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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48 comments on “Chocolate Pots de Creme with Espresso Whipped Cream

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 ;)

  4. 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!

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

    How beautiful!

  6. 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!

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

    Gorgeous and so decadent!

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

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

  9. 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!

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

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

  11. 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!

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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! :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. [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! :)

  20. 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!

  21. 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!!

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

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

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

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

  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. 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!

  26. 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 :)

  27. [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.

  28. 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!!

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

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

  30. 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!

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

    Wonderful recipe! Something to definitely make ;-)

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

    I am making these ASAP! Lovely

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

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

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

  36. 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..

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

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

  38. 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! ;)

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

    Oh MY, those look wicked good!

  44. 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!

  45. 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!

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