Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes

As you might imagine, food blogging can be a bit solitary. I work from home. I have no co-workers, unless you count my cats. Some days it’s just me and the kitchen and the internet. But, food blogging also has allowed me to meet some lovely people who share my passion for baking, cooking, and good food.

Today, I’m so excited to be celebrating with one of my blogger friends. Some fellow bloggers and I are having a surprise baby shower for Audra of The Baker Chick. Surprise, Audra! She’s expecting a baby boy in January, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her and her husband.

Audra's Virtual Baby Shower | Bake or Break

Okay, now on to my contribution to this virtual shower. It’s probably not surprising that I’m the girl who shows up to the party with chocolate. What can I say? I aim to please. Anyway, when I make dessert for a gathering, I like to make mini treats so there’s no slicing and serving to be done.

I hesitate calling these cupcakes. They aren’t actually much like cupcakes, but the presentation is there so we’ll go with it. As the rest of the name implies, these are like little bites of chocolate mousse. Hard to argue with that.

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes | Bake or Break

The most amazing thing is that you can make these with just four ingredients. If you’re busy like I am this time of year, these kinds of recipes can be life-savers. Just top them off with some sweetened whipped cream, and you’ve got a beautiful plate of tiny, lovely desserts.

I added a bit of vanilla extract, although I really wanted to use a little liqueur. This being a baby shower, I thought vanilla was the safer choice. But, I think these would be just lovely with a coffee liqueur or hazelnut liqueur.

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes | Bake or Break

I have a couple of bits of advice for you. First and foremost, these will only be as good as the chocolate you put in them. Secondly, the original recipe recommended lining the muffin cups with paper liners. I made them both with and without liners, and I found that the cupcakes tended to lose their shape in the liners.

Stop by The Baker Chick to congratulate Audra. And, click the links below to see what everyone else made to help Audra celebrate. Oh, how I wish we were all really getting together to share all of this deliciousness!

Congratulations, Audra and Andy!

Cocktails:

Grapefruit, Rosemary, and Sage Spritzer from Brandy at Nutmeg Nanny

Small Bites:

Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups from Erin at The Spiffy Cookie
Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini from Liz at The Lemon Bowl

Desserts:

Bananas Foster Cupcakes from Meriem at Culinary Couture
Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt from Joanne at Eats Well with Others
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter from Katrina at Warm Vanilla Sugar
Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons from Gina at Running to the Kitchen
Coconut-Cream Meringue Cupcakes from Tracey at Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites from Lauren at Keep It Sweet Desserts
Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread from Jacqueline at The Dusty Baker
Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing from Kelli at The Corner Kitchen
Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Julie at Table for Two
Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream from Rachel at Baked by Rachel
Sugar & Spice Layer Cake from Stephanie at Girl Versus Dough

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 48 mini cupcakes

Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces milk chocolate (about 2 & 1/3 cups)
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings, for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 48 mini muffin cups.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at half power in microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place eggs and flour in a large bowl. Beat until combined. Add chocolate and beat mixed and smooth. Mix in vanilla.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full of batter.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are down and centers shake slightly.

Cool in tin on wire rack for 20 minutes. Then, carefully remove from pans and cool completely. Run a knife between the pan and the cupcake to loosen the cupcake if necessary.

Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2013/12/chocolate-mousse-mini-cupcakes/
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22 Comments

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 4, 2013 Reply

    I love how simple these are! There is nothing better than mini desserts that allow you to eat quite a few of them;-)

  2. Audra | The Baker Chick December 4, 2013 Reply

    Aw Jen these are so beautiful- thank you so much for bringing them to my “shower” :) They look so fluffy and spongey and rich- perfect for my sweet tooth that is growing every day!!

    And I tell you what- add a little booze and I won’t tell anyone!! :)

  3. Marcie December 4, 2013 Reply

    I love chocolate mousse, and the fact that you’ve put it in an individual serving size is genius! What a nice dessert for a virtual baby shower!

  4. I wish we were all getting together in real life, too — all this yummy food on my screen is driving me crazy! Love how easy these are to make — less effort and time to get them all in my belly. ;)

  5. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 4, 2013 Reply

    I have a thing for mousse that I only discovered a couple years ago. I would devour these.

  6. Jacqueline Raposo December 4, 2013 Reply

    These look DIVINE! I love that they’re made with so few ingredients and are mousse-y. I just got some silicone molds that will work wonderfully with this recipe, and with so many eggs it’ll easily adapt to being gluten-free. Lovely! So pleased to work on Audra’s shower with you :) I also freelance from home, and get the isolation that sneaks in after a while. These relationships are such a joy!

  7. Linda December 4, 2013 Reply

    Those look great. One of my favorite groups to bake for ADORE bite-sized. Their argument is “mini sized always justifies another one”. HA I love that kind of logic. Music to a baker’s ears. Can’t wait to make these for them (after the other 50 you’ve already encouraged me to bake!). And thanks for the other suggestions and links from the event. Like I need another baking site to encourage me to bake more at this time of year but I love finding new sites and great bakers like you to give me more ideas and fun. Thanks, Jennifer.

  8. I came running when I saw this recipe. Well figuratively running, as you pointed out, blogging is pretty virtual. Chocolate mousse in cupcake form? Great idea!

  9. foodonia.com December 4, 2013 Reply

    Looks wonderful, I became hungry :)

  10. Mimi @ Culinary Couture December 4, 2013 Reply

    With the word mousse being in their name, I can only imagine how heavenly these must taste! We all thank you for bringing the chocolate Jennifer…it is an essential flavor!

  11. I seriously need more mini chocolate things in my life. This sounds awesome!!

  12. Tracey December 4, 2013 Reply

    Oh yum, I haven’t had chocolate mousse in forever but it is the best! Love the simplicity of this recipe, it’s perfect for this crazy busy month!

  13. Tracy | Pale Yellow December 4, 2013 Reply

    I don’t think it really matters whether you call them cupcakes or mousse bites, the excellence in flavor will probably be the same! These look fantastic!

  14. Joanne December 4, 2013 Reply

    These are for SURE the perfect bite – LITERALLY. So rich!! Love em. And yeah, the blogging friends make the solitary moments totally worth it!

  15. Logan December 5, 2013 Reply

    These sound delicious! Chocolate Mousse mini cupcakes steal my heart just by the name then those pictures <3,<3 ! I will definitely be making these this weekend!

  16. Julie @ Table for Two December 5, 2013 Reply

    Yummy! These are the perfect bites!

  17. These mini cupcakes came out great, I love how cute they are! I could sure finish a few.. ;)

  18. I love Audra and I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how decadent and delicious these little mousse cakes look!!

  19. layla@BrunchTimeBaker December 5, 2013 Reply

    These little bites look so yummy!

  20. ashley - baker by nature December 5, 2013 Reply

    These look incredible! Definitely the kind of treat I could OVER indulge in ;)

  21. I love mousse! I can’t believe you turned it into cupcakes! Yum.

  22. melissa December 18, 2013 Reply

    i made these yesterday and i was so excited about that! mine came out more of a cake consistency instead of mouse? any ideas what i can do next time to ensure that they have that mousy deliciousness??? THANKS!

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