This is a French Canadian recipe from Quebec. It is a feather light dessert.

Pousse Cafe


  • 2 1/4 cups pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cognac
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon cognac


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease thoroughly a fluted 2 quart ring mold, and dust lightly with flour.

2 Sift pastry flour, salt, and baking powder together.

3 In a large bowl, cream shortening well. Gradually blend in 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons cognac; beat until light and fluffy. Gently blend sifted ingredients alternately with the milk and cream into the creamed mixture. Pour batter into ring mold.

4 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from pan, and allow to cool.

5 In a clean, cold bowl, beat the 2 cups whipping cream until peaks form. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and coffee powder. Frost the cake with whipped cream. When serving, drizzle cake with a few drops of cognac.


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