What’s better than coffee – black as sin with brushes of hot steam tickling your nose and teasing you with its black currant and tobacco notes before your lips ever touch the edge of your favorite mug?


Not much.

May I dare suggest a slightly thickened version of your favorite beverage that rivals a hot cup o’ joe in matters of things pleasurable and caffeinated?


I’m talking pudding, coffee pudding.

Served gently chilled, impossibly creamy and adorned with a healthy heap of sweetened whipped cream imitating the velvety foam of a perfectly frothed Cappuccino.

Coffee pudding.

While I won’t replace my morning latte with this pudding I will, however, reach for this dessert to end a perfectly satisfying meal.


Coffee Pudding

This dessert is perfect for entertaining as it can be made up to 1 day in advance. Feel free to use decaf coffee – I use the real stuff as I have 3 young kids and there is no amount of coffee that can keep me awake once to heavy head hits my down pillow.

1 1/2 cups heavy cream (I’m sure half and half would work too, maybe 🙂

1/2 cup espresso, or strong brewed coffee

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

In a medium sauce pan combine the cream and coffee and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Watch closely as cream boils over quickly and is a disaster to clean up – speaking from experience.

In a small bowl combine the cornstarch, salt and sugar. Whisk to remove any and all lumps.

Once cream and coffee are simmering add the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Boil gently for 1 minute. Pour hot pudding through a fine strainer to remove any little cornstarchy clumps.

Pour into serving dishes then cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours.

Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Sweet Whipped Cream

2 cups heavy cream

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and whisk until medium peaks form. Chill until ready to serve.

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41 Responses to “Coffee Pudding”

  1. Nancy

    Ooh, coffee and dessert in one, plus billowy mounds of whipped cream – I love it! We’re coffee fanatics so I must give this a try very soon.

  2. Sarah C.

    I made this tonight (with half and half so its half as sinful) but it already look delicious and I cant wait for it to cool enough to consume. Thanks for posting!

  3. Sarah

    I wonder how this would turn out if I replaced a little of the coffee with Irish whiskey? I don’t have a dessert planned for my St. Patrick’s Day party yet, I bet an Irish Coffee Pudding would be a big hit.

  4. Brenda

    Oh yes! I’m in love with coffee, namely Stumptown. Going to make this on Sunday afternoon before we snowshoe (thanks!).

  5. Lael

    I have so many friends who would likely adore this! But I don’t know if I have the patience to wait till a get-together to make it. Hm, tonight?!

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    What I love about this recipe is how it combines a classic comfort food dessert with something slightly more sophisticated. I bet a little chocolate liquor would be lovely as a sauce on this.

    Ok, now I’m hungry again… and I just finished dinner.

  7. David

    As the coffee junkie I am, I try not only to sip it in the mornings, but I also buy everything in the supermarket with coffee flavor (that coffee yogurt actually isn’t half bad). I of course also love coffee desserts; affogato, gelato, granita (if you are in Rome you MUST try the Coffee Granita from Tazza D’Oro). I’m so glad to have one more coffee dessert to try. It looks amazing, and I bet that it tastes amazing too. Thanks!

  8. Chris

    I love your website and recipes! This looks amazing, can’t wait to try it for my coffee loving friends!

  9. Jason

    On the stove right now… think I’m going to throw in a shot of Patron XO Cafe coffee liqueur, just for good measure.

  10. The Fromagette

    I Love this because it’s a great alternative to serving coffee at the end of a dinner party. I don’t like the hassle of making coffee (after drinking wine all night), but I know my guests have a craving for the taste of coffee – this is the perfect solution!!

  11. Laura

    Oh wow I am not huge pudding fan but this may change my mind I adore coffee desserts. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Rebecca

    I always find myself with left over brewed coffee…and this recipe was perfect to use it up. Loved the flavour and soooo simple to make. This ones a keeper!!!

  13. Ray S

    This was delicious. Creamy, and lighter than I expected. Not too sweet. I used cold brew coffee extract, which was yummy, but will use espresso next time for a stronger coffee flavor. Overall it was a hit!

  14. Bridget Couch

    Hi Ashley and Julie! We shared your coffee pudding recipe on our recent HealthWise Low Acid Coffee newsletter regarding coffee recipes! We love the idea and will be trying it with our coffee soon, and may also try it with one of our seasonal flavors for Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Spice. If you’d like a copy of our newsletter, just let me know and of course any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me personally.
    Thank you!
    HealthWise Coffee LLC

  15. Danielle

    It looks like all the cornstarch clumped–I wonder if any is left in the pudding to thicken it while chilling 🙁 I read up on why, and most tips suggest making a cold cornstarch slurry and slowly whisking that into the simmer over the course of 4-5 minutes. It tastes delicious, but I wonder if I will have a pudding in the end with all that cornstarch strained out. Warning to those others out there unfamiliar with using cornstarch!


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