Coffee Jelly Flan Recipe

This unique twist on the dessert is totally jelly!

Love coffee jelly? Then maybe you should try this unique twist on the dessert which transforms the cream into a jelly, too. 

What is coffee jelly? 

The original coffee jelly dessert is a delicious combination of coffee gulaman cubes stirred into a sweetened cream. This is a no-bake, chilled dessert that is altogether delicious and addictive because it’s a great textual and flavor pairing. You get sweet milkiness from the cream and bittersweet notes from the soft coffee jelly cubes. 

For this twist, the sweet milkiness that makes up the cream is transformed into a jelly that is just like the coffee cubes. If you know how a cathedral window dessert is made, you have an idea behind the inspiration for this coffee jelly dessert. The coffee jelly is made first so you can suspend the cubes in the creamy jelly later. 

To make sure the coffee jelly cubes are scattered throughout the cream jelly, you need to wait for the creamy gelatin to set a little before adding them in. No patience? You can skip figuring out the tricky timing and pile on the coffee cubes instead! Since it’s stacked in your container, the cream jelly has no choice but to set itself up where it can squeeze between the cubes. 

The result is this stunning cup of jelly that you can scoop right out of the cups with no worry about the cream dripping down your spoon or chin. 

Coffee Jelly Flan Recipe

Stephanie Cueva
This unique twist on the dessert is totally jelly!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Coffee Jelly Flan Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 2 tablepoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coffee powder
  • 1 Cup water or 250 ml
  • 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons full-cream milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 1 Cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 Cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 Cup full-cream milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Make the coffee jelly: Bloom the gelatin in 2 Tbsp water for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, add coffee powder, water, and white sugar. Whisk to combine and continue whisking until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in the bloomed gelatin until dissolved. Pour into a container and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Cut the gelatin into cubes just before adding it to the flan.
  • To make the flan: Bloom the gelatin in 2 Tbsp milk for 2 to 3 minutes. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the cream, condensed milk, full-cream milk, and vanilla. Whisk to combine and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and add the bloomed gelatin. Whisk to combine and dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • Pour into decorative glasses or nice containers. Chill until semi-firm.
  • Add coffee jelly cubes to the flan. (Make sure the flan is semi-firm but not yet set. Coffee jelly cubes should “float” in the flan.) Chill until completely set. Serve chilled.
Keyword coffee jelly recipe, gulaman
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