Indulge in a Rich Espresso Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Attention coffee and chocolate lovers! Do you crave a decadent dessert that combines your two favorite flavors? Look no further than this espresso chocolate mousse with orange mascarpone whipped cream recipe. This dessert masterpiece is a true treat for the senses, combining velvety-smooth chocolate mousse with the rich, bold flavors of espresso and a light, citrusy orange finish.

As a barista, I know how important it is to have the perfect ending to your evening, and this dessert is sure to impress your guests. It’s perfect for a dinner party or just when you’re feeling extra indulgent. Plus, it’s easy to make, so even novice chefs can whip up an impressive dessert.

Follow along with me as we dive into the steps to create this delicious espresso chocolate mousse with orange mascarpone whipped cream. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll find yourself making it on repeat. So, grab your apron and get ready to indulge in a little taste of heaven!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Chocolate Mousse With Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Espresso Chocolate Mousse With Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Are you a fan of chocolate and orange flavors? If yes, then you are in for a luscious treat! This Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe is an absolute delight for your taste buds.

Firstly, the smooth and velvety texture of the mousse will take you on a sweet ride. Prepared by combining bittersweet chocolate chips, instant espresso powder, and heavy cream, this chocolate mousse recipe is light, airy, and indulgent. The bitter notes from the espresso perfectly balance the sweetness of chocolate.

But that’s not it! The orange mascarpone whipped cream is the real standout of this recipe. The fluffy and creamy whipped cream mixed with mascarpone cheese, orange zest, and confectioner’s sugar adds a refreshing zing to the espresso chocolate mousse.

Moreover, this dessert recipe is incredibly versatile- it can be served in individual cups as mousse or used as cake filling. You can also serve it with fresh fruits or berries to create a new twist on traditional chocolate desserts.

If you’re looking to impress your guests with an elegant dessert that looks like it’s been prepared at a fancy restaurant, this recipe is perfect for you! Trust me; your guests will delight in every spoonful. So what are you waiting for? Try out this delectable Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream today!

Ingredient List

 A decadent mousse adorned with tantalizing whipped cream
A decadent mousse adorned with tantalizing whipped cream

The ingredients listed below are the key elements to making this Espresso Chocolate Mousse With Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream Recipe a success. Be sure to gather all the ingredients before starting.

For the chocolate mousse:

  • 1 cup (6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream

For the mascarpone mousse:

  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream

For the orange mascarpone whipped cream:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

These ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store. If some of the materials are not available or if you have dietary restrictions, see substitutions and variations section for alternatives.

The Recipe How-To

Now that you are ready, let’s get started on making this heavenly Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream!


You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs (separated)
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk
  • 4 ounces of mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Zest from one navel orange

Step 1: Make the Chocolate Mousse

Begin by heating a small saucepan filled with water over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan, making sure it does not touch the water.

Add the chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted and smooth.

Remove the bowl from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Separate the egg yolks from the whites. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks with two tablespoons of granulated sugar until pale yellow and thick. Add in melted chocolate, cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder. Mix well.

In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Add in two tablespoons of granulated sugar to stabilize the egg whites. Gently fold egg whites into the chocolate mixture until no white streaks remain.

Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar to soft peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture.

Divide mousse evenly into ramekins or desired dessert cups. Chill in refrigerator at least for two hours or up to overnight.

Step 2: Make the Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Prepare the orange mascarpone whipped cream by combining mascarpone cheese and heavy cream in a mixing bowl. Add one tablespoon of granulated sugar, orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whip until soft peaks form.

Serve espresso chocolate mousse with a dollop of the orange mascarpone whipped cream. Optional garnish with more orange zest or cocoa powder.

Now that you have followed these instructions, enjoy your delicious Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream!

Substitutions and Variations

Are you looking for creative ways to put your own stamp on this recipe? Here are a few substitutions and variations to consider:

– Vegetarian Option: Replace the large egg yolks with 1/4 cup of whole milk instead. This can help create a vegetarian-friendly version of the recipe that is just as delicious as the original.

