Chai Tiramisu



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Chai Tiramisu! Doesn’t it look dreamy?

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Chai Tiramisu

Chai Tiramisu is a Banger!

Let’s talk about this dessert because it’s the freakin’ weekend. This “winter” the two drinks that have been in very heavy rotation have been the golden milk tea and chai tea from The Year of Cozy. I usually make them for a mid-afternoon pick me up when really my body is calling for espresso but I’m scared I’ll be up all night. Those two drinks help me the most in that scenario.

Chai Tiramisu

Chai Tiramisu

Chai Tiramisu

And just like Jessica, I’ve been wanting to “chai” everything. It started with the Masala Chai Snickerdoodles (recipe in Da Year of Cozy) and it’s now continue to this Masala Chai Tiramisu.

It’s a simple and delicious addition that acts in place of the espresso that’s usually in tiramisu.

Chai Tiramisu

Chai Tiramisu

Mascarpone Is Important

The filling for the recipe is adapted from the tiramisu at Del Posto which is the most amazing tiramisu in the entire world. (If you haven’t eaten it, do it the next time you’re in New York.)

It’s fluffy and airy with just a hint of rum. I’m not a super big fan of tiramisu’s that taste just like rum. The lady fingers are dipped in the chai and then layered with the filling. The entire shebang is dusted with lots of cocoa powder.

Chai Tiramisu

Chai Tiramisu

It’s so good and tasty. And it’s the easiest thing to make for when friends come over because you can make it ahead and

I know a lot of people love making their own lady fingers. I personally didn’t bother (and these comments on this post aren’t convincing either) because I wanted this recipe to be super easy. When shopping for lady fingers, I lean toward the Italian brands. They are a bit drier and you’ll see my note below. They can take a bit more liquid so I favor them a bit more than other American brands.

Chai Tiramisu

4.70 from 10 votes

Chai Tiramisu

Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 1 dish of tiramisu


Chai Tea Concentrate:

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, (about 10 peppercorns)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 pods cardamom
  • 2 " knob fresh ginger, (peeled and cut into rounds)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3 bags black tea
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Mascarpone filling:

  • 2 cups mascarpone
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 24 lady fingers, (from a 7-ounce package)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, for topping


To Make the Chai Concentrate:

  • On a cutting board, using the back of a chef's knife, crush the black peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom pods. Place them in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and cinnamon sticks and toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Add the water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tea bags, turn off the heat and cover the pot so the tea can steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and pour in the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour the tea through a strainer and set aside. If you're moving super fast through this recipe, you may need to transfer the bowl of chai tea to the fridge to chill faster.

To Make the Mascarpone Filling:

  • In the stand-up mixer (with the whisk attachment) or using a hand-held electric mixer, combine the mascarpone, sugar, egg yolks, dark rum, heavy cream and salt. Beat for about two minutes, until light and fluffy. The mixture should fall back onto itself.

To Assemble the Tiramisu:

  • Spread about 1/3 cup of the mascarpone filling onto the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Dip about 6 to 7 lady fingers, one by one, into the chai tea, arranging them side by side. If there's a gap between the lady fingers and the baking dish, place a few in the opposite direction.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup of the mascarpone filling atop the lady fingers. Repeat layering with the remaining two layers. Smooth the top layer of mascarpone filling until nice and even. Lightly cover the tiramisu and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours (or up to 1 day). Dust the top with the cocoa powder.


Before you start the recipe, give your lady fingers a taste test. If they're hard and dry, then feel free to dunk the lady fingers in the chai tea for about 5 long seconds. if they're not dry, then I recommend doing a super fast dunk.
Let's talk different brands of mascarpone. I tested this with two different brands. Bellwether Farms was much thicker than Vermont Creamery. I love both brands but for this particular recipe I favored the thickness from Bellwether Farms. But both will work great!


Serving: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 2 stars
    the mascarpone fillinf part of the recipe is so unclear. i saw other videos beat the eggs and sugar over heat (bain marie?). i wouldn’t recommend this recipe specifically but the idea is good

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was super easy to follow and at first I assumed it wasn’t going to taste as good as it did but omg my taste buds were in for a treat. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try the Earl grey one.

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it was so easy to follow, It turned out so amazing I couldn’t believe it. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  4. 5 stars
    10/10 I would recommend. Have really bad insomnia and decided to finally make this recipe and take it to work and everyone in the office loved it! I’ll make this again during better times but I did slightly adjust the recipe by using whiskey instead and adding a bit of espresso powder in with the coco (plus a bit of store bought chai powder)