate mousse.

I’ve included the original chocolate buttercream icing in the recipe. This cake definitely needs a topping of some sort. If I’m making the cake for something special though, I top it with a spicy whipped chocolate mousse. This is similar to the buttercream, but I add mascarpone and a little spice. I then whip it until it’s light, moussy and unctuous.

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Slice of chocolate spice cake topped with a lightly spiced whipped chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Spice Cake – The Recipe

Chocolate spice cake topped with whipped chocolate mousse.
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Chocolate Spice Cake

An easy to make light chocolate cake with spicy notes. You can cover it with chocolate buttercream for afternoon tea or with a spicy whipped chocolate mousse for a special occasion.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: buttercream, cake, chocolate, chocolate mousse, mascarpone
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 50 g (2 oz) dark chocolate (I use 70%)
  • 115 g (4 oz) unsalted butter - softened
  • 200 g (7 oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 2 duck eggs or large hens eggs
  • 175 g (6 oz) wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground allspice (or mixed spice if you prefer)
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) kefir, buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 oz mixed peel (or dried pineapple or papaya)

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 60 g (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • 50 g (2 oz) dark chocolate (I use 70%)
  • 115 g (4 oz) icing sugar
  • OR

Spicy Whipped Chocolate Mousse

  • 60 g (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • 50 g (2 oz) dark chocolate
  • 85 g (3 oz) icing sugar
  • 125 g (4 oz) mascarpone cheese
  • ½ tsp allspice

Instructions

  • First, melt the chocolate. Bring a pan of water to the boil, then remove it from the heat. Place a bowl over the top and break in the chocolate. Leave until melted.
  • Turn on the oven to 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. I do this by hand, but you can use a hand held or stand mixer if you prefer.
  • Beat in the chocolate. Then beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Pour the kefir in and mix gently. Finally stir in the mixed peel.
  • Scrape the batter into an 20 cm (8”) round silicone mould or lined tin.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch and an inverted skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave in the tin to cool for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Whilst the cake is cooling, make the topping.

Chocolate Buttercream

  • Melt the butter and chocolate in the previously used chocolate bowl, using the same method. Leave to cool for ten minutes or so.
  • Sieve in the icing sugar, then beat together until you have a spreadable consistency.
  • Spread over the cooled cake.

Spicy Whipped Chocolate Mousse

  • Melt the butter and chocolate in the previously used chocolate bowl, using the same method. Leave to cool for ten minutes or so.
  • Sieve in the icing sugar and spice, then beat together well with a wooden spoon. Add the mascarpone and beat until you have a light and moussy consistency.
  • Spread over the cooled cake.

Update

In August 2019 I updated the post to make it more useful to my readers. It now has a recipe card, more explanatory text and new photos. I made the cake for CT’s birthday and topped it with the spicy whipped chocolate mousse which I then covered in chocolate shavings. We enjoyed it with macerated raspberries and it was delicious. Here’s the original photo.

Chocolate Spice Cake

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20 Comments

  1. Jeannette (Jay Joy)

    2nd August 2019 at 2:04 am

    Why haven’t I ever heard of chocolate spicy mousse, crystallized papaya or pineapple?! I honestly ouldnt’ know whether we could pick chocolate spicy mouse or chocolate buttercream.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd August 2019 at 10:13 am

      Well chocolate spicy mousse is something I made up, so I’ll let you off that one. But the crystallised papaya or pineapple shouldn’t be too hard to find.

      Reply
    • Kylee

      2nd August 2019 at 2:50 pm

      You had me a “chocolate mousse”. This is such a gorgeous blend of flavors, I cant wait to try!

      Reply
      • Choclette

        2nd August 2019 at 2:53 pm

        Thank you. Chocolate seems to marry well with so many spices.

        Reply
  2. Leslie

    2nd August 2019 at 3:18 am

    Family recipes are always the BEST! This looks like a keeper for sure! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd August 2019 at 10:22 am

      It’s a good everyday type of cake Leslie. Well, apart from the chocolate mousse topping which takes it up a notch 😀

      Reply
  3. Cheese Curd In Paradise

    2nd August 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I have never had a chocolate spice cake and it sounds delicious. I love the addition of the allspice in the cake and in the mousse. What a delicious flavor combination.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd August 2019 at 2:52 pm

      I’ve just had a slice with my lunch and it’s just as good now on day three as it was on day one.

      Reply
  4. Byron Thomas

    3rd August 2019 at 12:04 pm

    You grabbed my attention at spiced. I love just about any dessert type of recipe that has the word spiced in the title. I’m a sucker for things like all-spice, ground ginger, ground cloves, etc. It’s a part of my roots. Newfoundlanders will often used ground spices that are warm and comforting in their desserts. I most certainly would not skip on the mixed peel though. I love that stuff!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd August 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Ah, you’re from the cold north Byron. I can quite see why spices are so appealing. I don’t mind bought mixed peel, but I’m totally in love with the homemade stuff.

      Reply
  5. Ramona

    5th August 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my! This cake looks and sounds absolutely amazing, all these spices add so much flavour to it. Definitely a must make over the school holiday and my little baker would be very happy to join me. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      5th August 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you Ramona. Yes, this is a good one for little bakers as it’s not a rich chocolate cake and it’s fairly easy to make.

      Reply
  6. Jenny Walters

    9th August 2019 at 10:14 pm

    What a chocolate cake and what fabulous memories. Isn’t that what baking is all about? I have never had a spiced chocolate combo before but you make it sound like I so should. I can almost taste it. Thank you so much for sharing it with #BakingCrumbs

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th August 2019 at 11:19 am

      I’m a bit of a spice fiend and chocolate works well with so many spices.

      Reply
  7. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    10th August 2019 at 9:45 pm

    The chocolate cake and that spiced whipped chocolate mousse with mascarpone on top – heaven! I so could do with a slice now! Don’t you just love recipes that take you back! Thank you for sharing this one with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th August 2019 at 9:31 am

      I do love recipes that take me back, especially when they turn out to be as good as this one 😀

      Reply
  8. Helen - Cooking with my kids

    20th August 2019 at 11:37 am

    This sounds delicious. I’ve never had chocolate and all spice together, but it sounds great. #bakingcrumbs

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th August 2019 at 2:22 pm

      It’s a bit unusual but a nice combination nonetheless.

      Reply
  9. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    3rd September 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Oh wow this sounds so divine!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd September 2019 at 4:23 pm

      It’s quite a simple cake, but it takes me right back to my youth.

      Reply

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