– Coffee-Free Mousse: If you’re not a fan of coffee or espresso, you can simply leave out the instant espresso powder from the chocolate mousse. The flavors of bittersweet chocolate and orange zest will still shine through.

– Dark Chocolate Coffee Mousse: To add depth and complexity to the chocolate mousse, consider adding 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of melted dark chocolate to the recipe. This substitution will change the flavor profile slightly while still maintaining the rich texture of the mousse.

– Orange Espresso Cake: For a different way to showcase these flavor pairings, swap out the mousse for a layer cake instead. Combine orange zest and espresso in a moist, fluffy cake that’s finished with a mascarpone topping. Serve alongside your favorite black forest cake for an elegant dessert spread.

– Healthier Sweetener Options: If you prefer to use natural sweeteners over sugar, try substituting monk fruit or stevia for granulated sugar in the recipe. Just be sure to adjust accordingly for taste and texture.

No matter which variation you choose, you’ll find a way to incorporate your own flair into this delectable dessert!

Serving and Pairing

Serving this Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe is where the real fun begins. Picture yourself sitting comfortably in your living room with a spoon of this decadent mousse in hand, savoring every spoonful as it melts in your mouth. Or serve it to guests for an impressive dessert that feels both fancy and casual at the same time.

To kick things up a notch, try pairing your Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream with Biscotti or mini Black Forest cakes. The crunchy texture of the biscotti compliments the softness of the mousse, while a slice of dark chocolate cake provides an indulgent and chocolatey contrast.

If you’re looking for something lighter to pair with this dessert, try fruit skewers or fresh berries such as raspberries or strawberries. Their tart sweetness contrasts perfectly with the richness of the mousse.

To top off this gorgeous and delicious dessert, I recommend garnishing it with additional orange zest and perhaps some melted chocolate drizzled over the top. This will make your dessert look even more appetizing and add extra layers of flavor.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

This Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe is perfect for planning ahead. You can make the mousse and whipped cream a day in advance and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.

To make ahead, prepare the mousse and whipped cream as directed in the recipe, then cover and store separately in airtight containers in the fridge until needed. When ready to serve, simply whisk the whipped cream for a few seconds to make it fluffy again.

If you have any leftovers, store them separately in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to three days. The mousse may slightly lose its airy texture after being stored, but it’s still delicious nevertheless. Tomake it lighter again, gently whisk or fold it a few times with a spatula or spoon.

As for reheating, do not apply heat to the mousse itself. Instead, take it out of the fridge for a couple of minutes to bring it up to room temperature before serving. For best results, prepare fresh whipped cream when reheating leftovers.

This easy step-by-step guide ensures that your dessert doesn’t lose its smooth texture or rich flavor, whether you’re serving guests or treating yourself.

Tips for Perfect Results

Making the perfect Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream can be tricky, but fret not, barista’s got your back. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, it is essential to have all your ingredients at room temperature. This helps ensure that they mix well and that the mousse sets evenly. So make sure to take the mascarpone cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before beginning the recipe.

Secondly, when separating the egg yolks and egg whites, ensure that there is no trace of yolk in the whites as it will prevent them from whipping up correctly. Also, make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are 100% clean and dry before whipping up the egg whites.

Thirdly, use high-quality chocolate chips for this recipe. Bittersweet chocolate chips are best as they complement the sweet orange mascarpone whipped cream nicely. One thing to note when melting the chocolate: do it slowly over low heat and stir frequently to prevent burning.

Fourthly, be sure not to overbeat the heavy cream as it can quickly turn from soft peaks to butter if agitated for too long. Only whip until soft peaks form.

Fifthly, when folding in your whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture, do it gently so as not to knock out any air bubbles. These bubbles will help create a light and fluffy mousse with a lovely texture.

Sixthly, zest fresh oranges for your orange mascarpone whipped cream as it will pack in more flavor than store-bought zested oranges.

Lastly, give yourself enough time to let the mousse chill and firm up in the refrigerator for at least four hours or even better overnight.

