Chocolate, Desserts

This Tiramisu recipe consists of a sweet creamy mascarpone filling layered with espresso-dipped lady fingers and topped with a thick dusting of cocoa powder.

A few years ago I went to Northern Italy and every.single.restaurant I went to, I tried the tiramisu. I wanted to compare and contrast various types of tiramisu. We had it in Verona, Bologna and Milan. I hear that it actually comes from Veneto but it doesn’t matter because in every single place, It was a trip full of stellar tiramisu.

It was on this trip that realized that I like my tiramisu more of a scoop-able variety vs. a sliceable one. I like it to be creamy, a bit messy and topped with such a thick layer of cocoa that have to be sure to not inhale when you take a bite.


What is Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert that consists of lady fingers dipped in espresso and layered with a sweet, fluffy mascarpone cheese and topped with a thick layer of cocoa powder.


How to Make Tiramisu

  1. Make the filling. You can do this in the bowl of a stand-up mixer OR you can do this in a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer. I like using the paddle attachment. You want all of the ingredients to be cold.
  2. Beat all of the filling ingredients together until nice and fluffy. I set my timer to 1 minutes. I then scraped down the sides and then beat it again for an additional minute. As a result, everything was silky smooth.
  3. Grab your espresso (mixed with water) or strongly brewed coffee. You have choices! Either will work.
  4. Dip your lady fingers into the coffee. And then immediately transfer it to a baking dish. I used an 8×8 baking dish, but any comparable one will do.
  5. Add half of the mascarpone mixture, spreading it out, creating an even, smooth layer.
  6. Top it with the rest of the dipped lady fingers.
  7. And then finish with the remaining mascarpone mixture.
  8. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top, pressed onto the surface. And then transfer it to the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, I like to leave it overnight.
  9. When you unwrap it and are ready to serve, you may have to smooth out the top a bit.
  10. And then dust it with a thick coating of cocoa powder.
  11. Scoop and serve!


Can You Freeze Tiramisu

Yes, you can freeze tiramisu. But I would advise putting it in a freezer safe dish. Pyrex says that freezing their products are absolutely fine. I say go for it. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. And thawed in the fridge. I would recommend to leave off the cocoa powder topping and then add that just before serving.


Tips and Tricks

Tiramisu is seriously the EASIEST recipe to make. It doesn’t take much skill or cooking/baking experience. But I will say that every time I’ve come into a problem with tiramisu it’s because the filling ingredients are at various different temperatures.

In order to achieve a nice, smooth filling EVERYTHING needs to be cold. That way it all emulsifies well together. Not room temperature whatever you do. Straight from the fridge. Cold.


Mascarpone is an essential ingredient to Tiramisu and unfortunately there just isn’t a substitute.
Dark rum can be substituted for brandy, port, Irish Cream (like Baileys) or madeira. Obviously I love the flavor of rum the best.


Tiramisu Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8
Calories: 340kcal
This Tiramisu recipe consists of a sweet creamy mascarpone filling layered with espresso-dipped lady fingers and topped with a thick dusting of cocoa powder. 



  • 4 large egg yolks, cold straight from the fridge
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, cold straight from the fridge
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces mascarpone , (from 2 containers) cold straight from the fridge

For Assembly:

  • 1 3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee*
  • 24 lady fingers, (from a 7-ounce package)

For Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted for topping


To Prep:

  • You’ll need an 8x8-inch baking dish or a 2 quart dish of some kind.

To Make the Filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer fixed with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl with an electric hand mixer), add all of the ingredients.
  • Beat all of the ingredients together for 1 minute; scrape down the sides and then beat again for an additional minute, being sure NOT to over beat it. Stick to the two minutes total.

To Assemble the Tiramisu:

  • Grab your baking dish. Transfer the strongly brewed coffee to a medium and or small bowl. Working one at a time, quickly dip each lady finger into the coffee. Be sure to not over saturate the ladyfinger with the coffee because then they’ll get a bit too soggy. All you need is a quick dip into the coffee. Arrange the dipped ladyfingers in the baking dish, side by side. I ended up filling up the empty spaces by snapping some of the lady fingers into different lengths.
  • Add a few scoops of the filling on top and spread into a 1/4-inch thick layer. Add more filling if you need to.
  • Dip the remaining lady fingers in the coffee and arrange them so there are no gaps. Add the remaining filling on top and spread it into a nice and neat final layer. Cover the dish with plastic wrap so it hits the surface of the tiramisu; transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.

To Serve:

  • Remove the plastic wrap and discard. If the plastic wrap has left any indentations in the topping, you can always smooth it out with an offset spatula. Sift the cocoa powder on top, applying a generous coating of it. Wipe the rim of the baking dish and serve.
  • This isn’t the type of tiramisu that gives you perfect slices. It’s more of a scoopable type tiramisu.
  • if covered, this tiramisu lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days.


If you like, instead of strongly brewed coffee, you can mix 6 shots of espresso with 1 cup of water. 
8x8-inch baking dish | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer | Silicon Spatulas | Offset Spatula | Stainless Steel Bowls |
CuisineAmerican, Italian
Keywordauehtnic tiramisu recipe, tiramisu cake, tiramisu ingredients, tiramisu recipe
Nutrition Facts
Tiramisu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Lincoln @ LincsFlavours March 22, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Great article and I am glad you had the opportunity to try tiramisù in Italy. As you know, there are a number of different recipes out there.

    Having worked in Rome, and with a person who claimed to have the real, original recipe (believe her or not), a couple of comments:

    She always separated the yolks from the whites. The yolks and the rest of the ingredients being beaten together as per your recipe. The whites are then beaten separately till firm then folded in. It makes the cream filling lighter.

    The second comment is around the Ladyfingers. She always used simple “tea” biscuits. Plain simple ones that are about as cheap a biscuit as one can buy. They are dipped in coffee just as in your recipe. Many recipes out there use sponge fingers etc for the “sponge” layer. Given that tiramisù is an old traditional dessert, and not so long ago people people in Italy and in many places in the world had relatively little money, it seems more logical that they would use old, simple biscuits than more expensive alternative.

    Either way, just a couple of thoughts about alternative methods / ingredients if you wanted to give them a try.

  • Reply HV Mom March 28, 2020 at 8:51 am

    5 stars
    Hallelujah someone who favors scooped vs sliced tiramisu! I first had this delectable dessert at a swanky SFO restaurant in the late 80’s and it was also served scoop style from the most beautiful oval ceramic bowl. I will definitely try your recipe. I found chef johns recipe for a giant batch excellent as well. I also found the comments below from Lincoln to be of interest.
    Take care. Be well. And keep writing and cooking.

  • Reply Johan L Tessens March 29, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    5 stars
    Tiramisu is normally made with Amaretto if no available take 6tbs Vodka with a few drops of vanilla and almond extract and mix with the coffee.