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How to Make a No-Cook Gateau Marie (or Coffee Gateau) Dessert


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Coffee Gateau is also known as Gateau Marie.

Coffee Gateau is also known as Gateau Marie.

This Gateau Marie recipe is so easy to make and involves absolutely no cooking. Simply follow the steps to put the dish together, and then allow it to set for a few hours in the fridge. Do not allow the simplicity of the ingredients to put you off because this is really an amazing dessert.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

4 hours

4 hours 15 min

An 8 serving gateau


  • 3 packets tea biscuits (I used morning coffee biscuits), or any other semi-sweet, plain biscuits.
  • 3 tins (170grams each) Nestle's cream, or any other pure dairy sterilized cream
  • 2 teaspoons Instant coffee
  • 2 large tablespoons Nutella, or any other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • optional whiskey, just a dash to taste
  • 75grams hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 squares chocolate, grated shavings


  1. Line a 7x9 dish with cling film. (you can use any other similar-sized dish).
  2. Cover the base of the dish with a layer of semi-sweet tea biscuits.
  3. Fill a mug with hot water, dissolve a teaspoon of instant coffee and add a shot of whiskey to taste. (you can omit the whiskey or use another liquor of your choice.)
  4. Sprinkle the hot coffee over the biscuits until they are wet but not soaked.
  5. In another container, whisk the cream with the chocolate hazelnut spread.
  6. Cover the wet biscuits with a layer of chocolate cream.
  7. Line up another layer of biscuits and repeat steps 4–6 for a few times and finish off with the layer of chocolate.
  8. Sprinkle the top layer with generous amounts of chopped hazelnuts and chocolate shavings.
  9. Cover the dish with cling film or aluminum foil and allow to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  10. When set, use the cling film to help you take it gently out of the dish. Cut into squares and serve cold.

Let Me Know What You Think!

This dessert is extremely popular on the island of Malta. I hope you will enjoy it and give it a try too. Please do leave your comments and feedback especially if you tweak this recipe. I do appreciate all suggestions.

Questions & Answers

Question: I did not understand why cling film is used. Can't the gateau be directly in the dish?

Answer: The cling film makes it easier to get out without breaking but yes you can do it without cling film.


Nathalie Vassallo on June 20, 2020:

Instead of Nutella can I use ground almonds.

kikalina (author) from Europe on March 13, 2015:

Yes sure go ahead Karl Ruth :)

Karl Ruth on March 13, 2015:

Hi, Is it possible to feature this recipe in our fb page/website? Devon/www.cbiscuits.com ? We will obviously mention the source and the chef.


kikalina (author) from Europe on July 04, 2014:

This recipe is a real classic and it sets pretty fast too. Perfect for when you need to whip up something fast!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 13, 2014:

Sounds wonderful! I'd love a bite right now. Thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 01, 2014:

This recipe sounds and looks delicious

kikalina (author) from Europe on January 14, 2014:

Thanks for your comments PegCole17. The pictures tend to make it a bit easier to follow instructions so I always try to include as many as I can.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 06, 2014:

This does look wonderfully tasty and incredibly easy. What a nice presentation of pictures to go along with your detailed instructions.

kikalina (author) from Europe on January 03, 2014:

Thanks for your comments idigwebsites. Let me know what your coffee gateau will turn up like.

idigwebsites from United States on January 03, 2014:

I will try this! It's not simple to me... it looks decadent actually. Looks definitely yummy! :)

kikalina (author) from Europe on January 02, 2014:

Thanks for popping by randomcreative. It really is a delicious dessert and impresses the guests :)

kikalina (author) from Europe on January 01, 2014:

Yes kidscraft, it doesn't cook but only sets.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 01, 2014:

This dessert looks delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on January 01, 2014:

This dessert looks just delicious! But if I understand well, you don't really cook it but let it set?

kikalina (author) from Europe on December 31, 2013:

Thanks Moon Daisy. You really should try it out. It does taste as amazing as it sounds.

Moon Daisy from London on December 31, 2013:

This sounds amazing, all the things that I like are in this cake! Bookmarked and voted up!

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