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Five Simple Coffee Desserts to Perk Up Your Summer

July 26, 2021

Five Simple Coffee Desserts to Perk Up Your Summer

If you are a coffee lover, you may be looking for some different ways to enjoy your favourite bean. Here, we share five recipes to turn your Novell blend into a tasty dessert to share with friends and family.

Easy Peasy Tiramisu

Easy Peasy Tiramisu Recipe


10 minutes preparation; 2-4 hours chilling

You will need:

  • 225ml heavy whipping cream
  • 225g mascarpone cheese
  • 71g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Amaretto or coffee-based liqueur (optional)
  • 450ml espresso at room temperature
  • 1 pack of sponge fingers (or ladyfingers)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  • A large mixing bowl
  • An 8-inch serving dish


  1. Beat the cream, sugar and vanilla extract to form soft peaks.
  2. Add mascarpone cheese and your preferred liqueur and continue to whip
  3. Dip the sponge fingers in the espresso and then arrange in a single layer in your serving dish. Do not let them soak.
  4. Spread half of the cream mixture over the sponge layer.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to build layers Use a sieve to dust the top layer of the dessert with cocoa powder. For best results, refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Coffee & Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe


20 minutes preparation; 20-25 minutes cooking; plus cooling

You will need:

  • 175g butter softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g walnuts
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 ml cold espresso
  • 2 x 20cm cake tins
  • A large mixing bowl

Coffee buttercream:

  • 65g unsalted butter
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 40ml strong espresso

Coffee Icing:

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 20 ml strong espresso


  1. ​​Preheat the oven to 180ºC, grease and line the cake tins.
  2. Using a food processor, or a bag and rolling pin, crush two-thirds of the walnuts to powder. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the cream and sugar mixture. Then gently stir in the walnut powder.
  4. Gently fold in the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  5. Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and stir through the mixture with the espresso. Divide the mix evenly between the two cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Test with a fork or skewer to make sure the cakes are thoroughly cooked.
  7. For the buttercream filling, soften the butter then add the icing sugar. Beat until fluffy, then mix in the espresso.
  8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and stir in the espresso to create a thick icing. Spread one cake layer with the buttercream filling and for the second layer drizzle the coffee icing. Put the two layers together. You can even decorate with extra walnuts.

Italian Affogato

Italian Affogato Recipe


5 minutes

You will need (per person):

  • 1 shot of hot brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1-2 scoops (or more) of good quality vanilla ice cream
  • Amaretto, a coffee-based liqueur or Cointreau
  • Grated dark chocolate and/or nuts to garnish
  • A small serving bowl or heat proof glass


  1. Add ice cream to a small bowl or heat proof drinking glass
  2. Pour over the shot of espresso and/or liqueur
  3. Add dark chocolate or nuts to finish Serve immediately! Eat the ice cream first then drink the coffee/liqueur/melted ice cream mixture.

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream

No Churn Coffee Ice Cream Recipe


2 hours +

You will need:

  • 300ml double cream
  • 175g condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp fine ground espresso 2 tbsp espresso/coffee liqueur
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A 1l airtight container


  1. Whisk ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is light and airy.
  2. Fill the airtight container with the mixture and freeze, ideally overnight.

Three Ingredient Coffee Mousse

Three Ingredient Coffee Mousse Recipe


15 minutes, plus cooling

You will need:

  • 395g sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon fine ground / instant coffee
  • 500ml extra thick cream
  • A small saucepan
  • Small tea cups or ramekins


  1. Gently heat the condensed milk and coffee for 3-5 minutes until combined.
  2. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 30+ minutes.
  3. Once cooled, whisk in the thick cream until you have soft peaks.
  4. Serve in small bowls, cups or ramekins and garnish with coffee beans, cocoa powder or nuts to taste.

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