Heavenly Delight: Ice-cream with Espresso Sauce Recipe

Dearest readers, it is with the utmost pleasure that I introduce to you a recipe that is sure to delight your senses and satisfy your taste buds. I present to you none other than the Ice-cream With Espresso Sauce Recipe, a dessert that will leave you feeling simply elated.

As we approach the summer months, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream, but what if I told you that this dessert could be even more incredible? The ice cream soaked in a homemade espresso sauce recipe makes for an absolutely heavenly combination.

The process of creating this delectable dessert is not as challenging as one might imagine. With simple ingredients such as sugar, espresso powder, heavy cream and vanilla ice cream – all readily available – this treat can be yours with great ease. It’s also highly customizable for those looking to experiment and bring their own flair to the dish.

So come along on this journey with me, dear reader, and let us explore the many ways in which this dessert can elevate your taste buds to new heights. Trust me when I say, it’s truly an experience like no other.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ice-cream With Espresso Sauce
Ice-cream With Espresso Sauce

Greetings, dear readers! I’m thrilled to introduce you to a delightful recipe that is going to make your taste buds leap with joy. If you’re a coffee and dessert lover like me, then this recipe will hit the spot. This recipe combines the rich creaminess of vanilla ice cream with the bold punch of espresso sauce – it’s one heavenly pairing!

But why, you may ask, should you love this recipe? Well, let me tell you.

Firstly, the divine mixture of creamy vanilla ice cream and smooth coffee-flavored espresso sauce is unbeatable. The sweetness of the ice cream creates an exquisite counterbalance to the bitterness of strong espresso. It’s a great way to elevate your ice-cream game and impress your loved ones.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, most of which are already sitting in your pantry, you can create an indulgent and fancy dessert in no time. The espresso sauce comes together quickly and easily by mixing instant espresso powder with boiling water and sugar.

Thirdly, this recipe offers countless variations that suit all tastes. Want something extra chocolatey? Drizzle some dark chocolate syrup on top of your ice cream for even more decadence. In the mood for something unique? Try adding caramel sauce or amaretti biscuits for extra crunch.

Overall, if you’re searching for a delicious dessert that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen but still fulfills your sweet tooth needs, then this incredible vanilla ice cream with espresso sauce recipe is a must-try!

Ingredient List

 A match made in heaven: ice-cream and espresso sauce
A match made in heaven: ice-cream and espresso sauce

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Ice-cream with Espresso Sauce Recipe:

For the Vanilla Ice Cream:

  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream or gelato
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Espresso Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For the Chocolate Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Optional Toppings and Variations:

  • Brewed espresso
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Amaretti cookies
  • Salted caramel
  • Chocolate Syrup

You can easily find most of these ingredients in your pantry or local grocery store. If you plan on making substitutions or variations to this recipe, make sure to check what you have on hand before heading to the store.

The Recipe How-To

 When the sun rises, I scream for ice-cream
When the sun rises, I scream for ice-cream

Now that we have all ingredients ready, let’s dive into the recipe of Ice-cream with Espresso Sauce.

Making The Vanilla Ice Cream

Firstly, churn the vanilla ice cream according to your ice cream maker instructions or leave it on room temperature for 10 minutes until it softens a bit.

Espresso Sauce Recipe
For Espresso Fudge Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons of instant espresso powder and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar.
  2. Place it over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and becomes syrupy.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of chopped dark chocolate and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to melt.
  5. Stir until smooth consistency achieved and keep aside.

For Chocolate Espresso Sauce Recipe

  1. Combine 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of caster sugar, and 1 tablespoon of ground espresso in a saucepan.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of boiling water and whisk it well over medium heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to low-medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add 1/4 c of heavy whipping cream and stir with a whisk.
  5. Once the consistency is smooth, remove from heat and let it cool down before serving.

Assembling The Ice Cream with Espresso Sauce

To assemble the dessert,

  • Spoon the vanilla ice cream or gelato onto plates or shallow bowls.
  • Pour or spoon over the desired amount of espresso sauce on top according to your preference.
  • You can add some chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate on top for decoration as well.

