Indulge in Decadence: Chocolate Espresso Cups Recipe

When it comes to coffee, there’s nothing quite like the rich, bold flavor of espresso. But what if you could take that flavor to the next level by adding a touch of chocolate? That’s where my recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cups comes in.

Imagine biting into a perfectly-sized cup made entirely out of dark chocolate, filled with a creamy espresso filling. It’s the perfect way to start your day or treat yourself to an indulgent dessert. And the best part? It’s easy to make right at home.

Whether you’re a longtime espresso lover or simply looking to switch up your coffee routine, these chocolate espresso cups are sure to impress. So grab your ingredients and let’s get started on this decadent and delicious recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Cups
Chocolate Espresso Cups

Attention coffee and chocolate lovers! Get ready to indulge in a heavenly treat that combines the best of both worlds: chocolate and espresso. This recipe for chocolate espresso cups is going to be your new favorite, and here’s why.

First, espresso lends a rich and bold flavor to the delicate chocolate cups, perfectly complementing their sweetness. Imagine biting into a creamy and smooth ganache filling infused with freshly brewed espresso – it’s like bliss in every bite.

Second, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You don’t have to limit yourself to one type of filling – feel free to switch it up with peanut butter, hazelnut cream, or even a hint of cognac. The possibilities are endless, and you can truly make this recipe your own.

Third, making these chocolate espresso cups is surprisingly simple. All you need is some basic ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens, a double boiler (or a makeshift one), and some patience. Once you get the hang of it, you can whip up a batch whenever your heart desires.

Fourth, these mini treats are perfect for entertaining guests or impressing your significant other. Serve them as dessert after a fancy dinner party or gift them in a beautiful box as a thoughtful present.

And finally, this recipe was inspired by the culinary genius of Giada De Laurentiis. If there’s anyone who knows how to create delectable desserts that look as good as they taste, it’s her.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this chocolate espresso cups recipe today and indulge in its decadence. You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich and chocolaty goodness of Chocolate Espresso Cups!
Indulge in the rich and chocolaty goodness of Chocolate Espresso Cups!

Let’s take a look at what you will need to make these decadent Chocolate Espresso Cups:

Main Ingredients:

  • Instant Espresso Powder: This is the key ingredient as it adds a strong coffee flavor to the chocolate cups. Giada De Laurentiis recommends using Medaglia D’Oro brand.
  • Dark Chocolate: Choose high-quality chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content for best results.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the chocolate mixture.

Additional Ingredients:

  • Water: Needed for the espresso mixture.
  • Cornstarch: Thickens the pudding mixture before pouring it in the chocolate cups.
  • Coarse Salt: Enhances the flavor of the chocolate.
  • Evaporated Milk: Adds richness to the pudding mixture.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans: For garnishing purposes and an extra texture on top of the espresso cups.
  • Peanut Butter: Can be added to the pudding mixture or used as a filling for some of the chocolate cups.
  • Espresso Beans/Coffee Grounds/Cocoa Powder: For decoration and optional flavor additions.
  • Cognac/Hazelnut Cream/Tahini: Can be added to create variations in flavors.
  • Marshmallows/Whipped Cream: Can be used as toppings for more variety.

Note: You can use instant coffee powder instead of espresso powder but keep in mind that it may not give a strong coffee flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 Savor each bite of this heavenly treat and let its flavor awaken your senses.
Savor each bite of this heavenly treat and let its flavor awaken your senses.

Now that we have covered the introduction and why you will love this recipe, let’s dive into the exciting The Recipe How-To!

Ingredient List

These are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious chocolate espresso cups recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of coarse salt
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Step-by-step Instructions
Step 1 – Make the Espresso Pudding

In a medium pot, heat milk on high heat until it comes up to a boil. In another bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and instant espresso powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, kosher salt and water.

Slowly pour cornstarch mixture into boiling milk while whisking vigorously. Then add the sugar mixture and stir until the pudding thickens. Add evaporated milk to increase creaminess.

Remove from heat and add chocolate chips to thicken pudding further.

Step 2 – Create Chocolate Cups

Using either double boiler method or microwave, melt some dark chocolate until it is smooth. Spoon melted chocolate in silicone cups. Spread chocolate up along the sides uniformly.

Now place them in a freezer for about five minutes or until they set.

Repeat this process one more time for better results.

Step 3 – Fill with Espresso Pudding

Spoon your delectable espresso pudding into your chocolate cups. Fill cups almost up to the top. Let them sit for about five more minutes at room temperature.

To garnish, pipe some whipped cream on top or shake chocolate-covered coffee beans for a classic coffee flavor.

