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!
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Then...dip the bottom of your balloon in the chocolate, as high as you'd like your cups to be.
- In a medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed, beat cream to stiff peaks; set aside.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Now, just fill them and serve!
A big thank you to Kristy of THE WICKED NOODLE for stopping by with this fantastic recipe!