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Cherry Dalgona Coffee Dessert Recipe

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First things first, what’s a dalgona coffee? This unique coffee specialty was popularized on social networks and consists of instant coffee, sugar and a tablespoon of water in a mug. You whisk the ingredients until they foam and create a lovely froth to top the coffee. The rest is adding milk to the coffee, and you’re all set.

The dalgona is more than an easy and fun coffee to make at home, though; it’s also the inspiration for many other drinks and even desserts, like the cherry dalgona coffee dessert we’re making today. Are you ready for a dalgona coffee you can eat? This is one nice-looking dessert with the loveliest color, and it’s thanks to the sweet cherries that just make everything better. Here’s all you need to know about this trendy coffee.

The dalgona coffee is the craftiest DIY coffee specialty out there. You take everyday ingredients and turn them into a pretty neat cup of frothy coffee — that’s the beauty of it!

Of course, the dalgona is just the first step into more exciting treats. Experimentation is critical here, and you’ll find your eureka moment with this cherry dalgona coffee dessert.

Close your eyes and picture yourself scooping a spoonful of coffee foam, sweet condensed milk and tangy cherry jam. That’s what we call a balanced dessert!

This is more than coffee; you can literally make a couple of these and serve them at your next dinner party — they’re that good. They look pretty, too! Who doesn’t love layered desserts?

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What Goes into a Cherry Dalgona Coffee Dessert?

To make this pretty dessert, you’ll have to make your dalgona froth. That means you need two tablespoons of instant coffee, two tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of warm water.

The body of this runny, almost custardy dessert is a combination of milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract. This is one milky treat! We don’t want it all that sweet because the mixture will sit over a layer of cherry jam or compote. You’ll eventually want to combine it all before eating.

Finally, of course, the cherry jam. Together with the condensed milk mixture and the dalgona foam, you get a fantastic combination of flavors and textures.

For the dalgona foam, you’ll need instant coffee, sugar and a tablespoon of warm water. For the custard layer, you’ll need milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract. You can totally substitute this layer with ready-made flan mix, but that’s a different dessert altogether!

Finally, I love using cherry jam, but of course, you can use any jam or fruit preserve. In fact, you should try a few different jams until you find your own winning combo. All jams are beautiful!

How to Make a Cherry Dalgona Coffee Dessert?

To make this dessert, you’ll need all your whisking power to froth the instant coffee, water and sugar into a thick foam. Set it aside to assemble the dessert.

Choose a nice serving glass and pour in the cherry jam. Then, combine the milk, vanilla and condensed milk for the dessert’s body. Pour it carefully into the glass without disturbing the jam and top the dessert with the dalgona foam — you can scoop it with a spoon! Enjoy this trendy dessert with your besties!

Why Make Cherry Dalgona Coffee Dessert?

If you don’t know what a dalgona coffee is, let’s just say it’s the art of turning instant coffee, sugar and water into a thick, frothy foam. Add milk to that, and you’ve got yourself a dalgona coffee.

Now, why not use that precious froth and use it to top a decadent dessert? And by decadent, we mean a layer of cherry jam and a custardy combination of milk and condensed milk flavored with vanilla.

By the way, this one looks like it came out of a fancy bakery somewhere, but it’s easy to put together in your kitchen with simple tools and everyday ingredients!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy389 cal




Combine the instant coffee with the sugar and water in a mug and whisk until it’s incorporated and foamy.


Scoop the cherry jam into the bottom of your serving glass and gently top with a combination of milk, vanilla and condensed milk.


Top the milk with the coffee foam with a spoon to create a layered drink.


Garnish with a mint sprig.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories389
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat7.9 g78 g10.13%
  • Saturated Fat4.6 g20 g23%
  • Cholesterol24 mg300 mg8%
  • Sodium98 mg2300 mg4.26%
  • Total Carbohydrate72.2 g275 g26.25%
  • Total Sugars36.8 g
  • Protein7.9 g50 g15.8%
  • Calcium276 mg1300 mg21.23%
  • Potassium363 mg4700 mg7.72%
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