Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling

Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling: The Ultimate Recipe Guide + Tips, Variations, and Fun Facts

Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling

When it comes to cake fillings, cream cheese mousse is one of my favorites, especially for summertime cakes. This light and fluffy filling is made with cream cheese, whipped cream, and gelatin, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture that pairs perfectly with a variety of cakes. One of my go-to recipes for cream cheese mousse cake filling includes a combination of whipping cream, cream cheese, lemon zest, and powdered gelatin. Recipe will follow.

If you’re looking to switch things up, there are plenty of variations you can try with cream cheese mousse cake filling. For example, you can add different flavors such as vanilla extract, orange extract, or cocoa powder to the mixture. You can also experiment with different types of cakes, such as red velvet or carrot cake, to find your perfect pairing. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try incorporating fresh fruit into the filling for an extra burst of flavor.

What is Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling?

Cream cheese mousse cake filling is a delicious and creamy filling that can be used in a variety of desserts. It is made using cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, gelatin, and other simple ingredients to create a smooth and creamy mousse that is perfect for filling cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts.

My Go-To Cream Cheese Mousse Recipe

Here’s my favorite recipe for Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling that is thickened with gelatin, so it stays sturdy, yet airy and fluffy:


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup boiling water


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with medium speed until smooth and creamy.
2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
3. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the whipped cream, continuing to beat until well combined and you reach stiff peaks.
4. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it sit for 5 minutes to soften.
5. Add the boiling water to the gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
6. Gradually add the gelatin mixture to the cream cheese, stirring until well combined.
7. Fold the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese until well combined.
8. Use the cream cheese mousse as a filling for your favorite cake recipe, spreading it between the layers of cake.
9. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least an hour — preferably 4 hours — before serving to allow the mousse to set.

Enjoy your delicious cake!

Tips for Making Cream Cheese Mousse

  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you start. This will make it easier to beat and will prevent lumps in your filling.
  • Whipping the heavy cream separately before folding it into the cream cheese mixture will help create a lighter and fluffier mousse.
  • After adding the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form for the best results.
  • Use a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment for airy mousse.
  • Refrigerate the cake with the cream cheese mousse for at least 4 hours or until set before serving.
  • Add your favorite fruit or toppings to the cream cheese mousse for added flavor and texture.
  • If you store the cream cheese mousse, store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Variations of Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling

When it comes to cream cheese mousse cake filling, there are endless possibilities for variations. Here are some of my favorite variations to try out:

Fruit Variations

Adding fruit to your cream cheese mousse cake filling can add a refreshing twist to the classic flavor. Some popular fruit variations include:

  • Strawberry: Add 1/2 cup pureed fresh strawberries to the mousse filling for a sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Blueberry: Mix in fresh 1/2 cup blueberries or 1/2 cup blueberry jam for a burst of flavor.
  • Raspberry: Puree 1 cup of fresh raspberries and mix into the mousse for a sweet and tart flavor.

Chocolate Variations

For those who love chocolate, adding it to the cream cheese mousse cake filling can create a decadent dessert. Here are some popular chocolate variations:

  • Chocolate Ganache: Mix in 1/2 cup chocolate ganache to the mousse filling for a rich and velvety texture.
  • Chocolate Chips: Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips to the mousse for a crunchy texture.
  • Cocoa Powder: Add 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder to the mousse for a deep chocolate flavor.

Citrus Variations

Adding citrus to the cream cheese mousse cake filling can add a bright and zesty flavor. Here are some popular citrus variations:

  • Lemon: Replace the cold water with an equal amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest for a tangy and refreshing flavor.
  • Orange: Add 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest and replace the cold water with the equal amount of OJ for a sweet and citrusy flavor.
  • Lime: Replace the cold water with freshly squeezed lime juice and add 1 tablespoons of lime zest for a tart and tropical flavor. You can add 1 teaspoon coconut extract for even more exotic flavor.

Other Variations

If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some unique variations to try out:

  • Matcha: Add 1 tablespoon matcha powder to the mousse for a unique and earthy flavor.
  • Peanut Butter: Mix in 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter for a nutty and rich flavor. Feel free to add 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder for chocolatey note.
  • Caramel: Mix in 1/2 cup caramel sauce for decadent and extra delicious flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the mousse for a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Fall Flavors: Add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1/4 cup pumpkin puree for autumnal touch.

No matter what variation you choose, cream cheese mousse cake filling is a delicious and versatile dessert that is sure to make your tastebuds delighted.

Fun Facts about Cream Cheese Mousse Cake Filling

As someone who loves baking, I always enjoy learning fun facts about the ingredients I use. Here are some interesting tidbits about cream cheese mousse cake filling:

  • Cream cheese was first created in the United States in 1872 by a dairyman named William Lawrence. He was trying to recreate a French cheese called Neufchâtel, but accidentally invented cream cheese instead!
  • In the 1920s, a New York dairy farmer named Arnold Reuben (yes, that Reuben) created the first cream cheese cake. He used cream cheese in the filling instead of the traditional ricotta cheese, and the rest is history.
  • Cream cheese is technically a type of fresh cheese, meaning it is not aged like other varieties such as cheddar or brie. This is why it has a soft and spreadable texture.
  • The tanginess of cream cheese comes from the lactic acid bacteria used to make it. These bacteria ferment lactose (the natural sugar found in milk) into lactic acid, which gives the cheese its signature flavor.
  • Cream cheese is a good source of vitamin A and calcium.
  • Cream cheese mousse cake filling is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different desserts. Some popular variations include adding fruit puree, chocolate, caramel, or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.


Cream cheese mousse cake filling is a delicious and versatile recipe that can be used in a variety of desserts and naturally in many cakes. Try it with this Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake or with this Jello Cake. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a rich and creamy filling that will take your cakes and pies to the next level. Whether you’re a novice baker or an experienced pastry chef, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

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