Rich and Decadent Coffee Infused Dessert Sauce Recipe

Hear ye, hear ye! Lovers of coffee and all things sweet, gather around, for I have a dessert sauce recipe that will surely make your hearts skip a beat. This coffee dessert sauce or drizzle recipe is one to die for; it’s rich, velvety, and offers the perfect balance between sweet and bitter. So if you’re looking for a new way to use coffee beyond your morning cup of joe, look no further.

This coffee sauce recipe features instant espresso powder, heavy cream, sugar, unsalted butter, and kosher salt. The ingredients are simple but collude together to create a saucy masterpiece, even better than traditional caramel sauce. Plus, the recipe is highly customizable to fit your unique tastes and preferences.

You can use this coffee drizzle glaze on top of ice cream, cakes, cookies or pies – or simply pour it over your morning pancakes as a decadent syrup alternative. This exceptional sauce is suitable for any occasion – be it an intimate dinner with a loved one or a lively celebration with friends.

So head to your kitchen right now and let’s get started on making this delicious coffee dessert sauce together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle
Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle

Friends, coffee holds a special place in all of our hearts. It’s the perfect pick-me-up on those tough mornings and the ideal dessert to end a delicious meal. Well, what if I told you that there was a recipe that combines both these worlds: coffee and dessert? Yes, that’s right! The Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle Recipe is a game-changer!

Are you tired of the same old desserts? Do you want to try something new and exciting? Well, this exquisite recipe is perfect for you! The drizzle glaze is made from granulated sugar, brown sugar, instant espresso powder, heavy cream, and unsalted butter. Together these ingredients create a sweet and tangy flavor that compliments your desserts amazingly.

This Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle Recipe is ideal for cake decorating, adding extra flavor to ice cream or even making a scrumptious coffee milkshake. It’s versatile and can be used in just about anything.

If you’re worried about calories, fear not! This recipe can easily be adjusted by using skimmed milk or coconut cream instead of heavy cream.

In conclusion, friends, once you have tried this recipe, there will be no looking back. You will love it! It’s perfect for those lazy weekend brunches with friends or family gatherings. So don’t wait any longer; let’s make the Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle today!

Ingredient List

 A decadent coffee drizzle that'll make your desserts extra special!
A decadent coffee drizzle that’ll make your desserts extra special!

Ingredients for Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle Recipe

Here are the ingredients needed to make this delicious Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle Recipe:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (plus an additional 1/2 cup if making coffee caramel sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • (For coffee drizzle glaze): 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder.
  • (For caramel sauce): 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and a pinch of kosher salt.
  • (For coffee caramel sauce): Use all of the above ingredients for the caramel sauce, plus 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder and an additional 1/2 cup heavy cream.

These sauce ingredients are readily available at any grocery store or supermarket.

The Recipe How-To

 How about adding a coffee twist to your chocolate cake or ice cream?
How about adding a coffee twist to your chocolate cake or ice cream?

Step 1: Combine the sugar and water

In a large saucepan, I combine granulated sugar and water over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Stir in instant espresso powder and butter

Once the mixture begins to boil, I reduce the heat and stir in instant espresso powder and unsalted butter, until it becomes a smooth consistency.

Step 3: Cook the mixture until thickened

I continue to cook the mixture until it has thickened and turned a deep amber color, stirring frequently. This should take around 10-12 minutes.

Step 4: Add heavy cream and salt

Next, I add in heavy cream and a pinch of kosher salt, stirring thoroughly until well combined.

Step 5: Let it cool down

After taking it off from the heat source, let your coffee sauce cool down at room temperature for about an hour while stirring every so often.

Now your delicious, homemade coffee sauce recipe is ready to serve or store for later use!

Substitutions and Variations

 A spoonful of this coffee sauce will make your taste buds dance with joy!
A spoonful of this coffee sauce will make your taste buds dance with joy!

Verily, in cooking it is often that we must make do with the ingredients that we have. Worry not, for this coffee dessert sauce recipe is quite adaptable and can be tweaked to suit your palate or fit the contents of your pantry.

If you do not have heavy cream at hand, fret not. You may substitute it with an equal amount of whole milk or half-and-half, although the resulting flavor may be slightly less rich. For a dairy-free variation, use coconut milk instead.

In case you lack instant espresso powder, you can still make a delicious coffee sauce by simply brewing a strong cup of coffee and using it in place of water. The brewed coffee will add a natural complexity to the sauce which can elevate its flavor profile. Alternatively, regular instant coffee powder may also suffice.

