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Chocolate Mousse made with ganache and homemade whipped cream.

Chocolate Mousse Cups

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These decadent chocolate mousse cups are super easy to make. They’re light and airy with a delicious mouthfeel. Ideal for dinner parties and the holiday season. 


Units Scale

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 4-ounce semi-sweet premium chocolate baking bars (like Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate bars)

Whipped Cream

  • 4 cups (1 quart) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Mousse Cups

  • Chocolate ganache (above), cooled then slightly chilled
  • Whipped cream (above)
  • Optional garnishes: chocolate shavings, grated chocolate, chocolate jimmies (sprinkles), fresh mint leaves or rosemary sprigs.


Directions for Chocolate Ganache

Get the recipe here 👉🏻 Ganache

Directions for Whipped Cream

Get the recipe here 👉🏻 Whipped Cream

Assemble Chocolate Mousse Cups

  1. Reserve 1/4 of the whipped cream for later. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate. It will be used later to garnish the chocolate mousse cups.
  2. With a spatula, gently fold the chilled ganache into remaining whipped cream until combined.
  3. Put the (freezer-safe) bowl of chocolate mousse into the freezer for 20 minutes to chill and thicken, or refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  4. Spoon the chocolate mousse into small dessert cups (keeping the mixture below the rim of the cup) and cover with plastic wrap. (Or transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a metal tip. Chill it in the freezer for 5 minutes before piping.) Refrigerate the chocolate mousse cups for 2 hours, or until set.
  5. Garnish the desserts with reserved whipped cream and serve immediately, or return them to the fridge until serving time.


Make-Ahead Instructions: Prep chocolate mousse cups 1 day in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. A few hours before serving add whipped cream and garnishes, then return to the fridge to chill.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American