Mango Mousse Cake

Mango mousse cake recipe

The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

  • Total: 3 hrs 12 mins
  • Prep: 3 hrs
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake (22 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
161 Calories
4g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cake (22 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 3g
Calcium 23mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This sponge cake filled with mango mousse is quite spectacular. It looks professional but is doable if you use a springform pan.

Sponge cake lines the sides and bottom of the pan, which is then filled with mousse and another layer of cake. The sponge cake is soaked with a fruit-flavored syrup, which complements the delicate sweet-tart flavor of the creamy mousse. This beautiful cake will wow guests. If you're in a rush, you can use store-bought ladyfingers for the sponge cake. Decorate the top of the cake with fresh sliced mangos or raspberries for an extra-beautiful effect.

Ingredients

  • For the Sponge Cake
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for dusting
  • For the Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fruit flavored liqueur (or 1 teaspoon orange extract plus 1 teaspoon vanilla)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the Mousse
  • 2 cups mango, in chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 to 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin 
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • Garnish: mango slices and raspberries

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cake is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for sponge cake
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Beat the egg whites with a standing or hand mixer until stiff.

    Whip egg whites
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  4. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until you have a stiff and glossy meringue.

    Add sugar
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  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they are well-mixed.

    Yolk
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  6. Whisk 1/4 cup of the meringue into the egg yolks.

    Add eggs
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  7. Fold the egg yolk mixture gently back into the meringue with the vanilla and coconut flavoring.

    Fold egg yolk mixture
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  8. Gently fold the flour and salt into the meringue, in two parts, until the flour is just mixed in.

    Mix
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  9. Place the mixture in a ziplock bag, seal, and cut off one corner to make a 1/2-inch wide hole.

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  10. Place a piece of parchment onto a baking sheet. With a pencil, lightly trace the inside diameter of a 9-inch springform pan in two places.

    Springform pan shape
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  11. Fill in the circles with the cake batter, piping it in a spiral fashion. You should use about half of the cake batter to fill the two circles.

    Fill in circles
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  12. On a separate baking sheet lined with parchment, mark with a pencil two bands with a width equal to the height of the springform pan. The bands should be about two-thirds the length of the cookie sheet, enough to line the inside of the springform pan with a little extra in case of mistakes.

    Outline of pans
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  13. Pipe diagonal lines of batter to fill the bands. These bands of cake will line the springform pan.

    Outline batter
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  14. Dust the top of the cake pieces with powdered sugar.

    Powdered sugar
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  15. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, until just golden brown.

    Bake cake
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  16. Remove the cakes from the oven and peel the parchment off the backs while still warm.

    Remove cake
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Make the Syrup

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Bring the sugar and water to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.

    Bring water and sugar to boil
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  3. Remove from heat and let cool briefly.

    Remove from heat
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  4. Stir in liqueur.

    Stir in liqueur
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  5. Generously brush the bottom and inside walls of the springform pan with melted butter.

    Butter pan
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  6. Place one circle of cake in the bottom of the pan, trimming to fit if necessary.

    Cake
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  7. Brush the cake generously with the syrup.

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  8. Brush the plain sides of the bands of cake with syrup and place them in the pan so that the visible stripes face outward and are pressed against the sides of the pan. Trim them so that they fit tightly into the pan, completely lining the sides.

    Brush cake with syrup
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Make the Mousse

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Puree the mango with the lime juice until smooth.

    Puree
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  3. Strain and set aside.

    Mango puree
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  4. In a bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of water and let rest for 5 minutes.

    Add gelatin
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  5. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (do not let bowl touch the water) and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

    Spoon in gelatin
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  6. Stir the mango puree into the gelatin and mix well.

    Stir in mango puree
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  7. Strain once more and set it aside.

    Strain
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  8. Bring the sugar and 1/4 cup water to boil in a small saucepan.

    Boil water and sugar to boil
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  9. Beat the egg whites until stiff.

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  10. Leave the mixer on the lowest speed until the sugar syrup reaches 248 F, then remove the syrup from the heat and slowly pour it into the egg whites while continuing to beat them.

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  11. When the egg whites are stiff and shiny -- now a meringue -- stir 1/4 cup of the meringue into the mango puree.

    Add meringue
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  12. Fold this mango mixture back into the meringue.

    Fold in mango
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  13. Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form.

    Whip
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  14. Gently fold the whipping cream into the meringue-mango mixture.

    Fold in
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Assemble the Cake

  1. Fill the cake pan halfway with the mousse mixture, spreading it over the circle of cake on the bottom.

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  2. Place the other circle of cake on top.

    Add second layer
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  3. Brush the cake generously with the rest of the syrup.

    Add syrup
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  4. Fill the pan to the top with the mousse, using a long spatula or the flat side of a knife to smooth across the top, making it level with the top of the pan.

    Add mousse
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  5. Place the cake in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.

  6. Remove the cake and place it on serving platter.

    Remove cake
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  7. Using a hairdryer, gently warm the outside of the springform pan. Carefully open the band of the pan slightly and lift the sides up and off the cake.

    Heat springform pan
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  8. Decorate the top of the cake with fresh mango slices or raspberries.

    Decorate
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  9. Chill the cake until you are ready to serve.

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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

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