If you are conscious about your sugar intake or prefer a less sweet sauce altogether, simply adjust the amount of sugar down to your liking. Keep in mind, however, that sugar plays an important role in adding depth to the sauce and balancing out the bitterness of the espresso powder.

For those feeling adventurous with flavors, try adding a tablespoon or two of chocolate syrup or bourbon caramel to make a mocha or boozy version of the coffee sauce. You can also add some cream cheese to create a creamier texture and give it a frosting-like quality – this would be great for cakes and cupcakes decorating purposes.

In essence, feel free to experiment and make this recipe your own by trying out different substitutions and variations until you find your perfect balance of flavors.

Serving and Pairing

 Coffee and dessert, the perfect combination for any sweet tooth!
Coffee and dessert, the perfect combination for any sweet tooth!

Hooray! You’ve successfully made this delectable coffee dessert sauce. Now, it’s time to relish it. This coffee sauce recipe is versatile and can be paired with a variety of desserts such as cakes, pastries, pancakes, waffles, ice creams, and fruit platters. Drizzle this enticing coffee drizzle glaze over your favorite sweet treats to enhance their flavor profile.

For the coffee lovers, you can even add this coffee sauce to your morning oatmeal or granola bowl for a caffeine boost that doubles as a sweet breakfast. The possibilities are endless!

If you want to elevate your dessert game further, you can use the homemade caramel sauce ingredients to make a variety of sauces such as chocolate syrup, bourbon caramel, vanilla sauce or a salted caramel sauce. These sauces can also be used as toppings for your desserts and will offer layers of flavor.

What amazing pairings go with this deliciousness? Pair your coffee dessert sauce with a nice cup of hot or iced coffee, tea or milk. For those who enjoy an alcoholic beverage as an accompaniment (21+ only), this coffee sauce pairs beautifully with Bailey’s Irish Cream or with Kahlua liqueur for an indulgent after-dinner drink.

Once you find your perfect pairing, sit back and enjoy the satisfying taste explosion in your mouth. Pro-tip: top it off with some whipped cream to take this dessert up another notch. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take your homemade coffee syrup up a notch with this indulgent sauce recipe!
Take your homemade coffee syrup up a notch with this indulgent sauce recipe!

This delectable coffee dessert sauce or drizzle recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To store properly, pour the cooled sauce into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

When reheating the sauce, you can warm it in a small saucepan over low heat or microwave it in 15-second intervals until heated through. Be sure to stir it occasionally to prevent burning, and keep an eye on the consistency so as not to overheat it.

If you plan to make the sauce ahead of time for a special occasion or gathering, you can easily double or triple the recipe to create more portions. This will save time and ensure that you have enough for all your guests.

For an extra special treat, consider using this coffee sauce recipe as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, waffles or even your morning coffee milkshake! Additionally, you can use this as an ingredient in cake decorating for creating unique flavors of cakes like coffee cake, caramel cake or even chocolate cake. So go on and indulge in this delicious coffee dessert sauce without restraint. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's time for a coffee break - with a drizzle of sweetness!
It’s time for a coffee break – with a drizzle of sweetness!

To make the best coffee dessert sauce or drizzle recipe, it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully. Here are some tips that will help you get perfect results every time:

1. Use High-Quality Ingredients:

The quality of your ingredients can make a significant difference in the flavor of your coffee sauce. Make sure to use high-quality heavy cream, unsalted butter, and instant espresso powder for the best results.

2. Stir Often:

While making the coffee sauce or drizzle recipe, stir often to ensure that sugar dissolves uniformly in the mixture, and the sauce doesn’t stick to the pan.

3. Do Not Overheat:

Be cautious when heating any sauce recipe as overheating can cause it to burn, creating a bitter taste. To avoid burning, heat at a low or medium temperature and stir frequently until ingredients melt.

4. Add Cornflour:

To thicken your coffee dessert sauce, you can add cornflour or other substances like cream cheese since this makes it possible for the drizzle to stick better and have a more stable consistency.

5. Use Instant Coffee Instead of Espresso:

If you don’t have instant espresso powder on hand, you can use instant coffee granules as an alternative to produce an identical flavor profile.

6. Salt Your Sauce:

Adding a pinch or two of kosher salt will enhance the taste of your caramel and give it an extra depth that is harmonious with espresso’s richness.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making delicious coffee caramel sauce or drizzle with irresistible flavor and a delightful aroma.


But wait, there’s more! Before we conclude this recipe article, let me answer some frequently asked questions that you may have in mind about making this delicious coffee dessert sauce or drizzle.

