Mocha Mousse

Mocha Mousse

As you will all know, there are certain dishes, be they savoury or sweet, that stick in one’s mind in an almost belligerent manner. Such treats, though delicious in the first instance, often subject one to interminable temptation, thus reducing men to insatiable wretches. The only thing able to cure such flagrant desire is what caused it in the first place, or something very much like it. In my case Mocha Mousse is the culprit – it is simply too good.

Since I rarely like to make the same dessert twice I had to think of a way to alter the recipe, but still maintain what I loved about it in the first place; it’s texture and lightness. Happily, this was easily achievable since coffee is both easy to incorporate into such a thing and combines so well with chocolate that I’ve often, and rather strangely, mistaken them for long lost brothers. Indeed, this mousse works so well that I think it is perhaps better than my previous rendition!

I see so many mousse recipes on the internet, yet a large proportion of them cause me to experience severe convulsions and to froth at the mouth, not because these recipes are irresistible, but because they aren’t actually mousse. By this I mean that they aren’t light and don’t contain little bubbles – a characteristic which every mousse must possess. In my opinion, if you aren’t going to fold beaten egg whites into your mousse, then there probably isn’t any point in making it at all. Oh and it also doesn’t require anything heavy like double cream – it needs to be lighter than air.

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When making this mousse please ensure that your chocolate contains cocoa solids of absolutely no less that 55%, though 70% would be more suitable. If one starts using chocolate with less than 55% cocoa solids the mousse could start getting a little heavy. Remember, it wants to be kept as light as possible, a fact I’m sure you won’t quickly forget after the previous paragraph. I only used two tablespoons of caster sugar in my egg whites because I like my chocolate desserts to be bitter, particularly if they contain coffee. However, if one has a bit of a sweet tooth one may, of course, add a little more sugar – three tablespoons should do it. Whatever your tastes, I hope you enjoy this rather simple, yet decadent and indulgent dessert.

Mocha Mousse

Makes 4 large pots or 6-10 smaller pots


• 200g dark chocolate

• 100ml strong instant coffee

• 4 eggs

• 2 tbsp caster sugar


1. Melt the chocolate together with the coffee either in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Beat the egg yolks into the chocolate one by one.

2. Transfer the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and beat until they form soft peaks. Add the sugar and continue to beat until the point at which they begin to form harder, stiffer peaks – be careful not to over beat. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in three parts.

3. When fully incorporated transfer the mixture into vessels of one’s own choice, bung them in the fridge and serve after an hour or so.

Cost: Unfortunately, since my last mousse post, my chicken’s eggs have become nigh on un-useable, so this set me back a little more than 70p. Still, at the moment our local grocers are selling 6 medium eggs for £1, which means that these fabulous desserts remained low in price at a mere £1.50.

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328 comments on “Mocha Mousse

  1. lmicheles
    September 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    What is caster sugar?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Very fine sugar, normal granulated would be all right to use.

      • lmicheles
        September 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Good thing. I love super fine sugar (caster sugar, I suppose), but it’s pricey here. I’ll try this.

        • frugalfeeding
          September 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

          I think you can use granulated and put it in a food processor to grind it up, if that helps?

  2. reichann
    September 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This looks divine! I can almost taste it… yum! I have no talent in making good food/dessert (although I have a talent for eating), I’ll ask my friend to try making one of these. Thanks for sharing and for the tips! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks! They really are very easy – I’m sure even you could handle it!

  3. christinajane
    September 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    EXACTLY as mousse should be made. Perfect Frugal, perfect.

  4. putneyfarm
    September 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    That last photo made me hungry…great work. And great recipe- you are right, if you aren’t folding in whipped egg whites it isn’t mousse….

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      You’d better eat then :D. I’m glad you agree.

  5. gizmoandstitch
    September 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    These sound absolutely divine! I’ve never made chocolate mousse as I assumed it would be really tricky. However, this recipe has me itching to give it a go, and give it a go I shall! Thank you for yet another superb recipe. Amy x

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Oh no! It’s so simple. I really hope you like it.

  6. Laurie
    September 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Looks delicious and very light!

  7. cooking with audrey
    September 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    great fotos, and awesome idea! right up my alley! yummmmm-o!

