Deliciously Decadent Layered Chocolate Coffee Parfait Recipe

If you’re looking for a dessert that combines the irresistible flavors of coffee and chocolate in one stunning, layered masterpiece, this Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait Recipe is just the thing for you. Picture indulging in decadent, creamy layers of pudding parfaits made with rich dark chocolate and instant coffee, whipped cream, and topped with delicate chocolate curls. This parfait recipe is perfect for entertaining dinner guests, as it’s elegant enough to impress but simple enough to put together without breaking a sweat.

As a barista with years of experience crafting unique coffee concoctions, I can guarantee that this dessert will be the talk of any party or get-together. And the best part? You don’t need any fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients to make it at home.

Whether you’re looking to surprise your loved ones with a special treat or simply satisfy your sweet tooth after a long day, this chocolate coffee parfait is sure to hit the spot. So why not pour yourself a cup of your favorite brew and let’s get started on creating an unforgettable layered dessert that will leave all your guests begging for the recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait
Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait

Are you a coffee lover looking for a delectable dessert recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth? Then, this Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait Recipe is perfect for you! Trust me when I say, one bite of this heavenly treat will leave you craving more.

Not only is this dessert made with rich dark chocolate, but it’s also infused with instant coffee to give you that perfect blend of chocolate and coffee flavors. The light and airy pudding parfaits are layered with whipped cream and chocolate curls, making each bite a delectable delight.

This parfait recipe is also incredibly versatile, as it can be customized according to your taste buds or dietary restrictions. It can be made with fat-free or sugar-free ingredients while still maintaining its luscious taste. Moreover, the recipe can be made with espresso coffee or mocha fudge pudding parfaits depending on your preference.

The best part about this layered dessert recipe is that it is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. Not to mention, it’s perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner party with friends, to an elegant family dinner at home.

So if you’re looking for a scrumptious dessert option that combines the enticing flavors of chocolate and coffee, this parfait recipe is definitely worth trying!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this chocolate and coffee delight.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this chocolate and coffee delight.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait Recipe:

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Coffee Pudding

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Layered Dessert

  • Chocolate curls or grated chocolate, for topping

Note: This recipe makes approximately six servings. Double the ingredients if you are serving a larger crowd.

The Recipe How-To

 Layers upon layers of happiness in one parfait glass.
Layers upon layers of happiness in one parfait glass.

Step 1: Make the chocolate pudding

– 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
– 1 cup milk
– 3 tablespoons custard powder
– 2 tablespoons sugar

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the dark chocolate and milk over medium heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate is completely melted.
2. Add the custard powder and sugar to the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.
3. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until the pudding thickens and comes to a boil (about 5 minutes).
4. Remove the pudding from the heat and transfer it to a bowl. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Make the coffee pudding

– 1 tablespoon instant coffee
– 1 cup milk
– 3 tablespoons custard powder
– 2 tablespoons sugar

1. In a heat-proof glass or mug, dissolve the instant coffee in boiling water.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, custard powder, and sugar over medium heat. Whisk until well combined.
3. Gradually pour in the dissolved coffee while whisking continuously.
4. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula until the pudding thickens and comes to a boil (about 5 minutes).
5. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3: Make whipped cream

– 2 cups heavy cream
– ¼ cup sugar
– 2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1. Combine heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla essence in a large bowl.
2. Using an electric mixer or hand whisk beat everything together into stiff peaks.

Step 4: Assemble parfait

1. Begin by placing a few chocolate curls at the bottom of each parfait glass or jar.
2. Spoon a little of the chocolate pudding over the chocolate curls, add another few chocolate curls and then spoon a little of the coffee pudding over to create a layered-effect.
3. Top the pudding layer with a dollop of whipped cream and repeat layers of chocolate pudding mixture, coffee pudding mixture, and whipped cream until parfait glasses are filled to the top.
4. Garnish with additional chocolate curls, if desired.

Step 5: Chill

  1. Cover the parfaits with plastic wraps and refrigerate for at least an hour (preferably 4 hours) before serving.

Note: You can prepare both puddings ahead of time and store them in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before assembling the parfait.

Substitutions and Variations

 It's like drinking a mocha, but with a spoon.
It’s like drinking a mocha, but with a spoon.

