Looking for a dessert to impress your sweetie? This Strawberry Mouse Brownie Cake is seriously so easy to make and will knock the socks off anyone you share it with.
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Are you over the smoothies and hummus and veggies yet?
I would say I am, but really we do eat fairly healthy on a regular basis, so those healthy foods will stick around. We balance it out with the crazy baking that I do daily. And by daily, I really do mean daily. You would not believe the amount of crazy baking ideas I get swirling in my head!! With that many ideas, I’m usually in the kitchen each day!
Sometimes those ideas go on lists, sometimes they keep swirling until I either forget about them or write them down, OR sometimes those ideas have to be made instantly!
This brownie cake was one of those crazy hair brained sweets that came to me one day, and it just had to happen. It didn’t matter that I had no rhyme or reason for it…it got made immediately!
Kind of like this Chocolate Cheesecake Cake…no reason, but holy cow! So worth it!!
Now if you want to use a box brownie mix, you totally can go for it. Most days I’m right there with you jazzing up a box mix! But today I used these Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies as my base.
Those brownies really have become a tried and true recipe in our house. My littlest guy absolutely loves his plain brownies 🙂 Too bad he lives with me and my crazy wacky dessert brain that gets all twitchy when I can’t jazz the brownies up! Don’t worry though…he gets his plain brownies! And I usually compensate by making on overly decadent and crazy dessert the next day! It’s totally a win win for both of us!
So whisk up a batch of homemade batter and spread it into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. You can line the bottom with parchment paper or 8-inch cake circles. I like using the cardboard circles because it is easy to slide the cake right onto my cake stand or plate.
Bake the brownies for about 32-35 minutes, then remove and cool for a little bit. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it from the pan. Then open the springform pan and close it up again. You are not removing the pan. This is just to make sure it is completely away from the edge. Let it completely cool before making the strawberry layer.
Ok, now that the brownie layer is completely chilled out, let’s make a delicious no bake strawberry mousse. Seriously you are just a few ingredients away from strawberry amazingness. Cream cheese, Cool Whip, fresh strawberries chopped up in a Ninja chopper, and a few spoonfuls of strawberry Jell-o for some punch of color and flavor. Seriously! That’s it! Whip it up good and spread it on your brownie. It will fill the pan all the way to the top! This cake is large and in charge and so worth it!!!!
Now this is where your patience comes in my Padawans! Place the pan in the refrigerator and step away slowly! I realize you want brownies and mousse now…believe me so did I. So did I!!! But the mousse needs time to chill and set up. I suggest making it before you head off to dream land, then it will be ready for face planting in the morning!
Well, after one last step. Sheesh! I told you this was easy…what’s with all the steps? This needs the chocolate ganache on top. It just totally finishes it off!
1. Start by pouring the heavy cream in a small sauce pan and bringing it to a boil.
2. As soon as it boils remove it from the heat and plop in the chocolate chips.
3. Shake the pan slightly to get the chips covered with the cream, then let it sit for a minute.
4. Now stir, stir, stir until the rich chocolatey goodness happens.
5. Do not pour this on your cake!!! Hot ganache and soft mousse is not a match made in heaven!
6. Wait 10 minutes for the ganache to cool off! You can stir it a few times during this time.
7. Now it’s time to gently spread it on the cake.
Let it set one more time before serving. I know, I know! More patience is needed! But then it’s game on!!!
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