You can make any dessert as pretty as this in 5 simple steps


Everytime I get a phone call from someone asking me for a new dessert idea, I cringe. Dessert is my hardest course. (Ask me for a new salad instead.)

This summer, my friend Toby Engel sent me a photo of  dessert in a cup with a message, “We should totally do something like this.”

So we both did.

She made a chocolate mousse in a cup, and I adapted my mother’s lemon mousse. Then to top it off we made a sugar cookie. We pulled gold spoons out of our cabinets (ala Target) and then all that was left was to decorate that.

As fancy as it looks, this dessert is actually pretty simple if you break it down. Dessert is more about presentation and a concept than actual recipes.


Start with the Glass

These glasses are from Ikea, or use any stemless wine glass.

 Add a Mousse

Use your favorite recipe, or try the Passionfruit Mousse at the bottom of the post.

Accent it with a Gold Spoon

Our gold spoon is from Target.  

Bake Some Sugar Cookies as a Topper.

Use the recipe we posted here. Cut the cookie slightly bigger than the top of the glass. With a small circle cut out a circle for the spoon handle to stick out (make sure the circle is big enough for your spoon).

Decorate It

Use gooseberries, fruit, chocolate. We topped this one with a small lemon macaron, lemon curd to hold it in place, and an open gooseberry.

Passionfruit Mousse
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons passionfruit pulp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (or use passionfruit juice)
  • 1 8 oz non dairy whipped topping
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until still, gradually adding sugar.
  2. Add the passionfruit and juices. Remove from mixer and set aside.
  3. In the same bowl (no need to clean), beat the whip until stiff. Fold reserved passionfrui mixture into the whip. Place in a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with the tip cut off and pipe into cups.



  1. This is exactly the recipe I was waiting for!! I even have similar cups sitting on my counter top, waiting for the right idea! Recipe plus presentation!! Im so excited!
    Thank you BCP, youre always spot on!


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