Chocolate mousse in minutes recipe (2024)

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  • 15m prep
  • 05m cook
  • 6 servings


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What's better than a decadent chocolate mousse recipe? A easy chocolate mousse recipe that's ready in mere minutes.

With its timeless elegance, chocolate mousse is always in fashion. From its first appearance in France in the 1800s to then becoming the dinner party superstar of the 1970s, chocolate mousse still appears on restaurant menus today. Chocolate mousse sings of romance and is a perfect date night dessert.

Why is this our favourite easy chocolate mousse recipe?

Following only 15 minutes’ prep, this chocolate mousse is transferred to the fridge where it just hangs, its chilled environment working to firm and trap the frothy bubbles within. This, our favourite chocolate mousse recipe, simplifies the chocolate mousse-making process, proving it's easy to make chocolate mousse at home. Rather than whipping the egg whites separately, in this clever recipe you beat the whole eggs for 5 minutes. What results is a light-as-air, silky chocolate experience. With the double whammy of both chocolate and cocoa powder, with this recipe you are on your way to chocolate mousse heaven.

If you're a chocolate mousse devotee, you'll love this 1-ingredient, mind-blowing chocolate mousse, these chocolate mousse squares, this decadent chocolate mousse box cake, and this choc cherry mousse cake.

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  • 6 Ingredients
  • 3 Method Steps

6 Ingredients

  • 300g CADBURY Baking Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 3 eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar

  • 1 tbsp good-quality cocoa powder, sifted

  • 300ml thickened cream, plus extra whipped cream to serve

  • Grated chocolate, to serve

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3 Method Steps

  • Place the chocolate (300g CADBURY Baking Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped) in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Stir until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  • Place eggs (3 eggs, at room temperature) and sugar (1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar) in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thick and doubled in volume. Fold in cocoa powder (1 tbsp good-quality cocoa powder, sifted) and cooled chocolate until combined.

  • In a separate bowl, whip cream (300ml thickened cream, plus extra whipped cream to serve) until thickened (be careful not to over-beat). Use a large metal spoon to carefully fold the cream into the chocolate mixture, trying to keep the mixture as light as possible. Spoon into 6 serving glasses and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving, then top with extra whipped cream and grated chocolate (Grated chocolate, to serve) to serve.

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Recipe Notes

What are the secrets to the best chocolate mousse?

A great chocolate mousse is all about creating a foam and then stabilising it. The airiness is created by beating both the egg mixture and the cream. When beating the eggs and sugar, make sure you do it for the full 5 minutes - the mixture needs to have doubled in size, so you know you’ve successfully created loads of little bubbles of air. It is also important that the cream is whipped until firm peaks form. Don’t get too overzealous with the cream, though, as you don’t want to over-whip it and create butter! Another important step is to cool the chocolate after melting before folding it into the egg mixture. The two components need to be close to the same temperature to prevent the chocolate from seizing. While the chocolate stabilizes the mousse, trapping in the bubbles of air, so does the fridge. The mousse needs to chill for at least an hour or preferably overnight. We like to take the mousse out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving as by taking the cold edge off, your spoon slides more easily into the creamy dreamy chocolate.

What chocolate should I use in this chocolate mousse recipe?

You may have been at the supermarket and seen chocolate with percentages on the label. This refers to the amount of pure cacao in the chocolate. Everyday snacking chocolate contains sugar and milk as well as cacao in order to get that sweet and creamy taste and texture. Dark chocolate contains less to no dairy solids. Cadbury’s Baking Dark Chocolate contains 45% cocoa solids which makes it a good all-round crowd pleaser. If you wanted a more intense bitter-sweet chocolate flavour, you could buy dark chocolate with anywhere between 70% - 90% cocoa solids.

How do you whip cream to firm peaks?

First off, for cream to be whipped it needs to be chilled. The fat in the cream won’t work as a stabiliser when at room temperature. When chilled the fat globules not only emulsify more easily, but they stay emulsified for longer. You can even use a chilled bowl to create a really cool environment for the cream. The bowl needs to be large enough to contain the cream once it's whipped. Start with the beaters on low as the cream tends to splatter – another reason for the big bowl - and then slowly increase the speed. You know you have achieved firm peaks when you lift the beaters and a swirl of cream sits up. If a little curl appears the cream is at medium peaks and can go a bit further.

Can you twist this chocolate mousse recipe?

While perfect as is, this chocolate mousse recipe lends itself to the addition of various different flavours. Chocolate loves orange so finely grated zest can be added as well as Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Vanilla can be added as well as coffee or mint essence. On we have recipes for all tastes and dietary requirements – even vegan and egg free. Check out our collection here.


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