Coffee Pudding

This Coffee Pudding is so creamy and sweet. Coffee fanatics will love it and it makes the perfect dessert! It's made with a strong brewed coffee too!


Coffee Pudding

I had originally thought of making a coffee cream puff and using my custard pudding to fill it. I tested it upwards to 15 times but just found that the cream puff recipe infused with coffee wasn't a reliable recipe. What was working the first time, I couldn't replicate the second or third time in testing.

I really, really wanted it to work too. I may have even pouted a little about it being a dud.

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It's okay though. We still have this incredibly delicious coffee pudding.

overhead shot of two cups of coffee pudding with coffee beans and two spoons

Here's the thing with pudding in general. It likes to form a skin. To prevent that skin from forming, cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap. I love the Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ plastic wrap because it ensures a clean cut every thanks to the built-in slide cutter.

Has anyone else had the issue of pulling with all your might trying to cut the plastic wrap? Then once it's cut, it's a wadded up mess.

Story of my life.

coffee pudding wrapped in a bowl with plastic wrap and featuring the plastic wrap used

They had to have me in mind when making the built-in-slide cutter. Just open the box and it's set up and ready for use. It doesn't require finding the end of the plastic wrap on the roll either. There's a built in grip strip™ that's sticky and grabs the plastic while you're cutting it.

Another thing that makes this handy is that there is a starting edge on the roll. You don't want to spin the roll around for 5 minutes. Woohoo!

Things you'll need:

Brew a cup of your favorite coffee for this easy pudding recipe! If you're not fond of the flavor of the coffee, you're not going to be fond of the pudding either.

How to thicken pudding? This pudding uses cornstarch and egg yolks for thickeners. Once the mixture comes up to a boil, it will thicken quickly. Depending on how long it's cooked, will depend on how thick it gets. As the pudding cools, it will set up and become even thicker.

Why strain the pudding? I prefer to strain my pudding to ensure that it has a smooth consistency. Sometimes the bits of egg will cook in the pudding. Without straining the egg out, it's pretty likely you'll get a few chunks of cooked egg in your dessert.

I've also made a pretty popular almond pudding that you can check out too.

How to make coffee pudding:

Rich and indulgent coffee pudding topped with fluffy whipped cream and garnished with aromatic coffee beans.

Coffee Pudding

This Coffee Pudding is so creamy and sweet. Coffee fanatics will love it and it makes the perfect dessert! It's made with a strong brewed coffee too!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups
Calories 412 kcal


  • 5 large egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup freshly brewed strong coffee
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 T. unsalted butter cubed
  • whipped cream for garnish


  • In a bowl, add in the lightly beaten yolks, whole milk, and coffee. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk until combined. This will help prevent the cornstarch from clumping when liquid is added. 
  • Add about ½ - ¾ cup of the milk/coffee mixture into the saucepan and whisk until smooth. 
  • Add in the remaining milk/coffee mixture and butter. Whisk. 
  • Place over medium heat and whisk pretty constant to prevent the pudding from sticking/ burning on the bottom of the pan and clumps forming. 
  • Once the pudding comes up to a boil, let it boil for 1 minute while whisking constantly. The pudding should hold the lines from the whisk.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer on top of a bowl. Pour the pudding into the strainer and tap out the pudding. Avoid pushing the pudding through the strainer because the bits of eggs will push through too. 
  • Place the plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding. Place in the fridge until it's set up. I leave mine overnight.
  • Stir the pudding before serving. Serve up and top with whipped cream.


Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 339mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 213mgSugar: 56gVitamin A: 655IUCalcium: 177mgIron: 0.8mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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  1. This turned out really rich and creamy. I made it for my mother-in-law for Mother’s day tomorrow so I hope she likes it! Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe!5 stars

  2. I’ve made pot de Creme using twice those egg yolks with success .... I’ve made eggless puddings with success ...... your ratio of liquids to cornstarch alone is enough to create this without the egg yolks. I’ll make this without the yolks..... and strain it. I find it difficult to trust any “pudding“ that has eggs in it yet is not called a pot de creme. The yolks add the rich texture and the butter smoothies that all out, I understand. Butter is added at the end to smooth out the entire mixture as it sets up. I will also be adding Instant espresso grounds to deepen the flavor.4 stars

    1. Interesting take on the recipe Emmi! I hope it turned out great for you. I may try some of your tricks next time I make the coffee pudding.

  3. I love all kinds of coffee cakes and desserts so I'm pinning this one.
    I always make a batch of meringues of a recipe calls for egg yolks and I have some whites spare.

  4. This looks wonderful! What could be better than coffee pudding? I'm a total coffee addict and this is right up my alley! ;-D5 stars

  5. I love coffee, and can't even imagine how good this pudding is! Definitely making this soon. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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