By following these tips, you’ll end up with a decadent dessert that will impress all your dinner guests. So go ahead and give this Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe a try.


Before we move on to the conclusion, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this delicious espresso chocolate mousse with orange mascarpone whipped cream recipe.

How should you whip your cream for a mousse Why?

When it comes to whipping cream, it’s all about finding that sweet spot. Once the cream has been whipped to a light and foamy texture, which has increased its volume by a whopping 220 percent, it’s perfect for creating indulgent treats like a rich chocolate mousse. However, it’s essential to be mindful of over-whipping, as this will cause the volume to shrink and eliminate any trapped air.

What is mascarpone mousse made of?

For this recipe, we’ll need to gather some ingredients. We’ll need 8 ounces of softened mascarpone cheese and 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. We’ll also need 6 tablespoons of powdered sweetener (which we’ll divide), 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of whipping cream. These ingredients will be used to make a delicious dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let’s begin!

Why is my chocolate mousse not fluffy?

When making a chocolate mousse, it’s important to ensure that the chocolate used has a proper cocoa butter content. Chocolate that contains too little cocoa butter can result in a less than satisfying texture for the final product. A chocolate with a lower cocoa butter content may also not be fluid enough, causing issues with incorporating it into the mousse mixture. Therefore, it’s crucial to use a higher quality chocolate that is fluid enough and has the right cocoa butter content.

What thickens chocolate mousse?

To achieve a thicker texture in your mousse, there are a couple of options that you can try. One way is to mix a small amount of cornstarch with water and gradually pour it into the mousse mixture. Another technique is to beat egg yolks in a separate bowl and then add them slowly to the mousse mixture while stirring over low heat. Both methods can help in thickening the texture of your mousse.

What makes chocolate mousse grainy?

Have you ever experienced a grainy texture in your mousse that disheartened you? It might be because of over whipping the cream instead of following the suggested whipping time instructed in the recipe. When the cream is over whipped, it separates into butter, and that’s what causes ruins the smooth consistency of your mousse.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to indulge in a decadent and flavorful dessert. The chocolate mousse base infused with espresso powder, and the orange-infused mascarpone whipped cream, form a perfect balance of sweet, bitter, and tangy flavors that will send your taste buds on a thrilling experience.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or treating yourself to an indulgent dessert, this recipe is an impressive addition to any menu. Impress your guests by serving the mousse in mini wonton cups or as a topping on black forest cake for an unforgettable dessert.

Remember to keep the tips and suggestions in mind when preparing this recipe for best results. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations or substitutions to create your unique twist to the original recipe.

In conclusion, try out this Espresso Chocolate Mousse with Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream recipe if you’re looking for the perfect dessert that will wow your guests and satisfy any sweet cravings.

Espresso Chocolate Mousse With Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Espresso Chocolate Mousse With Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream Recipe

Very easy mousse to make. NOTE: Raw egg whites are used in this recipe.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 4 Cups
Calories 355.6 kcal


For The Mousse

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites

For The Orange Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, room temp
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, pref freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  • To make the mousse, in a small saucepan stir the milk together with the granulated sugar and the espresso powder over medium heat until the milk is hot, but not boiling, and the sugar is dissolved.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a blender.
  • Pour the hot milk over the chips. Run the blender on high until combined, just a few seconds, then add the egg whites and run the blender on high until light, about 1 minute.
  • Transfer the mousse to 4 small serving cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
  • To make the mascarpone whipped cream, in the bowl of an electric mixer stir together the mascarpone and the orange juice until smooth.
  • Add the cream, confectioners' sugar, and orange zest.
  • Whip until the cream forms soft peaks, about 1 minute.
  • Spoon a dallop of whipped cream onto each mousse and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 139gCalories: 355.6kcalCarbohydrates: 26.7gProtein: 8.6gFat: 29.3gSaturated Fat: 18.1gCholesterol: 43.8mgSodium: 73.7mgFiber: 5.5gSugar: 16g
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