boozy cherry chocolate parfait

Cherry Popper Parfait (Bourbon Chocolate Cherry 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 Bourbon Chocolate Cherry dessert?   Chocolate fudge cake, Bourbon-soaked cherries, Chocolate pudding, Chocolate Mocha Mousse, and Whipped cream combine for an luxurious parfait

Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Dessert

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


Cherry Popper Parfaits feature Kentucky Bourbon

Is Kentucky Bourbon Special?

Yes it is. Kentucky has 68 distilleries as of 2018, up 250% in the last decade.  More than 7.5 million barrels of Bourbon Whiskey currently sit in Kentucky Rickhouses.  There are more barrels of bourbon  in Kentucky than people!  It’s not an accident that Kentucky Bourbon has become an International sensation.

There is a very specific set of standards to which all bourbon makers must adhere. The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits state that bourbon made for U.S. consumption must be:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
  • Entered into the container for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
  • Bottled at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)

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

coconut pineapple parfait with alcohol

Also try our Double D Parfait


Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Dessert

  •  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

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

Bourbon is the answer

boozy cherry chocolate parfait
5 from 14 votes

Cherry Popper Parfait

Dreamy Chocolate Fudge cake, Bourbon-soaked cherries, Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Mocha Mousse, and Whipped Cream layers
Prep Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol-infused dessert, Bing cherry dessert, Bourbon-soaked cherries, Cherry Popper Parfait, Chocolate cake dessert, Chocolate Parfait, fresh cherry dessert, Galentines Dessert, Parfait
Yield: 8 small
Author: Amanda Mount


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
      • cup Kahlua
      • tsp Instant Espresso powder

      Whipped Dairy Topping (Spray can)

      • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


      Soak your fresh Cherries in Bourbon

      • Wash, De-stem, and 1/2 the cherries remove the pits and place in a small bowl
      • Pour your favorite Bourbon on top

      Make Chocolate Cake according to the box instructions

        Make Chocolate Pudding

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

        Prepare Chocolate Mocha Mousse

        • Mix Mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, cocoa, Kahlua, and instant espresso powder
        • Whip until you see a consistent and fluffy mixture

        Assemble your Parfait

        • Use a small clear bowl, wine, or martini glass - Partfaits should be pretty!
          (The dollar store has inexpensive disposable versions)
        • Add a couple of small pieces of cake to start the parfait
        • Layer 5-6 Bourbon-soaked cherry halves next
        • Add a large spoonful of Chocolate Pudding on top of the cherry layer
        • For the next layer, add a large spoonful of Mocha Mousse
        • Add a layer of whipped cream
        • Repeat layers one additional time (except final whipped topping)
        • Keep refrigerated -add the last layer of whipped topping and pecans right before serving
        • Garnish with a cherry on top

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