Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Whipped Cream

Rich and luxurious Chocolate Pots de Creme with a silky dollop of Espresso Creme on top! This no-oven pot de creme recipe is the perfect way to end an elegant meal.

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Cream

In cooking, you can draw inspiration from just about anything. I’ve been eyeing these gorgeous little espresso cups from my favorite dish company, Villeroy & Boch.

Aren’t they fabulous?

Marvelous Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Cream

…And I thought, nothing could fill them better than a smooth, creamy, chocolatey treat with an ample shot of espresso.

I’m not talking about a little pinch of coffee to accentuate the chocolate. I’m talking espresso in the forefront. And then, of course, more espresso on top. …With a chocolate covered espresso bean as a garnish.

Chocolate Pots de Creme Recipe with Espresso Cream

The problem was, these delicate little cups are made of porcelain.  I didn’t want to risk placing them in the oven (in a water bath) as you normally would for chocolate pots de creme.

So I decided to work up a stove-top recipe that would thicken and set, like a classic chocolate pot de creme recipe, without the oven time.

Chocolate Pots de Creme

These Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Creme topping, are not only a salute to the artistry of the cups they are served in, they are a celebration of rich dark flavors.

The kind of flavors that bring you to a stand still, then have you coming back for more.

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Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Whipped Cream

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes active time + 3 hours chill time

Cook Time:15 minutes

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Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme with Espresso Whipped Cream


For the Chocolate Pots de Creme:

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the Espresso Creme:

  • ½ cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon instant espresso powder


  1. For the Chocolate Pot de Crème: Place the chocolate in a blender and set a fine-mesh sieve over the top of the blender jar. Set aside.
  2. Place the egg yolks, sugar, salt, espresso powder, cream and milk in a saucepan. Whisk well. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat. Stir and scrape the sides of the pan for 10-15 minutes, until it thickens. To test the consistency, dip a spoon into the mixture and drag your finger through it. If the line remains firm, it’s ready. *Do not let the custard simmer.
  3. Pour the custard through the sieve into the blender jar. Allow the mixture to sit and melt the chocolate for 5 minutes. Place the lid on the blender, leaving it slightly jarred to vent. Puree until smooth, then add the vanilla and puree again.
  4. Divide the mixture between 8 – 2 ounce espresso cups. Place a dishtowel on the counter and tap each espresso cup gently on the dishtowel to work the bubbles out of the custard. Cool to room temperature. Then cover each espresso cup with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but up to 1 week.
  5. For the Espresso Whipped Cream: Using an electric mixer, whip the cream, sugar and instant espresso powder until light and fluffy. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Before serving, let the pots de crème stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Then dollop a tablespoon of whipped cream on top of each espresso cup and garnish with chocolate shavings or a chocolate covered espresso bean.
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48 comments on “Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Whipped Cream

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  3. Kaseyposted December 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I was wondering if you could remake this recipe with chilli and/or nutmeg in it.. Something to add a little holiday cheer even. Beautiful and great job.

    • Sommerposted December 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Hi Kasey, I would think so. Sounds delish!

  4. Gailposted July 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Those cups are adorable (love all things VB), and the perfect thing for pots de creme! I always make my pots de creme on the stovetop — I think the texture is more consistently creamy. TIP: aim for heating the stovetop mixture to 160F for egg safety. I always hand stir my chocolate to melt… does blenderizing add some mousse-iness? Best thing about finding this post? I’ve made chocolate/espresso truffles, but now espresso pdc? Ohhh! Thanks!

  5. Cocoposted July 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm Reply

    Oh MY, those look wicked good!

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  8. Deannaposted March 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Those are such pretty cups! I would get a set but I’m rapidly running out of storage.

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  10. Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray)posted March 27, 2012 at 11:20 am Reply

    I could go for a swim in one of those! ;)

  11. Cookin' Canuckposted March 27, 2012 at 9:17 am Reply

    Those espresso cups are absolutely beautiful. And those pots de creme…irresistible, Sommer!

  12. vianneyposted March 27, 2012 at 3:39 am Reply

    How precious are those cups, so dainty and sweet. I love pots de creme and seem to only make them in Feb, lol. The whipped cream is heaven! love,love,love..

  13. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 27, 2012 at 1:07 am Reply

    Bookmarking these! I love how quick they are to make.

  14. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I love these so much, I need a new word for love! And I adore those little cups!

  15. Monetposted March 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm Reply

    Just lovely! Can I have one please? And I especially love the china you served them in. So bright and colorful. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a blessed week, my friend.

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted March 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm Reply

    I am making these ASAP! Lovely

  17. cooking rookieposted March 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Wonderful recipe! Something to definitely make ;-)

  18. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm Reply

    I love the pretty dishes! They really make these so pretty. Also, lovely recipe!

