Pretty on a plate
Mousse bombes are an easy way to pack a multi-component dessert into an elegant, clean package. Click through the slideshow to learn tips and tricks for making mousse bombes at home.
Silicone dome molds
To make mousse bombes, you must have a silicone dome mold. They run under ten dollars on Amazon. Be sure that your mold is clean and completely dry before starting.
Coat the molds with chocolate
Temper the chocolate to avoid having streaky white marks on the surface, then brush the cavities of the mold with chocolate in a thin, even layer.
Select the right cutter
Before cutting your sheet cake into circles, select a cutter that is exactly the same size as the foot of the dome.
Cut the cake circles
Start with almost any butter-based or meringue based sponge baked on a parchment lined sheet tray. Cut the circles and set aside.
Making the mousse
To make a white chocolate mousse, begin by melting the chocolate over a double broiler. Once the chocolate has melted, begin adding the cream a little at a time, then add the melted gelatin and stir well.
Whip the cream
Using a whisk, whip the cream to soft peaks. Be very careful not to over whip the cream to the point that it looks dull and chunky.
Prepare the base
Remove the chocolate mixture from the fridge. It should be at room temperature, not warm, but also not too cold or the mixture will be hardened. Whisk the chocolate mixture vigorously.
Lighten the chocolate mixture
Sacrifice about 1/4 of the whipped cream to mix into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, which will make the folding process more even and homogenous.
Pipe the mousse
Pipe the mousse into the shells, just below the the top.
Gently press pieces of fruit, jellies, nuts, spoons of nutella, or caramel into the mousse.
Smooth the mousse over the top
Smooth the mousse over the tops to give the illusion that the surprise is suspended in the mousse.
Unmold the bombes
After the bombes have frozen, remove the from the freezer and peel back the edges around each piece to loosen it.
Pop the bombes out of the molds
Gently press the center of the mold up, turning the concave to convex, and popping the bombe out of its mold. Allow the bombes to sit for 20 minutes to allow the cake to warm up before serving.
Cross section of the frozen mousse bomb
The finish product looks great on a plate by itself, or garnished with a sauce and a sprinkling of cocoa or powdered sugar.