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Mousse is a creamy dessert typically made with eggs, cream, and a combination of other flavors such as chocolate or pureéd fruit. (It's sometimes set with gelatin, too.) The egg whites are beaten before being incorporated into the other ingredients to produce a light and fluffy yet extremely rich confection. It is then chilled to maintain its aeration.

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Servings: 16

Recipe By: Selange Giannetto

From: Vegetarian Times 2008 Reader Recipe Contest

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The Devil's Chocolate Cake

With Peanut Butter Mousse

Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups beet sugar or  cane sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Fudge Icing
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Mousse
4 ounces smooth peanut butter
4 ounces firm silken tofu
2.5 ounces confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make Chocolate Cake: Coat 2 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and dust with flour. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into large bowl. Whisk together vegetable oil, vinegar, vanilla, and 2 cups water in separate bowl. Fold oil mixture into flour mixture, but don't overmix. Pour into prepared pans, and bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan, then unmold.

To make Fudge Icing: Sift confectioners' sugar and cocoa into mixing bowl. Add shortening; beat 1 minute with electric mixer on low speed, or until well combined. Add 2/3 cup boiling water and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Cool 20 minutes.

To make Peanut Butter Mousse: Purée peanut butter and tofu in blender until smooth. Blend in confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, then blend in vanilla. Chill mousse until firm enough to spread.

To assemble: Place one cake layer on plate; top with Peanut Butter Mousse, then second cake layer. Frost with Fudge Icing.
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Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 526 calories, 22g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 78g total carbohydrate and 6g protein.

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