Easy Lemon Mousse Recipe

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Create a refreshing Lemon Mousse with this straightforward recipe, ideal for any dessert enthusiast looking to add a citrusy twist to their offerings.

This recipe is quick to prepare, easy to follow, and uses just a few basic ingredients. Perfect as a light dessert to cap off a meal or as a sweet treat on a sunny afternoon.

This Lemon Mousse recipe is straightforward, making it a perfect option for both beginners and experienced cooks. It’s sure to be a hit, providing a burst of lemon flavor in a smooth, creamy texture.

Enjoy this lovely addition to your dessert menu at any gathering or simply as a treat for yourself.

A top-down view of lemon mousse in glass jars, each with a silky surface topped by lemon slices and mint leaves. The jars are spaced on a white surface with subtle shadows, accompanied by fresh lemons and a white cloth, creating a clean and vibrant presentation that exudes freshness.

Lemon Mousse Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream (2 cups): Creates the creamy, fluffy foundation of the mousse.
  • Confectioner’s sugar (2 tablespoons): Adds a subtle sweetness.
  • Pinch of salt: Brings out the sweetness and the tangy flavor of the lemon.
  • Lemon curd (1 cup): Provides the bright, tangy lemon flavor.
  • Lemon zest (1 tablespoon): Enhances the lemony aroma and boosts the flavor.

How to Make Lemon Mousse step by step Instructions:

  1. Whipping the Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar, and a pinch of salt. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer set on medium speed and whip for about 2-3 minutes until you see medium peaks form. This consistency is crucial for the mousse to hold its shape.
  2. Incorporating Lemon: Carefully fold the lemon curd and lemon zest into the whipped cream. Stir thoroughly to ensure even flavor throughout the mousse while maintaining its light, airy texture.
  3. Serve and Garnish: Distribute the mixture into eight small dessert glasses, filling each about halfway. Optionally, top each with a bit more whipped cream or a sprinkle of lemon zest for added flavor and presentation.
  4. Refrigerate: Put the mousse in the refrigerator for at least one hour or up to 24 hours, which allows it to set and the flavors to meld beautifully.
Three jars of lemon mousse are arranged on a light grey surface, each topped with a creamy swirl, a slice of lemon, and a mint leaf. The front jar is in sharp focus, showcasing the smooth texture and garnish details. In the background, a beige linen cloth, more mousse jars with a softer focus, a golden spoon, and additional lemon slices contribute to a fresh and elegant dessert presentation.

Tips for a Perfect Lemon Mousse:

  • Use High-Quality Lemon Curd: For the best flavor, opt for high-quality or homemade lemon curd.
  • Prep Your Equipment: For best results, cool your mixing bowl and beaters before starting, as this helps the cream whip better.
  • Presentation: Serve in clear glasses to highlight the beautiful texture and layers of the mousse.

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An arrangement of lemon mousse in glass jars on a light background, each with a whipped topping and lemon twist garnish, accented by fresh mint leaves. The bright yellow of the lemon garnishes adds a pop of color against the creamy mousse, with a halved lemon and a golden spoon nearby, completing the refreshing dessert scene.
Yield: 8 servings

Easy Lemon Mousse

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This Lemon Mousse recipe offers a quick, creamy dessert packed with tangy lemon curd and zest, perfect for gatherings or as a delightful everyday treat.


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


Prepare Your Equipment:

  1. Before you start, place your mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes to chill.

Whip the Cream:

  1. Take the bowl and beaters out of the refrigerator. Pour the heavy cream into the bowl.
  2. Add the confectioner's sugar and a pinch of salt to the cream.
  3. Using your mixer, whip on medium speed until the mixture forms medium peaks. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to overbeat.

Add Lemon:

  1. Gently fold in the lemon curd and lemon zest into the whipped cream. Use a spatula to fold the ingredients together carefully to keep the mixture fluffy.

Fill Dessert Glasses:

  1. Spoon the lemon mousse into eight small dessert glasses. Fill each glass about halfway to allow space for the mousse to expand slightly as it sets.


  1. Place the filled glasses in the refrigerator. Chill the mousse for at least one hour, or up to 24 hours. This will help the mousse set and develop its flavors.


  1. Take the mousse out of the refrigerator just before serving. Optionally, garnish with a little whipped cream or extra lemon zest for decoration.


  • Monitor Your Whipping: Keep a close eye on the whipping process. Stop as soon as you achieve medium peaks to avoid turning the cream into butter.
  • Gentle Folding: When adding lemon curd and zest, fold gently to maintain the airiness of the whipped cream.
  • Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 108mgSodium 88mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 16gProtein 3g

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