Dark Chocolate Cups With Raspberries

House shifting is a mammoth task. I speak from experience here. There is so much to be done before, during and after a move. If you are an organizing junkie like me, you will have more things on your plate. Its been a couple of weeks, and there are still boxes and stuff lying around the house. We both were exhausted thoroughly. Adding to our misery is the triple digit temperature and excessive heat warnings. I am so looking forward to fall.

As you can see, I have umpteen number of things to take care of. But before I get engrossed into that, I want to share with you a quick and easy dessert that I made last week. I am not saying that this is first of its kind, but I woke up with this image one morning. The image of chocolate cups, some berries and whipped cream. It was stuck to my head, and there was no other way but to try it. As I sat thinking on how to go about it, G couldn’t help but notice. He asked and I explained, hesitantly. ‘So, what do you think?’. ‘Dark chocolate and raspberries – That sounds delicious’, he said. And delicious it was. I loved the ease with which it came together, and he loved how delectable it was. So there we were, sitting on the floor amidst boxes, enjoying this lovely homemade dessert. A memorable moment and a much needed slowdown amidst this frenzy!

Dark Chocolate Cups With Raspberries
(makes 4)

Ingredients

Dark chocolate – 4 oz
Whipping cream – ¼ cup
White chocolate – 1 oz
Raspberries – 1 cup

Dark chocolate curls for garnish
Muffin liners – 4

Method

Line a muffin tin with muffin liners. Take the glass bowl that you are going to use for whipping the cream, and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. The cream whips and holds better.

Melt the dark chocolate in microwave for a minute, stirring once in between. The chocolate should be uniformly melted with a sheen. With a pastry brush, brush the insides of the muffin liners, coating thoroughly. It may be tricky at first, but you will get the hang of it. Freeze for 30 minutes. Take cups out, and give a second coat with the remaining chocolate. Return back to the freezer and freeze for 2 hours.

In a separate bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds. Take the frozen glass bowl from the freezer, and whip the cream until it forms hard peaks. To the melted white chocolate, add 1/3rd of the whipped cream. Gently fold the cream into the chocolate. The cream will deflate now, but will hold its shape during subsequent additions. Add the rest of the whipped cream to the chocolate mixture. Gently fold and do not mix vigorously. When it is combined, scoop the chocolate-cream mixture onto a pastry bag fitted with a nozzle of your choice, or onto a zip-top bag with a corner cut. Refrigerate this mixture for at least an hour.

The chocolate cups and the whipped cream-chocolate mixture can be made up to this point and stored in freezer and refrigerator respectively, for up to 5 days. When you are ready to serve, set the chocolate cups on the countertop for 5 minutes. This makes the peeling of the muffin liner easy. Once the liner is peeled, set on the serving plate. Fill the bottom with whipped cream-chocolate, top with raspberries, and finish off with another swirl of whipped cream-chocolate. Garnish with dark chocolate curls, if desired.

Variations
  • Swap the white and dark chocolates. Make white chocolate cups with dark chocolate-cream, with a hint of orange zest.
  • Use plain ole’ whipped cream from a can.
  • Use mixed berries instead of just raspberries.
Its summer and berries are abundant. Do you folks have any suggestions for enjoying this dessert over fall and winter? Otherwise I just have to make this with just chocolate whipped cream. Not that I am complaining ;).

37 comments:

Nina Timm said...

This must be the easiest and most delicious dessert I have seen in a while!! Very elegant!!1

Sharmilee! :) said...

Awesome pics, luved the last one!

Pavani said...

Lovely looking chocolate cups. Take care in the high temps and good luck with settling in.

Pavithra said...

Wow thats awesome chocolate cups....drooling.. nice clicks as well feel like grabbing one.

Nithya said...

Looks absolutely tempting :)

My comfort food network said...

Lovely dessert amidst the boxes. We have moved 4 times in the past 12 years. So I can understand what your going through. Packing and unpacking is a pain. The dessert is simple and we love the raspberry and chocolate combination.

silverthorn0 said...

