10 layers of moist chocolate cake with alternating layers of rich, creamy chocolate and caramel mousses. Can you say, birthday cake?!

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

A couple weeks ago I turned 38. Real talk? I can no longer round down to 30. It’s round up to 40 time, people. Honestly – I’m OK with it. Turning 40 in a couple of years is no big deal. Because I look good, dammit. And let me tell you, in these almost 40 years of life I’ve lived through lots, and learned loads.

Can I share some of my “Almost 40” wisdom with you?

In no particular order, flow with me.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

  1. Never purchase anything full price. If you wait long enough, it will always go on sale. Always.
  2. Your life needs a soundtrack. Get on that.
  3. If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free.
  4. There is nothing wrong with watching cartoons.
  5. Beauty fades. Don’t use it to get by on life.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others. You were brought into this world with certain gifts. Embrace those. Excel on what the universe gave you, not the universe gave your friend.
  7.  Nature really does want to please you. Don’t take it for granted.
  8. No matter how old you are you will be immature. At least several times a year. It’s OK. You always find your way back.
  9. On that note, being a grownup blows chunks sometimes.
  10. Wrinkle creams don’t really work. Wanna know what you’re going to look like in a few years? Look at your mama and stop stressing your age.
  11. Marriage takes work. If you marry someone thinking life will be a fairy tale and you will always get along – Think again, homie. Marriage is like an onion, with its many layers and ability to make you cry. Marriage is about trust, compromise, honesty, love, humor, and allowing your partner space to evolve. If you can’t handle that, you ought to be single for a while. And when I say single, I mean buy a plant and don’t date. Anyone. Until you sort your life out.
  12. Your kids WILL hurt your feelings. They don’t mean to. But they do. And it hurts. And you want to get even by strolling into their classroom in rollers and bunny slippers. Resist the urge. They’re just going through their own thing. Wish them a kid just.like.them. And wait. The apology will come.
  13. If you don’t like where you live, where you work, how you feel, how you dress, or if you’re almost certain that spending one more day with your partner will lead you down a path where every day attire is an orange jumpsuit – Change it. All of it. Life is too short to be unhappy; a statement made truer once you approach middle age.
  14. Live in the present. Yesterday ain’t shit and tomorrow ain’t here yet.
  15. Play with your kids. There will come a time when they will think they’re too old to share your space.
  16. Take time for yourself. Do something, anything without the kids or your significant other. Individual interests keep you sane and help you grow. Plus it gives you something to talk about with your partner. ‘Cause um… Sometimes marriage is monotonous as hell.
  17. If you’re jealous or insecure – Let that shit go. These emotions are a manifestation of your own shortcomings. Make changes and stop the nonsense. It’s a sin and shit.
  18. Always wear deodorant. Seriously. This is key.
  19. Find at least 10 reasons to laugh out loud. Every single day.
  20. Do not attempt to control, manipulate, or change your significant other. It strains the relationship and causes major, major resentment.
  21. Did someone piss you off? Let it go. It isn’t you. 97.3% of the time it’s them.
  22. Smile at a stranger. That one smile will change their entire outlook on life.
  23. Find a way to extend happy moments.
  24. Play practical jokes on your family. It keeps you young.
  25. There will come a time when your kids will publicly declare you terribly uncool. It’s a lie. Don’t believe it. They think you’re cool as hell. But they will never say it to your face.
  26. Love hard. Love often.
  27. You are more amazing than you give yourself credit for.
  28. Bake yourself a cake. A big one. And eat it.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

Seriously. This is the first time I’ve ever baked myself a cake and honestly – I don’t know what took so damn long. Even if your birthday falls on a weekday, you need to bake yourself a cake. I woke up early birthday morning and made this beauty I’ve been bombarding you with. This cake is 10 delicious alternating layers of chocolate cake, caramel and chocolate mousse.

Will it be hard to make? Nah. Take the time to reflect on your years, boo. Oh, and if you don’t already own one, I suggest you purchase a springform pan. You’ll need to give this cake some height, so line that sucka with parchment paper.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

Now flow with me, we’re making a boatload of cake layers. The process of this layer cake is a bit time consuming – But trust – It’s totally worth it. You begin by making a caramel mousse. It’s basically just burnt sugar, heavy cream, butter, vanilla bean paste, and gelatin. You make a caramel then allow that situation too cool completely. Then you fold cold whipped heavy cream into this silkiness and allow to set for a couple of hours in the freezer.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

Next you bake a chocolate cake. I found this recipe in the Joy of baking. It is dark, luscious, and so so moist. It’s my “go to” chocolate cake situation. I baked it in three pans because it’s easier to cut in half.

As the cake bakes you whip up a chocolate mousse. The chocolate mousse comes together very easily – It comes together well before the cake finishes baking.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

Now, comes the assembly. I cut these 3 cake rounds into five layers and no shame whatsoever, ate the final layer. It was my birthday, dammit! I started with chocolate cake and alternated between chocolate mousse, caramel mousse, and cake until I ended with a nice thick layer of chocolate mousse. Then I placed it in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

When I finally unmolded this cake – It was on like effing Donkey Kong. Was it perfect? No. Was it delicious? Ask my son who cut a huge hole into it in the middle of the night.

It was amazing. Perfectly imperfect.

The beauty of this cake is – Much like life – Is there is No right or wrong to these layers. It’s not perfection. It is cake. It is all the good things in the world rolled into one. It begs to eaten, enjoyed, savored, lived, and loved. Like life.

And again, much like life – You need to take a bite of this situation.

10-Layer Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake {mind-over-batter.com}

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