If standard cakes have become a bit commonplace to you, perhaps a DessertLady.ca mousse cake or specialty cheesecake may be more your style.
Mousse is a French word that means “foam”. It incorporate air bubbles to give it a light, airy, fluffy texture but can also be prepared in a thicker, creamier fashion, depending on the recipe. Mousse can be sweet or savory but is more often served as a dessert course (or as part of a dessert) and most people therefore are more familiar with it in its sweeter preparation.
In terms of dessert, mousse preparation typically involves whipped egg whites or whipping cream as well as a type of flavoring. Typically mousse flavors include:
- pureed fruits
Savory mousse, though, might be flavored with hard-boiled eggs, richer herbs, or even proteins like fish and liver.
Toronto’s Dessert Lady, in fact, offers a variety of mousse based cakes for a lighter fare of sweets. Good for a variety of occasions, these recipes offer traditional mousse flavors as well as tantalizing combinations like:
- Belgian Chocolate Mousse Cake
- Mango Coconut Mousse Cake
- Mango Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
- Pistachio Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
Obviously, cakes like these consist of dark or light cake layers as well as one or more layers of flavored mousse. Typically, these cakes will also include various icing and fruit arrangements—various berries like strawberries and/or blueberries—for an elegant look.
This sweet dessert generally consists of a layer of crust, a cheese-based filling, and then, perhaps, a layer of topping. These cakes can be baked or prepared without baking and then refrigerated.
The thin bottom crust layer can consist of:
- crushed cookies
- graham crackers
- sponge cake
The middle layer—the cake’s namesake—consists of soft fresh cheese, most commonly cream cheese or ricotta, as well as eggs and sugar. The cheesecake layer could be flavored with various ingredients too, including:
- key lime
Finally, the top layer can consist of various toppings. This might fruit like:
It might also include nuts like:
Finally, cheesecake can be topped with various eye-appealing and tasty ingredients like:
- chocolate sauce
- fruit compote or icing
- whipped cream
- even a brulee of sorts