Chocolate Cups with White Chocolate Pastry Cream

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Pastry Cream, a very versatile cream used to fill cakes, pastry shells or as a filling for those cute chocolate cups. It is quite simple to make at home, and can be easily flavoured many different ways including chocolate, coffee, with liqueurs, lemon or any extracts, although vanilla remains the most common.

  • 300 ml Whole milk
  • 1 Vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 3 Large egg yolks
  • 35 g Green bean starch (or cornstarch)
  • 0,2 g Pure stevia extract powder (or 50 g sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp Orange liqueur, optional
  • 100 g White chocolate, cut into chunks
  • Dark chocolate cups
  • Fresh berries
  • Lemon balm
  1. In a saucepan, heat the whole milk, vanilla bean and seeds over medium heat until simmering.
  2. Combine the cornstarch, stevia extract powder, salt and egg yolks. Once the milk has come to a simmer, remove the vanilla bean and add 1/3 of the milk into the egg mixture and whisk until combined and smooth.
  3. Now return it to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Whisk it constantly for 3-5 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and add in orange liqueur if using and white chocolate chunks. Whisk until smooth. Press a plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled. Fill the chocolate cups with the pastry cream and garnish with berries and lemon balm leaves. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


cristina 21/7/14 07:12

So elegant and love that the pretty chocolate cups are edible with that luscious pastry cream! Hmmm....gonna have to find a way to make those cups. I have some choco shells, but they're not as cute as these!! :)

angela bartolomeo 21/7/14 08:16

Un vero attentato al self control di un'amante del cioccolato a dieta!! cioè io;))
Un abbraccio;))

Anonymous 21/7/14 08:35

What a winner for a dinner party Angie.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
:-) Mandy xo

Rosa's Yummy Yums 21/7/14 09:00

Exquisite and so pretty!



Ann Low 21/7/14 09:56

Angie, your chocolate cups dessert look very elegant. Great to serve them as an after meal dessert.

Shashi Charles 21/7/14 10:41

Oh Angie - these cups are GORGEOUS! That pastry cream sounds so fantastic!!! So decadent! I could sub out coconut/almond milk instead of regular milk to make this lactose free? So so good!

Bel | Ooh, Look... 21/7/14 10:47

Oh dear, I wouldn't be able to stop at one (or ten) of these if you put a plate in front of me!

Emma | Fork and Good 21/7/14 11:03

Beautiful recipe Angie, one of my favourites that you've posted so far. Pastry cream sounds amazing!!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 21/7/14 12:10

Your chocolate cup cakes are things of beauty, arranged artfully and I'm sure must taste divine. I had not idea there were so many flavors to choose from in pastry cream.

Alida 21/7/14 13:00

Oh Angie you really are amazing! These are so beautiful and so lovely. Perfect as a classy dessert. They must be so nice too. Love them!! You always do so well Angie.

Joanne 21/7/14 15:02

Oh my, these are so beautiful! Such a dainty little sweet treat!

Mary Frances 21/7/14 15:22

These are so pretty? Did you make the cups or buy them?

Karen Harris 21/7/14 16:31

Adorable! These are perfect for a special occasion like a shower or reception. Love them.

Sharon D 21/7/14 17:13

Angie...noooOooo...this is too cute! I am so going to try this!

lena 21/7/14 17:33

gosh..they are so cute and little flower pots! fun to eat too!

kitchen flavours 21/7/14 17:36

What an elegant and beautiful dessert! Love it!

ami@naivecookcooks 21/7/14 18:37

Angie, this looks so good and chilled desserts for summer are a big YES in my life!!

GG 21/7/14 18:53

These look so pretty and very tempting. Love the simplicity of this. GG

Gloria Baker 21/7/14 19:38

Angie I love these look absolutely georgeous!!:)

Michael Toa 21/7/14 20:24

You are so clever and creative. Pastry cream is so good, I could just drink it as it is. Your chocolate cups look so elegant.

Tammy 21/7/14 21:01

What a pretty and elegant post, Angie. These look so pretty and sound so good!


Kelly 21/7/14 21:30

Oh Angie, these are beautiful! I love the sound of the white chocolate pastry cream with the chocolate cups and fresh berries - this is one elegant and tasty treat:)

Ashley 21/7/14 22:22

These are adorable! And I love that you topped them with the fresh fruit! Happy Monday! :)

Chris Scheuer 21/7/14 23:23

Yum! So pretty Angie and I love that the whole thing is edible!

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 21/7/14 23:34

These cups are so cute, and yet still elegant... quite a feat, Angie! The white chocolate base sounds sublime, too...

