Chocolate Orange Mousse Cups

I am so EXCITED today! I have been wanting to have “company” over to the blog  for a while now. I was waiting on the right time & it has arrived. For our first ever guest post, **drum roll please** I am so happy to introduce you all to KRISTY. My foodie friend & fellow blogger. She has a fabulous food blog called THE WICKED NOODLE. She has created an amazingly decadent & delicious recipe for you all. You’re going to be drooling when you see this one! Please be sure to show her how much we appreciate her stopping by with such a tasty treat by leaving some comment love

Yet another food blog…yawn, stretch, eyes glaze over. This is not an uncommon response to those of us who spend literally hours each day
perusing the food blog world. Yet the first time I saw Paula’s beautiful photographs and delicious recipes, I knew this was not just another day in food blog land. Which is why, when she asked me if I’d be interested in doing a guest post on bell’alimento, my answer was an over-the-top and enthusiastic “Absolutely”!

Having never been a guest on someone’s blog before, I knew I was going to have to search for the perfect recipe. Being invited onto  someone’s blog is, to me, like being invited into their home, and you’d better do your best to be respectful (yes, my mom raised me right)! I had a couple of ideas in mind, but would any of them be guest-post worthy? I decided to try out Bobby Flay’s Sweet Potato-Chicken Hash with Poached Eggs and Green Chile Hollandaise, which looked amazing and tasted even better! The pictures, however, just didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, so I decided to try another route.

Luckily, number two was the charm! This was the PERFECT recipe, one of those “makes-you-look-like-a-rock-star-but-it’s-so-easy” types of recipes that I LOVE! It’s so rare to find one, yet these beautiful chocolate cups couldn’t be easier. Okay, you could just go out and buy them, but what would be the fun in that, especially when you can hear all the “ooohs” and “aaaahs” and “you MADE that?” over and over again!

So…drumroll please! Here’s the recipe for chocolate cups, along with a yummy chocolate-orange mousse to go with it. You could fill these little beauties with whatever you please, though…a simple berry mixture by itself would be delish! I think these little gems are even worthy of the fabulous Paula herself!

Chocolate Orange Mousse Cups

What You Will Need:

  • A good quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • Balloons, on the smaller side with no writing
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, grated

What To Do:

  1. Melt chocolate, either in a double boiler or in the microwave. LET IT COOL. Seriously, this step can't be overlooked, or your balloons will
  2. explode all over your kitchen! Let it cool, and when you think it's cool enough, let it cool some more. It should be warm but no more than that.
  3. Then...dip the bottom of your balloon in the chocolate, as high as you'd like your cups to be.
  4. In a medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed, beat cream to stiff peaks; set aside.
  5. In another bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together on medium speed until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, beat in cocoa powder and orange zest. Gently beat in half the whipped cream.
  6. Remove mixer and fold in remaining whipped cream by hand. Using a plastic bag, pipe mousse into chocolate cups, garnish with orange zest and strawberries, and listen to the oooh's and aaah's from your adoring fans!
  7. Now, just sit back and let them harden. This will take a while, and you can tell they're hard enough when they're no longer shiny. I let mine sit for a couple of hours, although you could speed this up by putting them in the fridge. When it's time, take a pin and prick the balloons at the top; you don't want them to pop, you just want to slowly let the air out. The air will come out and the balloons will release from the chocolate.
  8. Now, just fill them and serve!
http://www.bellalimento.com/2009/05/18/chocolate-orange-mousse-cups/

 

A big thank you to Kristy of  THE WICKED NOODLE for stopping by with this fantastic recipe!

29 Comments

  1. 1
    Christy B /

    These look so fun! I can’t wait to give them a try.

  2. 2

    I spent a good couple minutes trying to figure out how you did the chocolate cups and balloons never came to mind. Although it makes sense since I use to do the same thing with paper mache back in the day.

    Great idea and awesome post!

    I am very curious about the sweet potato-chicken hash. Do you remember which book it was from?

  3. 3
    wendy smith /

    This looks really fun, can’t wait to try it!!

  4. 4

    Looks fun and delicious! I never would have thought to use balloons. The chocolate-orange mousse sounds amazing, too. Great post!

  5. 5

    Yay! So glad to be here!

    Jeff, I’m not sure which book the hash is from but I will be posting the recipe on TWN very soon. I’m sure you could also find it at foodnetwork.com if you’d like it sooner than that, though. It’s really a great dish!

  6. 6

    Those are LOVELY desserts!!! I’ve tried that balloon thing before and it was a miserable FAIL!

  7. 7

    This is stunning and yet so simple to make! Thank you both for this showstopper.

  8. 8

    They are beautiful! Makes a lovely presentation.

  9. 9

    WOW!! Those look so good!! I will definitely be trying that out soon!! Yep, my mouth is watering!!

  10. 10

    Look great, and I think guests would love them.

  11. 11
    lisa bailey /

    oh my gosh, this looks like something even I could do.

  12. 12

    Very creative I’m impressed! A symphony of colors and chocolate :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

  13. 13

    What a beautifully designed blog/website, love the little design touches. Not to mention the recipes!

  14. 14
    Natasha /

    Wow… these look like such fun! I absolutely must try this, of course I may not have the turn out you did but practice makes perfect! I would love to do these for the end of the school year party~

  15. 15
    Juliann Mathews /

    An alternative for those who are Latex sensitive might be to dip Silicone cupcake cups in the melted chocolate or paint the chocolate on the inside of the cups and then place them on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and chill until firm. Then, just peel the Silicone cups away from the chocolate cups.

  16. 16

    Wow, this looks like so much fun, and so impressive too :) What a great idea!

  17. 17

    I’m so excited to try these. They look amazing!! ;)

  18. 18

    I have mad the cups before and yes, they are super easy. I love the “mousse” recipe and will be trying that shortly. Thank you!

  19. 19

    I am seriously laughing over that ‘balloon in chocolate’ technique – that is just pure genius!

  20. 20

    Thanks for the add on Tasty Kitchen. LOVE your website. Notice I came straight to desserts :) This looks fantastic!

  21. 21

    I love this! I featured today on my blog!

    Kim
    http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/nice-package-o.html

  22. 22

    I attempted the chocolate cups twice and couldn’t seem to get them right. The chocolate would deflate with the balloon and deflate my heart a little, too. Any tips for next time?

  23. 23

    oh wonderful! i’ve always wanted to do those.
    just fabulous. great post.

  24. 24

    BEAUTIFUL! Worth repeating!

  25. 25

    These look so good! Hope you had a good weekend!

  26. 26

    Gorgeous!! And the chocolate bowls look like so much fun to make.

  27. 27

    This is just genius!! Can’t wait to try them. Awesome place you have here!!

  28. 28

    Beautiful! And why do I keep finding recipes like this late at night! TORTURE!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!

  29. 29
    Theo /

    oh wonderful! i’ve always wanted to do those.
    just fabulous. great post.

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