How to make cute little food cups and mini dessert bowls

So, y’all really like food in cups. Or at least, that’s what Pinterest tells me, because you pinned the heck out of my last “food in cups” post (and thank you for that)!

I thought it would be fun to round up another set of ideas – but this time, these are all little cups that can be filled with different things. Time to think outside the bread bowl and get fancy-schmancy with edible shells!

1. Lace ice cream bowls via North County Times – these are so pretty, and the recipe is so simple.

2. Sugar cookie bowls recipe by Wilton – they actually make a special baking pan just for this purpose, but I think an inverted mini muffin tin would also work! (Has anyone tried this?)

3. Phyllo cups via Pham Fatale – this recipe calls for a mushroom-cheese filling, but you could easily substitute in a different filling of your choice.

4. Chocolate cups via Bakerella – fill with pudding, ice cream, or maybe just more chocolate.

5. Mini taco bowls via Emily Bites – made using 6″ tortillas baked in an upside-down muffin tin. So easy!

6. Parmesan cups via kitchenroundtable.com – these are made of nothing but Parmesan cheese. Seriously! They’d be so cute holding little mini Caesar salads, as the recipe author suggests.

If you haven’t seen them, check out more teeny-tiny party-food-in-cups ideas here. And while you’re at it, pop on by Pinterest or say hi on Facebook, too! We’ll talk chocolate. : )


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  1. 1
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Denise says:
    must go eat...NOW. :)
  2. 2
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    Laujones614 says:
    You put together the best posts! Multiple cuteness all in one!! I will be using two of these ideas at my next book club! Thank you!!!!
    • 2.1
      Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 11:59 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      Thanks Lauren!! : ) Let me know how the recipes go over at your book club! (Bonus points if you also let me know which two you're making and what book you're reading!) ; )
      • 2.1.1
        Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 1:09 pm
        Laujones614 says:
        Will do!
        I’m going to try to do the Parmesan ones but a little bigger and put Caesar salad in them with Panini’s then the Chocolate ones with that delish sounding pb pudding recipe!!!! Wish me luck! The book is Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane I hope they like it, it was my turn to pick!
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          Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
          Heather - Chickabug says:
          It sounds like a good one! I wish I could say I've read more of Dennis Lehane's books but I do love all of the movies that have been made from his stories. I'll put Moonlight Mile on my to-read list! : )
  3. 3
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm
    Mindy says:
    love these ideas, pinning them!
    • 3.1
      Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      WooHOO! Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest?! ; )
  4. 4
    Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    MistressOfTheDorkness says:
    I followed the link from post #5 (taco bowls), and LOVE the rest of your options. I'm definitely doing #6 soon (parmesean cups) and putting #3 (mushrooms in phyllo) on my shortlist... bookmarking the rest.

    Thanks for the great roundup!
    • 4.1
      Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
      Heather says:
      Thanks!! : ) (I have to tell you, your blog name/user name totally cracks me up!)
  5. 5
    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 9:42 am
    amar says:
    Very nic
  6. 6
    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 9:44 am
    amar says:
    Ihe link is very lntessant