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Irish Cream Mousse Cake

Here's a chocolate cake that will help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day but you'll love it any day of the year. What's better than chocolate cake?

Irish Cream Mousse Cake
In my family chocolate cake is one of the top five favorite desserts.  I know this because I took a poll. The only other cake to make the top five desserts list is our favorite carrot cake.  We usually prefer our chocolate cake with a simple chocolate buttercream frosting, but occasionally I try to mix it up by introducing a new filling, like this Irish Cream Cheesecake Mousse.

A Kicked-up Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Irish Cream Mousse Chocolate Cake
Irish Cream Mousse Chocolate Layer Cake

The Irish Cream mousse used in this cake is yummy by itself or in these Irish Cream Trifles.  Individual trifles are delicious and would be a fun alternative to this cake for St. Patrick's Day.
Chocolate Layer Cake with Irish Cream Cheesecake Mousse

Our favorite chocolate cake is made using Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Cake recipe and "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.  This is a dependable cake recipe.  It's easy to make and always tastes delicious.  That's why it is always the chocolate cake I make for my family.

The mousse couldn't be easier to make.  With just five ingredients beat together for a couple of minutes, you'll have a delicious mousse ready to spread on your cake's layers. It tastes very special and no one will know how easy to make.  That will be our secret.

Make this cake at least a day ahead of when you plan to serve it.  You'll want to chill the cake completely to allow the mousse to set and make the cake easy to slice.    Leftover cake can be sliced into individual servings, wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for another day.  This cake freezes beautifully.

Bailey's Cheesecake Mousse
Bailey's Cheesecake Mousse

Irish Cream Cheesecake Mousse 

  • 2-8 ounce blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 container Cool Whip, defrosted

To Make the Cheesecake Mousse Layer

Mix together the sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl until well combined.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar mixture, and Irish Cream liqueur together with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Fold in the Cool Whip. Chill.

To Make the Chocolate Layer Cake

Prepare the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake or your favorite chocolate cake using two 9-inch cake pans.  When cool, slice each cake layer in half.

Spread one layer with one-third of the cheesecake mousse.  Top with another layer of cake.  Spread that layer of cake with another third of the cheesecake mousse and top with another layer of cake. Spread the remaining mousse on the cake and top with the remaining layer of cake.

Chill the cake for at least two hours.  Then prepare the "Perfectly Chocolate" chocolate frosting and frost the sides and top of the cake.  Chill until ready to serve.

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