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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.41 / 5 (152 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
25 min

Deliciously moist and light, James Martin's chocolate cake is served with a heavenly passion fruit and mascarpone mousse


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Grease the base and sides of a 20cm round cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

3. Whisk the yolks with two tablespoons of the sugar until pale and light. Stir in cooled melted chocolate.

4. Whip the whites until they resemble soft peaks and gradually whisk in the remaining sugar.

5. Gently stir one-third of the whites into the chocolate mixture followed by the remainder. Transfer the cake mixture into the tin.

6. Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven, until just firm to the touch. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out and transferring to a wire rack.

7. To make the passion fruit mousse, beat together all the ingredients. Serve with the cake.

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Latest Comment


This is awesome. I baked the chocolate mousse cake and All of my friends love it much.

MayL76450 MayL76450  Posted 31 Aug 2010 10:21 AM

....really easy to make,it definitely needs the mousse as i used dark chocolate so it was very rich without it....lovely!!

buried coins buried coins  Posted 18 Jun 2010 5:48 PM

I tried the recipie n it came really well.
The only problem i was facing was the egg white peaks.Is it ok if i add the egg whites as it is?

gayathriA43707 gayathriA43707  Posted 07 May 2010 10:59 AM

this recipe is really easy to make
and really nice to eat
gorgeous cake lol

toniR80627 toniR80627 Posted 22 Apr 2010 1:57 PM

I followed method exactly and found this very easy to make and absolutely delicious!Thanks Martin friends and family were very impressed!

HelenF7582 HelenF7582 Posted 20 Feb 2010 9:04 AM

This is a lovely cake. I call it chocolate truffle cake as it is a truffle kind of texture in the middle. Very nice with thick cream!

Scoffey Scoffey Posted 14 Dec 2009 8:19 PM

PLEASE can someone tell me if this can be made in advance? Having dinner party and don't want to cook this at last minute, but want to prepare in advance - day before perhaps?

firstfoodie firstfoodie Posted 16 Nov 2009 9:11 PM

I want to make it but the conversion calculator you offer does not work

Mertle Mertle Posted 02 Aug 2009 4:57 PM

was easy to make and very delicious

karenF2785 karenF2785 Posted 28 Jul 2009 4:04 PM

so simple to make and very delicious

karenF2785 karenF2785 Posted 28 Jul 2009 3:20 PM

i would say the cake is a wee bit too soft cause it falls to pieces as soon as you lift it out the tub lmao !!!

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 27 Jun 2009 1:38 PM

marvelous cake..so melted in ur mouth...yummy yummy...goey

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 22 Jun 2009 11:24 AM

this was excellent, the whole family loved it

FrankD62778 FrankD62778 Posted 01 Apr 2009 4:18 PM

This was simply delicious and very easy to make!

JuliaS91031 JuliaS91031 Posted 03 Mar 2009 5:51 AM