Layered Desserts in a Glass

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Desserts made in glassware look not only enticing, but colorful and alluring.

Some desserts need to be in heat proof glassware if they need to be baked in the oven or have a kitchen torch used on them (creme brulee).

Keep this in mind when you’re preparing your layered desserts in glassware.


Tiramisu is a classic layered dessert you can make in a glass. It looks intricate, and taste rich and creamy.

The first layer of tiramisu is coffee and Kahlua soaked lady fingers.

The second layer is a mixture of powdered sugar, whipped cream, and mascarpone cheese.

The layers are repeated until the layered dessert in the glass is full, ending with cream on the top.

The final layer is a generous amount of chocolate shavings.

Layered Desserts in a Glass


Mousse is a rich, creamy layered dessert you can make. You can make many different types of mousse, you don’t always have to make chocolate mousse.

If you’re making a layered dessert, you have the option of making 2 different types of mousse, and layering them on top of one another.

Raspberry and white chocolate mousse work well together.

As well, dark chocolate mousse, and white chocolate mousse taste decadent together.

Another option is to make 1 type of mousse, then add a layer of whipped cream on top.

Or, you can place one layer of mousse, then add a layer of berry sauce, caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce. Add another layer of mousse to create a beautiful layered dessert.

For the final layer of your dessert in a glass, try using these toppings:

  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • kiwi slices
  • sliced strawberries
  • lime zest
  • lemon zest
  • berry compote
  • caramel sauce
  • dusted cocoa powder
  • mint leaves
  • chocolate shavings


Trifle is a combination of using layers of cake, fruit, and custard. The cake is usually an angel food cake, since it’s fairly neutral in flavor, and can soak up the fruit juices leaking into it.

Each trifle is slightly different, and can have more layers like fresh fruit and a fruit sauce.

Trifle is a classic dessert that is always served in a clear glass to be able to see all of the colorful layers of the dessert.

No Bake Cheesecake

No bake cheesecake uses whipped cream mixed with cream cheese to create the cheesecake flavor this layered dessert.

The bottom layer of the glass is crushed cookies. The middle layer is the whipped cream cheesecake.

The final layer of the dessert in the glass is freshly made cherry sauce.

No bake cheesecake looks beautiful and vibrant with the red colors against the white middle layer.

Creme Brulee

Creme brulee typically only has 2 layers to it. But you can add more toppings to the dessert to add more layers in the glass.

Creme brulee needs to be placed in a heat proof glass, so make sure you’re using the appropriate glassware prior to baking.

The first layer of creme brulee is the custard. You can make a ton of different flavors of creme brulee custard including:

The next layer of the creme brulee is a sugar layer. The sugar needs to be caramelized by using a kitchen torch or a broiler. (Hence the need for a heat proof glass!)

The final layer is up to you. It depends on the type of creme brulee you’re making. Here are some final layer topping ideas for creme brulee:

  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • sliced strawberries
  • dusted cocoa powder
  • chocolate shavings
  • finely chopped ferro rochers
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • pistachios
  • almonds
  • whipped cream (use sparingly – it will begin to melt due to the sugar being hot!)
  • candied lemon peel
  • sugared raspberries
  • banana slices
  • pomegranate arils
desserts made in a glass