This is a paid post sponsored by McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These recipes were a first for me. I had never made Red Velvet Mousse before and I had also never made an infused simple syrup.
What ended up happening is that now I am addicted to both. You’ll see why in a moment.
Let me just start with whats here in front of me.
I baked up a batch of vanilla cupcakes. You can use this perfect white cake recipe or a box mix or your favorite recipe.
Then I made up a batch of simple syrup and added McCormick® Raspberry Extract. (recipe below) I used a pastry brush and brushed about 1 tsp of the syrup (approximately) over each cupcake. My cupcakes were still a little warm and I think that helped the raspberry syrup to soak into the buttery cake.
Then that fabulous Red Velvet Mousse happened.
It had never occurred to me to put mousse on a cupcake and I dont know why! I really hope you can make the mousse for yourself, but in the off chance that you can’t do it this VERY SECOND I will just tell you.
The mousse is everything you would image a chocolate mousse to be… light and rich and decadent. But then paired with the raspberry soaked cupcake, its quite magical. You would look at a cupcake like this and think, “That’s too rich.” or “There is no way that could taste light and airy.”
And you would be wrong. Wrong I tell you!
The light rich mousse piped over the light vanilla cupcake that packs a flavor punch in itself with the raspberry simple syrup… it was amazing. Your tongue rolls over the soft smooth mousse then reaches the gentle crumb of the vanilla cake and just when it starts to rest on the velvety bed of decadent sugary texture the raspberry flavor hits you and wakes everything up again.
I am not going to go back and re-red that last paragraph. I wrote with my eyes closed as I was recalling the whole experience. Even if it doesnt work for a grammar teacher, it WILL work in your belly.
And here is the recipe for the Red Velvet Mousse! I have slightly adapted McCormick’s original recipe.
This sweet unassuming dessert packs a flavor punch but does not leave you feeling full*. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day date or for a treat for the office.
*I think. I sorta ate like 27 so I am definitely feeling full.