I hosted a kids cooking party over the weekend and I had some leftover mini chocolate cakes and fresh strawberries that I wanted to do something fun with. I easily could of sliced and topped with ice cream but I wanted to try something different. Mini desserts are the rage right now. I personally love them because you get that little bit of sweetness after a meal but you are not stuffed afterwards, it’s just the right amount…for me anyways.
I thought it would be fun to make mini chocolate mousse trifles with the kids. It’s close to St. Patrick’s Day and I always think of trifles. I know they originated in England but my first experience with eating trifle was when I lived with my Irish roommate, she made the best. After my first bite I was hooked.
Putting together the trifle is pretty easy, and if your child knows how to create patterns they are good to go. Start with the cake, then layer with mousse, strawberries and repeat. If you want to make this for a crowd then use a larger clear bowl and your guests can just scoop out what they want. When looking for a recipe I liked part of one and then another one so I combined the two recipes to make it my own. I have to say, it turned out amazing.
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup cold coffee
- Place egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, coffee and ½ cup whipping cream into a saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until it starts to get hot and thickens. Don't boil because the eggs will turn into scrambled eggs. You know when it's ready because you will be able to coat the back of a spoon.
- Take off heat and add vanilla and chocolate chips
- Stir until chips are melted and everything is incorporated.
- Stain mixture to make sure there are no lumps - DON'T SKIP THIS STEP
- Store in a container and store in the fridge so it sets (about 2 hours)
- In a large glass or stainless steel container add the rest of the whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar. With a electric mixer blend until you get soft peaks
- Place cream into a sealed container and set in the fridge until chocolate mixture is ready.
- Once the chocolate mixture is ready put it in a large container and blend with the electric mixer until fluffy.
- Gently fold in the whipped cream with a spoon or spatula. Don't over mix.
- Place in containers and serve as is or make chocolate trifles as we did.
The Chocolate Mousse on it’s own is truly amazing, light and fluffy. I think I could of eaten the whole container with a bowl of strawberries. But I wanted to kick it up a notch and create a fun activity for the kids.
To make it a family affair we created a buffet so we could all easily create our own trifle as big or as little as we liked. This would be a perfect birthday party idea. Make the mousse and cake ahead of time and set everything up for the kids could make their own.
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