Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake
This started out life as a chocolate cheese cake, but everyone commented how mousse-like it was, so it's turned into a mousse cake! You can use any sweetened soy cream, for example. Soyatoo, Rich's Whipping Base or Topping Cream
1 packet of Arnotts Chocolate Ripple Biscuits
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/3 - 1/2 cup vegan margarine, melted
1 tub Tofutti cream 'cheese'
1 cup vegan cream (sweetened and whipable)
100g plain chocolate
150g fresh cherries, pitted
extra cherries for decoration
icing sugar for dusting (optional)
You will need a 20cm loose bottom (or springform) cake tin.
Crush biscuits until they resemble breadcrumbs. This is easiest in a food processor, but you could place in a strong plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin or heavy pan. Ensure there are no large lumps leftover. Stir in the ground almonds and 1/3 cup melted margarine. If the mixture is a little try then add a little more.
Press the biscuit mixture into the bottom and sides of the cake tin. Put in the fridge to chill.
Melt the plain chocolate (I do this in a microwave) and then leave to cool for a minute while you prepare the rest of the filling.
Place the cream into a large bowl and whip until thick (easiest with an electric whisk). Then add the cream 'cheese' and melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Add the pitted cherries.
Pour the mixture into the biscuit base and chill for at least an hour.
Decorate with extra cherries and dust with icing sugar. You could also grate over a little extra chocolate.