Jasna Varcakovic 22/7/14 00:03

Perfect little dessert; a bit of dark and a bit of white chocolate + beautiful presentation.

deepti 22/7/14 00:12

Looks absolutely gorgeous Angie!

The Duo Dishes 22/7/14 00:45

Gorgeous photos! The blue and red berries really pop next to the cream and chocolate brown.

Monet 22/7/14 01:20

A chocolate lover's dream! Especially a chocolate love like me (who adores white chocolate!)

grace 22/7/14 01:50

not only are these lovely and neat, but i'm sure they taste wonderful! love that pastry cream!

Pam 22/7/14 02:02

Amazing! They look so pretty, gourmet, and delicious.

Monica 22/7/14 03:50

Utterly adorable and delicious! What a special dessert it'd be for a dinner party!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 22/7/14 04:39

I think the only thing wrong with these is that I don't have one in front of me right now!

easyfoodsmith 22/7/14 08:58

These elegant chocolate cups are so pretty...I wouldn't have the heart to eat them lest I spoil their perfection.

Veronica 22/7/14 09:16

These are just so darling I actually got tears in my eyes. LOL! I love that you sweetened them with stevia too! Brilliant!

Muna Kenny 22/7/14 12:12

How cute Angie. Pastry cream was my weakness when I was a kid, I could just pour it in my mouth LOL! These little chocolate cups are amazing, and the clicks are beautiful :)

Gourmet Getaways 22/7/14 13:59

Those pretty cups! I may want to just stare at them. So lovely!

Gourmet Getaways

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 22/7/14 14:01

This would be so perfect for a night of entertaining. I love a good pastry cream and yours sounds so rich and full of amazing flavor - vanilla bean, orange liqueur and white chocolate. Yum! Beautiful!

Norma Chang 22/7/14 14:01

Very elegant and up scale. Did you write a post on how to make those chocolate cups?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 22/7/14 14:42

so good to serve cream with chocolate cups!

Von 22/7/14 15:44

Your chocolate cups are so perfect! They look like potted plants haha :)

Roz Corieri Paige 22/7/14 17:28

These chocolate cups are delightful . . . so pretty and yummy at the same time. I love the brilliant red berries and wish I could find those in my market! Excellent dessert Angie!

Geraldine Saucier 22/7/14 18:10

I could eat them all:) They look so delicious.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 22/7/14 19:33

I don't know what happened to my comment yesterday as I didn't see if after I hit publish but I'm back today to try again :) Love these little chocolate cups, Angie!. The creme filling and beautiful fruit topping look delicious.

dina 22/7/14 20:25

they look lovely and yummy!

fimère .b 22/7/14 22:13

un dessert parfait et goûteux bravo
bonne soirée

Anonymous 22/7/14 22:45

How fun are those?! Love that you can eat the shell as well. I'm sure these would be a hit anywhere you take them!

Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook 22/7/14 23:32

I love everything about this - what a great combination of flavors and textures. Pinning it for sure!

Erin | The Law Students Wife 23/7/14 01:25

I will eat pastry cream on everything, forever and ever amen.

Liz Berg 23/7/14 03:02

I love those chocolate cups! I will have to see if I can locate some of those beauties around here! I'd fill them with white chocolate pastry cream, too...what a spectacular dessert!

Couscous & Consciousness 23/7/14 03:26

This is an utterly adorable looking dessert - tres chic :-)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 23/7/14 03:31

I'm basically crying with happiness looking at these pictures. I need one of these in my life right now!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 23/7/14 03:31

So pretty and delicate -- I really love this idea for a touch of sweetness without the overload. It has a certain sophistication to it that's irresistible too (and perfect for guests!) xx.

tigerfish 23/7/14 03:34

OH so pretty and too cute!

mjskit 23/7/14 05:18

I'm speechless!!!! These are incredible Angie! They are almost too beautiful to eat...almost. :) I'm sure they taste as good as they look.

Nammi 23/7/14 06:33

wow!! what more can I say!! :)

Ivy 23/7/14 06:34

They look very beautiful!

Cheri Savory Spoon 23/7/14 06:59

Hi Angie, Wow! these are beautiful! very impressive dessert for entertaining. Like that you can have everything made well in advance. Pinned

Amy (Savory Moments) 23/7/14 12:57

These look amazing, Angie - so pretty, elegant, and delicious, too!

Caroline Taylor 23/7/14 14:09

These are so pretty. What a great way to end a meal.

Kitchen Belleicious 23/7/14 14:28

the little cups are absolutely crazy adorable. I love them and the pastry cream looks so rich and silky smooth!