This looks and sounds yummy! If I'm to make them for a party, can I make them ahead and keep in the fridge without the chocolate cups losing shape? Thanks.

praseeda said...

That is a lovely dessert. It looks so tempting, colorful and I must add.. sinful. Great job..

Parita said...

Divine!

Anonymous said...

sounds yummmm..n easy too.
Hope u settle well in to your new house. take it easy!

Cheers,
Shimsha

bewitchingkitchen said...

What a beautiful dessert! I cannot quite imagine how you could pull this in the middle of a move... I would stress out about it for days, making sure to do it only in a very stress-free weekend!

I am dessert-challenged, definitely

archana said...

Such a fancy thing to do ! I am very impressed that you were able to do this during the move, what i did instead was stop blogging altogether. Lovely photos as always.

Priti said...

Oh wow it looks delicious....cool pics and gud to see u back

Bharathy said...

I guess only YOU could 'Move' even while you "Blog"!! ;)...
Cups look Perfect!..and very Creative!!!!.., have never come across chocolate cups anywhere, ever since..:)
Hope you have settled by now and back to your routine...

Sonu said...

Impressive dessert! Look so beautiful.
Sonu
http://sevenspice.wordpress.com

Pavithra Kodical said...

Wow, Eye catching..Its an easy and tasty dessert.

Nirmala said...

Hmmm very good. U had a heart to post this after a long time. Thanks Sugs. I know about all about the shifting and the craziness. We just shiftd to our new house. These dainty cups looks gorgeous. I love the color compliments!

Shwetha said...

That looks simply too good to eat!
I'm sure it tasted divine too.

Veggie Belly said...

Chocolate and raspberries are such a luscious combination. I'm soooo making this! Beatiful pics!

Hema said...

Looks yummy suganya.. love your idea.. i came across this cup in one of the books, but was trying to figure out how.. nice

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homecooked said...

Hats off to you for attempting this sinful delight in the midst of a move. I am exhausted for 2 mths straight during a move :) The cups really look beautiful!

mona said...

Yumm!!! Lovely clicks, looks sooo delish.

Aparna said...

Certainly looks delicious.
Good luck with everything and the settling in.
Having moved a lot, I know what it can be like! :)

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

I usually hate chocolate, but that is really making me crave some! Nice blog, too!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

1st time here...nice recipes...Wondering how to become a follower...
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(From arizona)

Sabina said...

This is a must make for me!!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!

KALVA said...

wow lovely dessert.. cant wait to grab one

Sanghi said...

Lovely picture suganya.. yummy too delicious! do visit my blog.. i'm following you!

oneordinaryday said...

What a lovely presentation. Beautiful photos!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE the idea of the chocolate cups!!!

Janine said...

These are beautiful! I did something exactly similar (is that possible?) for a small Christmas dinner party. I used aluminum foil muffin cups, and coated them with Dove chocolate. I filled each with a scoop of peppermint ice cream (you know the kind you can purchase from Schwann's) and garnished with a peppermint on the side. I should have put chocolate curls on top but did not know how at the time!

Soma said...

have been wanting to come for a month now? :-( .. This is so fabulous & just the way i love my dessert; little, chocolaty, fruity & creamy! can't get any better than this. & very very pretty too, just popping out of the screen . Hope u have settled in well. I don't like moving, have done it too many times.

Anonymous said...

Hey Suganya,

I tried these choco cups but it was a disaster, I definitely know its my fault. I microwaved them in oven and added abt 1 tbsp of milk for some reason they were so sticky and didnt set at all. Even after days of freezing, it still was a bit gooey. Any idea on what might have caused them, looking forward to your reply.

- Aneeta

Suganya said...

Dear Aneetha, Next time you may want to try heavy cream instead of milk. I didn't bother to add cream because there is enough decadence in the filling :)

Kay said...

This looks gorgeous! Love your photography.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Awesome clicks Suganya....I happened to bump into your site while searching for yummy cakes this Christmas. And i got one :-)

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