Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream

Whipped cream spiked with honey and rum, raspberries and chocolate ganache sandwiched between two halves of a chocolate cream puff.  These Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream are layer upon layer of flavor that will have you asking for just one more bite.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream | Melanie Makes

It’s been a long time since I’ve made cream puffs.  As in, I don’t recall ever having made them for Andy and we’ve been together 13+ years.  I went through a cream puff phase while still living at home.  I’d flip through the pages of my mom’s red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and find outlandish things to create.  As a teenage girl, making cream puffs seemed pretty over the top.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream | Melanie Makes

I’m here to set the record straight.  If you can stir the contents of a pot with a wooden spoon, you too can make cream puffs!  A cream puff is essentially a mixture of flour, water and eggs that is then piped or dropped onto a lined baking sheet and then baked until puffed.  I’ve taken these cream puffs a step further by substituting a bit of the flour with cocoa powder to turn them a beautiful shade of chocolate brown.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream | Melanie Makes

But the best part of this dessert?  The fillings!  Yes, plural with an S.

First is the chocolate ganache.  I’d put chocolate ganache on absolutely anything and eat it.  It’s absolute heaven.  A luscious combination of cream and chocolate.  Next, a sprinkling of raspberries.  Bright and tart.  A perfect compliment to the semi-sweet ganache.  Last but not least, an amazing whipped cream flavored with honey instead of the typical sugar.  Rum and a pinch of cinnamon also go for a spin in the mixer with the cream to create a truly dynamic topping.

But wait!  There’s more!  Let’s take things truly over the top with a shower of powdered sugar.  Oh yes, that looks just right.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream | Melanie Makes

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream
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Serves: 12
Chocolate Cream Puffs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
Honey Rum Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • pinch of cinnamon
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • powdered sugar for garnish
Chocolate Cream Puffs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large sauce pan, add water, butter and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Add flour and cocoa powder and stir with wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  4. Let mixture cool 10 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring with wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
  6. Drop dough by heaping tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before filling.
Honey Rum Whipped Cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add whipping cream and beat with a whisk attachment until thickened.
  2. Add rum and honey and continue whipping until soft peaks form.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and whipping cream.
  2. Microwave for one minute.
  3. Stir to combine.
To assemble cream puffs
  1. Slice cream puffs in half with sharp knife. Remove soft inner portion of cream puffs with spoon.
  2. Place bottom half of cream puff on serving plate.
  3. Top with spoonful of chocolate ganache.
  4. Add layer of 4 to 5 raspberries.
  5. Top with spoonful of whipped cream.
  6. Add top of cream puff.
  7. Sprinkle top of cream puff with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Honey Rum Whipped Cream | Melanie Makes 

The perfect dressed up treat that looks way more difficult than it truly is.  You should’ve seen my son’s eyes when I presented this to him after he finished his dinner.  Major mama points scored!

Melanie Makes Lulu Bakes Blog Series | Melanie Makes

This marks the second recipe in my blog series with Melissa that we’re calling Melanie Makes, Lulu Bakes.  Each month, one of us selects three ingredients that we both use to create a recipe to share with each other and our readers.  This month, Melissa chose berries, whipped cream and honey. 

I’ll be honest, I was a bit stumped at first until I remembered the cream puffs of my past.  The perfect vehicle for the ingredients Melissa had selected.

Click here to see Melissa’s recipe featuring the same three main ingredients.


  1. Okay totally obsessing over those powdered sugar pictures! So awesome! And these chocolate cream puffs sound to die for! Love these Melanie!!

  2. These look amazing, Melanie! So decadent! I’ve actually never tried making cream puffs; maybe I’ll have to give them a go sometime! xoxo

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    Oh yum! I love how you guys come up with ingredients and have to make something with the three. So creative! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never seen a chocolate cream puff before. Can’t wait to try them out! :)

  4. Wow, I love cream puffs and this is a must-try recipe. Your recipes and photos are amazing!

    Visiting from the BYB challenge

  5. I love cream puffs, and these look absolutely gorgeous! :)

  6. Hi Melanie,

    How would you store these cream puffs if I made them the night before?

    Would it be better to assembly right before I serve the puffs?
    Thanks michelle

    • Hi, Michelle! Although you can store them in an air-tight container overnight, they’re definitely best if made just prior to serving. I definitely would NOT assemble until serving as they will absorb the moisture in the filling.

      Hope that helps!

  7. HOLY MOLY!! This is, most definitely, a keeper recipe. I can understand why you scored major mama points!

  8. It has been way too long since I made cream puffs! You’re right, they’re totally easy. Love this chocolate version! Pinned :)

  9. I a m a huge fan of cream puffs and this chocolate version has me swooning! Love it!

  10. We used to ask my mom to make cream puffs for us after school! I loooove your chocolate verison!

  11. These are gorgeous!! You really put these cream puffs over the top! I have to give them a try! Yummy!

  12. I just made cream puffs for the first time (in a croquembouche and you are right Melanie, they aren’t difficult. Now I’ll have to try your version, which looks especially enticing to this chocoholic

  13. I really need to make cream puffs more often, and chocolate puffs, that is just genius!!

  14. These are beautiful!! I’ve only made cream puffs once, and it was under watchful supervision in a class. Must try them again — this would be a great recipe to get back at it! Lovely!

  15. These are so beautiful! I’ve never tried making my own cream puffs but I”m definitely feeling inspired to give these a try!

  16. That plate with 2 of them on it? That’s mine.

  17. Hubba hubba! You had me at honey rum whipped cream. These sound crazy good, Melanie!

  18. These are beautiful, Melanie. I love the photo with the powdered sugar falling! <3

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