Tiramisu Recipe (2024)

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This Tiramisu cake recipe made with simple ingredients is luscious, creamy, and addicting. This recipe layered with a mascarpone creme and coffee-dipped ladyfingers is the perfect make ahead dessert!

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Easiest Tiramisu Recipe

This recipe is something that I’m sure you’ve had before, but have you ever tried making it? I promise it’s a lot easier than you might think! This popular dessert is perfect. It’s creamy, perfectly sweet, loaded with coffee flavor, but not too heavy.

I’ve been making tiramisu for years. For some reason people seem to think it’s a complicated dessert and they’re always blown away when a piece of homemade tiramisu is placed in front of them. It’s also perfect for making ahead of time! In fact, the longer everything can sit together and mingle the better your tiramisu will taste.

What Is Tiramisu?

This Italian layered cake actually means “pick/cheer me up”. Given that it’s spiked with both coffee and rum, I’d say that’s a pretty good name!

Tiramisu is one of those desserts that you see everywhere, and I’ve had my fair share of it. I guess at this point you can call me a tiramisu expert! I love making tiramisu because it’s so easy, you don’t even have to bake it.

Ingredients You’ll Need

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  • Egg yolks –You can simply discard the whites if you have no other use for them.
  • Sugar –Granulated sugar will work best.
  • Mascarpone cheese –Check in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store if you’re having trouble finding mascarpone. Cream cheese or ricotta will work if mascarpone isn’t an option.
  • Whipping cream – This cream is typically 35-40% milk fat.
  • Lady fingers –You should be able to find ladyfingers in the same aisle you’d find biscuits or cookies.
  • Hot coffee –Make sure the coffee is hot, but not too hot to touch. The ladyfingers will be able to absorb more coffee if it’s warm.
  • Rum –You can use white or dark rum. You can also use Marsala or Madeira wine, coffee flavored liqueur, or amaretto.
  • Cocoa – This will be used to dust and top your cake. You can also use chocolate shavings.

Can I Make Tiramisu Alcohol Free?

Yes you can! If you want to serve this dessert to young ones or if you just don’t drink yourself, you can leave the alcohol out completely and just use coffee. You can add a dash of vanilla or almond extract into the coffee if you’d like an extra hit of flavor.

How to Make Tiramisu Recipe

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  1. Prepare the mascarpone mixture: Brew the coffee and let it sit to cool down slightly. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Beat in the mascarpone until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream gently until well combined. If using whipping cream, beat it first with a mixer.
  2. Build the tiramisu:Pour the coffee and rum into a shallow dish. Dip each side of a ladyfinger for 1-2 seconds into the coffee and lay in your dish. Repeat until you have an even layer of ladyfingers on the bottom. You can break some into pieces if needed. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. You should get 2 layers of lady fingers.
  3. Finish the tiramisu:Cover the dish and refrigerate your cake for 4-6 hours. Dust with cocoa, slice, and serve.

Do I Have to Use Raw Eggs?

If you have access to pasteurized eggs, I would recommend using those. The risk of salmonella contamination, while very rare, comes from the shell. Pasteurized eggs have been soaked in a water bath hot enough to kill and potential contamination without cooking the egg inside.

If you really don’t want to use raw yolks at all, that’s okay! Heat the yolks and sugar gentle over a double boiler while whisking vigorously until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove the mixture from the double boiler and continue as usual with the recipe.

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Tips for Making the Best Tiramisu

  • Just dip the ladyfingers for a few seconds – no need to soak them or they will become too soft.
  • Make sure you buy the crunchy style ladyfingers versus the soft type.
  • Take your time when folding the cream mixture. This will keep the mixture thick and make sure the whipped cream doesn’t deflate.
  • Be patient and let your tiramisu chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours! This is how the lady fingers soften and become cake-like.

How to Store Tiramisu

Leftovers should be refrigerated immediately and will last 4 days. You can either transfer it to an airtight container or wrap the dish well with plastic. If you plan on making this recipe ahead of time, it’s best served after 1-2 days.

Can You Freeze Tiramisu?

I would only freeze this cake if absolutely necessary- it tastes best fresh.

To freeze, wrap the tiramisu well with both plastic wrap and foil to prevent freezer burn. It will last up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, serve, and enjoy! You can even serve it par-frozen for an ice cream cake-like dessert.

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Tiramisu Recipe

This Tiramisu cake recipe made with simple ingredients is luscious, creamy, and addicting. This recipe layered with a mascarpone creme and coffee-dipped ladyfingers is the perfect make ahead dessert!

Prep: 20 minutes mins

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Total : 20 minutes mins

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serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 ounce mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 24 lady fingers
  • cups hot coffee
  • ¼ cup rum or liquor of your choice
  • cocoa for dusting

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Instructions

  • Prepare the mascarpone mixture: Brew the coffee and let it sit to cool down slightly. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Beat in the mascarpone until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream gently until well combined. If using whipping cream, beat it first with a mixer.

  • Build the tiramisu:Pour the coffee and rum into a shallow dish. Dip each side of a ladyfinger for 1-2 seconds into the coffee and lay in your dish. Repeat until you have an even layer of ladyfingers on the bottom. You can break some into pieces if needed. Spread half the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. You should get 2 layers of lady fingers.

