gluten free chocolate mousse and meringue layer cake

On a recent trip to New York I bumped into a tiny store.  The name was, “The best chocolate cake in the world.” With a name like that, I obviously couldn’t just walk past.  When I saw the type of cake offered at the ‘best chocolate cake in the world’  store, my obvious first question was, “Is this cake gluten free?” The snotty response was the typical, “the ingredients do not contain gluten but we can not guarantee it as gluten free. If you are very sensitive…” blah blah blah.  I’ve heard this story before.  Do it yourself chick back in action.  How difficult could layered meringue, chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache be? Not difficult at all!  Read on for step by step gluten free best chocolate cake in the world!  I’m not sure if this is THE best chocolate cake in the world but it is pretty damn good!
mousse ready for action!
egg whites for meringue with added cocoa powder


single meringue layer–almost done! 

first layer mousse and meringue

half naked but in process of covering up with smooth chocolate glaze!

 chocolate meringue and chocolate mouse cake!
chocolate mousse

  • 16 oz chopped semi sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs yolks plus 
  • 4 egg white
  • 1 whole egg
-melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler–take care not to let any water get into the melting chocolate–allow to cool 20 minutes
-beat yolks by hand with a whisk–set aside
-beat the egg whites until stiff–set aside
-set aside whole egg
-beat the cream adding the powdered sugar in 3 increments 
-when chocolate is cooled add the chocolate to the beaten egg yolks-blend with a spatula. then add the single whole egg–blend.  
-to the chocolate/egg mixture add the egg whites and whipped cream in alternating batches–folding gently, careful not to deflate the egg whites as you work.
-keep the mousse cold until ready to spread on the meringue layers


Meringue Layer
  • 7 egg whites–at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup un-sweetened cocoa powder

preheat oven to 300.
in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until soft peaks form–slowly add in sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form–continue to beat on medium until mixture looks like marshmallow fluff–this could take 5-8 minutes.  gently fold in cocoa powder

 line 5 baking sheets with parchment paper.
trace five 9″ circles on separate pieces of  parchment paper–flip the paper over so you can still see the circles.
With a spatula divide the meringue among the circles on the baking sheets-  be sure to spread it evenly to the edges of the circles because thin spots will be fragile. Each circle should be about 1/2″ thick.

Place the sheets in the oven, reduce the heat to 250 degrees and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the layers peel off the sheet without sticking. Turn off oven and keep inside for another 10 minutes.

 Gently remove the meringues  by carefully peeling the parchment paper from the bottom of the disks, trying not to break them–if you do, it is ok because the glaze will cover the cracks! Set aside.

chocolate ganache
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  1. in a small heavy bottomed metal pot bring heavy cream to a boil
  2. pour hot whipping cream over chocolate pieces and butter–stir until smooth and shinny- allow to cool slightly before pouring over top of cake.

cake assembly
  1. place the bottom layer on a fancy cake plate
  2. spread a layer of mousse (about 3/4″ thickness) and continue to layer until all the mousse is used
  3. the top layer should be meringue
  4. slowly pour ganache over top layer–spreading to make smooth with a spatula.  ganache will drip down the sides of the cake.  finished product will have a “homemade” look!


3 Responses to gluten free chocolate mousse and meringue layer cake

  1. Alisa says:

    Oh sweet mama! The sight of this chocolate meringue and mousse cake can seriously bring a girl-on-a-diet to her knees.

  2. Dolly says:

    I have been looking for this cake! I am also very happy to have found you!

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