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How to make chocolate dessert cups

Homemade chocolate dessert cup

How many times have you ordered a dessert in a fancy restaurant and received it neatly tucked inside of a ring of chocolate? Chocolate is not only a great ingredient when it comes to flavor, but it’s great to work with when it comes to presentation, as well. One of the easiest things you can do with chocolate is make a chocolate cup, in which you can serve mousse, ice cream, cupcakes or just about any other small dessert.

All you need to get started is some melted chocolate. Just about any kind of chocolate will work, from white to dark. I find that darker chocolates, chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolates tend to stay a little bit firmer when it comes to serving, so I prefer to stick with those. Just take the melted chocolate and brush it (using a clean paint or pastry brush) into a paper or silicone muffin cup, then slide the cups into the fridge to firm up. Make a fairly thick layer that will hold its shape when you go to peel off the paper. Most papers will come off easily, but if you’re planning to do this frequently, silicone muffin cups are nonstick and great for working with chocolate. Once unmolded, the cups can be filled and served.

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8 Comments
  • leigh anne
    September 17, 2009

    looks so fancy, but seems so easy to do! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 17, 2009

    Oh my goodness that’s such a good idea. I never thought about using silicone cups. There’s so many out there too!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    September 17, 2009

    What an easy decorative idea!

  • Ashley
    September 18, 2009

    Oo I should definitely try this.

  • Kathy
    September 18, 2009

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  • Monica
    September 18, 2009

    Well, I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but I do love how beautiful it can make even the most ordinary desserts. If you’ve ever wondered how chefs prepare some of their gorgeous chocolate creations, Ghirardelli lets us in on one of their secrets with this recipe for chocolate dessert cups. Using balloons of all things, the procedure is really quite simple – dip inflated balloons partway into melted chocolate and let set in the freezer until solid. The cups can be filled with just about anything – mousse, ice cream, berries, whatever your heart desires. Just be sure to remove all traces of the balloon before serving.

  • Spas
    October 7, 2009

    The kids love them, many thanks

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