A Chocolate Lover’s Dream Dessert : Mocha Refrigerator Dessert Recipe

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Celebrate the season with this light and fluffy layered Spring dessert recipe. Creamy cappuccino and chocolate fudge layers combine to make the perfect mocha refrigerator dessert recipe!

Mocha Refrigerator Dessert made its way into my Mom’s trusty recipe file from our neighbor up the gravel farm road. She was (and still is!) an amazing cook. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you as part of this week’s Bloggers Spring Ideas Tour hosted by Paula from Sweet Pea. Be sure to check out all the participants listed at the bottom of this post. You will find all kinds of beautiful ideas for your home and kitchen there. Today’s dessert recipe became a tradition of sorts for Spring celebrations around our big family table – mainly Easter. Light and fluffy and filled with rich, decadent flavor, it can be prepared in advance. I always love that feature of recipes when I’m planning for a big family celebration or pot luck. Try it…even non-coffee drinkers love it!!;)

How to Make Mocha Refrigerator Dessert

Ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 18 large marshmellows
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Bake the Mocha Refrigerator Dessert crust and let it cool completely.

To make the base of this dessert, combine and blend the butter, brown sugar, and flour. Blend together until they form fine crumbs. Bake in a 8 x 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Stir the crumbs as soon as it comes out of the over and pat them down again. Cool completely.

The fudge layer stirred together in a white bowl.
The fudge layer of Mocha Refrigerator Dessert combines a melted chocolate mixture with light and fluffy meringue.

Make the fudge layer in 2 steps.

First, in a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips, corn syrup and 3 tablespoons of water. Heat and stir occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Then slowly add in one beaten egg yolk while stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook for 1 minute. Remove the melted mixture from the heat and let cool completely.  While it is cooling, make a meringue by beating 1 egg white with an electric mixer until it starts to become stiff. Then add in 1 tsp vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar.   Beat some more until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is shiny with stiff peaks forming when the mixer beater is pulled up. Fold the meringue into the melted and cooled chocolate chip mixture. Set aside.

White meringue being stirred into the melted chocolate mixture with a white spatula.
Fold the fluffy meringue into the cooled melted chocolate mixture.

 

The cappuccino layer is also made in 2 steps

First, melt the marshmallows, instant coffee, and water in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave strengths vary, but mine were completely melted after only 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Stirring melted marshmallows in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon for the coffee flavored layer in Mocha Refrigerator Dessert.
Melt marshmallows with instant coffee as the base for the coffee flavoured layer.

Stir well and let cool completely. Meanwhile whip up 1 cup whipping cream with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 4 tablespoons sugar until it is stiff.

Stirring together the melted marshmallows and whipping cream in a stainless steel bowl.
Fold the whipping cream and the cooled marshmallow mixture together for the coffee flavored layer in Mocha Refrigerator Dessert.

Fold the whipping cream into the coffee marshmallow mixture.

Spreading the coffee layer on top of the cooled crust.
Begin layering the dessert by spreading on half of the coffee flavored layer.

Layer the chocolate and coffee layers over the crust.

Pour half of the coffee mixture over the cooled crust. Then half of the chocolate layer. Repeat again until you end with the chocolate layer.

The finished Mocha Refrigerator Dessert in a glass pan.
The finished dessert has the chocolate fudge layer on the top.

Cool the dessert completely before cutting and serving.

This dessert is so delicious cold from the fridge.

A piece of Mocha Refrigerator Dessert on a white dessert plate with a cut strawberry on the side.
This melt-in-you-mouth dessert will be a hit at your next special celebration.

For an even fancier presentation, you could squirt a drizzle of chocolate sauce on the plate before dishing up the dessert, and add a dollop of whipped cream to the top.

Dessert in dish with dessert plates on the side.
To feed a larger crowd, double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 inch pan.

To make this recipe serve more people…

Just double the recipe following the same steps and put it into a 9 x 13 pan instead.

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Mocha Refrigerator Dessert

Perfect for a special occasion,this light and fluffy layered dessert recipe melts in your mouth. Creamy cappuccino and chocolate fudge layers combine to make the perfect mocha refrigerator dessert recipe!
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Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 18 large marshmallows
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  • 1.Bake the Mocha Refrigerator Dessert Crust and let it cool completely.To make the base of this dessert, combine and blend the butter, brown sugar, and flour. Blend together until they form fine crumbs. Bake in a 8 x 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Stir the crumbs as soon as it comes out of the over and pat them down again. Cool completely.
  • 2. Make the fudge layer in 2 steps.First, in a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips, corn syrup and 3 tablespoons of water. Heat and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  • Then slowly add in one beaten egg yolk while stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook for 1 minute.
  • Remove the melted mixture from the heat and let cool completely. 
  • While it is cooling, make a meringue by beating 1 egg white with an electric mixer until it starts to become stiff. Then add in 1 tsp vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar.  
  • Beat some more until the sugar is completely dissolved and it is shiny with peaks.
  • Fold the meringue into the melted and cooled chocolate chip mixture. Set aside.
  • 3. The cappuccino layer is also made in 2 stepsFirst, melt the marshmallows, instant coffee, and water in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave strengths vary, but mine were completely melted after only 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Stir well and let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile whip up 1 cup whipping cream with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 4 tablespoons sugar until it is stiff.
  • Fold the whipping cream into the cooled coffee marshmallow mixture.
  • 4. Layer the chocolate and coffee layers over the crust.Pour half of the coffee mixture over the cooled crust. Then half of the chocolate layer.
  • Repeat again until you end with the chocolate layer.

5.Chill the dessert in the refrigerator before cutting and serving.

    Course: Recipes
    Cuisine: North American
    Keyword: mocha refrigerator dessert, spring dessert recipe
    Servings: 9
    Calories: 349kcal
    Author: Rita Joy

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    11 Comments

    1. As I’m enjoying my morning coffee, I’m wishing I could have just a few bites of this delicious sounding recipe. My husband is a big mocha “anything” fan too, so I know your recipe is going to be a big hit around here! Happy Spring Rita!

    2. My mouth was watering as I read the directions for making your mocha refrigerator dessert. It sounds so good and I love that it can be made ahead of time. When we get the all clear to once again gather with friends and family, I’m making this!

    3. Rita, you had me at chocolate lovers… Now my husband is a real mocha fan so this dessert is perfect for our house. Can’t wait to make it.

    4. I love the story behind this dessert! Some of my favorite memories of my mom are when she entertained her friends for Christmas. I treasure her recipes and those precious times together! Thanks so much for sharing with our blog hop!

    5. Wow, this looks and sounds absolutely delicious, Rita! I wish I had a piece right now. It’s so lovely to be hopping with you (our first time together, I believe) and it’s a pleasure to meet you. My mother’s name was Rita and if I had had any daughters, that would have been their name. Have a lovely spring. xo, mb

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