boozy cherry chocolate parfait

Cherry Popper Parfait (Bourbon-soaked Cherries in a Chocolate and Mocha layered dessert)

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Cherry Popper Parfait

This dessert will Pop Your Cherry!  (Even you reconstituted virgins out there)

What could be better than a chocolate fudge cake, Bourbon-soaked cherries, Chocolate pudding, Chocolate Mocha Mousse, and Whipped cream?

Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, and Bourbon Soaked Cherry Parfait


Dreamy Chocolate Fudge cake, Bourbon-soaked cherries, Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Mocha Mousse, and Whipped Cream layers



Chocolate Cake Mix

  • Eggs (as suggested by cake mix)
  • Butter or Oil (as suggested by cake mix)
  • Water (as suggested by cake mix)

1/2 lb Fresh Cherries (pitted and halved)

1/2 Cup of your Favorite Bourbon to marinate cherries

Chocolate pudding

  • 1 5.1oz Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 ½ cups Milk (We reduce the milk requested on the pudding box to make the pudding thicker)

Chocolate Mocha Mousse

  • 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 ⅓ cup Heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup Kahlua
  • ⅔ tsp Instant Espresso powder

Whipped Dairy Topping (Spray can)

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Soak your fresh Cherries in Bourbon

  1. Wash, De-stem, and 1/2 the cherries remove the pits and place in a small bowl

  2. Pour your favorite Bourbon on top

Make Chocolate Cake according to the box instructions

Make Chocolate Pudding

  1. Prepare instant pudding according to box instructions- eliminating 1/2 cup of milk

  2. Chill

Prepare Chocolate Mocha Mousse

  1. Mix Mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, cocoa, Kahlua, and instant espresso powder

  2. Whip until you see a consistent and fluffy mixture

Assemble your Parfait

  1. Use a small clear bowl, wine, or martini glass – Partfaits should be pretty!

    (The dollar store has inexpensive disposable versions)

  2. Add a couple of small pieces of cake to start the parfait

  3. Layer 5-6 Bourbon-soaked cherry halves next

  4. Add a large spoonful of Chocolate Pudding on top of the cherry layer

  5. For the next layer, add a large spoonful of Mocha Mousse

  6. Add a layer of whipped cream

  7. Repeat layers one additional time (except final whipped topping)

  8. Keep refrigerated -add the last layer of whipped topping and pecans right before serving

  9. Garnish with a cherry on top

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In a climate of colds and viruses, guests love individualized desserts- and our parfaits are crowd-pleasers!

Also try our Double D Parfait:


While each of the parts is easy, consider baking the cake, making the instant pudding, and marinating the cherries the night before – then it’s just a matter of mixing the chocolate mocha- and you can start assembling.

This dessert tastes much better chilled- be sure you have built-in at least one hour for the dessert to chill

Save the whipped topping swirl on top of each dessert until you are ready to serve-  Whipped topping seems to deflate over time and in the refrigerator.


Mix it Up

You can make this dessert family-friendly by eliminating the Bourbon and using plain pitted fresh cherries

Get crazy and add a layer of crushed Oreos – and substitute Oreo crumbles for the Pecans on top

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