Voila! Our Ice-cream with Espresso Sauce is ready to be served.

Optional Substitution

As an optional substitution, you can place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato in a serving dish and pour a shot hot espresso over it. This will make ‘Ice Cream Affogato’ which can be served with chocolate syrup, affogato coffee or crepes.

Enjoy the dessert with some spumoni or panna cotta. You can also try it with salted caramel, Irish coffee, or amaretti along with affogato coffee.

How To Store?

The Espresso Sauce Recipe can be stored in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 10 days. If any crystallization occurs, then warm it slightly to gain back the smooth texture.

Tip: Reheat the chocolate espresso sauce before serving to get it back to the right consistency.

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet meets bitter in this delicious treat
Sweet meets bitter in this delicious treat

Dear readers,

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to change things up a bit or don’t have all the necessary ingredients, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try for your ice cream with espresso sauce recipe.

For starters, this recipe calls for vanilla ice cream. However, you can substitute vanilla bean ice cream with vanilla gelato or any other flavor of your choice, such as spumoni or even chocolate ice cream. You can also make the recipe without the ice cream altogether and just serve the espresso sauce over some fresh crepes or panna cotta for a delightful dessert.

If you don’t have instant espresso powder on hand, try using strong coffee brewed using 2 tablespoons of ground espresso per 3/4 cup of boiling water. You can also switch out the sugar for caramel sauce or use cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate in the sauce recipe.

To make an affogato variation, place two scoops of vanilla gelato or ice cream in a bowl and top it off with a shot of hot espresso poured over it. Drizzle some chocolate syrup or salted caramel sauce on top for added flavor.

For those who enjoy Irish coffee, add some coffee liqueur to the heavy whipping cream before churning the ice cream. Alternatively, you can replace the whipping cream with evaporated milk and granulated sugar for a low-fat version.

As always, experiment and tailor this recipe to your liking for a unique and tasty dessert experience.

Serving and Pairing

 A scoop of happiness under a drizzle of espresso sauce
A scoop of happiness under a drizzle of espresso sauce

When it comes to serving this ethereal ice-cream with espresso sauce recipe, there are several options to consider. Firstly, a good quality vanilla ice cream is always the perfect base to layer flavors with, so be sure to choose a high-quality product for the most indulgent experience. Scoop out two or three small portions of vanilla ice cream or gelato ice cream onto a chilled serving dish or glass.

Next, pour the freshly made espresso sauce over each scoop slowly and generously, ensuring that every part is completely covered in the delectable dark liquid. You could also add some whipped cream (or heavy whipping cream) on top of the espresso sauce and dust with cocoa powder and ground espresso for an extra bit of flair.

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider pairing this treat with your favorite dessert. I like to serve it alongside crepes drizzled with chocolate syrup or a spumoni gelato for a sinfully rich Italian affogato dessert. You could also try pairing it with salted caramel panna cotta or amaretti cookies for an extra bite.

For those who need an extra caffeine fix, an Irish coffee variant can be made by adding a shot of hot espresso poured over the vanilla ice cream and then adding some coffee liqueur on top.

In conclusion, when it comes to pairing this recipe, the only limit is your imagination, and that’s what makes this ice-cream with espresso sauce recipe a versatile all-season favorite at any dessert table.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Keep your friends close and your ice-cream closer
Keep your friends close and your ice-cream closer

In case you have leftover ice cream and espresso sauce, don’t fret because you can still enjoy them later. Just separate the espresso sauce from the vanilla ice cream, and store each item separately in an airtight container in the freezer.

When reheating the espresso sauce, simply put it in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until it heats thoroughly. Meanwhile, let the vanilla ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften before serving or mixing it with the reheated espresso sauce. You may also reheat the vanilla ice cream for a few seconds in the microwave to soften it, but make sure not to melt it entirely.

One thing to note is that storing ice cream for a long time can affect its texture and flavor. While it’s best to consume it on the same day, storing it properly can keep it fresh for up to two weeks. The espresso sauce, however, lasts longer and can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

This recipe is perfect for entertaining guests because you can prepare everything ahead of time. You may churn ice cream several days before your event and store them in your freezer until you’re ready to serve them with hot espresso poured over them.

