Café Glacé

Café Glacé

This one belongs to an instant-type dessert category. Homemade vanilla bean ice cream certainly adds some charm to the dish but, honestly speaking, it can be replaced with a good quality store-bought ice cream with a wonderful result. Tuiles cookies are good as a crunchy accompaniment, but again, any crispy cookie will do just fine.

Adapted from “Desserts by the Yard”

This is an entry for the Click: July 2008 (Coffee and Tea) event.

Café Glacé

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • ½ cup cold espresso
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to medium-stiff peaks
  • 1 tbsp finely shaved chocolate or chocolate curls
  • Tuiles cookies for serving (the recipe is coming…)


Place the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl and the beaters of a hand mixer, and four tall glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Spoon the ice cream into the ice-cold bowl and add the espresso. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer, blend at low speed until smooth. Spoon into the frozen glasses, top with the whipped cream, and sprinkle on the chocolate shavings or curls. Serve immediately with the cookies. Do not place in the freezer for up to 4 hours as suggested in the book. It will inevitably lead to the ice crystal formation and ruin the dessert. Frozen cream – yuck!

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16 Responses to “Café Glacé”

  1. I love your take on the cafe glace!! And those little mugs too!! They are just exquisite!! I’d really like to raid your kitchen cupboards some day… Seriously, I think your take is even better than Sherry Yard’s; it definitely looks better for starters!!

  2. wonderful decadent dessert. can’t wait for the recipe. is it kosher to use the tulles as a straw? just kidding :D

    thanks for participating.

  3. inside delicious and out. I join the recipe.Congratulations

  4. I’m not big on coffee but your cafe glace could certainly change that! Yum :D

  5. Vera, I need to stop using superlatives every time I visit your blog, but I just love everything you come up with, and your photos are always so beautiful! That’s a great little dessert – something I wouldn’t mind having right now, as long as the coffee is decaf :P

  6. I opened my reader..with my half espresso half Starbucks blend cup of coffee in my rooster cup and thought to my self, “I better cover the roosters eyes because he’s gonna get pretty jealous if he see’s what’s in that other coffee mug”! :)

    I love all your photo’s Vera, but something about this one is absolutely exquisite! Book and magazine quality!

  7. Hi Vera,
    Thanks for your kind comment. I have had you bookmarked for a while now and I just want you to know that I put your website as a link on my page, Passions to Pastry. Oh…. the Cafe’Glace’ looks wonderful!

  8. mmm…sounds perfect for the coffee lover on a hot day. which is me. every day. :)

  9. Thank you for taking a peek at my blog and your kind words!

    In the warmer months I have one cup of hot coffee in the morning and ice coffee the rest of the day.
    Cafe Glace looks like it could become a habit! Beautiful photos!

  10. Your blog is unbelievable!

  11. I just love your gorgeous photos!

  12. Mmmm, I don’t even like coffee and I want some of this delish looking treat. Wow, it’s just lovely.

    Your whole blog is so nicely done and pretty. Bravo!

  13. Thank you, thank you everybody for visiting my blog, for you kind comments! I appreciate it very much.

    Jai, this is a good one :) I appreciate your sense of humor.

  14. Another blogger mentioned you as her favourite blog and now I add myself to that list – you have the BEST recipes, idea, pictures and presentation EVER… thank you for a great site! Vida

  15. I love the little chocolate curls on top. I could have used this drink yesterday in the heat. Yum!

  16. Vida, thank you so much for your words! I honestly don’t think I deserve all your complements, but I’m incredibly flattered.

    Dragon, thanks. This is not a drink, though. It’s supposed to be eaten with a spoon.

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