Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

If one of your new years resolutions was to lose weight, eat less sweets or live a healthier life (mine were!), you have come to the wrong place. Do NOT scroll any further. Im kidding, this is too good (and easy!) to miss.

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I was looking for easy mousse recipes on pinterest, but didnt seem to be able to find any that I fully liked, so I ended putting together my own recipe. These choco mousse "cupcakes" are super easy and quick to make. All you need is:

(makes 6 servings)

6 silicone cupcake moulds (individual)

200g milk chocolate (I used Cadburys milk chocolate)
300ml double cream
50g 70% dark chocolate
5tbs espresso
Raspberries for garnish

Chocolate cups:                                                    
Chop 100g of milk chocolate into a (microwaveable) bowl . To melt it in the microwave, start with 30 seconds, stirring in between and continue microwaving for 10 seconds for as long as it takes. When part of the chocolate is melted, start stirring until it becomes even. (Patience is key! do not over-heat the chocolate or otherwise it will turn grainy and thick)

When the chocolate is melted, spoon a couple of tsp of chocolate into the silicone moulds and spread it up to the edges. Put chocolatey moulds into the fridge and let harden for 1-2 hours.

Mousse:
Put 5tbs of espresso to a small saucepan and heat on low heat. Put the rest of the chopped milk chocolate and dark chocolate into the saucepan and stir until chocolate is starting to melt. Turn off heat and stir until even. Set saucepanpan aside to cool.

Whisk 300ml of double cream in a large bowl (do not over-whip! The cream should be soft and fluffy). Take one tbsp of the whipped cream and mix it in the saucepan with the cooled chocolate paste. This way the chocolate paste becomes softer and is easier to work with. Now mix the chocolate paste and the whipped cream together in the large bowl by lifiting gently with a spoon to not lose the fluffines of the whipped cream.

When the mousse is even you can take out the cupcake moulds and carefully peel the mould off the chocolate. Try not to touch the chocolate to avoid melting and fingerprints. Spoon in a desired amount of mousse and garnish with a raspberry before serving. You can also prepare this ahead and leave it in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Nursery Details

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After
weeksdays of rain the sun finally made an appearance in Aberdeen!

My plan was to make the most out of it and take a couple of photos of the nursery (I keep typing "nursesy" for some reason. Dont you just hate when that happens?).

After luring G out of my way with crackers and some toys, I was finally ready to press the shutter button, when my camera decided it was time to kindly inform me, that the battery was dead! I couldn't help, but load the battery pack and attempt in at another time. Luckily I did manage to snap some pictures today, the second sunny day in a row!

We wanted to maintain a bright look within the nursery and add colour through G's toys and some pictures on the wall. The great thing is that it is easy to change the "theme" or let the room grow and change with the child. I personally enjoy a B&W monocrome look, but I feel that it is not how I would like to decorate my child's room. I think we managed to make a nice compromise between style and practicality.

We went for a Montessori-style nursery, where G could choose his toys and books himself (...and hopefully even learn to put them back where they belong). We took out his cotbed and only left the mattress of the floor and so far it has worked well for us.

There are still a few things we want to change, for example hang the bookshelves, change the curtains and possibly look for a small area rug and some cushions, but I find it is coming together quite nicely.

Wow, I didn't know that I had this much thoughts to share about a nursery. To not bore you out of your minds, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. Hope you like them.

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