Step 4 – Serve and Enjoy!

You may eat your pudding straight from cups or invert onto dessert plates. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day before serving.

Substitutions and Variations

  • For an alternative flavor, experiment with peanut butter, hazelnut cream, marshmallow or added liqueurs such as (cognac, amaretto or Baileys).
  • If you do not have silicone cups, use coffee cups instead to create a makeshift cup.
  • Substitute dark chocolate chips either milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Be patient when adding cornstarch mixture and whisk vigorously to avoid any clumps in pudding.
  • Once you add the chocolate chips, do not heat it again because it will result in the separation of oil from the chocolate.
  • Use good quality cocoa powder to get that ultimate espresso flavor.
  • For quicker setting time, place cups on a baking sheet and freeze them for fifteen minutes instead of letting them thaw at

Substitutions and Variations

 These adorable cups are perfect for impressing guests with your barista skills!
These adorable cups are perfect for impressing guests with your barista skills!

When it comes to this chocolate espresso cups recipe, there are a few ways you can switch things up based on your preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

– Instead of using dark chocolate, try using milk or white chocolate for a sweeter taste.

– If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you can use all-purpose flour as a substitute.

– For a more intense coffee flavor, swap out the instant espresso powder with freshly brewed espresso.

– You can also try adding a shot of your favorite liquor to the chocolate mixture for an adult twist. I recommend cognac or hazelnut cream.

– To make the recipe more allergy-friendly, you can use dairy-free milk and chocolate alternative such as vegan or sugar-free chocolate chips.

– If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, you can add some peanut butter to the chocolate mixture for a delicious twist.

– Make these treats even more indulgent by adding whipped cream, cocoa powder or shaved chocolate to the top of each cup before serving.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can tweak this recipe to suit your tastes. Get creative and experiment with different flavors and ingredients–you might just come up with something amazing!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect pairing of chocolate and espresso is just a few easy steps away.
The perfect pairing of chocolate and espresso is just a few easy steps away.

Once your chocolate espresso cups are ready, it’s time to serve them and decide on the best pairings. These decadent cups of rich, creamy espresso chocolate are perfect as an after-dinner dessert or an indulgent mid-day treat. You can serve them as they are without any additional toppings or pair them with complementary flavors to create a flavor sensation.

For a classic pairing, you can serve these cups with a piping hot cup of espresso, which will complement the rich coffee flavor and balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. Alternatively, you can get creative with your pairings and try serving them with a variety of dessert wines like port or sherry. You can also enjoy them with a frothy cappuccino, or if you are feeling extra decadent, you can even add a splash of cognac or liqueur to intensify the flavors.

If you want to add some texture to your servings, you can top your chocolate espresso cups with some crushed chocolate-covered coffee beans or coarse salt. Adding nuts like hazelnuts or almonds will give these cups some extra crunch and complexity in flavor. Alternatively, you could sprinkle some cocoa powder over the tops of your cups instead for some subtle bitterness that contrasts the sweetness of the chocolate.

Lastly, these chocolate espresso cups make great companions for other desserts too! They pair particularly well with buttery peanut butter cups or espresso cookies. You could also use them as vessels to serve up other treats like marshmallow espresso chocolate or even fill them up with a luscious chocolate mousse or hazelnut cream!

Remember that these are versatile sweet treats that you can have fun experimenting with various pairings while enjoying delicious outcomes!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cups are the ultimate indulgence for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.
These cups are the ultimate indulgence for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.

These chocolate espresso cups are perfect for making ahead of time, as they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Simply remove them from the fridge about 10-15 minutes before serving. They taste just as delicious cold as they do warm!

To store, wrap each cup separately in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. Make sure to keep them at a consistent temperature, either in the fridge or at room temperature.

Reheating these cups is quite simple. You can either microwave them for 10-15 seconds, or heat them in a double boiler until they’re warm and gooey.

If you’re looking to take these espresso cups on the go, I recommend storing them in a portable container with an ice pack to ensure they stay cool and fresh.

These cups are perfect for any coffee or chocolate lover, and make for great dessert options at parties or gatherings. They can even be served alongside chocolate-covered coffee beans or hazelnut cream for that extra indulgent touch.

Overall, these chocolate espresso cups are an easy make-ahead dessert option that can elevate any meal or gathering. Store and reheat them properly to enjoy their rich and decadent flavors anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't just have a cup of coffee - have a chocolate espresso cup and elevate your coffee game.
Don’t just have a cup of coffee – have a chocolate espresso cup and elevate your coffee game.

