5 from 2 votes
Indulge in the Italian delight of tiramisu, a no-bake dessert. This non-alcoholic variant of the classic dessert features the goodness of mascarpone cheese, coffee-dipped ladyfingers, and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Tiramisu, the beloved Italian dessert, is a classic indulgence known for its layers of creamy mascarpone cheese, coffee-soaked ladyfingers, and a dusting of cocoa powder. This dessert, with its origins rooted in the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, has become a global favorite for its rich flavors and luxurious texture.

While the exact origins of tiramisu are debated, it is widely believed to have emerged in the 1960s or 1970s, gaining popularity in Italian restaurants before spreading across the world. The name “tiramisu” translates to “pick me up” in Italian, hinting at the dessert’s caffeine kick from the espresso-soaked ladyfingers.

Creating tiramisu may seem daunting at first, but fear not, for this recipe brings simplicity to your kitchen. With just a handful of ingredients and straightforward steps, you can whip up a decadent tiramisu that rivals those served in Italian trattorias.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey as you layer creamy mascarpone filling between coffee-infused ladyfingers, culminating in a dessert that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression. So, gather your ingredients and let’s dive into the enchanting world of tiramisu.

Expert Tip: Use high-quality brewed coffee or espresso for the best flavor in your tiramisu.


Egg Yolks: Egg yolks lend richness and a velvety texture to the mascarpone filling, creating a luxurious base for the tiramisu.

Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to balance the bitterness of the coffee and enriches the flavor of the mascarpone filling.

Mascarpone Cheese: Mascarpone cheese provides the creamy, luscious consistency that defines tiramisu, offering a delicate richness to each bite.

Coffee: Coffee, when cooled, serves as the soaking liquid for the ladyfingers, infusing them with robust flavor and a hint of caffeine.

Ladyfingers (Savoiardi): Ladyfingers, or Savoiardi biscuits, are sponge cookies used to create the layers in tiramisu. Their spongy texture absorbs the coffee mixture, adding moisture and structure to the dessert.

Cocoa Powder: Cocoa powder is sprinkled over the top of the tiramisu, adding a touch of bitterness and contrasting flavor to complement the sweetness of the mascarpone filling.

Expert Tip: Ensure the mascarpone cheese is at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.

Serving Suggestions

Tiramisu is a versatile dessert that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. Here are some serving suggestions to elevate your tiramisu experience:

  • Serve chilled tiramisu alongside fresh berries, such as raspberries or strawberries, for a burst of color and fruity freshness.
  • Dust each serving of tiramisu with additional cocoa powder or shaved chocolate for added visual appeal and a decadent finish.
  • Pair tiramisu with a glass of sweet dessert wine, such as Vin Santo or Marsala, to enhance its rich flavors and create a harmonious dessert pairing.
  • Garnish each serving of tiramisu with a sprig of fresh mint for a refreshing touch that balances the richness of the dessert.

Expert Tip: When dipping the ladyfingers in coffee, be sure to do so quickly to prevent them from becoming soggy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use instant coffee instead of brewed coffee?

Yes, instant coffee can be used as a convenient alternative to brewed coffee. Simply dissolve the instant coffee in hot water according to the package instructions before dipping the ladyfingers.

Can I make tiramisu ahead of time?

Yes, tiramisu can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for several hours or overnight before serving. In fact, allowing the flavors to meld together overnight can enhance the taste and texture of the dessert.

Can I substitute mascarpone cheese with cream cheese?

While cream cheese can be used as a substitute for mascarpone cheese in a pinch, keep in mind that it will alter the flavor and texture of the tiramisu. Mascarpone cheese has a milder flavor and creamier texture, whereas cream cheese may impart a tangier taste.

How long does tiramisu last in the refrigerator?

Tiramisu can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, though it is best enjoyed within the first 1-2 days for optimal freshness.

Can I freeze tiramisu?

While tiramisu can technically be frozen, it is not recommended as the texture may become icy and the flavors may be altered upon thawing. It is best to enjoy tiramisu fresh or refrigerated for the best taste and texture.

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by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in the Italian delight of tiramisu, a no-bake dessert. This non-alcoholic variant of the classic dessert features the goodness of mascarpone cheese, coffee-dipped ladyfingers, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 630 kcal


  • 6 large Egg Yolks
  • 120 g Sugar
  • 450 grams Mascarpone Cheese
  • 240 ml Coffee cooled
  • 24 Ladyfingers Savoiardi
  • Cocoa Powder for dusting


  • In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until well combined and creamy.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese to the egg yolk mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee and lay in the bottom of a 8×8 dish. You should use about 12 ladyfingers.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone and egg yolk mixture over the ladyfingers.
  • Repeat with another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers, then spread the remaining mascarpone mixture over the top.
  • Dust the top of the dessert with cocoa powder.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


The strong coffee can be decaf if preferred, and the dish can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 630kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 13gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 356mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 88mgFibre: 0.4gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1540IUVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 149mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Coffee, Food, No Bake, No Bake Desserts, Recipe
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