Coffee Custard Sauce Recipe

Humble store-bought pound cake slathered with a coffee infused custard sauce turned out to be the base for a recent elegant dessert. A former work colleague rolls into town periodically, so dealing with time constraints, the sauce was constructed to give the dessert some sophistication. Homemade pound cake long proven as a base for a wedding cake is preferred for this task. Unfortunately, there was no time to spare before our guest’s whirlwind visit. Thankfully, a store-bought cake worked as a satisfactory base, and no one was aware of the short cut taken.

Origin of the recipe is questionable, recently I found a similar one on I had the recipe for this sauce cut and pasted onto a 3×5″ card. The card was undated, bearing only a brief note stating the sauce was delicious and would have been yummy eaten alone. Definitely a tempting thought! Choose your coffee carefully to achieve the flavor you want, then make this yummy coffee treat express your own personal taste. Enjoy!

Coffee Custard Sauce
Coffee Custard Sauce

Recipe: Coffee Custard Recipe

Summary: Make a coffee infused custard sauce.


  • 3 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar (More if you wish it to be quite sweet)
  • 1 Cup Whipping cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Instant Coffee Powder
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons dark roasted coffee beans Coarsely Ground (Optional)
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Kahula Liqueur (Optional)


  1. Beat yolks and sugar in medium bowl until thick and light yellow, about 2 minutes.
  2. Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk hot cream into yolk mixture.
  3. Return mixture to same saucepan.
  4. Stir over medium-low heat until sauce thickens and leaves path on the back of a spoon when finger is drawn across, about 3 minutes (do NOT boil).
  5. Strain mixture into clean medium bowl.
  6. Add coffee powder; stir until dissolved.
  7. Stir in ground coffee beans.
  8. Refrigerate until cold, whisking occasionally, about 1 hour. (Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)

prepare eggs
Prepare eggs


Cooking time (duration): 65

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dessert

J.B. Bulharowski

J.B. Bulharowski

J.B. is a resident of the Tucson, AZ area and is a member of the University of AZ, Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Program. J.B. writes for the Pima County Master Gardener Newsletter, exercises hard earned culinary skills, plants cactus in the garden, and spends a great deal of time attempting to be a reasonable photographer.
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