Chocolate charlotte cake

The chocolate charlotte cake is a dessert of choice and one of the most famous. In this chocolate charlotte cake recipe I suggest you decorate your chocolate mousse with crushed nougatine, a pure delight !
Category : Desserts and cakes
Difficulty : Confirmed
Servings : 8 people
Preparation time : 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time : 25 minutes
Rest time : 3 hours
Total time : 1 hour 55 minutes
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Chocolate charlotte cake


  • Dessert circle 22 cm in diameter and 4.5 cm in height


Chocolate mousse :

  • 4 eggs
  • 170 g caster sugar
  • 100 g dark chocolate 64% cocoa
  • 27 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 65 g butter
  • 250 g whipping cream
  • 20 cl water


  • Beforehand, make a 20 cm diameter chocolate sponge cake, a strip of spoon cookie and nougatine.
  • For the chocolate syrup, pour the cocoa powder into boiling water, add the caster sugar and mix with a whisk. Bring this syrup to the boil then let it cool.
  • For the chocolate mousse, pour the cold liquid cream into the bowl of the mixer, which is also cold, then start to mix it using the whisk, accelerating gradually.
  • When the whipped cream is firm, stop the mixer. It is important to monitor the consistency of the cream to avoid making butter. Put the whipped cream in the fridge.
  • Prepare a 22 cm diameter and 5 cm high pastry ring. Cut one or two 3.5 cm high strips of spoon cookie.
  • Position the biscuit strips inside the ring against the side, tightening them a little so that they stay still and the joints are not visible.
  • Cut the chocolate sponge cake in two or three using a saw knife to obtain two 1 cm thick sponge discs. Place a first disc at bottom of the ring.
  • Let’s continue the chocolate mousse. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler, or gradually in the microwave on low power.
  • Melt the butter and pour it over the melted chocolate. Add the cocoa powder and mix everything using a whisk. Leave this mixture aside for the moment.
  • Break the eggs in the mixer bowl, add the caster sugar and mix vigorously with the whisk for several minutes. The mixture will increase in volume and whiten.
  • Stop the beater and pour this preparation into the chocolate and cocoa mixture. Gently mix with a whisk to keep the volume.
  • Finish by incorporating the whipped cream in two steps, always mixing gently with the whisk. The chocolate mousse is finished.
  • Take your ring with the cookie, then soak the chocolate sponge cake at the bottom with the chocolate syrup which has cooled using a brush. Do not soak the spoon cookie.
  • Spread a first layer of chocolate mousse about 1 cm thick in your ring. Scatter the crushed nougatine (optional) over the chocolate mousse.
  • Soak a second disc of chocolate sponge cake with chocolate syrup, on one side to start. Place the sponge cake on the chocolate mousse, soaked side under and press lightly.
  • Now soak the top of the sponge cake with chocolate syrup. Garnish the rest of the circle with chocolate mousse starting at the edges, then smooth the top using a palette knife.
  • Place the chocolate charlotte cake in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours so that the outside is frozen to ease the removal of the ring.
  • After freezing, warm the ring with your hands then remove the ring cleanly upwards. Sprinkle the top with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • For decoration, you can use decorations that you have made with nougatine, or give free rein to your imagination.
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