Lemon Mousse Cakes in White Chocolate Shells are elegant, single-serving desserts perfect for any special occasion. They’re made with lemon cake, lemon mousse, and fresh berries, all wrapped in a gorgeous and elegant hand-painted white chocolate shell. This recipe has several different components, so you can assemble it over the course of 2 days to make it easier. Or, to save on time, you can use a boxed cake mix to speed up preparations. You can also omit the white chocolate shell (if you must!) and just assemble the cake and mousse in clear glasses or dessert cups.
10inchesacetate cake collars(3 tall and 3-inch cake collars
4ozyellow candy melts
16ozwhite candy melts
To Make the Lemon Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 Line a 10x15” rimmed baking sheet with parchment and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
In the bowl of a large stand mixer, combine the lemon zest and sugar and rub them together between your fingertips, until the sugar is damp and very fragrant. Add the butter, oil, and powdered lemon gelatin, and mix on medium speed with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the vanilla and lemon extracts.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running on low, add a third of the flour to the large mixing bowl, and once it is mostly mixed in, add half of the buttermilk. When the buttermilk is mixed, add half the remaining flour, then the rest of the buttermilk, then finish up with the last of the flour. Mix until just a few flour streaks remain, then finish stirring the cake batter by hand. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl well to make sure everything is well-mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes, until it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, and the top bounces back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Let cool completely before proceeding.
Use a round cutter about 2.75” to cut 10 circles out of the lemon cake. (Save the rest of the scraps to make cake balls, crumble them on top of ice cream, or just munch on them as you assemble the mousse cakes!) Place each cake round on a 4” cardboard cake circle for easier assembly.
Wrap a 3” high acetate cake collar around each cake circle, making sure that it fits snugly and doesn’t gap at the bottom. Tape each cake collar securely.
To Make the Lemon Mousse:
Combine the white chocolate chips and 1.75 cup of cream in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the salt, lemon extract, and lemon zest, and let it cool to room temperature.
While you wait for the white chocolate mixture to cool, prepare the gelatin. Whisk together the gelatin and cold water in a small bowl, and set it aside to let the gelatin absorb the water. When the white chocolate is at room temperature, microwave the bowl of gelatin for 10-15 seconds, until it is melted. Whisk the melted gelatin and white chocolate mixture together.
Whip the remaining 1.75 cups of heavy cream to firm peaks. Fold half of the whipped cream into the white chocolate, and once it’s incorporated, gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
Scoop the mousse on top of the lemon cakes, filling the collars almost to the top. Leave about ½-inch of room at the top. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the mousse. Refrigerate the tray of mousse cakes until the mousse is firm, at least 3 hours.
Carefully unpeel the cake collars from around the outside of the mousse cakes. If you need to re-use these collars for the white chocolate shells, wash and dry them well before using.
Melt the yellow and white candy coating in separate bowls in the microwave, stirring frequently during melting to prevent overheating.
Dip a clean paintbrush into the yellow candy coating and paint brush strokes on one of the acetate cake collars. You can paint as many or as few as you’d like, or even create other designs and patterns. When you’re done with the yellow, spoon some of the melted white chocolate onto the acetate in even intervals.
Using an offset spatula, spread the white chocolate in a thin layer over the entire acetate strip, so that all of the edges are covered. It’s okay if it goes past the edges. Allow the chocolate to sit for about 1-2 minutes, until it just begins to get matte around the edges.
Lift up the strip of acetate and carefully place one edge against the side of the mousse, pressing the wet white chocolate directly against the edge. Wrap it entirely around the mousse and press the ends together. Tape the outside of the acetate strip to secure it around the sides of the mousse. Place the dessert in the refrigerator to fully set the chocolate for at least 20 minutes. Repeat with the remaining mousse cakes.
Once the white chocolate is firm, peel back the tape and carefully unwind the strip of acetate, peeling it off of the chocolate. Once all of the lemon mousse cakes are unwrapped, add assorted fresh berries on top. Serve chilled, and enjoy!