Now that you know how to store and reheat vanilla gelato ice cream and espresso sauce perfectly – go ahead and make this affogato recipe anytime you crave a rich and creamy dessert that combines sweet and bitter flavors perfectly.

Tips for Perfect Results

 An indulgent dessert that's worth the brain freeze
An indulgent dessert that’s worth the brain freeze

When making ice cream with espresso sauce, there are some tips and tricks that can ensure a perfect end result. Here are some valuable tips to follow:

Firstly, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature. When ingredients are at the same temperature, they bind better together, resulting in creamier and smoother texture.

It’s essential not to churn the vanilla ice cream too much before mixing it with the hot espresso. By doing so, you will avoid melting the ice cream excessively, which could create a runny texture.

When making homemade espresso sauce, don’t skimp on the quality of instant espresso powder you use. Use dark-roast instant espresso for a bolder flavor or mix regular instant espresso powder with cocoa powder for a mocha-flavored twist.

To avoid adding too much sugar in the recipe, start by adding 1/4 cup and only add more if you prefer a sweeter flavor. The same goes for instant espresso powder; start by adding 1/3 cup and gradually add more as needed.

When reheating leftover espresso sauce, it’s best to gently simmer it over low heat, constantly whisking to avoid burning or overcooking the sauce.

Lastly, when serving, drizzle the warm espresso sauce over cold vanilla ice cream for an irresistible contrast of temperatures.

By following these tips, your homemade ice-cream with espresso sauce will be perfectly creamy and delicious.


Before we conclude this recipe article, I’d like to answer some frequently asked questions about making Ice-cream with Espresso Sauce. Understanding these FAQs will help you get a better gauge of the recipe and make it successfully without any confusion. Let’s dive straight into the FAQs:

What is the Italian drink espresso with ice cream?

An affogato is an Italian treat made by pairing a scoop of creamy gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over it. At coffee shops, an affogato style coffee means adding the espresso last, after the milk has been poured over the espresso.

How is espresso ice cream made?

To start making this delectable coffee ice cream, begin by combining milk, sugar, and espresso powder in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well until the sugar dissolves into the mixture. Then, add heavy cream, vanilla, and coffee liqueur to the bowl and give it a good stir to ensure the flavors are well blended. Proceed by turning on your ice cream machine and gently pour the mix into the freezer bowl. Allow the machine to do its work and let the ice cream churn until it reaches a soft, thick consistency, which should take roughly 20 to 25 minutes.

What coffee is ice cream drowned in espresso?

The Affogato al Caffè is a delightful dessert that involves pouring espresso over vanilla ice cream, giving it a sophisticated twist on a classic milkshake.

What is the best ice cream for affogato?

Looking to switch up your affogato routine? While vanilla gelato or ice cream is the traditional choice, consider adding some excitement to your affogato by experimenting with chocolate or fruit-flavored varieties such as coconut, mango, pineapple, or strawberry.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with just a few simple ingredients and some patience for the perfect texture, you can make an indulgent dessert that will impress any guest. Ice cream with espresso sauce is not just a dessert, it’s a work of art. The warm espresso sauce combined with the cool vanilla ice cream creates a flavor explosion that is unmatched by any other dessert. Plus, with so many variations and substitutions available, you can make this recipe your own.

So the next time you’re looking for a fancy dessert to impress your guests or just want to treat yourself to something special, give this ice cream with espresso sauce recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Ice-cream With Espresso Sauce

Ice-cream With Espresso Sauce Recipe

Ice-cream with warm coffee sauce.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 289.4 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons ground espresso beans
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream


  • Combine coffee and water in coffee plunger.
  • Stand for 2 minutes before plunging.
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Scoop ice-cream into serving glasses.
  • Pour coffee over.
  • Serve with sponge fingers if desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 191gCalories: 289.4kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 5gFat: 15.8gSaturated Fat: 9.8gCholesterol: 63.4mgSodium: 116.4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Australian, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Frozen, Sweet
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