Friday, October 7, 2011

Mini Dessert Buffet







Prepared this mini dessert buffet for little girl and her friends to celebrate Children's Day. Initially, I was thinking of baking them some cupcakes, cookies, or perhaps even a castle cake.  But, when I bought this lovely cupcake stand from a Facebook pal, the idea of a mini dessert buffet came to my mind!  

This is how the cupcake stand looks like.  It has 5 tiers, but you can assemble the number of levels as desired.    A wonderful piece of party accessories and you can decorate the cake stand to match the party's theme.  For me, I just cover the board with wrapping paper to keep it clean.  




Back to my mini dessert buffet items.  They are all kids' favorite items... the best part is .... no baking is required:

Mini Dessert Bar
****  Chocolate-coated Marshmallows with Smarties ****
****  Neapolitan Mousse Cups ****





Recipe for Neapolitan Mousse Cups (Eggless Recipe):
(makes about 20 small cups)

Ingredients:

Chocolate layer:
100g + 200g dairy whipping cream (total: 300g)
60g sugar
100g dark chocolate
30g butter
1 tsp gelatin + 1 tbsp water (warm the mixture till gelatin dissolves)

Strawberry layer:
300g fresh strawberries, cut into smaller pieces
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp water
Sugar to taste (for cooking strawberries)
200g dairy whipping cream
2 tsp gelatin + 2 tbsp water (warm the mixture till gelatin dissolves)

Marshmallow layer:
250ml milk
1 cup mini marshmallows
120g dairy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional) 
1 tsp gelatin + 1 tbsp water (warm the mixture till gelatin dissolves)

Strawberry jello layer:
Instant strawberry jello
 - prepared per instructions on package - to yield 500ml jello


Method:
1) Chocolate layer: In a small pot, combine 100g whipping cream and 60g sugar.  Bring to gently boil till sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat, add in chocolate and butter.  Mix well till smooth.  Leave aside to cool.  Whisk 200g whipping cream till peak (be careful not to over-whip).  Fold the whipping cream to the cooled chocolate mixture.  Add in gelatin mixture and mix well.  Pour into cups.  Place in fridge to set (about 1 to 2 hours).

2) Strawberry layer:  Combine fresh strawberries, lemon juice and water in a pot.  Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes till strawberries break down.  Add sugar to taste and cook for further 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool and blend into strawberry puree.  Whisk 200g whipping cream till peak (be careful not to over-whip).  Fold the whipping cream to the strawberry puree.  Add in gelatin mixture and mix well.  Pour over the set chocolate mousse.  Place in fridge to set (about 1 to 2 hours).

3) Marshmallow layer: Double boil the milk and marshmallow till marshmallow melts completely.  Set aside to cool down mixture.  Whisk 120g whipping cream till peak (be careful not to over-whip).  Mix the whipping cream to the marshmallow milk.  Add in gelatin mixture and mix well.  Pour over the set strawberry mousse.  Place in fridge to set (about 1 to 2 hours).

4) Prepare strawberry jello per instructions on package.  Set aside to cool completely.  Carefully pour the jello over the set marshmallow layer.  Place in fridge till set.





13 comments:

  1. Wow!! That's pretty presentation!! Very nice!!

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  2. How pretty this look;) Great idea with tutorial to make it.Fantastic;)

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  3. Hi Fong,

    May I know where did you order the dessert stand from?

    Thanks!

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  4. what a spread! i also want to attend!!

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  5. Thanks pal for leaving me with your lovely comments. I truly enjoy preparing this mini buffet for the young ones. Ha... even the teachers are eager to try!

    For the cupcake stand, my Facebook pal happened to have two extra sets with her, so she put up the items for sale on Facebook. Not sure where she bought it. If anyone interested in the cupcake stand, perhaps you can contact her via:
    http://www.cookiedecoratinginsingapore.com/contact--other-information.html

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  6. You're really good in this. You're a good mama and your girl is so lucky :)

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  7. I'm bet the kids must have enjoyed this mini dessert buffet.

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  8. You are a wonder! And super mummy! Not only can cook well, you also have excellent handicraft skill! So envy u.

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  9. Hi! would it be possible to replace agar-agar with the gelatin? if so, how much agar would be required or is it a straight conversion?

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  10. Yes Sam, you can use agar agar instead, but the texture will be firmer. You need to check the agar agar packaging to determine how much to use. Usually, the 10g or 12g packet is for 950 to 1000ml liquid. So, you need to weigh the ingredients to see how much agar agar to use.

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