[Reply] - diet analyzer 23/7/14 16:04

Love the way you save calories in this delicious dessert using stevia instead of sugar. But what do you think about replacing stevia to xylitol? Or is it possible to use almond milk instead of normal milk?

Erica 23/7/14 17:06

What a beautiful dessert and wonderful idea for a party, Angie! Delicious!

Honey Bee Sweets 23/7/14 18:17

Wow! These chocolate cups look amazing Angie! Too pretty to be eaten! Actually I don't mind popping them in my mouth haha! Your creation always never fail to wow me! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier, really really appreciate! Been busy cooking and baking, just got lazy posting on my blog haha! Anyway, thanks again and have a fabulous weekend ahead!

Catherine 23/7/14 19:58

Dear Angie, These look like perfection!! and delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 23/7/14 20:31

This looks just totally delectable Angie, want now!

Gwen 23/7/14 21:53

Absolutely stunning Angie!!! Now, all I need is an excuse to make these.

sprinklesandsauce 24/7/14 05:10

such lovely desserts! love the currants also!

Veronica's Kitchen 24/7/14 05:26

Very nice photos, Angie! Great ideas for party food!

Tze @ Awayofmind 24/7/14 07:19

Angle, these chocolate cups are so elegant!! Love to have it for after meal dessert!

Anonymous 24/7/14 08:13

The edible chocolate cups it the highlight of this dessert, made it elegant even more....
even i can barely spoon out the cream from the saucepan too

Anne Regalado 24/7/14 08:16

Those are pure yumminess , Angie ! Gorgeous photos , too !

noobcook 24/7/14 09:30

wow! they are really adorable!

Medeja 24/7/14 12:34

They look amazing! Elegant and very tempting!

Beth 24/7/14 14:17

What a beautiful presentation, Angie. Those are almost (almost) too pretty to eat!

Barbara 24/7/14 14:20

Such an elegant dessert presentation, Angie! Pastry cream is delicious all by itself, but flavored with some liqueur it would be divine!

Esther Lau 24/7/14 15:48

Oh...Lovely!!! These are good for party ya :)

Choclette 24/7/14 16:31

Oh how very pretty Angie. You really do make the most fabulous things. The chocolate cups look so good on their own, but with all the colourful fruit as well, they really do look superb.

Daniela Grimburg 24/7/14 22:22

So pretty and summery.
This is a sensational dessert with a sensational presentation.

Reeni Pisano 25/7/14 01:24

What elegant little chocolate cups Angie! I've never seen them filled with pastry cream before! What a delicious idea! These are perfect for a special occasion.

Guru Uru 25/7/14 01:49

What a superbly delicious dessert, so classy and addictive :D

Choc Chip Uru

Dawn Yucuis 25/7/14 05:30

I love individual desserts such as this one. These look wonderful.

Jean | 25/7/14 14:01

Angie, I love vanilla pastry cream and am quite sure I'd like it with the addition of white chocolate. These little chocolate cups will make a lovely addition to the tea table at my next afternoon tea party!

Sue/the view from great island 25/7/14 17:56

These are SO ELEGANT! I need to try these for my next party, I've seen those little chocolate cups but never knew what to do with them. Thanks Angie!

[Reply] 26/7/14 00:53

Oh boy, I seriously need to come over your house right now. These chocolate cups look insanely good!

jehanne@thecookingdoctor 26/7/14 04:44

wow, those cuppies look so elegant and delicious! Now you got me inspired :D

Koko 26/7/14 07:11

I can't get over these beautiful!! I haven't made pastry cream since I was in pastry school, but you're right, it's just such a versatile filling. These are gorgeous!

I'm not getting your posts to my inbox anymore :-( I've tried signing up again, but it says I'm already signed up....Hmmmm.....

Angie Schneider 26/7/14 07:58

@Koko Thanks, Koko.
Did you check your spam folder? It happened to me too. One day I didn't get any update from my subscriptions, then I noticed all of them sitting in my spam folder.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 26/7/14 17:00

What a beautiful elegant dessert, I bet these would go down a storm at any dinner party. I love this idea so much.

Ann Jones 29/7/14 00:43

I want one of these so bad :) Great looking dessert, yum!

motherrimmy 29/7/14 04:12

I am completely impressed with anyone who can make such amazing desserts. My mouth waters just looking at them!

Priscilla @ Homegrown Delight 29/7/14 07:42

Absolutely stunning and decadent chocolate with berries. I love chocolate for dessert!

Barbara Bakes 31/7/14 12:18

What a stunningly simple but elegant dessert!

Luisa 6/8/14 23:39

wow... love love this recipe. Thanks! Luisa


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