Chocolate Mousse

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!

Chocolate Mousse

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


46 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Alex — February 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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

  4. 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.

  5. sheena — February 9, 2010 at 12:56 am

    delicious! love a creamy delicious chocolaty treat! nomnomnom.

    your photography is flawless. =)

  6. Happy Cook — February 9, 2010 at 3:10 am

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

  7. 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!

  8. Cherine — February 9, 2010 at 6:16 am

    This looks beautiful and delicious :)

  9. 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!

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

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

  11. chocolate shavings — February 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

    That mousse is beautiful – love the presentation!

  12. Maria — February 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Your desserts are ALWAYS beautiful. Love this one too!

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

    Now I want to make this too! Lovely dessert!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 :)

  17. 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!

    • Jamie — February 9th, 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! :)

  18. 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!

  19. Jennifer — February 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Stunning photos! So perfect! YUM

  20. Tupper Cooks — February 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I want it now! Do you deliver?

  21. Brooke — February 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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

  22. Jodie — February 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    that mousse looks fantastic!

  23. 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!

  24. hannah — February 10, 2010 at 12:03 am

    oh my gosh, this looks divine.

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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 :-)

  28. 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?

  29. Karly — February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

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

  30. Natalie — February 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Woww this looks so delicious, yummm chocolate mousse :)

  31. Dina — February 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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?

  35. 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!!

    • MBA — April 11th, 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!

  36. 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! :)

    • Jamie — July 2nd, 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.

  37. mireya soto — April 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Can I use this chocolate mouse recipe for filling?

    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Mireya,
      I think that would be delicious. Let me know if you try it!
      – Jamie

  38. kassie g — July 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hi mireya
    I had a quick question this recipe is GREAT made it for
    My boyfriend’s family and they fell more in love with me, but i was wondering with this recipe can i use white chocolate instand and still get the delicious feed back? Or would it call for a whole other recipe. If you can get back to me soon would grealy appreciate it. :-)

    • Jamie — July 19th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I have never attempted to make this recipe with white chocolate, so I am uncertain as to how that specific substitution would perform. Let me know if you give it a whirl, I’d love to hear about it!

  39. kassie g — July 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Correction Jamie

  40. Natasha — May 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Delicious recipe, thank you so much for this delicacy!
    My husband and I loved it!

    • Jamie — May 4th, 2015 at 8:35 am

      I’m so glad that you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.


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