Gateau Marie has always been one of my favorite desserts. It’s pretty simple, lasts a while if not eaten straight away, and tastes absolutely delicious.

You will need:

3 tablespoons instant coffee


2 packets of Morning Coffee or Marie biscuits

For the cream:

6oz Icing sugar

2 tablespoons Cocoa powder

2 tins Nestle cream

1 packet of Margarine

1 teaspoon Vanilla essence

Start with the cream.  Soften the margarine in the microwave for a few seconds.   Mix in the icing sugar slowly, and gradually add the other ingredients.



Once you have a smooth, creamy mixture, beat with an electric whisk or LOTS of elbow grease until you have a light, fluffy mixture.  Place in the fridge and allow to cool.

When the cream has cooled a little, it is time to start the layering.   Make up some VERY strong coffee – 3 tablespoons of instant coffee in a mug. Dissolve, pour into a bowl, and add a generous splash of cognac.  Allow to cool.

Now line a bowl with some cling film.


Dip the biscuits in the coffee very briefly, and place in the bowl.   Be careful not to soak the biscuits too much as they will just fall apart.   Make an even layer of biscuits. Put aside a couple of tablespoons of cream in a separate container, then cover the biscuits with a thin layer of cream, and start again.   Keep building up layers of coffee-soaked biscuits and cream, until you run out of ingredients or you reach the rim of the bowl.



Place in the fridge for an hour or two. The last step is to flip the bowl over.   This should be fairly easy with the help of the cling film.   Peel this away, and use the last remaining bit of cream to decorate the finished product.


  1. Posted October 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    omg! our family call it “coffee mousse” which only partly makes sense really, but it’s not a family gathering without it!
    It’s one of my favourite things ever! My family’s recipe includes making the mousse with raw egg white, i’m thinking this one looks just as tasty and much easier though! 😀
    oh now i want to make it! can’t wait till next family gathering (xmas! it’s months away!!)

  2. Kurt
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    for those who dont like coffee this also comes really good if you replace the coffee with hot chocolate powder (i used the cadbury one) and soak the biscuits in hot choc rather than coffee.

    I also suspect that changing the flavour of the cream mix into other things (like strawberry/ lemon) might work too.

    ooh also if you make this the day before this is one of those dishes that will taste better after a day in the fridge… mmmm 🙂

    • Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your input Kurt. Hmmm, now I want to try it with chocolate, lemon and coffee 🙂

  3. mandy
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Hey !
    My version is quicker if you are in a hurry ! – Replace the cream mixture with a mixture of nutella and nestle cream – equal parts – you can use it immediately !

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