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Boozy Banana Pudding

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Creamy vanilla pudding layered with shortbread cookies and bananas paired with Malibu and Jameson make this Boozy Banana Pudding the perfect grown-up treat!

I’ve never made homemade Boozy Banana Pudding before.  To be honest, I did not really think it was a thing that people did because all I knew was those little pudding mix boxes from the baking aisle at the grocery store.

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When I thought about making banana pudding from scratch, I reached out to my friends on social media and asked them what made their favorite banana pudding so amazing.  

Every person answered that the pudding had to be made from scratch and contain at least rum.  

Boozy Banana Pudding | The JavaCupcake Blog #BecauseSummer #LoveThyNeighborhood

So that’s what I did.  I made a Boozy Banana Pudding from scratch featuring Malibu, an original coconut rum from the Caribbean, where the spirit of summer shines all year round, and Jameson,  a blend of pot still and grain whiskey from Ireland that is triple distilled; and remarkably smooth.

Making the pudding for this Boozy Banana Pudding isn’t a difficult undertaking.  In a sturdy medium size pot, combine sugar, corn starch, salt and egg yolks. 

 blend of pot still and grain whiskey. Triple distilled, remarkably smooth, and unmistakably Jameson from Ireland.

Whisk all those ingredients together until you get what looks like a clumpy mess.  No worries, though, because it will loosen up as soon as you add the milk.

Pour in the milk and whisk together over medium heat until the sugar and eggs dissolve and the mixture is smooth. 

 blend of pot still and grain whiskey. Triple distilled, remarkably smooth, and unmistakably Jameson from Ireland.

You’ll want to pay very close attention to this next part.  I made the mistake of stepping away and burnt the pudding.  You don’t want that.  Learn from my mistake and DO NOT STEP AWAY for the next 5-7 minutes!

Whisk, whisk, whisk your little heart out until the mixture comes to a simmer and begins to thicken.  As soon as the pudding begins to thicken up (it happens quick and you’ll have mere seconds before it burns) remove it from the heat and whisk until thick.

This next part you'll want to pay very close attention to.  I made the mistake of 

Next up is the butter, vanilla paste, and Malibu. 

The rum what gives this Boozy Banana Pudding it’s distinct flavor and the butter ensure it will be velvety smooth.    

This next part you'll want to pay very close attention to.  I made the mistake of 

You’ll whisk all of that together while the pudding is still warm.  Transfer the entire mixture to a large glass bowl. 

Make sure to scrape down the pot to ensure every last drop of pudding gets in the bowl! 

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Finally, press a piece of plastic wrap over the pudding so that a film does not form on top while chilling.  Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours so that the flavors have time to form and the pudding sets. 

When you’re ready to serve the boozy banana pudding, get 4 mason jars, shortbread cookies, bananas, and make the Jameson whipped cream.

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I liked using shortbread cookies for this Boozy Banana Pudding because they seemed to hold up a lot better than the traditional vanilla cookies that are normally used. 

There is a lot of moisture sitting on top of the pudding and under the bananas and having a cookie that is not only delicious but will stand up to that is essential in creating the perfect Boozy Banana Pudding.

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Assembling these desserts is quick and easy.  Simply layer pudding, cookies, bananas three times.  Add a dollop of Jameson whipped cream to the top, sprinkle cinnamon and garnish with a cookie and banana.  

Pure Boozy Banana Pudding Perfection. 

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Serve the Boozy Banana Pudding immediately.  You can store them overnight if you have extra, but the cookies will get a bit soggy the next day.  

My husband enjoyed his delicious dessert with a glass of Jameson on the rocks and said it was the perfect night cap for his long day.  

Boozy Banana Pudding | The JavaCupcake Blog #BecauseSummer #LoveThyNeighborhood

The perfect drink to go with this Boozy Banana Pudding needs to be light and refreshing.  

A Rum Raspberry Spritzer will cool you down on the hottest day and is the perfect sidekick to the banana pudding.