When it comes to making the perfect cup of chocolate espresso, every detail counts. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best possible results with our Chocolate Espresso Cups recipe:

1. Use high-quality ingredients

The quality of your ingredients will greatly impact the taste and texture of the final product. Use top-notch chocolates, fresh espresso beans or instant espresso powder, and good-quality milk and cream to guarantee a truly delightful result.

2. Use a double boiler to melt your chocolate

Melting your chocolate in a double boiler is essential for avoiding burning or scorching. Plus, it’s a gentle way of melting chocolate that will result in a smooth and silky texture.

3. Heat your milk slowly over medium heat

When making your pudding or mousse filling, you want to avoid scorching or boiling the milk, which can lead to a lumpy consistency or an unpleasant burnt taste. Heat the milk slowly over medium heat until it just starts to steam before adding other ingredients.

4. Let the cups cool before filling them

Once you’ve baked your chocolate cups, allow them to cool completely to room temperature before filling them. This step ensures that your filling sets properly and prevents the cups from becoming soggy.

5. Experiment with different toppings and flavors

Don’t be afraid to play around with different toppings and flavor combinations for your chocolate espresso cups. From whipped cream and cocoa powder to hazelnut cream or peanut butter cups – there are endless possibilities! Get creative and have fun with it.

By following these tips, you’re sure to create a delicious and impressive dessert that will leave your guests begging for more.


Now, let me answer some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to making these delicious chocolate espresso cups. Since this recipe may be new to some of you, I want to make sure that all your doubts are cleared up before getting started. Without further ado, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you make your way through the process.

What kind of chocolate do you use for espresso?

When preparing an espresso using a blend of Colombian and Brazilian coffee, take note that it is best paired with dark chocolate having a cocoa content of around 70 percent. The intense, sturdy flavors of the chocolate complement the chocolate and nutty undertones of the coffee, resulting in a deliciously harmonious taste.

How much espresso powder to add to melted chocolate?

Elevate the taste of any chocolate recipe by incorporating a teaspoon of espresso powder into the mix. This simple trick can be applied to a variety of chocolate treats such as brownies, cakes, and cookies. Espresso powder can be utilized as an optional ingredient in many chocolate recipes, and it will undoubtedly enhance the chocolaty goodness.

What does espresso do to chocolate?

Using espresso powder is not recommended for making coffee, but it does enhance the taste of chocolate desserts such as cakes, cookies, brownies, and frostings.

What kind of cups do you use for espresso?

When it comes to serving espresso, porcelain is the preferred material for the iconic espresso cup. While other materials may be trendy, they can negatively affect the quality of the espresso and cause it to lose its flavor quickly.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Chocolate Espresso Cups Recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers. With its delicate balance of rich dark chocolate and intense espresso flavor, these edible cups are sure to win hearts.

As a barista, I highly recommend that you give this recipe a try. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions to make this recipe your own. Whether it’s adding some hazelnut cream or swapping out the dark chocolate for milk chocolate, there are endless possibilities to make this recipe even more delicious.

So get your apron on, grab your favorite coffee mug, and start creating some delectable Chocolate Espresso Cups. I promise you won’t regret it!

Chocolate Espresso Cups

Chocolate Espresso Cups Recipe

I have not tried this recipe. I'm posting this recipe for safe keeping. I found this recipe in Shape magazine. A serving size is 1/4 cup. To cut even more calories use nonfat evaporated milk and skip the whipped topping. I plan to use Splenda for the sugar, decaff instant espresso powder, and sugar free chocolate chip and cool whip.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 137.7 kcal


  • 12 ounces 2% lowfat evaporated milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated instant espresso powder (or 3 teaspoons instant coffee)
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chip
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • reduced-calorie whipped topping
  • 8 chocolate-covered coffee beans


  • Combine 1 cup of milk with sugar, instant espresso powder and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture just to a boil, whisk in mini chocolate chips and turn off heat.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together constarch and water until completely smooth. Blend in remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Sift cocoa powder over bowl and whisk mixture until free of lumps.
  • Vigorously whisk hot milk mixture to blend melted chocolate chips. Transfer to cocoa mixture and whisk to combine. Transfer mixture back to saucepan and cook over low heat until pudding has thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Ladle pudding into 8 espresso or pudding cups. Lay a small piece of plastic wrap over the surface of each pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
  • Just before serving, top each pudding with whipped topping and garnish with a chocolate covered coffee bean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 65gCalories: 137.7kcalCarbohydrates: 20.3gProtein: 3.8gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 12.5mgSodium: 83.3mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 11.9g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Sweet
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