Pot of brown sugar coffee glaze with a glazed dessert loaf

Brown Sugar Coffee Glaze

Here’s a way to wake up any dessert, guaranteed! This thick and gooey glaze is decadently sweet and delivers a rich punch of java flavour. It’s incredible on coffee cakes and spiced loaves, or for dipping cake cubes or fresh fruit. Plus, it’s a quick way to turn a store-bought dessert into a café-quality confection.


¾ cup (188 ml)


10 minutes


5 minutes


  • ½ cup (108 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp (43 g) butter
  • 2 tsp (2 g) instant espresso
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract or coffee liqueur


In a medium, heavy-bottomed pot, combine the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, heavy cream, butter, instant espresso, and salt. Place pot over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar and butter melts. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally; 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cool completely.

Slices of dessert loaf on plates drizzled with brown sugar coffee glaze


*Use half and half, or milk for a less rich glaze.

*Instant coffee can be used instead of instant espresso with similar results.