Star Hot Chocolate Toppers

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Mānawatia a Matariki, these star-shaped hot chocolate toppers are the perfect way to celebrate/honour Matariki with your tamariki (children).

I'll be honest I thought this post was going to be for making marshmallow stars, turns out they were too much work for this time poor mum, these floating whipped cream stars look great, make hot chocolate very special, and are quick to make.

Two mugs of hot chocolate with floating star-shaped  hot chocolate toppers

These frozen whipped cream hearts were inspired by a post by she saved where she made floating whipped cream hearts for valentines day.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Makes any hot chocolate or hot drink so special
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for wintery holiday seasons, such as Matariki in Aotearoa, and Christmas and New Years in the Northern Hemishphere.

Ingredients you will need

To make these star hot chocolate toppers you will need just 3 ingredients. Cream, vanilla essence, and icing sugar / powdered sugar.

You will also need star-shaped cookie cutters, a baking tray or container that will fit in your freezer and of course a great hot chocolate recipe. My special hot chocolate is delicious and creamy.

The ingredients needed to make star shaped hot chocolate shapers laid out on a bench top.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used cream from their range in this recipe.


Step by step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make floating hot chocolate toppers, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below. 

Whip the cream, vanilla, and icing sugar until thick and soft peaks have formed.

A woman's hand holding the whisk attachment of a stand beater covered in whipped cream.

Line a baking tray or large container with baking paper (make sure it will fit in your freezer). Spread the whipped cream over the baking tray so that is around one and a half centimeters thick. Freeze for at least two hours or until firm (overnight is probably best).

Whipped cream spread out on a baking paper lined tray.

Use your star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes, pop them on top of a hot chocolate to make the hot chocolate super special.

Next year 2012 Matariki will become a public holiday in Aotearoa (New Zealand) it is the perfect time for friends and family to come together, share kai (food) and reflect on the year to come.

Frozen whipped cream on a tray, with star shaped cutters.
A young girl drinking hot chocolate from a pink mug at night time.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these hot chocolate stars perfectly every time!

  • If you want to get even fancier, you could dust the whipped cream with a little cocoa, gold dusting sugar or sprinkles before freezing.
  • If your hearts aren't coming out cleanly try running your cutter under warm water and wiping off the excess water before cutting.
  • Before you start cutting out the stars, pop a second tray or plate in the freezer, you can then pop your freshly cut-out whipped cream hearts onto the chilled tray so they don't melt while you are cutting them out.
  • It certainly doesn't have to be a star-shaped cutter, use any shape you want, hearts would be lovely or anything really.

Matariki

Next year 2012 Matariki will become a public holiday in Aotearoa (New Zealand) it is the perfect time for friends and family to come together, share kai (food) and reflect on the year to come.

Hot chocolates topped with floating star-shaped hot chocolate toppers and star sprinkles.
I upped the fancy factor by adding some golden star-shaped sprinkles as well.

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Star Hot Chocolate Toppers

Easy to make these star hot chocolate toppers make any hot chocolate special and are perfect for holidays and speical ocasions such as Matariki, Christmas, New Years and Birthdays
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: hot chocolate topper, hot cocoa topper, hot chocolate star
Servings: 50 stars
Calories: 18kcal

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Ingredients

  • 250 ml cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar confectiners suga r/powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Whip the cream, vanilla and icing sugar until thick and soft peaks have formed.
  • Line a baking tray or large container with baking paper (make sure it will fit in your freezer). Spread the whipped cream over the baking tray so that is around one and a half centimeters thick.
  • Freeze for at least two hours or until firm (overnight is even better).
  • Use your star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes, pop them on top of a hot chocolate to make the hot chocolate super special.

Notes

Tips 

  • If you want to get even fancier, you could dust the whipped cream with a little cocoa, gold dusting sugar, or sprinkles before freezing.
  • If your hearts aren't coming out cleanly try running your cutter under warm water and wiping off the excess water before cutting.
  • Before you start cutting out the stars, pop a second tray or plate in the freezer, you can then pop your freshly cut-out whipped cream hearts onto the chilled tray so they don't melt while you are cutting them out.
  • It certainly doesn't have to be a star-shaped cutter, use any shape you want, hearts would be lovely or anything really.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. Love this idea. Do you think it would work freezing the whipped cream in star shaped silicone trays?