Rich and Decadent Chocolate Espresso Puddings

Greetings coffee and chocolate lovers! Today, I would like to introduce to you one of my all-time favorite dessert recipes – the Chocolate Espresso Puddings recipe! This recipe is the perfect combination of chocolate and espresso, bringing together the rich and velvety flavor of dark chocolate with the bold taste of premium espresso coffee.

As a barista, I am always seeking new ways to create delicious coffee-based desserts. And this one never disappoints! Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert or something to impress your guests, these pudding cups are sure to be a hit.

Not only will the scent and taste awaken your senses, but they also contain healthy ingredients such as eggs, milk, and just the right amount of unsweetened cocoa powder. Of course, this isn’t your average pudding recipe – oh no! Using instant espresso powder elevates this recipe to a whole new level, making it irresistible to anyone who loves a cup of strong and creamy espresso.

So how about treating yourself to something sweet but not-too-sweet? Indulge in this rich and decadent chocolate espresso pudding that will satisfy any sweet tooth. With every mouthful, you can get the smoothness of pudding balanced out with sharpness from chocolate covered coffee beans. Trust me when I say that you won’t want to share!

With just a few ingredients, you can make this unbelievable dessert at home. But enough chit-chat – let’s get cracking on how to create this pure magic!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Puddings
Chocolate Espresso Puddings

Are you a coffee lover who also has a sweet tooth? If the answer is yes, then this chocolate espresso pudding recipe will definitely satisfy your cravings! This indulgent treat combines the richness of dark chocolate with the bold and complex flavors of espresso to create an unforgettable dessert.

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it uses espresso coffee in two ways – both as a brewed liquid and as an ingredient in powder form. This double dose of espresso intensifies the chocolate flavor and adds a subtle bitterness that balances out the sweetness from the sugar and cocoa powder. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on this heavenly combination!

Not a fan of coffee? Don’t worry – this recipe is flexible when it comes to the strength of espresso flavor. You can adjust the amount of instant espresso powder according to your preferences, whether you want just a hint or a stronger kick of caffeine. Plus, with simple ingredients such as eggs, flour, and butter, you can easily whip up this pudding for a special occasion or just a indulgent night in.

Another bonus? This chocolate espresso pudding is versatile enough to be served warm or chilled, either on its own as a comforting dessert or dressed up with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans for added texture and presentation.

So give this recipe a try and let yourself indulge in the decadent union of chocolate and coffee – I guarantee you’ll be reaching for seconds (or thirds)!

Ingredient List

 A chocolate-y twist on your morning pick-me-up!
A chocolate-y twist on your morning pick-me-up!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for this decadent chocolate espresso pudding recipe that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make sure you have all the ingredients ready before you start making the pudding. Don’t hesitate to swap certain ingredients and experiment with different variations to add a personal touch to this classic dessert.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 oz dark chocolate (70% cacao), finely chopped

This recipe requires a few specialty items, such as instant espresso powder and dark chocolate, which are key ingredients to bring out the rich and intense chocolate flavor in the pudding. However, feel free to use whatever brand of espresso powder or dark chocolate you prefer, as long as it’s of good quality. The addition of plain flour and butter can be used for thicker consistency, without undermining richness and depth of flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth AND get your caffeine fix with this recipe.
Satisfy your sweet tooth AND get your caffeine fix with this recipe.

Are you ready for a rich and luxurious dessert that combines the smoothness of chocolate and the richness of espresso? Well, this Chocolate Espresso Pudding recipe is just for you! Follow these simple steps to create your very own delectable dessert.


  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon espresso coffee
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the plain flour, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve and stir until well-combined.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir the milk until it’s hot but not boiling.
  4. Slowly add in the dry mixture while stirring constantly.
  5. Once the mixture is combined, reduce heat to low and cook for another five minutes or until it thickens. Be sure to continue stirring so that no lumps form!
  6. Remove the saucepan from heat and immediately stir in the butter, dark chocolate, and espresso coffee.
  7. Continue stirring until all ingredients are completely melted and fully combined.
  8. Pour the pudding into four individual cups or bowls.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap to avoid forming a skin on top of the pudding.
  10. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours or up to overnight.
  11. Serve cold with whipped cream on top.

So there you have it! A delicious Chocolate Espresso Pudding perfect for any occasion. Want to add more flavor? Try topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate-covered coffee beans. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who said pudding is just for kids? These espresso puddings are for adults only!
Who said pudding is just for kids? These espresso puddings are for adults only!

As a barista, I know that sometimes we don’t have all the ingredients for a recipe, or we want to mix things up a bit. Fear not about making substitutions or variations in this chocolate espresso pudding recipe!

1. Chocolate: You can switch the dark chocolate for milk chocolate if you like it sweeter. For a richer taste, try a darker percentage of cocoa, or even semi-sweet chocolate. If you want something unconventional, add some white chocolate for a twist.

