Easy 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Easy 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse – light, airy, smooth and whips up in less than 5 minutes. A great chocolate lovers dessert perfect for any night of the week!

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This recipe is awesome!  A while back I was looking for a delicious, easy, egg-free chocolate mousse I could in recipes like this Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Mousse Cake or these Triple Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes.  After browsing through several recipes, most requiring eggs, melting chocolate, or delicate and precise methods, I came across one that was quick, easy and tasted great.  I’ve adapted the recipe into what you’ll find here today.  Shout out to Circle B Kitchen for sharing their recipe that got me started.

You can find the full printable recipe HERE or click any of the big purple buttons below.

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Here’s a little video we made to show you how simple this delicious dessert is to make.  🙂

What You’ll Need:

ingredients

I know… you actually see 4 ingredients.  Technically, you don’t need the almond extract but if you’re an almond or amaretto fan, you’ll love the addition!

Tips & Tricks:

There are a few tips that go along with this recipe.  If you follow them, you’re mousse will turn out so much better.  They’re kind of like mousse magic tips and tricks.

First,  sift the cocoa powder before adding it to the cream.  It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t, but it will make the final product more consistent and smooth.  If your powder has clumps in it the mousse will end up with little dark flecks of cocoa powder.  Trust me!  The first time I made this recipe I didn’t sift my cocoa powder and it didn’t look as smooth or pretty.

Sift cocoa powder

Second, chill the bowl you plan to whip the mousse in.  Whipping cream whips much easier when it is cold. By chilling the bowl, it will keep your cream extra chilly.  I use a glass bowl and just pop it into the freezer about 30 minutes before I plan to make the mousse.  Again, not the end of the world if you don’t chill your bowl.

Use a chilled bowl

Third, don’t skimp on your cream.  Use HEAVY whipping cream.  Heavy whipping cream has a higher fat content which makes this chocolate mousse set more firm.  It’s usually a little more expensive (like 25 to 50 cents more per pint) but worth it!  If you are using this recipe for frosting a cake or cupcakes you’ll save yourself some time and hardship by using heavy whipping cream rather than regular whipping cream.  Heavy whipping cream will give you a stiffer whip that will hold up as a frosting.

Make It:

Can I have 5 minutes on the clock, please?  😉  Seriously though, this recipe comes together so quickly.  It’s perfect for those days you want a little sweet something after dinner but feel like you don’t have a lot of time.  Also, I should mention, this is an awesome recipe to use for a light mousse frosting for cakes and such.

First, pour the heavy whipping cream into a chilled bowl.  Using an electric mixer, begin whipping.  Whip the cream until it becomes frothy and slightly thickened.

Whip cream to foam

Once the cream is frothy, add the powdered sugar and sifted cocoa powder.  You might want to give it a little stir before turning the electric mixer on otherwise you may get a face full of chocolate sugar cloud.

Add sugar and cocoa powder

If adding almond flavoring (or vanilla if you prefer), whip until soft peaks form.  This is when you can pull the beaters out of the mixture and the “peak” of the mixture falls onto its self, it doesn’t stand up.  Add flavoring.

Whip

Whip the mousse until stiff peaks form.  A stiff peak is when the mixture holds its shape and peaks stand straight up.  Make sure not to over whip or it might end up turning into sweet chocolate butter.  Haha!

Stiff peaks mean its done

I like to use a spatula to do my last bit of mixing to ensure I don’t over whip.  Warning… you’re gonna want to lick the attachments, spatula, and bowl when you’re all done!

Great as a chocolate mousse frosting

I like to add a little fancy to this mousse by using a plastic bag and piping tip.

Put in plastic bag with piping tip

Using a make-shift piping bag, pipe this delicious, fluffy chocolate mousse into the serving dish of your choice… or right into your mouth.  I won’t tell.  😉  Doesn’t this mousse look amazing?  It really is as good as it looks!

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All done… with time to spare

… it’s that easy!

Chocolate mousse intimidated me but with this easy 3-ingredient chocolate mousse recipe, anyone can make it.  That (and the delicious chocolate flavor) is why I love this recipe so much.

It’s light, airy, chocolate-y, sweet and, most definitely, quick and easy!  We love to eat it just like this or use it for a light chocolate mousse frosting on cakes and cupcakes.  We even like to use it as a dip for fruit (strawberries are our favorite).

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This is a treat everyone will like unless you don’t like chocolate, which would be crazy! 😉

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What’s your go-to quick sweet treat?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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OP: 1.19.17                    Updated: 10.11.18

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101 Responses

  1. Janel says:

    This recipe looks delicious. Oh man I just got back from the store too and don’t have all the ingredients to make it.

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks Janel! It’s definitely worth putting on the shopping list for your next trip. 🙂

      • Vaness says:

        If I wanted to make this for party and make it the day before, what would be a good prep plan?

