5 Delicious Coffee Desserts with Recipes

Posted by Gina Pennington on

While many kickstart their day with a cup of coffee like clockwork, others prefer to indulge in delicious coffee desserts and some (if you’re anything like us) do all of the above. From coffee walnut cake and coffee ice cream to Italian tiramisu, affogato and coffee panna cotta there are endless ways coffee can be enjoyed as a tasty after dinner treat or dessert.

If you adore coffee as much as we do, you will love what we have in store for you. Below we have put together a list of 5 irresistible coffee dessert recipes that you can make at home with your favourite blend of Pennington’s coffee. And with so many amazing coffee makers on the market, it’s never been easier to make delicious, quality espresso coffee at home which is perfect for these recipes.

Enjoy one of these delectable coffee recipes with family and friends or simply tuck in whenever the coffee cravings hit, coffee desserts are perfect no matter the occasion. And for those who are sensitive to caffeine, our smooth, soft-bodied decaf coffee offers the same comforting flavour and aroma of regular coffee without the ‘buzz’.

So, let’s get into it – we’re drooling with anticipation already!

1. Coffee and Walnut Loaf

Coffee and baking are a match made in heaven. No one can resist the taste of a yummy coffee cake paired Pennington’s coffee or even better, a classic coffee walnut cake. The bitterness of the freshly brewed coffee balances well with the sweetness of the sponge and icing and roughly chopped walnuts add to the texture of this delicious coffee and walnut cake.

Whether you’re attending a community coffee morning, party or celebration or are just looking to do some comforting home-baking, try out this quick and easy coffee and walnut cake recipe. This is certainly a recipe you will find yourself returning to time and time again, it’s simply that good!

2. Tiramisu 

Everyone knows and loves Tiramisu, a timeless no-bake Italian coffee dessert combining ladyfinger biscuits soaked in espresso and Tia Maria, marsala and lightly sweetened mascarpone cream. Historical records state that tiramisu originated in Treviso in 1800 and today it is one of the world’s most famous desserts.

The cocoa and coffee combination of this tiramisu recipe is a decadent treat and guaranteed crowd pleaser. After all, the Italian word “tiramisu” literally translates to “pick me up”. For one of the most delicious and iconic coffee desserts out there, check out this tiramisu recipe below.

3. Coffee Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a luxurious, rich and creamy Italian custard no-bake dessert, often served in Italian restaurants around the world. It is perfect for dinner parties and easy to make at home as it needs several hours to set in the refrigerator and can be made ahead of time.

For an extra special dessert, coffee panna cotta combines flavoursome, full-bodied Italian espresso with traditional Italian custard. It is so good, and your guests will be desperate for the recipe. Check out this coffee panna cotta recipe below.

4. Coffee Ice Cream

Made using milk and cream infused with whole coffee beans, homemade coffee ice cream is the ultimate after-dinner treat. To make coffee ice cream at home you will need whole milk, sugar, heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla extract and, most importantly, Pennington’s whole coffee beans.

The great thing about making this coffee ice cream at home in an ice cream maker is that you can opt for either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee beans, dependent on your preference. New to making your own ice cream? Why not give this coffee ice cream recipe a go?

5. Affogato

Affogato or affogato al caffè is a traditional Italian coffee dessert that combines delicious espresso coffee and ice cream. The Italian word “affogato” means “drowned” since gelato is simply drowned in a shot of fresh, espresso coffee.

You can easily make authentic Italian affogato at home. All you need for affogato is a shot of Pennington’s quality espresso coffee, vanilla ice cream or gelato and an optional half shot of liquor (Frangelico, amaretto, and rum pair wonderfully with this coffee dessert).


Check out Pennington’s exquisite range of specialty coffee, the perfect ingredient for these delicious coffee dessert recipes.

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