A white plate holding three glass dishes of layered raspberry panna cotta.

Raspberry Panna Cotta with Coconut & Cardamom

This raspberry panna cotta recipe with coconut & cardamom is particularly alluring, and the perfect cool summer dessert!

A white plate holding three glass dishes of layered raspberry panna cotta.
Raspberry Panna Cotta with Coconut & Cardamom
A white plate holding three glass dishes of layered raspberry panna cotta.

All About Pink

My daughter was rummaging through her closet the other day, in search of pink. I couldn’t understand why. She has gone the way of most tweens that spent their toddler to preteen days in head-to-toe princess pink. She has now banished as much of it as possible from her wardrobe. Now, amid shades of aqua and purple, orange and blue, there was not a single pink shirt to be found.

“Why the pink all of a sudden?” I asked.

“For Breast Cancer Awareness. Everyone’s wearing pink at school tomorrow.”

A small glass pitcher full of coconut cream, a white bowl full of fresh raspberries, and a jar of cardamom seeds spilling onto the countertop.

Breast Cancer

Indeed, all the girls at her school were organized, and we finally found a pink top. I watched her run off to school amongst other pink-clad girls. As I drove away, I listened to an interview with Joan Lunden, whose public battle with breast cancer brought back so many memories of my mom’s own battle. Later that day, I was touched by another story of a survivor – she had been diagnosed at the same time as my mother, many decades ago. I couldn’t help but feel mixed emotions – gladness that she survived, and heavy sadness that my mother did not.

This month I have been thinking of those trips we would take to the doctor, and how she wouldn’t let me see the lobby of the chemo clinic. I would wait for her in the car, doing my homework while she fought her fight, still shielding me from the sadness behind those doors. I thought of that last week I had with her, when she collapsed in a seizure in our living room, and my call to 911. And I remember the driver of the ambulance gently telling me, “Don’t follow behind me. Just drive carefully at your own pace and meet us at the hospital.” Little details, buried but never completely forgotten.

Fresh raspberries on top of panna cotta.

Raspberry Panna Cotta

It was my honor to “Join the Food Fight” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by partnering with KitchenAid in creating this Raspberry Panna Cotta with Coconut & Cardamom. As part of Cook for the Cure, KitchenAid’s Pink Product Collection helps raise funds in partnership with Susan G. Komen®. I made this beautiful, pink, raspberry panna cotta with KitchenAid’s Pink Collection 5-speed blender, mixing fresh raspberries to tint the creamy coconut infused with cardamom. It was a dessert my mother would have loved.

Panna Cotta ready to be served.

For more information on KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness, visit Cook for the Cure to learn how you can support their efforts. Please join me and find the recipe for Raspberry Panna Cotta with Coconut & Cardamom on KitchenAid.com.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with KitchenAid and their Cook for the Cure initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness. All opinions are, as always, my own. Sponsored posts such as these help behind the scenes at Kitchen Confidante. Thank you for visiting and making my blog part of your day.

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Raspberry Panna Cotta with Coconut & Cardamom

A panna cotta in and of itself is an elegant but deceivingly simple dessert – and this version, with creamy coconut touched with cardamom and raspberry is particularly alluring.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 192kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 2 14- ounce cans coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • Cardamom


  • Find these directions on the Kitchen Aid Website!


Full recipe can be found here.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Shaina

    Lovely story, Liren. I can’t say no to cardamom, and we just picked fresh raspberries at the orchard. This has my name written all over it.

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Those details are what make these memories so palpable, aren’t they? I never quite remember the way my mom looked when she was in the hospital… but I do remember the drawings she’d make for us when she was there, or the way she knew everything about all of her nurses and doctors… and, of course, the Jello that would come with every meal.

    Thank you for sharing your story here… and what a lovely way to partner with KA during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This dessert is gorgeous. 

  3. Vijay @ NoshOn.It

    Absolutely gorgeous Liren! I love making panna cotta especially for a party since you can do it ahead of time and this is a stunning combo of colors and flavors!

  4. Carol+at+Wild+Goose+Tea

    Its a gorgeous dessert. Your daughter is ‘gorgeous’ in spirit to participate in Breast cancer awareness. You have some heavy duty
    memories in your basket. I send you a salute in support.

  5. Liz Barbo

    This brought me to tears. I’ve watched my mom and her battle for almost 15 years , which I am greatful for, and I fear the news that the meds are no longer working. The many ways you have honored your mother here is such a tribute to both her and the daughter she helped raise. 

  6. Amy | Club Narwhal

    What a beautiful dessert for a woman who sounds like every good word ever invented. Reading your story reminded me so much of my mother’s own fight with breast cancer. Thank you so much for sharing it and this sweet treat. 

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