This recipe for creamy Dulce de Leche Mousse makes the perfect dessert. It's easy to make with only three simple ingredients and can be prepared in advance. It is fancy enough for a dinner party and easy enough for a simple family dinner. This decadent mousse also makes great pastry cream or cake filling.
This creamy mousse has a rich caramel flavor and light and airy texture. And it is so easy to make!
⭐ Why this recipe works
It is an easy recipe made with just 3 simple ingredients.
No oven is needed as it is a no-bake dessert.
Perfect dessert for warm days.
Dress it up for fancy dinners or serve at a family dinner.
Dulce de leche. Also known as caramelized milk, milk candy, or milk jam, it is popular in Latin America and is made by slowly heating sugar and milk. You can find a premade can in the baking aisle of your local grocery store next to sweetened condensed milk.
Heavy cream. Heavy whipping cream is used to get that light and airy texture. You can also use double cream.
Optional toppings: A pinch of sea salt, chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, or whipped cream.
For the complete list of ingredients, see the printable recipe card below.
🥣 How to make dulce de leche mousse
Step 1: Whip the heavy whipping cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. You can also place it in the bowl of a stand mixer and use the whisk attachment. Add the vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.
Step 2: Add a can of dulce de leche to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then add a cup of whipped cream and blend the mixture using a hand mixer on low speed. Gradually add another cup of whipped cream to the mixture. Add the dulce de leche mixture to the whipped cream mixture and gently combine until everything is well blended. Make sure not to overmix.
Step 3: Spoon the dulce de leche mousse into individual bowls, dessert cups, or individual ramekins. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set.
Step 4: Before serving, top with your favorite toppings.
🍫 Variations & Toppings
Mix in melted chocolate chips for a chocolate caramel flavor.
Blend in some cream cheese at room temperature for a cheesecake-like mousse.
Add a splash of rum, bourbon, or Baileys for a fun adult treat.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of sea salt, toffee bits, chocolate shavings or chocolate chips, caramel sauce, cocoa powder, or crumbled Biscoff cookies.
💭 Expert tips
Stop mixing as soon as firm peaks form.
For an elegant touch, serve in wine glasses.
Put the dulce de leche mixture into a piping bag for a fancy presentation.
Store covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze it for 6-8 hours for homemade ice cream.
🧾 Frequently Asked Questions
What is dulce de leche mousse?
Dulce de leche (pronounced "DOOL-seh deh LEH-Cheh") mousse is a light and creamy dessert with a rich caramel flavor that's not too sweet. It's made by mixing dulce de leche (a sweet milk-based caramel) with whipped cream to give it a creamy texture.
Can I make my own dulce de leche at home?
Yes, you can make your own dulce de leche at home by simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk fully submerged in a pot of water on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in an instant pot.
Can I add gelatin to the mousse?
Yes, you can add unflavored gelatin powder to the mousse to help stabilize it, especially in warmer climates.
Can this mousse be used as a cake filling?
Yes, its creamy texture makes it an excellent filling for cakes and pastries.
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Creamy Dulce de Leche Mousse
- electric mixer
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 can dulce de leche 13.4 ounces or 300 mL
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt optional
- Garnish with chocolate shavings or caramel sauce optional
- In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it forms soft peaks. Add the vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl, add the can of dulce de leche and a spoonful of whipping cream. Mix on low speed until blended. Add another scoop of whipped cream and mix until blended. Transfer the dulce de leche mixture to the bowl with the whipped cream. Gently combine until well-mixed and no streaks are visible.1 can dulce de leche
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
- Serve and garnish with chocolate shavings, sea salt, or a drizzle of extra caramel sauce, if desired.Garnish with chocolate shavings or caramel sauce, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
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Meet Jeri, a self-taught home cook with over 40 years of cooking experience who decided to start a second career as a full-time food blogger. She is the recipe creator, writer, photographer, and creator of Winding Creek Ranch. Her mission is to make your life easier by sharing delicious recipes your family will love.