Ok, so I missed national chocolate cake day on Monday because I was still thinking up this one in my noggin. Now, I have a confession to make… I’m not a fan of cake. It’s unpredictable, and overall just too sweet! And that is why I came up with this one; Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cookies ‘n Cream Mousse and Fresh Strawberries. Not only is this cake a beaut, but it’s perfectly sweet and creamy with with a lovely pop of freshness from the summer-like strawberries.
What you will need:
- Chocolate cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 package of vanilla pudding
- 2 cups of milk
- 12 chocolate wafer and cream cookies
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz cream cheese ( softened )
- 4 tbsp butter ( softened )
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Fresh strawberries
To make this easier on yourself, prep your cake and berries the night before. Simply slice your berries , sprinkle in about a tablespoon of sugar,pop them into the fridge.
No offense cake, but you are not the star of this show, it’s the whipped cookies n cream mousse we’re all interested in. So, just buy some boxed chocolate cake mix! (noone will know). What I did for my four cake layers was quarter the mix by pouring a cup full of cake batter into each cake pan. Of course, you can just split the batter in half, bake them, and slice them in half with a serrated knife. But, I wanted these to turn out just perfectly so I took the extra time. I prepared the cake the night before, wrapped up all the layers separately, and then kept them cool in the fridge. If you want to do this all in a day, just make sure the cake is COMPLETELY cooled, or it will create a huge mess with your cream.
Onto the star of the show!! First, take the chocolate wafer and cream cookies, put them in a plastic sealed bag, and crush them up! Use your hands, a rolling pin, a ladle… take out some aggression however you please!
Now, this is a cake that calls for many bowls. In your first bowl, take one package of vanilla instant pudding , add the milk, and whisk it up. Set aside. In the second bowl, add two cups of cold heavy whipping cream, and just whip it up! You should have stiff peaks at the end of your whisks when it is ready. In the third bowl, add cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla. Make sure the cream cheese and butter are a room temperature, then whip them all together.
Next, add the crushed cookies and mix until blended.
Now it is time to bring this bowls all together into heavenly cookies’ n cream bliss. First, gently fold the vanilla pudding into the whipped cream. You want to keep the integrity and lightness of the cream. When the mixture is full incorporated, place dollops of your chocolate cookie cream into the pudding/cream mixture and also gently fold in. Continuing folding until all the ingredients are mixed together perfectly.
Start with a layer of chocolate cake and scatter your macerated strawberries about it. Then carefully place a generous heaping of the whipped custard cream on top of the strawberries and spread your cream outward with an offset spatula. Continue three more times.
At this moment you must use your will power.. put down the fork and put this billowing tower of chocolate, cream, and sugared berries into the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. The cookies in the mousse will absorb the cream while becoming rich and cake like. This a one special cake that you will want to share with the people you love, and remember, Valentines Day is just around the corner!