Chocolate Mousse

by Jamie on February 8, 2010

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Since it’s the week of Valentine’s Day, I am going to be featuring several decadent, delicious and addictive desserts that will make your partner swoon. I started the week off with an amazing chocolate cake layered with espresso buttercream and covered with chocolate ganache. If you missed this post, definitely take a minute to check it out, because it ranks as one of the Top 5 recipes to come out of my kitchen and it’s a must bake!

Today’s post is a dreamy combination of chocolate, eggs, butter, sugar and heavy cream…5 simple ingredients that blend together to create one divine dessert. I have made mousse several times in the past and although I don’t find them to be a quick and simple dessert, they are definitely not difficult. In my opinion, anyone with a little time and patience can whip together a stunning mousse that is sure to please. Serve this luscious chocolate mousse in a pretty martini glass, garnish with fresh berries and you will have the perfect dessert for a very special day.

There are only five days until Valentine’s Day, so buy some chocolate, put on your apron and get to baking something incredible for your sweetheart! Looking for some adorable kitchen related Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie? Check out Katy’s post for some fabulous ideas!

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day inspired desserts!

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Chocolate Mousse

February 8th, 2010

Yield: 6 servings


8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream; whipped with vanilla extract* until stiff peaks form
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract*


1. In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 10 minutes.

2. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture.

3. Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.


Mousse was piped into the glasses using a giant French tip from

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avatar Katie @ goodLife {eats} February 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

YUM! I want some of that…maybe that’s what we’ll have for dessert this year.


avatar Alex February 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love chocolate mousse but with my dairy problems I have to find a heavy cream substitute. The dessert looks delish. You should really try to get something into…there are always great contests and the prizes aren’t too shabby, either.


avatar Alex February 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

the website didn’t workout properly, here it is again:


avatar Cookin' Canuck February 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

What a beautiful way to present chocolate mousse! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other night.


avatar sheena February 9, 2010 at 12:56 am

delicious! love a creamy delicious chocolaty treat! nomnomnom.

your photography is flawless. =)


avatar Happy Cook February 9, 2010 at 3:10 am

I wish i could grab a glas,love the presentaion.


avatar Jessica @ How Sweet February 9, 2010 at 5:40 am

Gorgeous! I was just about to ask what you used to pipe it in, but then I saw at the end of the post. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard for me to choose from all your amazing desserts what to make for Valentines Day!


avatar Cherine February 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

This looks beautiful and delicious :)


avatar pamela February 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

I can’t believe V-day is so close. I really need to go buy some cards. This looks so good and so PRETTY!


avatar carolyn @ PBJargon February 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

What lovely photos! This looks delicious, decadent, deadly! My kind of dessert.


avatar chocolate shavings February 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

That mousse is beautiful – love the presentation!


avatar Maria February 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

Your desserts are ALWAYS beautiful. Love this one too!


avatar Nadia @ for the love of yum February 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

Now I want to make this too! Lovely dessert!


avatar moowiesqrd February 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Those pictures are stunning… between that and the espresso buttercream cake, I’m going to have to try these recipes and further destroy my waistline.


avatar Bridgett February 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I adore the chocolate and raspberry combo but mousse is a hands-down favorite of mine. Yours looks stunning in the glass.


avatar megan February 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

oh yum. I’ve never made mousse before, but it does look like a great valentine’s day dessert. I love chocolate, so really i can’t go wrong :)

I love the way you arrange your photos. very artistic. and it makes me want to eat it right off the screen :)


avatar Joanne February 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

What a beautiful dessert and just perfect for Valentine’s Day! Your site is wonderful and so easy to navigate. Thanks for all the beautiful photos and great ideas!


avatar Jamie February 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. When I had my site re-designed I tried to make it very simple to navigate…hoping that would make it more user friendly! Stop back soon! :)


avatar sheena February 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I am new to your blog…..and LOVING it! Love your recipes, and your photos make me drool!

I MUST make this. very very soon!


avatar Jennifer February 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Stunning photos! So perfect! YUM


avatar Tupper Cooks February 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I want it now! Do you deliver?


avatar Brooke February 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Great photos and desserts Jamie!! Everything looks soo rich and decadent! Keep the great ideas coming. :)


avatar Jodie February 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

that mousse looks fantastic!


avatar Jamie Cooks It Up! February 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

What a lovely site! I am happy to know of you. What beautiful pictures!


avatar hannah February 10, 2010 at 12:03 am

oh my gosh, this looks divine.


avatar Memoria February 10, 2010 at 2:37 am

What a coincidence!! I made mousse au chocolat. Your mousse is beautiful; I absolutely adore your photography!


avatar Katie February 10, 2010 at 3:29 am

That looks so yummy. I love how you have piped it into the glass rather than just spooned it in. Makes it look so elegant


avatar CaSaundra February 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

I LOVE the new site! So fresh and bright. I have been debating making the switch, but unfortantely have no time at the moment! Can’t wait to visit more often :-)


avatar thecoffeesnob February 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

These look so decadent and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day! And how cute are those cocktail glasses?


avatar Karly February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

Those pictures are beautiful! I must go make this immediately.


avatar Natalie February 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Woww this looks so delicious, yummm chocolate mousse :)


avatar Dina February 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm

yum! i want to make this for valentine’s day.


avatar Hot Polka Dot February 24, 2010 at 11:54 am

I tried to wing it once to make chocolate mousse. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. This on the other hand looks perfect. I’ll give this one a try as soon as I can. Thanks!


avatar megan March 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

This was incredible. I made for a dinner party I had last weekend and it got rave reviews from everyone. My mom helped me make it and of course we had to taste it as soon as we folded in the whipped cream and we both stared at each other, amazed by just how good it tasted. it’s so rich and yet light from the whipped cream. I’ll be making this again for sure. Thanks for a great recipe. :) I just posted about it on my blog as well…

Oh, the only problem I had was that it took longer than 1-2 minutes for the egg mixture to reach the right temperature – more like 10 minutes. although I doubled the recipe so that might be why.


avatar Stav August 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Question: Do you freeze the mousse before making it into form or is it possible to do it before?


avatar Brooke March 12, 2013 at 2:08 am

Hey I was wondering does that process with the eggs thoroughly cook them because I always try to find mousse without eggs because I want eat anything undercooked especially now since I am prego with twins. It looks so yummy and mousse is my FAV!!


avatar MBA April 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I found that the eggs were thoroughly cooked with this recipe. Congrats on the twins – thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


avatar Shannon July 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

I have been wanting to make this for awhile now, to recreate the dessert we had at a winery for valentine’s day dinner. This was probably as close as any recipe can be to what we had….it was AMAZING! Only thing I might do next time is instead of vanilla I’ll add orange essence, like we had on our valentine’s day dinner!

Thank you so much for the recipe! :)


avatar Jamie July 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Orange sounds perfect! Thanks so much for your feedback – I love hearing from my readers! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe. Have a great day.


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