Rich chocolate mousse torte

Rich chocolate mousse torte
  • Serves icon Makes a 20cm torte
  • Time icon Takes 40 minutes to make, plus chilling

This rich chocolate mousse is encased in a biscuit case – it makes a great make-ahead dessert recipe for dinner parties or special occasions.

If you want something speedier, try James Martin’s chocolate mousse recipe.


  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 150g plain chocolate, with at least 60% cocoa solids, broken up
  • 3 large eggs, separated, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp spirit of your choice, such as brandy, dark rum, Cointreau or Amaretto
  • 3 tbsp Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar

For the biscuit case

  • 50g plain chocolate, with at least 60% cocoa solids, broken up
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g butter
  • 175g digestive biscuits
  • 2 tbsp Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar


  1. Remove the base from a 20cm springform tin. Lightly butter inside the ring and place it upside-down, directly onto a flat serving plate. Secure it in place on each side with a small piece of Blu-Tack. Line the sides with a strip of non-stick baking paper.
  2. Make the biscuit case. Put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the cocoa powder and butter. Rest the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave until melted, then stir until smooth. Put the digestive biscuits and sugar into a food processor and whizz, using the pulse button, to fine crumbs. Stir into the melted chocolate mixture, then tip into the lined tin and, using the back of a dessertspoon, press the crumbs firmly in an even layer over the base and at least 4cm up the sides to form a casing. Chill while you make the filling.
  3. Dissolve the coffee in 4 tablespoons boiling water. Put the coffee and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl, rest it over the pan of hot water until melted and then stir until smooth. Mix the egg yolks and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Stir into the chocolate and coffee mixture until smooth and then stir in your chosen spirit.
  4. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until just beginning to stiffen, then gradually whisk in the sugar to form a soft meringue. The tips of the peaks should fall over, not stand upright. Gently fold the whites into the chocolate mixture and then pour into the biscuit crumb case. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm before removing the springform tin.

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  1. Note: this recipe contains raw egg.


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