This sweet, gooey sauce is packed with coffee flavor that’s delicious paired with pound cake or ice cream.

Game plan: For a slacker solution, buy high-quality caramel sauce and whisk in strong espresso or coffee-flavored liqueur.

This recipe was featured as part of both our Valentine’s Day menu and our Family-Friendly Party Done Right photo gallery.

  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Total: 10 mins 
  • Active: 10 mins

Ingredients (6)

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Combine cream and espresso powder in a medium bowl and whisk until powder is dissolved; set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and let cook undisturbed until amber in color, about 5 minutes. Immediately add butter and stir to incorporate.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in cream mixture and salt until smooth.