The perfect dessert for your Maleficent party
The Rose Table Disney Dinners: Maleficent Mistress of Evil is sponsored by Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, out on DVD and blu-ray January 14, 2020.
What a whimsical end to Disney Dinners: Maleficent Mistress of Evil! On our culinary journey, we start off with the classic horns, then experience the red bombs in the movie, and finally end with a Winged Creature dessert. I don’t want to spoil the movie and tell you what kind of winged creature that is but trust me, it’s cool and we’re celebrating her new wings here with Winged Creature Cheesecake.
I’ve never felt fancier than when I made these chocolate wings. They’re not even difficult, I promise! This was the first time I EVER used a chocolate mold. I bought this silicon wing mold on Amazon for around $10 and found it incredibly easier to use. Okay, fine, I confess. I broke the first four wings when taking them out but after that, I found it easy to use so don’t be discouraged if at first you don’t succeed. The broke pieces can actually be melted again so you won’t even waste chocolate!
I absolutely recommend getting the melting wafers for this rather than using baking chocolate or chocolate chips, both of which would need to be tempered. I found these melting wafers at my normal grocery store and they were incredibly easy to use. The best part? The molded chocolate lasts for months so you can make these molds far in advance and not be stressing out right before your party. I’m telling you, I have seen the silicon mold light and this is a total game changer!
Back to the cheesecake. This is black cherry-flavored cheesecake as an homage to the Black Forest and Brothers Grimm, who made Sleeping Beauty famous. On its own, this cheesecake has a beautiful blush-color hue from the black cherry juice (which can be found in the juice aisle – just made sure you get black cherry, NOT tart cherry!) but I tinted them purple to give them that classic Disney Maleficent look.
This is without a doubt one of the most highly thematic recipes to appear on The Rose Table and you know what? It made everyone smile!
Winged Creature Cheesecake
24 Vanilla Wafers
16 oz cream cheese, softened (full fat! don’t skimp!)
3 eggs, separated
1 14 oz can sweetened condense milk
1/4 cup black cherry juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Purple food coloring
1/2 tsp salt
Vanilla whipped cream (recipe follows)
Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
- Put cupcakes liners in two muffin tins. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place a vanilla wafer in each tin.
- Separate eggs.
- In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs yolks and sweetened condensed milk. Beat until smooth. Stir in black cherry juice, vanilla, and purple food coloring.
- In a medium sized glass bowl, beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form. Carefully fold egg whites into cheesecake mixture.
- Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with cheesecake mixture. Bake at 275 for 20 minutes. Cool in tins; remove from tins and chill until ready to serve.
- Melt melting wafers in the microwave. Carefully spoon into wing mold. Set in the fridge for an hour. Gently pull the sides away from the wings and push on the backside of the mold towards you to gently pop wings out of the mold. Repeat until you have as many wings as you need. (Note: you can actually do this days or weeks ahead of the party, as the chocolate molds will keep at room temperature for an extended period of time.)
- Top each cheesecake with vanilla whipped cream, green and purple sprinkles, and a pair of wings carefully inserted on the sides.
Vanilla Whipped Cream
2 cups whipped cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Green food coloring
- Beat all ingredients with a metal whisk until you reach a perfect pillowy whipped cream. Do not overbeat.
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