8 Coffee Based Desserts That Will Blow your Mind

Drinking coffee is a part of our culture. It is becoming increasingly popular as a dessert too. From coffee and walnut cake to coffee cheesecake. There are no limits to how coffee can be served in the workplace. There are many different ways of getting your caffeine kick at work!

We have compiled a list of 10 of the best coffee based desserts around that you can give a try and store in the lunchroom as a sweet treat for your staff.

Dessert is more commonly associated with being served at the end of a meal in the evening. But, it can also be a lunchtime or even morning snack, so long as you consume responsibly. Coffee is a versatile ingredient and can work well with other flavours including chocolate and nuts.


In Italy, their love for espresso began the big coffee dessert trend when they decided to incorporate coffee into desserts such as tiramisu. This coffee based dessert became an international phenomenon in the 1970’s and 80’s and is still loved by many today.

tiramisu in glasses

How to Make Tiramisu


  1. 6 egg yolks
  2. 1 ½ cups of espresso
  3. 16 oz mascarpone
  4. 4 egg whites
  5. 12-14 ladyfinger biscuits
  6. ½ cup sugar
  7. Cocoa powder


  1. Mix the egg yolks and sugar until they are doubled in size.
  2. Add ⅓ of the mascarpone at a time and beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and fold the egg mixture into the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Spread ⅓ of this mixture into a serving bowl.
  5. Soak ladyfingers in espresso then lay on top of the cream until covered.
  6. Repeat and finish with a layer of cream. Keep in the refrigerator for an hour.
  7. Before serving dust the top of the dessert with cocoa powder.

Coffee Mocha Brownies

Brownies are already a popular choice when craving something sweet. This recipe combines chocolate and coffee together for a mocha hit of coffee goodness.

cutting into freshly baked brownies

How to Make Coffee Mocha Brownies


  1. ¾ cup of flour
  2. ½ tsp baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp salt
  4. 1 tbsp espresso powder
  5. 4 ounces of dark chocolate
  6. ⅓ cup of butter
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup of sugar
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. ½ cup of walnuts


  1. Melt the chocolate and the butter.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and espresso powder into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy and creamy. Add the eggs to the chocolate and butter mixture and fold together.
  4. Stir in the vanilla and chopped nuts.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.

Coffee Semifreddo

Coffee semifreddo is a frozen mousse, made with similar ingredients to ice cream but with more of a whipped cream texture. Here is the coffee variation of the mousse, a tasty must-have in the office.

chocolate mousse

How to Make Coffee Semifreddo


  1. 1 tbsp espresso
  2. 1 tbsp coffee liqueur
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. 100 g caster sugar
  5. 300 ml heavy cream
  6. 100 g chocolate honeycomb, finely chopped


  1. Combine the liqueur, espresso powder, egg yolk and sugar into a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whip the cream.
  3. Do the same to the eggs in a separate bowl. Carefully fold the cream into the coffee mixture and fold the egg whites. Add the chocolate honeycomb pieces.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mould and freeze.

Coffee and Walnut Cake

A staple dessert choice for any office worker. Made with real coffee and walnuts, this dessert is a tasty treat for the office and is made with the best ingredients.

coffee walnut cake

How to make Coffee and Walnut Cake


For the cake:

  1. 6 oz butter
  2. 6 oz sugar
  3. 6 oz self-raising flour
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 3 tbsp espresso powder diluted with 1 tbsp water
  7. ½ a walnut

For the buttercream:

  1. 6 oz unsalted butter
  2. 12 oz icing sugar
  3. 3 tbsp espresso powder diluted with 1 tbsp water
  4. 6 oz unsalted butter


  1. In a bowl combine all cake ingredients and mix until smooth.
  2. Put into a 23 cm square tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  3. For the icing, beat the butter until it softens and slowly add the icing sugar in.
  4. When the mixture is stiff, add in the coffee.
  5. Add buttercream to the top of the mixture, and finish with half a walnut.

Cappuccino Mousse Trifle

Pamper your staff with this wonderfully easy to make dessert that provides the best results. A deliciously textured mousse, that will leave you feeling very satisfied.

coffee triple with whipped cream

How to Make Cappuccino Mousse Trifle


  1. 2 cups milk
  2. ⅓ cup espresso grounds
  3. 2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  4. 1 carton frozen whipped topping
  5. 2 loaves frozen pound cake
  6. 1 ounce chocolate, grated
  7. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Stir milk and coffee grounds in a large bowl until dissolved. Remove 1 cup and set aside.
  2. Add pudding mixes to the remaining milk mixture and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in half of the whipped topping.
  3. Place ⅓ of the cake cubes in a serving bowl. Layer with a ⅓ of reserved milk mixture and pudding mixture and ¼ of grated chocolate.
  4. Repeat the layers twice over.
  5. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and chocolate. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Refrigerate and cover until serving.

Coffee Shortbread

An office favourite and all-round crowd pleaser. Coffee shortbread is a spin on the more-than-popular butter shortbread that we all know so well. These coffee delights will go down a treat.

chocolate chip shortbread

How to Make Coffee Shortbread


  1. 1 cup butter
  2. ½ cup brown sugar
  3. 2 tbsp espresso grounds
  4. ¼ tsp salt
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. ½ cup chocolate chips
  7. ½ cup white baking chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bow add butter, sugar, espresso grounds, chocolate, white baking chips and salt until light and fluffy. Beat the flour into the creamed mixture.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 inch cookie cutters. Place 2 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Espresso Ice Cream

Simple but very effective coffee based dessert made in minutes. Just brew your coffee like you normally would and add a few scoops for ice cream for a cool, caffeine kick in those summer months.

espresso poured over vanilla ice cream

How to Make Espresso Ice Cream


  1. 3 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  2. 1 cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee


  1. Place the ice cream in a serving bowl.
  2. Pour the coffee over the ice cream and serve.

Gingerbread Latte Fudge

The ultimate blend of spiced gingerbread with a latte finish. A mouthwatering dessert to be tried by all.

fudge on a chopping board

How to Make Gingerbread Latte Fudge


  1. 1 ¾ oz unsalted butter
  2. 2/ ½ oz sticky ginger cake
  3. 2 oz caster sugar
  4. 5 oz double cream
  5. 4 oz milk
  6. 1 tbsp ground ginger
  7. 2 tbsp ground espresso coffee


  1. Butter a 7 inch square tin and line it with baking parchment. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. Lay the ginger cake slices onto a baking sheet. Grill until toasted. Allow them to cool and chop them up into pieces.
  3. Put the sugar, cream, milk and 50 ml of boiling water in the centre of a deep pan. Heat gently over a low heat for 15 minutes. Pour a ¼ of the mixture into a metal bowl.
  4. Add the ginger and coffee to the mixture still in the pan and beat for about a minute.
  5. Stir in the chopped ginger cake and beat well until the mixture starts to thicken.
  6. Pour into the prepared tin. Add the plain fudge mixture in the bowl over the top. Use a skewer to marble the two layers until fluffy.
  7. Allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
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