2. Espresso: If you don’t have any brewed espresso on hand, you can substitute with one to two tablespoons of instant espresso powder. Want to intensify your pudding’s coffee flavor? Try adding an extra teaspoon of espresso powder.

3. Flour and cornstarch: If you’re out of plain flour (all-purpose flour) or cornstarch, make sure to have on hand 1 cup of tapioca flour, arrowroot powder or potato starch, to replace both ingredients in equal amounts.

4. Sweeteners: Instead of caster sugar, use granulated sugar as its substitute. For a natural sweetener, swap it with ¼ cup of maple syrup.

5. Milk: Whole milk provides the best texture and creaminess for this epresso-chocolate pudding recipe but if you have other kinds of milk laying around go ahead and use it! Dairy-free options like almond milk or oat milk will work well.

6. Cocoa Powder: Mix it up when it comes to cocoa powder; dutch-processed cocoa powder will produce a milder flavor than natural cocoa powder which adds depth and complexity to this timeless dessert.

With these substitution and variation ideas, feel free to experiment with the recipe by trying different ingredients combinations until you find your perfect match!

Serving and Pairing

 Can't decide between dessert and coffee? Have both in one delicious bite.
Can’t decide between dessert and coffee? Have both in one delicious bite.

This Chocolate Espresso Pudding Recipe is irresistible on its own, but it can be elevated to new heights when served with other complementary flavors. You can always enjoy it as a simple dessert, but pairing it with some additional ingredients and drinks could enhance the taste experience.

To accompany this velvety, rich pudding, chocolate-covered coffee beans or a drizzle of dark chocolate could be an excellent start. The bitter-sweetness of these add-ons contrasts beautifully with the sweet creaminess of the pudding to create a sophisticated flavor profile in every spoonful.

For those who want to venture out from traditional pairings, an espresso-based cocktail could do wonders! A warm French orange coffee made from a rich dark roast blend or a smooth and sophisticated Irish cream coffee are only a few of the many options that pair flawlessly with this intense pudding. Alternatively, you can have it alongside a cup of hot chocolate for an ultimate chocolate indulgence.

If you are interested in baked treats, consider using this pudding as a decadent filling for pies, cakes, or tarts. Add some whipped cream on top to balance out the intensity of the chocolate flavor, and you’ll be enjoying an exquisite dessert perfect for any occasion.

As for serving suggestions, you can serve this chocolate espresso pudding cold or warm in individual cups or ramekins topped with whipped cream or shaved chocolate to provide an extra level of excitement. It’s also an excellent dessert option for after-dinner parties when you want to impress your guests and make them feel indulgent.

With these pairing and serving ideas in mind, you will never run out of ways to enjoy this versatile Chocolate Espresso Pudding recipe. Take advantage of the opportunity to bask in the flavors and textures that it offers while experimenting with delicious combinations.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to boring desserts and hello to these indulgent chocolate espresso puddings.
Say goodbye to boring desserts and hello to these indulgent chocolate espresso puddings.

These chocolate espresso puddings are the perfect make-ahead dessert for any coffee lover. You can prepare them a day in advance, and they will still taste great the next day. The pudding sets really well and retains its shape even after chilling in the fridge overnight. Once you have made these puddings, you will realize that they make a fantastic quick-fix dessert or after-dinner treat.

Storing the chocolate espresso puddings is straightforward as well. Just cover the dish with a cling film to prevent it from drying out, and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze it by placing it in an airtight container or a freezer bag.

When reheating, there are different options depending on if you want to serve it warm or chilled. To enjoy them warm, reheat them in a microwave or oven. For a microwave reheat, place one serving of pudding in a microwavable dish and heat for 20-30 seconds until warm. For an oven reheat, transfer the pudding to an oven-safe casserole dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for five minutes, until warmed through.

To serve chilled from the refrigerator, remove the cling film and let them sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

In conclusion, these chocolate espresso puddings can be made in advance without losing their great taste and texture; they can be stored in your freezer for use later as well. Reheating them properly can make them taste even better than before – just choose your preferred method!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Want to impress your dinner guests? Serve up these gourmet puddings.
Want to impress your dinner guests? Serve up these gourmet puddings.

Making any dessert can always be tricky, but making a perfect chocolate espresso pudding can be challenging. As a barista and a coffee lover, I’ve had the opportunity to serve this delicious dessert and provide tips for making it successfully. Here are some of my best tips to ensure that you create excellent results every time:

Firstly, use high-quality ingredients. The flavor of your chocolate espresso pudding depends on the quality of your ingredients. Remember that the better the ingredient you use, the better the recipe outcome. So choose fresh and good quality cocoa and dark chocolate as well as fresh eggs, flour, instant espresso powder, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

Secondly, whisk thoroughly when incorporating ingredients. When incorporating dry ingredients with wet ingredients such as milk or butter, it is essential to whisk it thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps in your mixture. Smooth pudding should be your goal when creating this dessert.