  8. Jo Blogs
    September 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m rather desperate for some choccie today (comfort eating my way through a stint of nights) – this is like showing red to a bull, I’m finding it extremely hard not to go make it right now! I’m loving your seagull cup too Frug my man 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Haha – I’m dreadfully sorry. Also, you’re not a bull! You can resist! Thanks, Jo – I found it in one of my dad’s boxes of crap he buys.

      • Jo Blogs
        September 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Hahaha, well a box of crap that yields such a cute cup are pretty awesome to me. Did you see my FB page? I made these mousses immediately after posting here, such was the power of your post ;0)

        • frugalfeeding
          September 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

          Indeed! There’s probably more good stuff in there somewhere… Yes, I did! Thanks, Jo!

  9. Cultural Life
    September 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, this recipe looks TOO good! I made chocolate mousse a few months ago, using your previous recipe for them and they were delicious. These look just as scrumptious as your other ones. A perfect treat to counteract the stress of moving house!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Haha – can a recipe look too good?! I’m so happy you made my other mousse!

      • Cultural Life
        September 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Ha, I suppose not! But it looks so good that I would be tempted to eat far too much. 😀 The other mousse was fantastic but I like the addition of coffee to this recipe.

        • frugalfeeding
          September 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

          Indeed! Yes, the coffee works very well!

  10. g0ddamn1t
    September 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Chocolate and coffee, love at first sight!

  11. PrincessBlaya
    September 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    This looks delicious- love the seagull cup too!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Me too – it’s a new favourite of mine!

  12. soffiagudrun
    September 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    you have so many nice recipes I wanna try, this one as well ….and great shots.

  13. Conor Bofin
    September 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    There seems to be a couple left over in the top photo. Can I have one, please. They look excellent. My moose efforts (including folding in the beaten whites) have been a bit stodgy and not worth posting about. I must try harder.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      I’m afraid they’ve already gone, Conor! There was another too – I ate two, my mum and granddad the others. Simply try this recipe 😀

  14. spree
    September 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Nick precisely the way I love it! Wouldn’t change a bloomin’ thing! (‘cept that cup would be licked clean.)

  15. petit4chocolatier
    September 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    i wish I could pick up the spoon with the yummy serving and taste it right now! It looks very delicious!

  16. foodistamama
    September 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    That looks great! Very simple 🙂

  17. cheshire21
    September 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    This reminds me a bit of the chocolat pot du creme (pardon my horrible french – spanish is more my style) that I experienced several years ago enjoying the tastes and sounds with my cousin in East Nashville. I’ve always wanted to attempt re-creating it at home. Think I will be adding this tasty recipe bit to my shopping list…

  18. annashortcakes
    September 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    That looks wonderful! I have to try this!

  19. Zen
    September 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    That looks delicious! I am definitely going to try this tomorrow. S’been so long since I had chocolate mousse! Just a question… would it be bad if I increased the sugar amount? I prefer things extra sweet.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Like I said in the post, of course not – it’s simply personal taste. Don;t add too much though, 1-2 tbsp extra should do it. Hope that helps!

      • Zen
        September 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Oh, sorry. Must’ve missed that; thank you for pointing it out!

  20. erin
    September 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    hmmm so my chocolate mousse cake was not quite a mousse cake after all! Clearly I have to try this pronto..

    • frugalfeeding
      September 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      I think you should try it, but I also think that because it was a mousse cake, you’re allowed a little creative license…

  21. musingmar
    September 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. I must have mousse, and soon!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Well, they only take about 10 minutes to whip up!

  22. onceuponarecipe
    September 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    So lovely and light! I can’t believe that a chocoholic like me has never made chocolate mousse before – must change that!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Really?! I can’t believe it! Yes you must!

  23. theplumpalate
    September 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I can’t take my eyes off those adorable cups. Perfect use for them. Decadent.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Haha – thanks, I agree! It was decadent, but they are surprisingly good for you – barely any sugar or fat.

  24. Karista
    September 16, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I couldn’t agree more Frugal! And now, I think I’ll have to make your Mocha Mousse. And put them in darling little cups too. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Awesome :D. Oh yes, you should – it was so lovely. I love my seagull cup 🙂

  25. Inge
    September 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I always love a simple recipe! Can I use expresso coffee?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Yes, but it’s better to use instant because it gives a better flavour.