Looking to add a little twist to your chocolate coffee parfait recipe? Thankfully, many substitutions and variations can be made to this delightful dessert without compromising its taste.

For the instant coffee ingredient, you can opt for espresso coffee or coffee ristretto. These two variations allow for a stronger coffee flavor which goes perfectly with the rich chocolate. Another option would be to combine Baileys Irish Cream to your instant coffee for a more indulgent and luxurious taste.

If you’re looking for sugar-free variations, you can use an artificial sweetener instead of sugar or honey as alternative sweeteners. You can also swap the whole milk for low-fat milk or fat-free, and heavy cream for Greek yogurt parfait if you are looking for a lighter and healthier take on the recipe.

Adding some fruits such as strawberries or raspberries between the layers makes it more refreshing and vibrant in terms of color. Or if you’re feeling adventurous with the chocolate flavor, mix things up by creating a mousse parfait by replacing the pudding with rich chocolate mousse dessert.

If you’re craving something different that still involves chocolate, try making a chocolate strawberry parfait with whipped topping, or maybe even adding some s’mores flavors by including graham crackers crumbles between each layer.

No matter how you choose to adjust this layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe to suit your preferences, it remains a delicious dessert that is sure to impress anyone who tries it.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect dessert recipe for coffee lovers.
The perfect dessert recipe for coffee lovers.

This layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe is a dessert made in heaven – rich, indulgent, and simply heavenly. When it comes to serving and pairing, there are plenty of options to try.

Serve these divine pudding parfaits in clear glassware or mason jars to show off the gorgeous layers of chocolate and coffee. For a dramatic presentation, garnish each parfait with chocolate curls or whip cream.

Pair this chocolate coffee masterpiece with bold flavors like dark fruit and roasted nuts or go all out with plain old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top for extra decadence.

If you’re looking for a boozy dessert that everyone will love, try adding some Baileys Irish cream to the mix. It pairs perfectly with the mocha flavors of this parfait.

If you’re feeling like something fruity, try pairing it with strawberries for a classic match made in heaven. Or take it up a notch by layering slices of fresh strawberry into the parfait between the chocolate and coffee layers.

For those who love s’mores, try making a chocolate and marshmallow parfait by adding marshmallows between the layers of your parfait before freezing it. Finally, top it off with graham cracker crumbs for an extra s’mores-like touch.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for something romantic or indulgent, this delectable chocolate coffee parfait recipe is perfect for any occasion. With its layers of rich mocha pudding and creamy whipped topping, it’s sure to delight everyone who tries it – so dive in!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to swoon over this chocolatey goodness.
Get ready to swoon over this chocolatey goodness.

This layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe can be prepared in advance, making it a perfect dessert for any dinner party or special occasion. To make it ahead of time, simply prepare the recipe up to the point of assembly and layering. Once the parfait is layered, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving.

When it comes time to serve, you may want to add some chocolate curls as a topping for added texture and flavor. To make chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler to shave thin ribbons off of a bar of dark chocolate. Simply sprinkle them on top of your chilled parfaits just before serving.

If you have any leftovers or are looking to store the parfait for longer, you can freeze it by placing each parfait in an airtight container or freezer bag. The parfait can be frozen for up to two weeks. When ready to enjoy your delicious dessert again, remove the parfait from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

To reheat a single serving of the parfait, place the frozen individual serving in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Once thawed, reheat it in a microwave-safe dish at 50% power for 30-second increments until heated through.

This recipe is versatile and delicious, and its make-ahead options allows you to have an elegant dessert ready for any occasion with minimal effort. Make sure to follow these storage tips so that you can enjoy this divine coffee and chocolate treat long after you first made it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A treat that's as pretty as it is delicious.
A treat that’s as pretty as it is delicious.

To achieve perfect results in making the layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe, here are some tips that will guide you:

Firstly, it is important to use high-quality chocolate. It is best to use dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa as it has more flavor and less sugar. You can also opt to make your own chocolate curls for topping by shaving or grating the chocolate.

Second, when making the coffee layer, dissolve instant coffee in boiling water before adding it to the mixture. This ensures optimal flavor without any granules of coffee left in the parfait.

Additionally, when whipping the cream, be sure to add in 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla essence for extra flavor. Be careful not to overwhip the cream or it may become clumpy or even turn into butter.

