Chocolate Oblivion Torte

From: (Stephanie da Silva)
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1993 04:16:27 GMT

Ultimate Chocolate Mousse Cake
1 to 2 tablespoons tepid raspberry jelly or seedless jam
Chocolate Bands
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cordon Rose Raspberry Sauce

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Mousse Cake and let cool.  Brush the jelly
lightly around the sides of the cake.

Encircle the sides of the cake with one of the chocolate bands, wavy side
up; the jelly will help the chocolate band adhere.  Peel off the waxed
peper.  Attach the second chocolate band, overlapping if necessary, to
completely encircle the cake.

Whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla just until stiff.  Top
the chocolate mousse cake with about half of the whipped cream.  With the 
back of a large spoon, make a shallow depression to form a pool.  Fill
with about 3/4 cup of the raspberry sauce.  Serve the remaining sauce
and whipped cream on the side.

Ultimate Chocolate Mousse Cake

1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
6 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Wrap the outside of an 8 inch springform pan
in a double layer of aluminum foil to prevent seepage.  Butter the pan
and line the bottom with a round of parchment or waxed paper.  Butter the

Combine the chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl over a pan of 
hot -- not simmering -- water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch
the water).  Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is
smooth and melted.  

Put the eggs in a large mixer bowls set over simmering water and stir 
constantly until warm to the touch, about 3 minutes; remove from the heat.  
With an electric mixer, beat the eggs until they triple in volume and form 
soft peaks when the beater is lifted, 5 to 8 minutes.  (To ensure maximum 
volume, if using a hand-held mixer, continue to beat the eggs over simmering 
water until they are hot to the touch, about 5 minutes, then remove from the 
heat and beat until cool.)

Fold half the eggs into the melted chocolate until partially incorporated.
Add the remaining eggs and fold until they are just blended and no streaks 

Pour at once into the prepared springform pan and smooth the surface with
a spatula.  Place in a larger roasting pan and add enough hot water to the
pan to reach about two-thirds of the way up the springform.

Bake for 5 minutes.  Cover the top of the springform loosely with lightly
buttered aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.  Remove the cake
from the oven and let cool on a rack for 45 minutes; then cover and
refrigerate until chilled and very firm, about 3 hours.

To unmold, run a small spatula or blunt knife around the edge and remove
the side of the springform.  Carefully insert the cake onto a plate that
has been covered with plastic wrap and remove the bottom of the springform;
peel off the parchment.  Reinvert the cake onto a cardboard round or cake
plate.  Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight, until thoroughly

Chocolate Bands

3 1/2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

Cut waxed paper into two strips 13 by 2 inches.

Melt the chocolate and pour one-fourth of it in a strip down the middle of 
each piece of waxed paper.

With a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly to completely cover the waxed
paper strips.  Let set and then repeat with the remaining chocolate to make
a second layer.

Let set until firm but still malleable.

Using a small, sharp knife, cut out a free form scalloped ripple along one 
long side of each chocolate strip.

Keep the waxed paper in place until after the bands have been wrapped around
the cake.

Cordon Rose Raspberry Sauce

2 packages (23 ounces each) individually quick-frozen raspberries, thawed
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Drain the raspberris, reserving the juice.  In a small saucepan, warm the
juice over low heat.  Add 1/3 cup of the sugar and the lemon juice and stir
until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.

Puree the raspberries in a blender.  Press through a sieve to remove the

Stir the raspberry syrup into the puree.  Sweeten with the remaining sugar 
to taste.  Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week. 


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