Thirdly, simmer slowly over medium-low heat while stirring constantly. It’s easy to overheat your pudding while it’s on the stovetop. Overheating may cause a layer of scorched pudding at the bottom and slow the cooking down too much. So always remember to simmer slowly and stir continuously over medium-low heat until pudding thickens enough rather than boiling.

Fourthly, let it cool before serving or before adding any toppings. Once you’ve completed cooking your pudding on low heat, let it sit for a few minutes before topping or serving it since exposing hot pudding to cold temperatures can cause the texture to become gritty or gooey.

Fifthly, experiment with toppings to enhance your pudins de chocolate espresso experience: Try adding whipped cream, melted dark chocolate swirls over the top of the cups before refrigerating overnight or putting into frozen ice cream forms.

Lastly, trust in yourself and adjust as needed! Making desserts requires patience and precision; however, if something isn’t going as planned or the texture is too thin, adding a bit more cornstarch or simmering over medium – low heat for a little longer can do wonders to achieve perfect results.


Now, let’s address some common questions you might have about this delicious chocolate espresso pudding recipe. Here are some answers to help you have the best baking experience possible.

How much espresso powder to add to melted chocolate?

Hey coffee lovers, I have a great tip for you to enhance the flavor of your chocolate baked goodies. Just add a teaspoon of espresso powder to any chocolate mix or recipe, such as brownies, cakes or cookies, and see the magic of the chocolate flavor coming to life. Trust me, it’s a baker’s secret you don’t want to miss!

How much espresso do you put in chocolate?

Looking to give your chocolate cake recipe an extra kick of flavor? Consider adding espresso powder! This magical ingredient is a concentrated form of coffee that intensifies the chocolate flavors in your cake. However, be careful not to go overboard – just a small amount of ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons is all you need.

What is espresso chocolate?

One of my favorite coffee beverages only requires two ingredients: espresso and chocolate. As I pour the shot of coffee over a square of chocolate, it’s mesmerizing to see the chocolate slowly melt. It’s funny how the simplest things can bring joy to our day.

How to make pudding chocolate?

To make a delicious and creamy chocolate pudding, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps. Start by combining sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl that is safe to use in the microwave. Gradually pour in the milk and stir until the ingredients are well mixed.

Next, microwave the mixture on high for 7 to 10 minutes, making sure to stir it every 2 minutes. Keep heating the mixture until it comes to a full boil. Once it has boiled, stir in some butter and vanilla extract to give the pudding a rich, flavorful taste.

Finally, pour the pudding into serving dishes and wait for it to cool before serving. This chocolatey treat is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for chocolate espresso pudding is a perfect treat for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. It’s easy to make, with simple ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. And with the use of espresso, it gives a unique twist to the classic chocolate pudding.

By using quality ingredients such as dark chocolate and espresso powder from high-quality coffee beans, you can ensure that your dessert is packed with flavor and nutrition. And who doesn’t love a dessert that’s both delicious and nutritious?

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can serve it as a plain pudding or jazz it up by adding toppings such as chocolate shavings, whipped cream or fresh fruits. Add some texture to the dessert by serving it with some crunchy chocolate-covered coffee beans.

In summary, this chocolate espresso pudding recipe is perfect for impressing your guests at dinner parties or treating yourself on a cozy night in. With the tips and tricks shared in our article, you’re sure to get perfect results every time you make it. Give it a try today and discover your new favorite dessert!

Chocolate Espresso Puddings

Chocolate Espresso Puddings Recipe

Another recipe from November's Olive. This is on my menu for a dinner party we are having in a fortnight. Times do not include 24 hours chilling.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Global
Calories 530.5 kcal


  • 100 g dark chocolate (70%cocoa solids - this is very important)
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 tablespoons espresso coffee
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 40 g plain flour, sifted
  • chocolate-covered coffee beans, to decorate


  • Butter 4 individual pudding moulds,or ovenproof teacups, and line the bases with parchment.
  • Put the chocolate, butter and 2 tbsp espresso in a small pan and heat gently until melted.
  • Whisk eggs and sugar together until thick and pale and fold into the chocolate mixture, followed by the flour.
  • Fill the cups or moulds to about 1cm of the tops, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for upto 24hours.
  • Heat the oven to 200ºC/fan 180ºC/gas6.
  • Bake puddings for 12-14 minutes, the outside should be cooked while the inside will be liquid; they may take a minute or two longer if the cups are very thick.
  • Leave to stand for a minute, then turn each out on a plate and peel off the parchment.
  • Serve immediately with cream or ice-cream and a few chocolate coffee beans.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 138gCalories: 530.5kcalCarbohydrates: 43.5gProtein: 10.8gFat: 39.8gSaturated Fat: 23.5gCholesterol: 239.6mgSodium: 213mgFiber: 5.2gSugar: 25.6g
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