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Maple Mousse in a Lacy Sugar Cup

I made these sugar cups a few years ago with a group of ladies from my office.  I have no idea where I found the recipe but it is different.  It is not a tuile.  It is not cookie like at all.  It is definitely a sugar cup.  They cook very quickly and can burn very easily.  But they make a lovely presentation and are worth the effort.

The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at!

This maple mousse is to die for.  I was eating it by the spoonful.

Maple Mousse

• 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (not maple-flavoured syrup)
• 4 large egg yolks
• 1 package unflavoured gelatin
• 1 1/2 cups whipping cream (35% fat content)

1. Bring maple syrup to a boil then remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and pour a little bit of the maple syrup in while whisking (this is to temper your egg yolks so they don’t curdle).
3. Add warmed egg yolks to hot maple syrup until well mixed.
4. Measure 1/4 cup of whipping cream in a bowl and sprinkle it with the gelatin. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Place the bowl in a microwave for 45 seconds (microwave for 10 seconds at a time and check it in between) or place the bowl in a pan of barely simmering water, stir to ensure the gelatin has completely dissolved.
5. Whisk the gelatin/whipping cream mixture into the maple syrup mixture and set aside.
6. Whisk occasionally for approximately an hour or until the mixture has the consistency of an unbeaten raw egg white.
7. Whip the remaining cream. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the maple syrup mixture. Fold in the remaining cream and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Sugar Cups

6 T flour
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
1/4 c lightly packed golden brown sugar
1/4 c light corn syrup
1/2 c slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set 2 small glasses or small ramekins inverted on the counter.
Stir first 4 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Add in almonds.
Cook 2 cookies at a time. Drop one large tablespoon of batter for each cookie and space about 6 inches apart. Use moistened fingertips and press each to a 2 inch round (make sure the edges are just as thick as the centres). Bake until deep golden colour - about 5 minutes. Cookies will spread to 5 inch diameter. Let cool by sliding parchment paper with cookies onto countertop and put cookie sheet in refrigerator to cool.
After about 1 minute, drape the cookies over the cup and gently press into shape. Cool. Repeat with remainder of batter.

I have garnished it with typically Canadian berries - saskatoon berries and haskap berries.


  1. Gorgeous, Sarah! Looks like the cover of a cookbook! Very elegant presentation!

  2. Those do look good... but I tried to vote and you're not up yet!!! Those sugar cups look perfect... did you use steam???

  3. The candy shell is such a beautiful gold, which reminds me of the color of maple syrup. What a perfect pairing.

  4. I just love this Sarah. Such a gorgeous Spring treat!!!

  5. This looks so yummy Sarah!!!!


  6. Looks great - love the delicate look of the cups. Don't know what those berries taste like but I bet they are good.

  7. Oh wow, the sugar cups are so beautiful. They look so delicate. Fantastic job on the challenge. It definitely looks very "springy". :)

  8. It is as delicious as it looks! Isn't that a treat! The sugar cups should be made within a da or two. They tend to 'wilt' and come out of shape after awhile. But they taste great and I loved this maple mousse.

  9. Very nice! I know Canadians are known for the fabulous maple syrup that they produce....I have no doubt that this would be delicious.


  10. Fantastic in its simplicity! I find those cups a bit too sweet for the maple mousse but you inspired me yesterday to make them and pair them with white chocolate parfait and some berries, with a tad of spun sugar on the top. I used your recipe and loved it, thanks!

  11. Well done on the challenge. This is so simple and elegant! Best, Sandie

  12. a lacy cup-shaped cookie is a great vehicle for your mousse--good thinking, and lovely work!

  13. Your lace cups are very, very pretty and just perfect for this mousse.

  14. The maple mousse does sound amazing! And, those cups are so delicate. It's a great presentation.

  15. Your lacy little cookie cups look just perfect with the mousse. Well done!

  16. These look so pretty and elegant! What a great way to serve the mousse.

  17. Beautiful cup! Resembles a lacy, very much

  18. This is a fantastic dessert, so dainty and refined; the recipe for the sugar cup is what the French call a tuile too; that maple mousse is to die for.

  19. I made tuiles years ago; I want to try these and your maple syrup mousse is callind me name.

  20. I don't know why I've never seen this post, but all I can say is that this mousse in a sugar cup is so beautiful and with that fresh berry jam/sauce, I bet it is just perfect. Lovely!


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