espresso your love – coffee mousse and geleé

by hungryrabbit on February 10, 2012

Coffee Mousse and Geleé

Cupid’s day is soon upon us, and the city again is drowning in reds, pinks, ribbons, hearts, sprinkles, sparkles—and saccharine sentiment overload.

I prefer my own approach to the celebration, however.

I don’t want a heavy Valentine’s Day meal in a restaurant followed by a rich dessert. I would rather have the energy to stay awake for sweet lovin’ instead of being in a food coma.

Valentine’s Day Desserts should be playful and fun to eat, not serious (unless you’re reaching for high art, which is another kind of turn-on). I wanted to create something . . .to keep the evening going.  Ah, the textural titillation of smooth Coffee Mousse and Geleé—an intriguing swirl of sweetness and a gentle zap of caffeine to keep you energized for the rest of the evening. The luscious mouth-feel of the creamy mousse toys with the coolness of the coffee geleé.

Hmm … I need a minute. Making this dessert puts me in the mood for the Day.

No matter what you decide for Valentine’s Day, I wish you love, joy and happiness.

Coffee Mousse and Geleé

serves 6



2 teaspoon gelatin
2 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
3/4 cup strong coffee, hot
4 teaspoons granulated sugar


1. Sprinkle gelatin powder over water and let soften, about 5 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, combine espresso powder, sugar and coffee, stir until sugar is dissolved.

3. Add softened gelatin to coffee mixture and stir to combine. Make sure the gelatin is fully dissolved.

4. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into each serving glass. Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

5. Pour remaining liquid into a small glass container, about 5″x7″. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Coffee Mousse


1/2 teaspoon gelatin powder
2 tablespoon Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 cup strong coffee, hot
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 cup heavy cream


1. Sprinkle gelatin powder over Kahlua and let soften, about 5 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, combine espresso powder, sugar and coffee, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add Kahlua mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment, add heavy cream and whipped on medium until soft peaks, about 1 minute.

4.Add 1/4 cup of whipped cream  to coffee mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture back into the whipped cream and whisk on medium speed for another minute.

5. Divide evenly among 6 serving glasses and refrigerate for 30 minute.

6. Remove container of geleé from refrigerator and slice into cubes. Divide geleé over top of mousse and serve.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

thelittleloaf February 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

I love the idea of this and you’re so right – you don’t want a big heavy dessert on Valentine’s Day! Can imagine the contrast of textures in this dish is intriguing and the flavours utterly delicious.

Brian @ A Thought For Food February 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

I hear ya… definitely don’t want to get too full (or hammered) that you can’t stay awake for some sweet lovin’

Alessio February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

A light dessert for St Valentine? Really?? Well.. I think that applies when you spend it with somebody… Gimme meat-sauce and cheesecake love! ;)
The pleasures of single-life never end :D

Nevertheless, I never say no to some yumminess from MrK ;) Shall we share it with a coffee? :)

Lora February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Just beautiful for Valentine’s Day or any day.

foodwanderings February 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Ooh how clever, I remember your past tongue twists, you’re back! :) Love this dessert, especially since I like coffee desserts also your gelee cubes look to die for! BTW, we are twins I got the same fabric in green same exact thing. I know we would have love roaming the streets of NYC shopping for fabrics, props and cook. One day!

Jamie February 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

Ken, I find myself smiling, blushing and giggling like a schoolgirl as I read your post – but, baby, you are so right! Who wants to enjoy a meal with the beloved then just pass out afterwards? And oooh coffee and mousse are both so sexy! What a perfect, voluptuous, damn sexy dessert! Lucky M! xo

Lan February 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

this is beautiful, and i can see how it’s the most perfect pick me up after dinner. i’m already daydreaming of how i could make it dairy-free.

Yuri - Chef Pandita February 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Gorgeous dessert and clever post title ;) may love, joy and happiness find their way to you as well!

Lora @cakeduchess February 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

That’s why Italians espresso their love with plenty of espresso on hand…no chance of passing out;) love this sensuous dessert and your scintillating writing. Lucky M…I think your holiday wonderful.xo

MyMansBelly February 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Ken, these are beautiful! Gimme jacked up on caffeine any day over bloated and logy. It is sexy time after all. ;)

Donna February 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Sweet lovin’ — I LOVE that! Perfection on this V-Day! Wow, Ken, you are sensuous AND creative!

Jill Mant~a SaucyCook February 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Too late! I already began the beginnings of my disgustingly decadent desert for tonight. That’s ok, we started the day right! I do want to try this recipe as I adore coffee anything….let’s hope we live through desert!
Wishing you love, joy and sweet lovin the other 365 days of the year!

sarah February 15, 2012 at 6:35 am

this sounds and looks yummyyyyyy. thank you for that. i wish i could have it now `:)
i also love the styling. where can i get these gorgeous bowl?? i love it all. THANK YOU. <3

Margaret February 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

This looks sexy and yummy. What a great Valentine’s day dessert! Here’s to some sweet loving’ on V-day! xoxo

Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) February 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

This ♥love♥ will work beautifully for me wabbit! Happy belated V Day! Mwah!!

Jeanne @ CookSister! February 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

YEAH! Caffeine for that strategic pick-me-up effect ;o) I agree that there is no point to a huge and stupefying V-Day meal. These lovely light desserts would be the perfect end to ANY meal, not only Valentines’ dinner!

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