What is the best sauce for dessert?

As a barista, I am happy to share my expertise on creating various coffee concoctions. Whether you are in the mood for a classic cup of joe or a fancier espresso-based drink, I have got you covered. Below are some of my personal favorite coffee recipes that I think you will enjoy.

First up, let’s talk about the timeless cappuccino. To make this creamy espresso beverage, start by pulling a shot of espresso and steaming some milk until it’s frothy. Next, pour the steamed milk over the espresso, holding back the foam with a spoon. Spoon the remaining foam on top of the milk and sprinkle with some cocoa powder or cinnamon for extra flavor.

For those who prefer a sweeter flavor profile, a caramel latte is the perfect choice. Begin by adding caramel syrup to the bottom of a large cup. Pull a shot of espresso and pour it into the cup, stirring to mix the caramel with the espresso. Steam some milk until frothy and pour it into the cup, spooning the foam on top. Drizzle some more caramel syrup over the foam and enjoy.

Another great espresso-based drink is the americano. This simple yet flavorful coffee beverage involves pulling a shot of espresso and adding hot water to fill a larger mug. Add milk or cream as desired and enjoy the bold flavor of the espresso.

For those who are feeling more adventurous, a mocha latte is a delicious option. To create this coffee shop classic, combine espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate syrup in a mug. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for an extra indulgent treat.

Last but not least, a classic drip coffee is always a favorite. Begin by grinding your favorite coffee beans and placing them in the filter of a drip coffee maker. Add water to the machine and wait for the coffee to brew. Pour into a mug and add cream or sugar to taste.

No matter which coffee recipe you choose, make sure to use high quality ingredients and take your time with the preparation. With a little effort, you can create barista-quality coffee beverages from the comfort of your own home.

How do you use coffee sauce?

Sauces made for coffee have been conventionally utilized to enhance the flavor and texture of a beverage and should be mixed in while it’s still hot for uniform integration. Sometimes they’re even employed as a coating on a glass or serving dish, solely for its visual appeal such as a mudslide.

How do you thicken coffee sauce?

To make a delicious cornflour coffee, first, boil a cup of water and add a couple of tablespoons of coffee and sugar. Then, mix about one cup of water with cornflour until it forms a paste. Finally, add the cornflour paste to the boiling coffee and sugar mixture, stirring well until the coffee thickens and easily coats the back of a ladle or spatula. Your amazing cornflour coffee is ready to go!

Which dessert goes well with coffee?

As a barista, I often recommend pairing a custard slice with coffee for a sweet and flavorful combination. Similarly, meringue pie can also serve as a delectable treat alongside your caffeine fix. For those who prefer a heartier snack, a slice of carrot cake can be a great option. And of course, chocolate cookies are always a classic go-to for enjoying with your cup of coffee.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee dessert sauce recipe is perfect for anyone who loves coffee and wants to add a delicious twist to their desserts. Not only is the recipe easy to follow, but it also allows for substitutions and variations so that you can customize it according to your preference.

By using high-quality ingredients like instant espresso powder and heavy cream, this recipe produces a rich and indulgent coffee sauce that can be used in many different ways. Whether you’re looking to drizzle it over ice cream, blend it into a milkshake, or use it as a glaze for your cake decorating, this coffee dessert sauce is sure to impress.

So why not try making this coffee dessert sauce recipe today? With its smooth texture, bold flavour, and versatility, it’s a great addition to any kitchen! Plus, you can store the leftover sauce in the fridge or freezer for later use.

In short, this recipe is not just a coffee sauce but an indulgent treat that will take your desserts to the next level. So grab your ingredients and start making your very own coffee drizzle glaze today!

Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle

Coffee Dessert Sauce or Drizzle Recipe

This sweet, gooey sauce is packed with coffee flavor that’s delicious paired with pound cake or ice cream. It's also a great drizzle to use with your baking.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Global
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1311 kcal


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (can use less if you want a milder flavor)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Combine cream and espresso powder in a medium bowl and whisk until powder is dissolved; set aside.
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and let cook undisturbed until amber in color, about 5 minutes. Immediately add butter and stir to incorporate.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in cream mixture and salt until smooth.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 337gCalories: 1311kcalCarbohydrates: 155.8gProtein: 3.5gFat: 78.6gSaturated Fat: 49.3gCholesterol: 254.6mgSodium: 1362.1mgSugar: 149.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, From Scratch, Low Protein, Sauces
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