Project Runway Party, Chocolate Cupcakes & Raspberry Mousse Frosting

While my sister was staying with me, we had an elegant tea party for the Project Runway season opening. We made a charming set up using new David Tutera Casual Elegance collection for special decorating touches and made some delicious Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Mousse Frosting.

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Project Runway Party Collage

Yes, we are big Project Runways fans here. My mom, my sister and I are huge fans and watch it religiously. I started watching it ten years ago and got the other two hooked and few years back. Since I happened to have my sister visiting last week, we decided to throw ourselves an elegant Project Runway party.

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It was absolute timing perfection that I recently got a box of gorgeous new David Tutera Casual Elegance decorating/crafting supplies. When I opened the box, I lit up like a kid on Christmas. As I pulled out each item, I was picturing what I can do with it. The best part of this beautiful collection is the possibilities for different uses. It’s not just decorating pieces or crafting supplies, I am also using it as photography props. Every item is elegant, charming and brings a rustic look but modern at the same time. Like so many others, I’ve fallen in love with burlap and rustic look.

Project Runway Party 1 Collage

For our elegant, Project Runway party I used these gorgeous products:

Chalkboard Stake

Mason Jar

Lace Jar Wrap

Silver Painter Marker

Mini Wood Baskets

Lace Ribbon

Mini Metal Buckets

Paper Napkin Wraps

Burlap Flowers

Burlap

1. I didn’t want to overdue on the decorations, after all this is an elegant party… simpler is better. First, I cut a long runner out of burlap, about 6-7 inches wide.

2. I made the party sign out of Chalkboard Stake by filling the mason jar with dry grains, to help it stand up. I wrapped the beautiful lace jar wrap around the mason jar for an extra touch.

3. I used the mini metal buckets as candle holders by adding some dry grain on the bottom to bring up the votive higher and wrapped paper napkin wrap around the metal bucket.

4. To feel fancy, I wrapped the burlap flower around the handle of the tea cup. I don’t know why but it was my favorite touch!

5. For one more special decorating touch, I added some lace in the mini wooden baskets and filled them with strawberries.

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Finally, we made these gorgeous, delicious and yes, elegant cupcakes!

These cupcakes turned out PERFECTLY and made a wonderful addition to our elegant tea party!

Chocolate and raspberry combination is a classic that’s always guaranteed to please. The cupcakes turned out so soft and smooth and Raspberry Mousse Frosting was a brilliant idea to add the cooling, raspberry touch.

Project Runway Party, Chocolate Cupcakes & Raspberry Mousse Frosting

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Please note, this recipe will take some time since mousse needs to set in the refrigerator. Total time can be up to 3 hours. It is SO WORTH the time tough!

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz baking chocolate, semi sweet bar (I prefer Ghirardelli)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup of milk + 1 tbs
  • Raspberry Mousse Frosting:
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered gelatin, unflavored
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line the muffin pan with cupcake lines.
  2. Prepare all the ingredients and have them ready before starting the batter.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  4. Break up the chocolate bar and melt it with butter in the microwave at half power for about a minute, stirring every 20 seconds.
  5. Beat the sugar and eggs together, on high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Lower the mixer to medium, with mixer running, drizzle in the oil and beat until well combined.
  7. Drizzle in the melted chocolate.
  8. Alternating, beat in dry ingredients and milk on low speed. Starting and ending with dry ingredients.
  9. Divide the batter between the cupcake cups, filling about 3/4 way up.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Do a toothpick test to make sure they are done.
  11. Cool before frosting
  12. Raspberry Mousse Frosting:
  13. Start by making raspberry puree. In a small sauce pan, combine raspberries, lemon juice and sugar. Cook on medium heat until the raspberries give out juice. Mash the berries with a wooden spoon and bring to boil. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove the seeds and solids.
  14. Place your metal bowl from the electric mixer and the whisk attachment (or a regular metal bowl and the beaters) in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure that your heavy whipping cream is cold.
  15. Add the heavy whipping cream to the cold mixing bowl. Starting at low speed, start whisking, gradually raise to speed to high. Slowly, add the sugar. Beat until stiff peaks appear (don't walk away far.) Refrigerate until ready to use.
  16. Combine cold water and gelatin, stir well. Let sit for 5 minutes until all the gelatin has absorbed the water and become translucent.
  17. In a small sauce pot, combine the gelatin and raspberry puree. Heat through on medium heat, while stirring constantly, until all melted and combined.
  18. Take off heat and cool for a few minutes.
  19. Fold in half of the whipped cream until smooth. Then, carefully fold in the remaining cream until all smoothly combined.
  20. Refrigerate for about an hour until starts to mold. Transfer some mousse into a piping bag and frost the cool cupcakes.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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All in all, we had a great season opening party!

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Comments

  1. These are fabulous cupcakes!!

  2. can’t wait for my raspberries to come in! sooooo gonna make this frosting….cute cute way to use these goodies!! xo

  3. The cupcakes are gorgeous and I have a freezer full of raspberries just waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. Now I know. A Project Runway Party sounds like a lot of fun. Ran across you on the Whimsy Wednesday Party. Great site!!

  4. What a fun party idea!

  5. Lyuba, I love this pretty pink cupcake.
    I’ve got to share it on Cupcakes on Parade….OK with you?
    SInea

  6. Raspberry and chocolate…yum! Great looking cupcakes. Sounds like a fun party. I bet the cupcakes were the highlight of the night!! Great post!

  7. the cupcakes are pretty and they sound yummy!

  8. Yum! I adore raspberry and chocolate together…one of my favorite flavor combinations! This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now!

  9. This is gorgeous! My daughter would love a party like this!

  10. That raspberry mousse frosting sounds amazing and I’m loving the little pink decoration on the top. I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-2/

  11. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says:

    Pretty in pink, absolutely girly and gorgeous!

  12. What a great party and the Cupcakes look awesome! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  13. Dear Lyuba, Beautiful presentation of the cupcakes and the gift package…my daughter and I are big fans of both David Tutera and Project Runway.

    I can only image how heavenly those cupcakes are. Blessings, Catherine xo

  14. I just have to say that the decor on those cupcakes are absolutely stunning!

  15. Can you be more specific about the kind of chocolate? Usually baking chocolate comes in squares but the body of the recipe refers to it as “chips” so it makes me wonder what kind of chocolate is correct. Unsweetened? Semi-Sweet?


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