Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse


There’s a certain allure to combining Bailey’s Irish Cream with chocolate mousse. The smooth, rich creaminess of the Bailey’s, combined with the decadent and velvety texture of a well-made chocolate mousse, creates a dessert that is both indulgent and sophisticated. It’s also surprisingly simple to make, requiring just a few high-quality ingredients and some basic culinary techniques. This simplicity, coupled with its elegant presentation possibilities, makes Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse the perfect dessert for any occasion.

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How To make Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse

Delight in the sumptuous fusion of Bailey’s Irish Cream and smooth chocolate with this simple yet sophisticated Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse recipe. Ideal for impressing guests or indulging in a luxurious treat, this recipe combines rich flavors with an airy texture for an unforgettable dessert experience.

Follow these straightforward steps, and you’ll have a delectable mousse that perfectly balances the warmth of Bailey’s with the depth of chocolate.


  1. Heavy Whipping Cream: The foundation of the mousse, whipped to create a light, airy texture. It gives the dessert its creamy consistency.
  2. Bailey’s Irish Cream: Adds the unique Bailey’s flavor, infusing the mousse with a subtle whiskey and cream taste. It also contributes to the creamy texture.
  3. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Provides the rich chocolate flavor. It balances the sweetness and adds depth to the mousse.
  4. Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the mousse. Its fine texture helps in achieving a smooth consistency without any grittiness.
  5. Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor profile, adding a hint of vanilla that complements both the chocolate and Bailey’s.
  6. Dark Chocolate: For a richer, more intense chocolate flavor and a denser texture. It’s melted and mixed into the mousse.
  7. Eggs: Traditional ingredient for classic mousse texture. The yolks add richness, while the whipped whites contribute to the light, fluffy texture.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Melt the Chocolate: Gently melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, stirring until smooth. Let it cool slightly.
  2. Separate Eggs: Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs.
  3. Whisk Egg Yolks: Whisk the egg yolks and then gradually mix in the melted chocolate until well combined.
  4. Whip Egg Whites: In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This will add lightness to the mousse.
  5. Whip Cream: In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks.
  6. Add Bailey’s and Cocoa: Gently fold in the Bailey’s Irish Cream and unsweetened cocoa powder into the whipped cream.
  7. Combine Mixtures: Carefully fold the chocolate-egg mixture into the whipped cream mixture. Then, gently fold in the whipped egg whites until no white streaks remain.
  8. Chill: Pour the mixture into serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until set.
  9. Garnish: Before serving, garnish with chocolate shavings, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, or fresh berries for an added touch.
  10. Serve: Enjoy the mousse chilled, as a decadent dessert.

Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: irishDifficulty: Easy


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Indulge in the luxurious blend of creamy Bailey’s and rich chocolate with this simple, yet elegant Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse recipe.


  • 1 cup 1 heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 powdered sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 vanilla extract

  • 150 g 150 dark chocolate

  • 2 medium 2 -sized eggs

  • Chocolate shavings to garnish


  • Begin by whipping the cream until it forms soft peaks. This is best done in a cold bowl with a whisk or electric mixer.
  • Next, slowly incorporate the Bailey’s, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Ensure that everything is well mixed and that there are no lumps in your mixture.
  • If you’re using dark chocolate and eggs to enrich your mousse, melt the chocolate over low heat or in a double boiler.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth. Gradually add the melted chocolate to the egg yolks, stirring constantly to prevent them from scrambling.
  • Finally, fold the whipped cream mixture into your chocolate and egg mixture. Do this gently to maintain the light, airy texture that is characteristic of a good mousse.

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Tips and Tricks

The key to achieving the perfect mousse texture lies in the whipping of the cream and the careful folding of the ingredients. Overwhipping can cause the cream to become grainy, while overmixing can deflate the mousse.

Also, chilling the mousse for at least 2 hours before serving will enhance its flavor and improve its consistency. However, be sure not to freeze it as this can alter its texture.

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  1. Espresso or Coffee: The bitterness of the coffee complements the richness and sweetness of the mousse.
    • Irish Coffee: Warm coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and a touch of cream. The whiskey and coffee work well with the Bailey’s in the mousse.
  2. Dessert Wines: Sweet wines can balance the rich, dark chocolate mousse.
    • Port: Has a sweet, red fruit flavor that pairs well with chocolate.
  3. Whiskey or Bourbon: The caramel and vanilla notes in these spirits pair excellently with Bailey’s and chocolate.
  4. Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives: Almond, coconut, or oat milk can help cut through the richness of the mousse.


  1. Shortbread Cookies: The buttery flavor and crumbly texture of shortbread pairs well with the creamy mousse.
  2. Fresh Berries: Raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries can add a tart, fresh contrast to the rich mousse.
  3. Vanilla Ice Cream: The simplicity of vanilla ice cream complements the complex flavors of Bailey’s and chocolate.
  4. Cheesecake: The tanginess of cheesecake can balance out the sweetness of the mousse.
  5. Pound Cake: This dense, moist cake can hold up to the rich mousse.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse is a delightfully decadent dessert that any sophisticated home chef can easily master. Its combination of rich flavors, elegant presentation, and simple preparation makes it a classic dessert recipe worth trying.

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