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! :)

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Trifle Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Chocolate Dessert Cups:
 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 bag white chocolate
Muffin Cups
Muffin Pan
Pastry brush (silicone works well)
Faux Mousse:
I used 2 packages of the smaller size chocolate pudding
2 cups Milk
2 cups heavy cream

Directions:

Dessert Cups:

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.
Faux Mousse:
Whip until pudding consistency and refrigerate.
On to the whip cream :)
 Assemble:
 Refer to post / visual pictures for assembly.
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36 Responses to “Trifle Cupcakes”

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    JavaCupcake — April 6, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    This is an awesome recipe! :) I’m going to post it on my blog as a guest-post…. that’s if you don’t mind!! hehe

    YUMMMMMMY!

    Betsy

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    Amy O'Kane — April 7, 2010 @ 12:52 am

    hello, yummo! thanks for posting the step by step. totally want to try the chocolate cups now!

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    Haasiegirl — April 7, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    You are brilliant!! I could never in a million years do that .

    trisha

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    Valen — April 8, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    I was just thinking of doing this exact same thing this weekend! These look great!

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    Jo — April 9, 2010 @ 12:29 am

    Oh my gosh .. can I say it again! OMG! These are so, so good and what a clever idea.

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    Lady V dZine — April 9, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    I am so drooling now! Those look fantastic.
    Visiting from MomDot.
    Virginia

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    Patti T. — April 11, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    Looks really good, I especially love the white chocolate cups. Mmmmm.

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    Liv Wan — April 12, 2010 @ 3:03 am

    That looks fantastic and I bet it must taste as good as look. (drooling….)

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    Natalie — April 22, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    this is such a great idea! i definitely would’ve quit halfway through frustrated with all of the steps :)

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    Amanda — April 24, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous! Brilliant!! THis is genius!

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    Natalie — June 1, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    these are seriously brilliant–i’ve never seen anything like them! I can’t wait to try sometime!!

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    YasmineO — August 10, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    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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    Hey Jen — July 15, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Every time I come here I want to eat my screen.

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    miri leigh — July 16, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Beautiful dessert! Perfect for company. Thank you!

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    Sharon — August 2, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    Those look so good!

    Keep up the good job of posting awesome food!

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    Sam — September 15, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    They look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Dee — September 17, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    OMG, those look so good.

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    Kathleen — September 19, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Amazing!

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    Tammy — September 30, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    These look so delicious.

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    Megan — October 5, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    These look so good!

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    Anne — October 12, 2011 @ 1:29 am

    These look delicious.

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    foodie @ Tasting Spot — October 17, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    i really like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out tastingspot.com. it’s for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies. It’s still in beta version, but would love for you to start adding some photos and help get it going.

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    blueviolet — October 21, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    Completely and utterly fabulous!

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    London Accountant — December 6, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    All I can say is, wow.

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    Hil'Lesha — December 9, 2011 @ 2:35 am

    Love chocolate cupcakes!

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    SCMOMOF2BOYS — December 23, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    This looks delicious!!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work — December 26, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    Those look delicious!

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    Tammy — December 28, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Very creative and they look yummy.

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    Faith and Family Reviews — December 28, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Those look amazing Courtney!

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    Tamara @ Southern Yankee Mix — December 30, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    These look so delish and seem super impressive but really easy to make! I’m going to have to remember these for sure.

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    Miri Leigh — January 2, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    Yum- these look absolutely delicious! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    Double Duty Mommy — January 4, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    so creative and yummy looking!!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — January 4, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Oh good heavens, those look amazing!

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    Cheoy Lee — January 5, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    They look amazing!

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    April Decheine — January 10, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    Wow those look so good, great photos!

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    Sandy Chiang — February 26, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    wow thank you for sharing i’m like a totally chocolate lover and i’m definitely going to give this a try

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