  • Finish the tiramisu:Cover the dish and refrigerate your cake for 4-6 hours. Dust with cocoa, slice, and serve.

Tips & Notes:

  1. Leftovers should be refrigerated immediately and will last 4 days. You can either transfer it to an airtight container or wrap the dish well with plastic. If you plan on making this recipe ahead of time, it’s best served after 1-2 days.
  2. I would only freeze this cake if absolutely necessary- it tastes best fresh.
  3. To freeze, wrap the tiramisu well with both plastic wrap and foil to prevent freezer burn. It will last up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, serve, and enjoy! You can even serve it par-frozen for an ice cream cake-like dessert.

nutrition facts

Serving: 1piece Calories: 242kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 23g (8%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Cholesterol: 136mg (45%) Sodium: 47mg (2%) Potassium: 53mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 9g (10%) Vitamin A: 510IU (10%) Calcium: 50mg (5%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Course:Dessert

Cuisine:Italian

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FAQs

What is traditional tiramisu made of? ›

Traditional tiramisu contains ladyfingers (savoiardi), egg yolks, sugar, coffee, mascarpone and cocoa powder. A common variant involves soaking the savoiardi in alcohol, such as Marsala wine, amaretto or a coffee-based liqueur.

What kind of alcohol do you use in tiramisu? ›

Tiramisu can have a variety of different types of alcohol inside, however the most common alcohol in tiramisu is dark rum. Other common types of alcohol used in tiramisu is marsala wine, amaretto, or coffee liquor.

What is the difference between Italian and American tiramisu? ›

Traditional Italian tiramisu does not contain cream–the mascarpone “cream” is composed of simply mascarpone, eggs and sugar. However, our selection of mostly Americanized recipe did include 5 recipes that used heavy cream (ranging from 2 tablespoons to 2 cups).

What not to do when making tiramisu? ›

Roberto Lestani, who for the occasion revealed to us the 3 mistakes not to make to prepare a stunning tiramisu!
  1. 1: excessively whipping the mascarpone! ...
  2. 2: once together, don't immediately mix the yolks and sugar! ...
  3. 3: Neglect stratification!
Jun 16, 2020

Is Kahlua or rum better for tiramisu? ›

Alcohol: I prefer Kahlua, but use any of the following: Marsala wine, rum (dark is best!), brandy, or Amaretto. Make it Alcohol-Free: Omit the Kahlua entirely from the coffee mixture and replacing it with coffee in the mascarpone mixture.

Does Olive Garden use alcohol in their tiramisu? ›

Since it can be difficult to discern the alcohol in Olive Garden's tiramisu, you'd be forgiven for assuming that it doesn't contain any, but the truth is it actually does.

How long does tiramisu need to set? ›

Serving Tiramisu

Once built, the tiramisu needs to chill for at least eight hours but ideally 24 before serving. The lady fingers will continue to soften and the tiramisu will set to a sliceable consistency. Just before serving, dust the top of the dish with cocoa powder or shaved chocolate.

Is tiramisu made with amaretto or marsala? ›

What alcohol is tiramisu made of? Just like in our tiramisu recipe, tiramisu is traditionally made by dipping finger biscuits in a mixture of strong coffee (espresso mixture) and marsala (fortified wine). However, you could swap marsala with amaretto or any coffee-based liqueur like Kahlua or Tia Maria.

What is the English name for tiramisu? ›

Tiramisu (Italian: tiramisù [ˌtiramiˈsu], from tirami su, "pick me up" or "cheer me up") is a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers (savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

How do you substitute mascarpone for tiramisu? ›

You can mimic the silky, decadent consistency of mascarpone with an easy DIY recipe. To make this mascarpone substitute, mix together 12 ounces of room temperature cream cheese (1 ½ blocks) with ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream and ¼ cup of sour cream until combined.

What does tiramisu mean in Italian slang? ›

What is Tiramisu? The literal meaning of Tiramisu in Italian is “pick me up” or “cheer me up”. As the name implies, this is an iconic Italian dessert that is served at the end of the meal that hopefully “cheers you up”.

What's the difference between tiramisu and tiramisu cake? ›

While traditional tiramisu relies on ladyfingers, tiramisu cake often uses layers of sponge cake soaked in espresso and sometimes a touch of liqueur. The quintessential mascarpone cream remains a constant, but the structure allows for creative variations.

Does all tiramisu have raw eggs? ›

Nowadays, using raw eggs in cooking is so much more acceptable because the quality of fresh produce is so much better - think mayonnaise (raw yolks), lemon meringue pie (raw egg whites under the browned top). However, the real traditional way to make Tiramisu (and this is an Italian Chef recipe) is to use raw eggs.

What is mascarpone made of? ›

It is a fresh cheese that is most commonly made with pasteurized cow's milk. Unlike some cheeses, which have animal-derived rennet added, mascarpone is vegetarian. It's made by heating heavy cream and adding an acid like tartaric acid (aka cream of tartar), citric acid, or lemon juice to solidify and thicken the cream.

What is tiramisu cake made of? ›

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this decadent tiramisu cake recipe: For the cake: white cake mix, water, egg whites, vegetable oil, and instant coffee powder. For the coffee syrup: coffee and coffee-flavored liqueur. For the filling: mascarpone cheese, confectioners' sugar, and coffee-flavored liqueur.

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