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Default Chocolate Heart Layer Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse

Chocolate Heart Layer Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse
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Yield: 4 servings, 1 eight-inch cake

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar

Mousse Base:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

Mousse, Cake Assembly, and Glaze:
2/3 cup cherry jam
2 tablespoons kirsch (clear cherry brandy)

4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon chai-spiced tea leaves or Lapsang souchong smoked black tea
leaves (from 1 tea bag)
5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate,
coarsely chopped

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For Cake:
Preheat oven to 400 F. Place 8x2-inch heart-shaped cake ring on sheet
Wrap foil up sides of ring. Brush foil and inside of ring with 1
tablespoon butter; dust with flour. Place on baking sheet. You could
use a buttered and floured 8-inch round cake pan with 2-inch-high

Sift flour, cocoa, and salt into medium bowl. Combine eggs and sugar
large metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water (do not
bottom of bowl to touch water). Whisk until sugar dissolves, about 2
minutes. Remove from over water. Using electric mixer, beat mixture
thick and billowy and heavy ribbon falls when beaters are lifted,
about 5
minutes. Sift half of dry ingredients over; fold in gently. Repeat
remaining dry ingredients. Transfer 1/4 cup batter to small bowl; fold
in 3
tablespoons butter. Gently fold butter mixture into batter; do not
or batter will deflate. Transfer batter to ring.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20
minutes. Transfer cake with foil to rack; cool completely. (Can be
made 1
day ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.)

For Mousse Base:
Bring whipping cream and cinnamon sticks just to simmer in heavy
saucepan. Remove from heat; let steep 1 hour at room temperature.
Cover and
refrigerate cinnamon cream overnight.

For Mousse, Cake Assembly, and Glaze:
Blend jam and kirsch in small bowl. Cut around sides of cake; lift off
ring. Using metal spatula, loosen cake from foil and transfer to rack.
Using serrated knife, cut cake horizontally in half. Using tart pan
transfer top cake layer to work surface; turn cut side up. Spread half
jam on cut side of both cake layers.

Strain cinnamon cream into large bowl; beat until soft peaks form.
finely chopped chocolate in heavy small saucepan over low heat until
smooth. Quickly fold warm chocolate into whipped cream (chocolate must
warm to blend smoothly). Immediately drop mousse by dollops over
cake layer; spread to within 3/4 inch of edge. Gently press second
jam side down, atop mousse. Smooth sides of cake with offset spatula.
assembled cake on rack while preparing glaze.

Bring cream, 1/4 cup water, corn syrup, and tea to boil in small
stirring constantly. Remove from heat; steep 5 minutes. Strain into
small saucepan; return to boil.

Remove from heat. Add coarsely chopped chocolate; whisk until smooth.
glaze until thickened, but still pourable, about 30 minutes. Place
with cake over baking sheet. Slowly pour glaze over cake to cover,
spatula if necessary to spread evenly. Chill until glaze is firm, at
2 hours and up to 1 day. Place cake on platter and serve.

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