      • Inge
        September 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        Oh OK! Thank you, frugalfeeding. 🙂

  26. sahmilf
    September 16, 2012 at 2:36 am

    This looks amazing and not to hard on the calorie budget either!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Exactly – it’s both light and light on the calories 😀

  27. Turmeric N Spice
    September 16, 2012 at 3:03 am

    awesome awesome awesome !! i want this

  28. Korena in the Kitchen
    September 16, 2012 at 4:25 am

    The only thing I like better than chocolate on its own is chocolate with coffee. This looks delicious as always, Nick!

  29. Marina@Picnic at Marina
    September 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I’ve made several things following your recipes, all were fantastic. I shell try this one too. Thanks! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Oh wow, thanks! Let me know if you like it!

  30. emmycooks
    September 16, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I should stop reading your posts in the evening because they make me hungry again! If I had read it in the afternoon I could have planned ahead and just had this for dinner. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Haha – very sorry. I’m glad they have that effect. You need to start structuring your day more effectively!

  31. veggiezest
    September 16, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Oh, gorgeous mousse! I LOVE that last shot – shows the texture so beautifully – I can almost taste it just by looking at it. Fabulous recipe…drooling now 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks! Everyone seems to drooling 😀 – it’s my job I suppose.

  32. lovepaleolife
    September 16, 2012 at 6:50 am

    OMG that looks amazing. I’m also a little obsessed with that mug!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks! It’s actually very apt since there are SO many seagulls here in Aberystwyth!

  33. Stephanie
    September 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Oh my! I am drooling. This looks perfect, I could eat all the pots by myself!

  34. Bam's Kitchen
    September 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

    You are really hitting a weak spot for me. I was really trying to be good and stick to healthy eating but this post is causing me to cave in. Such light fluffy mousse and so rich and creamy. Take care, BAM

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Hehe, dreadfully sorry – it was wonderful though.

  35. movita beaucoup
    September 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    That is a picture perfect mousse! And I agree – lighter than air is a requirement. Otherwise, make pudding!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Why, thank you, Movita! I’m glad you agree!

  36. Charul @ Tadka Masala
    September 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Is there a substitute for eggs in this recipe?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      To be honest, probably not. Whipped cream would be too heavy. If you can think of something as light as beaten egg whites, then yes…

  37. Vanesther
    September 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Now that’s what I call a perfect mousse. And love your cute little cups too!

  38. Debs @ The Spanish Wok
    September 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    OMG this looks so perfectly fluffy and light. I want it now, any left for me LOL. Will have to make it this week sometime, thanks.

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  39. janegerow
    September 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    PIctures are divine! I want some……

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks! You should make it, it was wonderful.

  40. Sasha
    September 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This is gorgeous but I simply cannot eat desserts like this 🙁 Mousse is so sweet and rich that it practically makes me nauseous.

  41. Michael
    September 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    This is exactly the kind of chocolate mousse recipe I love! I’m always disappointed to see heavy cream in the ingredients list. But I have a question: When a recipe calls for me to melt chocolate and coffee (or some other type of liquid) together, it always seems like the chocolate seizes and becomes very stiff. Is there a a trick to melting chocolate and water without making it seize?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Exactly – it isn’t necessary and actually makes it worse! Well, it isn’t the end of the world if it does seize, because adding the whites makes up for it. However, because the coffee is hot it shouldn’t really seize. The best way to avoid it is probably not to use a microwave… relatively good quality chocolate also helps I think.

      • Michael
        September 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        Okay, I will be brave and try again. I just spent a ridiculous amount of money on some Valrhona chocolate so I’m really excited to try out a chocolate mousse recipe. Thanks 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          September 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

          Haha – I can’t condone that, but it does sound awfully nice :D. Good luck!

  42. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    September 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Lovely, lovely, love it!! My tummy just rumbling a complaint.. the first time since reading blog posts all morning, so what does that tell ya’:D Your photos are stunning, especially that close up with the spoon.. and the light airy chocolate bubbles!! I’ve pinned it on my recipes to try and can’t wait!! I’m on the look out for the best chocolate!! xx