No Bake Dark Chocolate Pudding | The Five C Pudding

I have been staying away from making desserts or even baking! However, I could not refrain from it for too long, my hands were itching to make something every time I open the fridge or pantry, non-stop drooling when I see delicious desserts posted by fellow bloggers, social media feeds were raining with cakes and scoops and sweets due the holiday season .... eventually I became so disoriented, forgetful, lethargic, fatigue, and totally disinterested in anything, and then I found myself reading this... and a voice inside me said that I will get better if I have one small tiny scoop of it..definitely. I went right into the kitchen to make it the very day! 

I was too lazy to make any elaborate baking or steaming puddings.. This recipe was so apt, and takes so less time to put together. I needed to make it to boost my spirit and trust me, I had the most wonderful weekend devouring this dark chocolate coffee rich pudding with a dash of cream cheese and cinnamon! An instant mood lifter! 

Recipe is adapted/inspired from my best blogger friend Rafeeda's blog. Same skeleton with differently tasting ingredients. The Marie biscuit pack was picked at least 3 months ago to make the chocolate cake that my friend shared but guess it was meant for this one! F is not a dark chocolate fan, but still got him to taste it by with the selling point - "cream cheese".. though it was just a teaspoon, he was excited to taste :-P and went on to have more than his share..

I added less sugar so this ain't a very sweet dish, but a very creamy one with a sweet coffee note. Addition of cinnamon was a last minute idea, and suggested by F. I think it did add in a kick of flavour that went so well with the coffee soaked biscuits. A super easy, quick to put together in no time.. only time is the chilling for at least 2 hours. 

This yields for two too sweet toothed! may be one more person, if you are willing to share.


For the Base
1 small packet of Marie biscuits (100 g)
8 tablespoons of hot water
2 teaspoons of instant coffee powder

For the chocolate sauce:
2 cups of milk
3 tablespoons of custard powder
3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated white sugar 
1/4 cup brown sugar

For the topping:
Half packet of  Dream whip powder (around  6 teaspoons or 18g) 
60ml cold milk
1 heaped teaspoon of cream cheese spread
1 teaspoon of coffee powder mixed with a few drops of hot water and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to make a paste


Make the Sauce:
  1. In sauce pan, mix, the custard powder, dark cocoa powder and sugar and ensure there are no lumps . Add in the milk and mix to combine well
  2. Bring to boil on low flame and keep stirring till the mixture thickens
  3. Allow to cool. 
Prepare the base:
  1. In a bowl, add the instant coffee powder and hot water to make the coffee concoction
  2. Dip each biscuits in the coffee and place them on the base of your pudding dish - I used a 7" square dish and had two layers of biscuits. 
  3. Break a few biscuits and fill the empty spaces
  4. Pour the remaining coffee on the biscuit base and set aside.
Prepare the second layer:
  1. Pour the cooled chocolate sauce on top of the biscuit base and spread evenly using a spatula
  2. Poke all over with a fork, so that both layers are married:-P
For the topping:
  1. Add the whipping powder and cold milk in a bowl, with an electric whisker, beat for 2 to 3 minutes on high until it thickens, then add in the cream cheese and beat again for another minute
  2. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chocolate custard
  3. Prepare the coffee cinnamon paste and drop them over the topping 
  4. Use a fork and decorate or spread them randomly 
  5. Cover with cling film and chill for couple of hours 
  6. Be ready to plunge and devour!
Note: Topping is totally your choice, you can use nutella, any syrup, melted jam etc.. 

This recipe can be adapted in so many different creative ways, like adding nuts, or praline topping, dry fruits...whatever you feel like having..

Wondering why The Five C Pudding? - Cocoa, Custard, Coffee, Cream Cheese, Cinnamon! :-P

Have a sweet day!