Tiramisu Recipe

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Popular as an Italian dessert, tiramisu is a coffee-flavored custard layered with ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese. Tiramisu is commonly available in every restaurant in Italy. It is one of the most popular Italian desserts and is often served as a coffee break snack or after-dinner dessert.

Why Is Tiramisu So Popular?

The answer to this lies in its unique flavor and texture. The fluffy layers of mascarpone cheese, soaked ladyfingers, and intense coffee flavor make tiramisu an irresistible dessert. Tiramisu is also relatively easy to make, which contributes to its popularity.

Tiramisu Vs. Trifle

Tiramisu and Trifle are often mistaken for each other because of their similar appearance. However, tiramisu is made with coffee-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, and eggs, while trifle is a fruit pudding made with sponge cake, custard, and jelly.

The Challenging Part of Making Tiramisu

The most challenging and time-consuming part of making tiramisu is soaking the ladyfingers in coffee. You need to be careful not to soak them for too long or they will become soggy and fall apart. It is important to strike a balance and soak them just long enough so that they are moist but still retain their shape.

Making Tiramisu Ahead of Time

Tiramisu is best made a day or two before you plan to serve it. This allows the flavors to meld and develop, and the texture of the tiramisu to firm up.

Tips To Be Kept In Mind While Making Tiramisu Recipe

  • Use a stand mixer to whisk mascarpone and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Do not over-soak the ladyfingers in coffee. Just quickly dip them and lay them out to dry on a wire rack.
  • When layering, use a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off to make it easier.
  • You can use a store-bought ladyfinger cookie, but homemade ones are so much better! This is my go-to recipe.
  • Use a good quality espresso or coffee for this tiramisu recipe.

Be Selective With The Coffee

Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert, so it’s important to use a good quality coffee. I like to use espresso or dark roast coffee. If you don’t have access to those, you can use brewed coffee, but make sure it’s a high-quality coffee. You want the coffee to be strong so that it can stand up to the other flavors in the tiramisu.

Substitutes For Mascarpone Cheese

If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, you can use a combination of heavy cream and cream cheese. Just make sure the cream cheese is full fat and at room temperature so that it mixes well with the heavy cream.

FAQs Related To Tiramisu Recipe

How Long Does Tiramisu Last?

Tiramisu will last in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Can I Freeze Tiramisu?

Yes, you can freeze tiramisu. Just keep it tightly covered and it will last in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How Do You Make Tiramisu Without Raw Eggs?

You can use a pasteurized egg product or cooked eggs in place of the raw eggs.

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Tiramisu Recipe

This is a classic tiramisu recipe that is easy to make and so delicious! Layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder make this dessert irresistible.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 177 kcal


  • Stand mixer


  • 1 cup strong coffee cooled
  • 1 package mascarpone cheese or 8-ounce, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 ladyfingers
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder for dusting


  • In a bowl, combine coffee, mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  • Dip ladyfingers in the coffee mixture and place them on a wire rack to dry.
  • Once all the ladyfingers are dipped, begin layering them in an 8×8-inch dish. Start with half of the coffee mixture, then a layer of ladyfingers, followed by the remaining coffee mixture and another layer of ladyfingers.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Just before serving, dust with cocoa powder.



    Serving Suggestions

    Serve tiramisu chilled. Tiramisu is best served cold and can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, dust with cocoa powder.

    Storing Suggestions

    It can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.


    Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 185IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword Tiramisu
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    Wrap Up

    This tiramisu recipe is easy to make and so delicious! Layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder make this dessert even more irresistible. This will definitely be a hit among your family and friends.