        • Rachel says:

          Hi Vaness! Do to this recipe being so quick to make, I typically make it right before serving. The color will darken the longer it sits as the cocoa absorbs moisture. If you must make ahead, I would make as late as possible, cover it well, and store in the fridge. Good luck! 🙂

    • Angela says:

      I so gonna make this at work for the residents
      They love simple deserts that look delightful

  2. Robin rue says:

    I am dying right now because this looks so good. I can’t wait to make this for my family!

  3. Jessica Egbert says:

    I love things that are quick and easy to make that are scrumptious. This fits all those. I am so excited to make this.

  4. Cassandra says:

    YUM! Would it be wrong if I got up right now and made that for myself – an only myself!

  5. OMG! This looks so amazing! And I love how easy it is to make. And so fancy, that swirl. Love the use of the plastic bag instead of a pastry bag. 🙂

  6. Lauren Sheriff says:

    Oh yum, I need to try this!!

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  7. Kiwi says:

    Now that looked fun to make! I never had chocolate mousse from scratch like this I would like to try it.

  8. Allison says:

    Yum! I love chocolate mousse. Sometimes I use it in place of frosting for cupcakes. 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Yep, we love using this recipe to frost cakes and cupcakes. You can put a nice big swirl on top without it being to much like a traditional buttercream or other frosting. 🙂

  9. carmen says:

    Incredible! I love the simplicity. You can’t go wrong with chocolate mousse. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

  10. Omg! This chocolate mousse recipe looks relish! I love a quick and easy recipe. This one looks yummy and makes for such a pretty presentation too. 🙂

  11. Theresa says:

    I have never made mousse at home before, but you make it sound really simple to do!

  12. Caitlin says:

    This looks, and sounds, ABSOLUTELY DIVINE! I love chocolate mousse… I can’t wait to try this out.

  13. My mouth is watering! I love chocolate mousse, so I’ll definitely be making this soon!

  14. Allison says:

    This looks so delicious! I love a good dessert that isn’t too heavy and super sweet, this looks amazing.

  15. Ooh this looks so amazing and delicious!! I love chocolate mousse but have never tried making it before – may have to change that!

  16. Barb says:

    This looks so easy and totally right up my alley! I love recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients!
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  17. Rachel says:

    Nom! I bet a coconut version (with coconut cream and coconut sugar) would be amazing.

  18. Madeline says:

    Love that these are three ingredients! It looks so creamy!

  19. Amber Nelson says:

    That looks really really good! can’t wait to try this at home!

  20. Looks yummy! We’ve been using avocado in our chocolate mousse lately. It makes it creamy, but without lactose.

  21. I have those dessert glasses. I need to remember when I ned a quick easy dessert for my kids.

  22. Samantha Lee says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I’m pinning it to my food board, and I will be trying it very soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. This looks so amazing and chocolatey. Love that it only takes 3 ingredients!

  24. Brittany says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks delicious! I would love to try this one out! I love mousse but i’ve never tried making it on my own!

  25. anber says:

    I am definitely saving this to make later! I love desserts but I love simple recipes even more! Yummy!

  26. Rachel says:

    I love how easy this looks! This is something my kids would love and I think could make a great bedtime treat.

  27. Alyssa Ruane says:

    Of course I come across the day I vowed to get on track with my eating. Funny how that always happens, huh 😉

  28. Vaishnavi says:

    Wow, looks and feels so yum. My little girl will love this as much as I will. Love the recipe. An amazing one for me to try this weekend!

  29. Becky says:

    SO excited to try this. I love quick and easy recipes to fit in my busy life.

  30. Lilly Moore says:

    This is wonderful, finally a recipe that doesn’t use eggs!

  31. Brandi says:

    Would this mousse be stable enough to use as a cake filling? Of course I will be damming the outside with buttercream to avoid seepage.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Brandi! Thanks for stopping by. This mousse is as light as whipped cream. To answer your question, I’d probably say no for using it as a filling unless your buttercream dam is hearty enough to hold the top layer of cake. If you do use this mousse for your filling, I’d love to hear how it works for you. 🙂

  32. Maggie says:

    I made this for an event and instead of the extract, I added an equal amount of Bailey’s liquor. Wasn’t too strong and the perfect thing for a St. Patty’s Day party!

  33. Sarah says:

    Will this hold form if I make it the night before eating?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. This mousse will take on a darker, richer color as it sits but as long as you keep it refrigerated, it will hold its form. The color changes as the cocoa powder collecting moisture from the cream. We just made chocolate cupcakes with this mousse on top. One of our favorites. Have a great night and enjoy!

  34. Gianni from Torino Italy says:

    Hi. How it works using dark chocolate from bars instead cocoa powder? Did you try it? Thank you. Gianni

    • Rachel says:

      I have not tried that. I was worried the mousse would come out too soft because the chocolate bar would have to be melted (warm). Cream doesn’t like to whip if it’s warm. If you thy this way, I’d love to hear how it goes! Thanks for stopping by.

