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Chocolate Mousse Cake: Daughter's Birthday #Weekly Menu Plan


chocolate mousse cake slice: Simple Living and Eating

On my daughter's birthday last week she was home from school with a bad head cold. She had plans to make a spectacular cake for her birthday party on Saturday, but I wanted to make a little something to cheer her up. 

Both of my kids really wanted me to make chocolate souffles after I made cheese souffles last week, so I decided to make a chocolate mousse cake, which is kinda of like individual souffles, but with less work.

chocolate mousse cake: simple living and eating

I used Dorie Greenspan's recipe: Michel Rostang's Double Chocolate Mousse Cake but without making the two layers, which sounds wonderful, but I was looking for something quick. I also wouldn't recommend using espresso coffee in this cake unless you really like the taste of coffee to come through. I will use regular coffee next time. 

We probably should have cooked the cake a little longer, but it did poof up like a souffle and the inside was a little gooey which my kids and myself enjoyed with some vanilla ice cream.

owl cake: simple living and eating
Click here for owl cake instructions.

My daughter felt a little better on Saturday and was able to put together her planned birthday cake. Pretty spectacular. 

Note: She used yogurt covered raisins for the the feathers instead of almond slices because she has a nut allergy. 

blowing out candles: simple living and eating

I brought her and a few of her friends out for a hibachi dinner and then we came back to the house and feasted on the owl. 

Weekly Menu Plan: 

Sunday: Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork from: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

Tuesday: Hurry up and Wait Roast Chicken with potatoes, carrots and peas.

Wednesday: Leftover Pot Roast in Red Wine with broad egg noodles

Thursday: Beef Corn Tortilla Enchiladas with guacamole

Friday: Mee Rebus Noodle Soup

Saturday: Leftovers

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  1. Scrumptious cake!!
    Who doesn't like chocolate mouse cake??!!
    I hope she's feeling much better now, and I wish you a great Halloween

    1. Thanks Winnie,
      It is a fun week for my daughter having her birthday and Halloween so close together. She is feeling better.

  2. That's too bad she was sick on her birthday! Both cakes look yummy.

  3. Both cakes look amazing! I have still never made a souffle, I guess I need to get on the ball...lol ;) I'm so glad that she is feeling better.

    1. Go for it Lisa. Nothing to be afraid of... they are just eggs.

  4. Happy birthday to your daughter...her cake is adorable!! And I remember enjoying that chocolate mousse cake :)

    1. Thanks Liz. I think she out did me with owl cake.

  5. Very happy Birthday to your daughter! I love, love chocolate!

  6. The owl cake is so cute! And of course, the chocolate mousse cake sounds amazing. I also have a 12 y/o daughter (and my son has nut allergies - the raisins made great 'feathers'!)

    1. What a coincidence. Do your kids like owls too? They seem to be really popular right now.

  7. That cake looks amazing! I like it a little gooey as well :-) I would love for you to share this at the what i am eating link up http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/11/what-i-am-eating.html

  8. Beautiful cake, Diane! And I love the cake your daughter made. What a fun cake! Pinning your recipe. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  9. I think my favorite part of this post was: "then we came back to the house and feasted on the owl".

    Happy belated birthday - love the cake.

  10. that cake looks delicious! and the owl! so cute! thanks for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

  11. Happy belated birthday to your daughter, she is adorable. I love your Owl Cake how cute is that! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks so much Miz Helen... my daughter and I both enjoyed our birthdays. You can never have enough cake.

  12. looks delicious!! and love the owl cake. I would love it if you could share this on my weekly link party Serenity Saturday on my blog Serenity You

    Natasha xx

  13. This sounds so good, Diane! Happy bleated birthday to your daughter :) Pinned this! Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays! I hope you'll join us again tonight! :)


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