To make the Rum Raspberry Spritzer, you’ll need:

  • Malibu Rum
  • Raspberry Seltzer Water
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Ice

Depending on how strong you like your drinks, pour 1-2oz of Malibu into a glass filled with berries and ice.  Fill the glass with the bubbly water and give it a quick stir with a spoon. Pop in a straw and enjoy!

This spritzer could be easily changed using any flavor seltzer water and any fruit you like!  Pick your favorite flavors, the combination possibilities are endless!

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Chocolate Coffee Pie Recipe

Mocha Latte Pie

Chocolate Coffee Pie Recipe

Oh hiiiiii! I’m Heather – a friend of Betsey’s – and today I made you a pie!

Other days you can find me over at Sugar Dish Me where I share lots of food and talk too much about dogs. Since Betsey and family are making the looooong trek back to the states with all their stuff in tow, it seemed like the perfect time to jump over here and talk to all of you so Miss Java Cupcake can relocate all her sprinkles and put away all her muffin tins.

I come bearing gifts…

No Bake Mocha Latte Pie Recipe

Everyone loves a no-bake pie recipe, right?

This one is super easy – like you could probably make it even if you had to move back to the U.S. from Germany and your kitchen was full of boxes.

I based this recipe on everyone’s favorite no-bake peanut butter pie. You know the one made with cream cheese and cool whip? THAT. Plus I added instant espresso (not your grandma’s Sanka), and chocolate spread.

Let’s discuss chocolate spread. I used Hershey’s because it was the only one I could find without anything added to it. There are lots of varieties made by lots of brands. Last year JIF had a mocha cappuccino spread that would have worked perfectly, but I couldn’t find it. The moral to this conversation is to use what you like/can find without going to a zillion stores.

Mocha Latte Pie Recipe

Next we are going to talk about Cool Whip. Please don’t send me (or Betsey) Cool Whip hate mail. Cool Whip has it’s place in the no-bake dessert world and I’ll tell you why: TEXTURE.

So. All that pretty whipped fluffiness on this pie? It’s fresh, delicious, I-made-it-myself whipped cream. I adore it. I can (and do) eat it straight from the mixing bowl with a spoon. IN the pie though, I use Cool Whip. Because it keeps the filling soooooooper creamy. It folds in without falling. It thaws faster when you are ready to serve. (you can even buy 1/3 fat versions if you wanna cut some calories etc) All of that said, if you are a stickler, you can make this pie with natural homemade sweetened whipped cream. I’ll leave that up to you.

No Bake Mocha Latte Pie recipe

10 minutes of prep, pop it in the freezer, and 2 hours later you have the prettiest pie loaded with chocolate coffee flavor. Mocha Latte Pie! Perfect for a blog called Java Cupcake I think.

So before I go — a little more about me:

  1. If you dig easy recipes you can have mine delivered to your inbox by going HERE
  2. Cheesecake is my favorite. If it is also your favorite you should try this Bourbon Cheesecake with Boozy Chocolate.
  3. I really like cooking and baking with booze.
  4. If you love dogs I will be your best friend. I volunteer with a rescue group and we have 5 dogs plus two foster dogs right now. Yes that is 7 dogs.
  5. I’m getting married in September.
  6. I’d love it if you joined me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

Mocha Latte Pie

Mocha Latte Pie

Yield: 2 pies (16 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 prepared chocolate cookie pie crusts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate spread
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers of Cool Whip
  • For the topping:
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • chocolate shavings to garnish


  1. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until fluffy. Add the chocolate spread and espresso powder. Beat until combined. Then mix in the vanilla and milk until smooth.
  2. Using a rubber spatula fold in the Cool Whip until it is evenly incorporated. Divide the pie filling between the two crusts.
  3. To make the topping add the heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on med high until stiff peaks form, adding the powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time while it mixes. Spread over both pies and cover with the shaved chocolate.
  4. Freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.


No-Bake Desserts

Although Summer brings us some of the best fresh produce for baking, the heat doesn’t always make it easy.  I’ve teamed up with some super sweet food bloggers to bring you a round-up of some of the most delicious no-bake desserts out there.  So there won’t be any melted frosting or crazy high temperatures in your kitchen to make these desserts!


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