  35. Susie Colley says:

    Absolutely wonderful … I didn’t add the almond extract … didn’t need it … thanks for sharing … definitely going to be doing this again 🙂

  36. Debbie says:

    I guess you could add a bit of coffee for another flavour. What else could we do for different flavours – the oils or essences what about the colours -just a drop of food colouring?

    • Rachel says:

      If you are a coffee lover, a bit of coffee would make this great. My husband loves coffee flavored treats but I’m not a big fan. Raspberry would also be delicious. If using the full amount of cocoa powder and the lesser amount of sugar, this recipe is on the darker side of things. Adding a little raspberry flavoring would cut through some of the dark chocolate bitterness.

  37. This looks so awesome! And when you think about it, the flavor possibilities are endless! What a fantastic recipe. Thanks so much!

  38. Heather says:

    I just made this and it is absolutely delicious and so easy. Thanks

  39. Audrey says:

    It was so fun to meet you at the Everything Food Conference. This chocolate mousse looks like it is to live for! I’m sharing and pinning. We will have to get together sometime.

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Audrey! Thanks for stopping by and checking things out. It was so great to meet you guys too. This recipe is definitely worth trying. Try it once and you’ll be hooked! I totally agree with a little get together sometime SOON! Until then. 🙂

  40. bernie says:

    Tried this with Irish Cream syrup instead of the amaretto (used the sugarless). Yum!

  41. Patty says:

    Am I missing the measurement somewhere ?

  42. Susan Raymond says:

    I calculated the calories for this using 1/4 cup cocoa and powdered sugar; 4 servings. Each serving would have 191 calories and 12 grams of carbohydrates.

  43. Bransi says:

    So basically its chocolate whipped cream…..and I can’t see the measurements used any where. The picture its difficult o tell what the cups are

  44. Kassie says:

    Thank you for this recipe!!
    How would you serve this if you made it for a group and not use individual glasses?

    Could you make this into a pie crust for Chocolate pie? Maybe add whipped cream on top with chocolate shavings?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi, Kassie! Thanks for stopping by. If you want to forgo the individual glasses you could serve this mousse in a large glass bowl or colored bowl. As far as making a Chocolate mousse pie with it. YES! It would be fabulous. Adding whipped cream and chocolate savings would definitely give it a more elegant “pie” look. Just make sure you whip it to stiff peaks so it holds up when you cut it (but don’t turn it into chocolate butter). Good luck!

  45. Kailey says:

    I am a kid and I like to cook and thank you for giving me this easy recipe

  46. Carla says:

    HEY was wondering the measurements

  47. davinder says:

    instead of powdered sugar can you use caster sugar. looks amazing

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, you should be fine using caster sugar in this recipe. I would make sure to add it in before you start whipping the cream to allow it a little extra time to fully dissolve and incorporate. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

  48. Lynne says:

    Turned out just as I wanted. Simple yet great!!!!

  49. amaima says:

    Can we use packet cream instead of whipping cream

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Amaima! I’m not sure what packet cream is. You can use heavy cream or just regular cream to make this. Heavy whipping cream is the best though because it has a higher fat content which makes the mousse thicker.
      Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  50. Star says:

    Would using truvia instead of powdered sugar work? Or is there a secret reason for the cornstarch sugar?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Star! I’ve never tried it with Truvia but I’m guessing it would work. I’ve made this recipe with regular granulated sugar. When I do it comes out slightly grainy. That’s the main reason why I like making it with powdered sugar. It gives this super easy mousse a really smooth texture. If you try it with Truvia, I’d love to hear about your results. Thanks for stopping by.

  51. Vivien says:

    I could so eat that right now!! and it’s 10.10 pm where I’m located. Can’t wait to make it for the weekend 😊

  52. Sherry says:

    no bueno… I made it for a dinner party, following instructions exactly. It turned out like soup. Then, I had my niece remake it, she’s a great cook and I was sure I must have missed something. She followed directions exactly, and again turned out like soup. One young guest loved it cuz it was like a glass of chocolate milk, but a failure for the dinner party ;( Lesson: never try a recipe for the first time at a dinner party!

    • Rachel says:

      That’s to bad to hear. The only two things I can think of that would have made this recipe “soupy” is one, the cream was warm (it won’t whip if it’s warm) and two, it just needed to be whipped longer. If the cream is cold it will whip to stiff peaks and even turn into butter if whipped too long. I’ve had hundreds, if not thousands of people try this recipe and so many comment on how much they love it. I hope you’ll give it another try and maybe whip it longer until it reaches stiff peaks. Thanks for stopping by!

  53. Sarah says:

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sarah! This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of mousse. We typically serve it in 1/2 cup servings so about 5 servings. I hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by.

  54. Cathy says:

    My daughter and I just made this and it is delicious. It was fun to make together. Love it!

  55. Jacklyn says:

    Your style of cooking is right up my alley and speaks to my heart! Thank you for all the lovely recipes!

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Jacklyn. Blogging and bringing recipes to my readers is a lot of work but comments like yours really make it worth it. Thanks again!!!

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