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This vanilla mousse with a silky chocolate topping is an European dessert that’s known as ptichye moloko and it’s such a treat! It has a mousse-like creamy base with a velvety smooth chocolate jello layer. It’s an elegant and impressive dessert that’s surprisingly easy to make. It’s perfect for baby showers, dinner parties or a romantic Valentine’s Day dessert.

Watch How to Make Vanilla Mousse:


We served the original vanilla mousse jello recipe in a rectangular glass pyrex dish and so many of YOU absolutely loved it! So this is the fancied up version that uses real whipped cream instead of cool whip (thanks to those of you who let me know that substitution works!!).

The chocolate makes this somewhat of an adult dessert so if you want to make it kid friendly: use a 3 oz package of flavored jello and spoon it over the top once jello reaches room temperature.

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Vanilla Mousse with Chocolate - VIDEO Recipe

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
This Vanilla Mousse is an European dessert with creamy base and silky chocolate topping. An elegant vanilla mousse recipe that's surprisingly easy. Be sure to watch the easy video recipe!
Prep Time: 5 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 (1cup) servings

Ingredients for Chocolate Jello:

  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 packet, 1/4 oz unflavored gelatin
  • 5 Tbsp milk, 2% or whole milk
  • 1 cup cold water

Ingredients for Vanilla Mousse:

  • 1 cup milk, 2% or whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 packets, 1/2 oz total unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

Start with Chocolate Jello (so it can cool):

  • In a small saucepan, whisk: 5 Tbsp sugar, 5 Tbsp cocoa powder, and 1 packet gelatin. Whisk in 1 cup cold water and 5 Tbsp milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil while mixing constantly so the chocolate doesn't lump up. Remove form heat and let cool to room temp (about 1 1/2 hrs).

How to Make Vanilla Mousse:

  • In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 packets gelatin and whisk together. Place over medium heat and continue whisking until steamy (DO NOT BOIL) then remove from heat and cool until just warm. Tip: Transfer to a different dish to cool faster
  • Once milk is no longer hot, In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup heavy cream until fluffy and spreadable (1 1/2 to 2 min on high speed). In a second mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar and 16 oz sour cream until well blended. Fold in whipped cream then while using the mixer on low speed, slowly add warm milk mixture, scraping down the bowl as needed and mix another 30 seconds to ensure it's well blended.
  • The mousse sets quickly, so immediately divide between 6 serving cups and refrigerate until mostly set (at least 30 min). Slowly pour 3 to 4 Tbsp chocolate sauce over each chilled mousse. Place 5 raspberries in a ring over the chocolate and refrigerate until fully set (about 4 to 5 hrs).
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Mousse with Chocolate
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
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Kitchen Equipment Used in Video:

John Boos Dark Cutting Board 
Small Saucepan
Glass Mixing Bowls
KitchenAid Hand Mixer

This Vanilla Mousse is an European dessert with creamy base and silky chocolate topping. An elegant vanilla mousse recipe that's surprisingly easy (VIDEO) | natashaskitchen.com

If you’re wondering if these can be served in smaller dishes, the answer is yes!! You just have to work quickly to transfer the mousse into your cups. I went to a baby shower where these were served about 1/3 the size. Enjoy!!

This Vanilla Mousse is an European dessert with creamy base and silky chocolate topping. An elegant vanilla mousse recipe that's surprisingly easy (VIDEO) | natashaskitchen.com

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Tanya
    March 25, 2024

    Can you substitute more whipped heavy cream for the sour cream in the vanilla mousse recipe?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 25, 2024

      Hi Tanya! I haven’t tested that to know how it will affect the end result or how to modify.

      Reply

  • Nellie
    March 31, 2023

    Hi, this recipe is very good, I have done it multiple times and it always turned out great. But this time I poured the dark part over the vanilla mousse and it’s been few hours and it’s still not set. Do you know why that can happen? I poured it in a shallow glass dish around 9-10 inches

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2023

      Hi Nellie, it’s hard to say without being there. I recommend reviewing the video and the instructions again to ensure there wasn’t a step or ingredient missed. I wish I could be more helpful.

      Reply

  • Ivey
    December 11, 2022

    Followed this recipe exactly. Not a lot of flavor and was very disappointed when serving it to guests. Natasha you’re amazing but this recipe missed the mark. Won’t make again.

    Reply

  • Lilleigh
    November 4, 2022

    This recipe is amazing. I am 12 years old and i have been baking for 3-4 years and i have enjoyed it every day. Thank you for all your recipes!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 4, 2022

      I’m so glad you love my recipes! Thank you for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Lily
    August 17, 2022

    One of the easiest desserts to make! I double the chocolate portion when making it in one dish.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 17, 2022

      So glad you enjoy this recipe, Lily! 🙂

      Reply

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