Trifle Cupcakes

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A hard chocolate cupcake shell filled with moist chocolate cake, creamy chocolate mousse and topped with whip cream.  The Perfect Trifle Cupcakes.
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
These trifle cupcakes are the best way to eat chocolate cake and mousse.  My sister in law actually requests this recipe often.  It’s truly a family favorite!  Yesterday we had a nice dinner over my in-laws for Easter. I had no clue what to make. I did know I had a thing of heavy cream to use up and didn’t want it to go to waste. What better than to make Chocolate Mousse and Whip cream, but how to make it come together?  I was sure everyone would want something sweet after dinner, then I had an idea. ” Oh I’ll make a trifle! Booo.. I don’t have a trifle dish.”  Then the light bulb went off!
I’ll make chocolate dessert cups – PERFECT – :)
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Line muffin pan with muffin cups.
Melt chocolates separately over a double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted brush the chocolate inside the cups making sure to get the sides and bottom.
Freeze for about 20 minutes, then you can peel the liner off.
Easy peasy I promise :)
When all the cups are separated I like to put the chocolate cups in a fresh muffin cup and place in the refrigerator.
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Now for the Trifle, or my take on a trifle :)
Cake

Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes, cake,
anything you don’t mind crumbling up!
I made cupcakes so I’d have leftover to bring of those as well.
I made chocolate, chocolate chip cupcakes :)
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
While the cupcakes are baking start the “mousse”. I hate real mousse, but some like it.. For me the taste is too strong, so I made a “faux mousse” and then some Wilton Stabilized Whip Cream
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Assemble:
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Take the unfilled dessert cups out of the refrigerator. Fill a pipping bag (any tip) and pipe mousse into the cups.
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Take the cupcakes..
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
And chop ’em up! I didn’t use the tops.
I wanted the softer texture of the cupcakes.
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Take the pieces
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Lightly crumble them into the cups.
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Cover with more mousse (I switched the tip)
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Then do a little star with whip cream.  Aren’t these trifle cupcakes cute?  They INCREDIBLY delicious too!
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Hey, wait.. what about all the leftover cupcakes and whip cream? I didn’t forget :)
trifle cupcakes chocolate cake chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate cupcake shell
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday :)  Oh and I accomplished the mission my mission, I used all but 1/4 cup of my heavy cream! :)
Trifle Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
  • Chocolate Dessert Cups:
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 bag white chocolate
  • Muffin Cups
  • Muffin Pan
  • Pastry brush (silicone works well)
  • Chocolate Cake, chopped
  • Faux Mousse:
  • I used 2 packages of the smaller size chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Wilton’s Stabilized Whip Cream
Instructions
  1. Dessert Cups:
  2. Line muffin pan with muffin cups.
  3. Melt chocolates separately over a double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted brush the chocolate inside the cups making sure to get the sides and bottom.
  4. Freeze for about 20 minutes, then you can peel the liner off.
  5. Easy peasy I promise :)
  6. When all the cups are separated I like to put the chocolate cups in a fresh muffin cup and place in the refrigerator.
  7. Faux Mousse:
  8. Whip until pudding consistency and refrigerate.
  9. On to the whip cream :)
  10. Assemble:
  11. Refer to post / visual pictures for assembly.
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Comments

  1. YasmineO says

    Those look so good!!! Funny, I just came across another post on how to make dessert cups.

    I think I’ll be doing something similar to this- but mine won’t look at good at yours!

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