  19. [email protected]posted March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

    GORGEOUS! So thick and creamy. Coffee and chocolate are my ideal treat!

  20. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted March 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Oh yum! Chocolate and Espresso, I couldn’t think of a better combination! Sounds fab!!

  21. [email protected] Todayposted March 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm Reply

    The best part of food blogging is that first bite … yeah, I saw it there on the spoon, the first taste, gone with nary a witness. ;) Love this recipe! Wish I had a spoon to join you.

  22. Petraposted March 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm Reply

    This is so beautiful! Thanks for linking to the source of the espresso cups, they are so lovely and bright! I can’t wait to try this recipe :)

  23. Kiri W.posted March 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Oh how I love pots de creme! Espresso sounds like a fantastic flavoring :) Mmmm!

  24. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted March 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm Reply

    Ooh. Every time I come across a pots de creme recipe I think, “what’s that,” and then, “I’ve got to try it!” Now that you’ve made an chocolate and espresso version I’m kinda very tempted to try this mystery dessert out.

  25. Abbyposted March 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!! What a luxurious treat to sit and enjoy :)

  26. Mrs. Measurementposted March 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Looks delish! Also, I absolutely LOVE your espresso cups! The set is gorgeous.

  27. Lacy @ NYCityEatsposted March 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    These little espresso cups are just stunning! The pots de creme look gorgeous with the whipped topping & chocolate covered espresso bean. Really sounds like a delicious ending to an elegant meal. Wonderful recipe!!

  28. the wicked noodleposted March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I love that you used pretty coffee mugs for this! And that espresso whipped cream sounds soooo good!

  29. [email protected]posted March 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Stunning little coffee desserts, served in absolutely adorable little cups. Think I am in love! :)

  30. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted March 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Pots de Creme where the first elegant dessert I made for the first dinner party I had planned when I was a young girl in her 20’s. A wonderful older friend assured me that it would be perfect despite my protestations of, ‘It’s really just chocolate pudding, right?’

    I learned the answer firsthand how wrong I was and this luscious dessert remains a favorite to this day.Espresso whipped cream? Absolutely!

  31. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchenposted March 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Ahhhh…..these look absolutely amazing! I’m such a sucker for anything that combined chocolate & espresso.

    P.S. I love the dishes!

  32. Dee at Deelicious Sweetsposted March 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply

    These look absolutely decadent! I love your little cups too. They are so cute.

  33. Meganposted March 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Oh my, you are killing me with this!!!!!!!!!! It looks amazing, I’m trying it tonight! :)

  34. Kellyposted March 26, 2012 at 11:52 am Reply

    I love Pots de Creme but have never tried it with espresso. I bet it is phenomenal!

  35. Victoriaposted March 26, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply

    Not only are the espresso cups beautiful but so it what you’ve filled them with :) Really great presentation for these, and I’m glad you were able to come up with a stove-top version.

  36. Kammie @ Sensual Appealposted March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    Wow such a lovely creation! and the tea cups are gorgeous.

  37. Chelsey S.posted March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm Reply

    OH….MY……GOODNESS! I seriously just drooled on my keyboard. Can’t wait to try this!

  38. Amandaposted March 26, 2012 at 10:27 am Reply

    Oh yum, Sommer!! I am swooning over your gorgeous photos!!

  39. Isabelle @ Crumbposted March 26, 2012 at 10:13 am Reply

    When it comes to coffee desserts, I’m a firm believer that stronger is better, so these little pots de creme are totally calling my name (and so are those cups, but that’s beside the point). :) Love the fact that even the cream is espresso flavoured… perfect!

  40. Ambikaposted March 26, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

    Looks delicious!!! So creamy, love the texture!

  41. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 26, 2012 at 8:36 am Reply

    Gorgeous and so decadent!

  42. The thought of not having to put the pudding through a hot water bath is wonderful to me! It looks delicious. I love espresso, well, coffee of any kind, so this would be a perfect romantic dinner for Hubby and me. Now I just need a sitter!

  43. Debby maugansposted March 26, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    How beautiful!

  44. Cassieposted March 26, 2012 at 7:57 am Reply

    These sound so perfect. What a great idea to cook them on the stovetop, I love it!

  45. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted March 26, 2012 at 7:48 am Reply

    Those little mugs and plates are incredibly cute. Love the bright colors in them, they remind me of the set my mom gave me from my dad’s mom who got them in India. Same bright colors.
    The chocolate inside definitely helps too ;)

  46. soniaposted March 26, 2012 at 7:06 am Reply

    HI !
    Beautiful and simply adorable pots, great choice and lovely expresso recipe to complement. The chocolate bean is looking so cute… !
    CHeers, sonia

  47. Belinda @zomppaposted March 26, 2012 at 5:35 am Reply

    Oh my gosh they are perfect! How I wish I finished every dinner with this.