Furthermore, if you prefer a healthier version of this dessert, you can substitute fat-free Greek yogurt for some or all of the whipped cream. This adds a tangy flavor and helps cut down on calories and fat.

For those who want to try out different variations, consider using different flavor combinations such as baileys Irish cream instead of milk or adding strawberries or raspberries between the layers for a fruity twist. You can also experiment with different types of pudding such as mocha fudge or vanilla bean.

Lastly, when layering parfait cups, always start with a layer of pudding followed by whipped cream or mousse then repeat until fully filled. Top with chocolate curls or fresh fruit for decoration.

By following these tips and experimenting with variations, your layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe will taste delicious and look visually appealing.


Now that you have all the necessary information on how to make this delectable layered chocolate and coffee parfait, it’s time to address some common questions you might have regarding this recipe. Here we will cover some of the frequently asked questions to clear up any confusion and make sure you can create a flawless dessert each time you indulge in this decadent treat.

Is parfait the same as mousse?

Parfait and mousse are two different dessert options, but they can be combined to make a delicious treat. The term “parfait” simply means a dessert that is layered, such as a chocolate parfait with mousse or pudding. Mousse, on the other hand, is a type of dessert that is light and airy, made with whipped cream and other ingredients. It is commonly used as a component in parfaits.

What is chocolate parfait made of?

Create delicious parfaits by layering instant chocolate pudding with a mixture of pureed strawberries and whipped cream. To speed up the process, you can opt for whipped topping instead of whipping cream. Alternatively, you can serve the parfait as a single bowl dessert.

What is parfait a mixture of creamed?

Parfait, a popular dessert originally from France, involves boiling cream, eggs, sugar, and syrup to create a custard-like mixture. In the United States, a variation of the dish has emerged, consisting of layers of granola, nuts, yogurt, and alcohol that are separated by fruits and whipped cream.

Is Parfait frozen?

A delightful frozen treat called Parfait is made using whipped cream, sugar, and egg yolks as the base. This base can be combined with a variety of flavors and toppings, such as fruits, nuts, or even coffee.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this layered chocolate and coffee parfait recipe is truly a delightful treat that is easy to make and impresses guests with its elegance. The rich layers of chocolate and coffee flavors are complemented by the light and fluffy whipped cream, creating a flavor profile that is simply irresistible.

With simple ingredients like instant coffee, dark chocolate, milk, sugar, and whipped cream, this recipe is convenient and budget-friendly while still delivering a decadent dessert that will wow any crowd.

Whether you are planning a special occasion or just want to indulge in a delicious treat, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. So go ahead and give it a try, experiment with different variations and substitutions, and discover your favorite way to enjoy this heavenly dessert.

Trust me, once you’ve savored the irresistible combination of chocolate and coffee in this parfait recipe, you’ll never look back. This layered chocolate and coffee parfait is sure to become your go-to dessert recipe for years to come!

Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait

Layered Chocolate and Coffee Parfait Recipe

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Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 661.8 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons custard powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (Tia Maria or Kahlua)
  • 225 g sponge cakes
  • 100 g dark chocolate, coarsley grated
  • chocolate sprinkles or chocolate curls (to garnish)


  • Combine custard powder and sugar in small saucepan.
  • Whisk in 1/4 cup of the milk, mixing to a smooth paste.
  • Stir in remaining milk.
  • Stir over low heat until the custard comes to the boil and thickens.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cover surface of custard with a plastic food wrap and set aside to cool.
  • Whip together cream and essence.
  • Gently fold in to the cold custard.
  • Dissolve coffee in the water.
  • Stir in liqueur.
  • Cool.
  • Cut the sponge cake into bite sized cubes.
  • Divide half the sponge between 4 parfait glasses.
  • Drizzle half the coffee mixture over the sponge.
  • Top with half the custard.
  • Sprinkle over half the chocolate.
  • Repeat these 3 layers once more, finishing with the chocolate.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, garnish with the chocolate sprinkles or curls.
  • *Freshlysqueezed orange juice makes a nice change from the coffee liqueur.

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Serving: 329gCalories: 661.8kcalCarbohydrates: 59.7gProtein: 12.2gFat: 43.2gSaturated Fat: 26.3gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 229.4mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 29.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Easy, Refrigerator, Stove Top, Weeknight
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