Chocolate Mousse Recipe – Step by Step Guide

Chocolate Mousse Recipe – Step by Step Guide: This is a classic chocolate moussemade the proper French way, as served in fine dining restaurants. Less cream, more chocolate, a more intense chocolate flavour and a beautiful creamy mouth feel.


  • 3 eggs (~55g/2 oz each)
  • 125g / 4.5 oz dark cooking chocolate , bittersweet / 70% cocoa (Note 1)
  • 10g / 0.3 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2cup cream , full fat (Note 2)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar (superfine white sugar)


  • More whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings


  1. For reliable results, work at a steady pace so your whipped egg whites and cream do not get too warm!
  2. Separate eggs and yolks while eggs are cold. Place whites in a large bowl and yolks in a small bowl. Leave whites while you prepare other ingredients. (Note 4)
  3. Yolks: Whisk yolks until uniform.
  4. Melt chocolate and butter: Break chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave-proof bowl with the butter. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until smooth. (Stir in optional flavourings at this point, but read Note 6 first). Set aside to cool slightly while you proceed with other steps.
  5. Whip cream: Beat cream until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over-whip.
  6. Whip whites: Add sugar. Beat whites until firm peaks form 

How to make Chocolate Mousse


  1. Fold egg yolks into cream using a rubber spatula – 8 folds max. Some streaks is fine.
  2. Check chocolate temperature: The chocolate should still be runny but warm (min 35C / 95F; ideal 40C / 104F). If too cool or thick, microwave in burst of 5 seconds at a time until runny.
  3. Pour chocolate into cream yolk mixture. Fold through – 8 folds max. Some streaks here are ok.
  4. Add 1/4 of beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture. Fold through until incorporated – “smear” the spatular across surface to blend white lumps in – aim for 10 folds. 
  5. Pour chocolate mixture into egg whites. Fold through until incorporated and no more white lumps remain – aim for 12 folds max, but ensure there are no obvious egg white patches.
  6. Divide mixture between 4 small glasses or pots. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  7. To serve, garnish with cream and chocolate shavings. Raspberries and a tiny sprig of mint for colour would also be lovely!

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