Chocolate Rice Cake Parfait
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Recipe courtesy of Ming Tsai

Coconut Cream and Chocolate Rice Cake Parfait

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min (plus cooling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
My wife Polly discovered this technique of chilling the can of coconut milk, taking the crema off the top and whipping it into whipped cream. I thought it was so cool, to get the whipped cream experience but dairy free. The last few years I've tried to reduce my gluten intake, i.e. I don't drink beer anymore (but I still eat scallion pancakes and dumplings for the record). Hence I developed this gluten-free rice cake that is still super chocolately and decadent. I have to say this, everyone loves parfait, said by the donkey on Shrek!



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 1/3 hotel pan that is 2 1/2-inches deep, about 3 quarts in size, with the room temperature butter. Set aside.
  2. Add the rice flour to a medium bowl and whisk in the liquid egg substitute until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside. Place the oat milk in a saucepan with the cinnamon sticks and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, pour over the chocolate and cover with a plate, pot lid or whatever will cover the top of the bowl. After at least 5 minutes, remove the cinnamon sticks and whisk the chocolate until smooth. Add the chocolate ganache to the rice flour mixture and carefully stir to combine. Pour into the greased pan and put into the oven. Bake until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack lined sheet tray and let cool completely at room temperature.
  5. Remove the top cream from the coconut cans and discard or reserve for another use. Pour the rest of the coconut can contents into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk until thickened and holds stiff peaks. Set aside and save in the refrigerator until the cake is completely cooled.
  6. Make the parfaits in rocks glasses. Cut out small circles of the cake to fit them – 2 to 3 inches in size. Place a piece of cake on the bottom, top with the coconut whipped cream and repeat until you end with the dollop of cream on top. Dust cocoa powder on top for garnish and serve.