the slice that almost slipped away

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This is a cake that almost never made it to my blog. In the frenzy of preparing for my husband’s birthday celebration, I forgot to photograph the star of the party – this peanut butter and chocolate mousse cake – before it was sliced and devoured! Fortunately, I was able to save the last piece for this photo.

My husband’s favorite cake (coincidentally, the one got me started with this whole with this whole baking thing) is a chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse, dulce de leche and bananas. This year, I modified it, incorporating the main flavors into a lighter cake more suitable, perhaps, for summer. This cake is almost bakeless to boot, which is a welcome relief from the the oven heat in the summer. The layers from the bottom up: a chocolate cookie crust, peanut butter mousse, dulce de leche chocolate mousse surrounded sliced bananas, ganache, decorations of chocolate shavings, peanut butter and dulce de leche sauce.

I was concerned about the proportion of chocolate/peanut butter mousse to cake (or the lack thereof of cake), but it far surpassed my expectations and turned out to be light and absolutely perfect as a summer cake. Guests went for seconds and thirds. People defied their dairy allergies and vegan principles to eat this cake (I felt a bit guilty about that, but I didn’t exactly force them). So yes, it was a big hit.

Hopefully I will make this again and eventually post the recipe – I’ve been baking more based on instinct rather than precise measurements (I know, pastry is supposed to be such a precise art) and modifed various recipes as I was making.

*UPDATE*

To all those readers asking for recipes, I am sorry to say I have still not made this cake again since this post and would not feel comfortable posting the measurements based on memory. You could recreate this cake using your favorite recipes for the various components – chocolate cookie crust, chocolate mousse, peanut butter mousse, chocolate glaze, etc. I try to post recipes when I can, but this blog is more about documenting the things I’ve made and providing inspiration.

6 Responses to “the slice that almost slipped away”

  1. Christina Says:

    It would have been a shame if you hadn’t taken a picture. The flavors are very complimentary and it looks amazing!

  2. Beth Says:

    That is an absolutely gorgeous cross section of cake! I’m glad you were able to get a photograph.

  3. Y Says:

    I love the sound of this cake.. it could easily be my fav too. Lucky you managed to save a slice of this one for a photo!

  4. nina Says:

    Why am I not surprised that that piece of cake almost slipped away. It has all the right ingredients in to be a super hit in my family!!!!

  5. kittie Says:

    Oh please do post the recipe – this looks and sounds like an absolutely sumptuous cake!

  6. dogal Says:

    Must. Post. Recipe.