Berry Tiramisu Cake Recipe

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

This is the most stunning berry tiramisu recipe you’ll make because it’s an actual cake – bring this to a party and watch everyones eyes light up. It’s surprisingly really simple make and doesn’t require a crazy long list of ingredients. Unlike other tiramisu recipes, this one stays yummy in the fridge for 2 to 3 days without getting soggy.

Also, the sponge cake base can be made a day ahead or stored in the freezer up to 3 months!  I made this for my sister’s birthday and the following week for my nieces birthday and it was a big win both times. The phrase “I love that it’s not too sweet” was said again and again.

You see those plump, juicy berries? Those are Driscoll’s Berries! Big thank you to Driscoll’s for sponsoring this Berry Tiramisu recipe.

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P.S. All of the kids in our family loved the cake as is but if you want it to be more kid friendly, use 3 Tbsp liqueur in the syrup and 1 Tbsp in the cream or make it virgin by replacing liqueur with freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste.

1 Recipe for Sponge Cake (Makes two 9″ sponge cakes):

6 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for Berry Tiramisu Syrup, Fillings and Cream:

1 package (12 oz) Driscoll’s raspberries, divided
6 Tbsp (3 oz) orange liqueur, divided*
1/3 cup granulated sugar + 2 Tbsp for berry sauce
16 oz (1 lb) mascarpone cheese, refrigerated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (36% milk fat), chilled
1 package (1 lb) Driscoll’s strawberries, sliced, reserving 6 berries for the top
1 package (1 pint or 2 cups) Driscoll’s blueberries, divided

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*We love Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur for it’s amazing flavor. It’s available at the liquor store. If you don’t want to buy a big bottle, you can purchase 2 tiny bottles as pictured (1.5 oz each) to get 6 Tbsp for this recipe.

How to Make Berry Tiramisu Cake:

1. Bake the easy 4-ingredient sponge cake (click for written instructions). Once cakes are at room temp, use a serrated knife to cut in half for a total of 4 layers.

2. In a small bowl, combine: 1/2 package raspberries, 1/4 cup water, 4 Tbsp orange liqueur and 2 Tbsp sugar. Mash together with a fork and set aside.

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3. Just before assembling your cake, make the cream: In a large bowl, use a spatula to fold together 16 oz mascarpone cheese and 2 Tbsp orange liquor until well incorporated.

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4. In a second large mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla just until fluffy with soft peaks (note: mascarpone stabilizes soft whipped cream so don’t over-beat or it will become grainy when blended with mascarpone). Use a spatula to fold half of the whipped cream into mascarpone to lighten it then fold in remaining cream and blend until fully incorporated. It may seem loose at first but it thickens as it sits.

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How to Assemble Berry Tiramisu Cake:

1. Place your first cake layer on a serving platter and use a spoon to spread 1/4 of your raspberry syrup (no need for perfection). Top with 1/4 of your cream and a generous layer of sliced strawberries and whole blueberries. Repeat with remaining layers and cover the top with remaining whole strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Tip: if you push the cream and berries just slightly past the cake’s edges, it will look prettier when stacked. Cake can be served right away, but if you refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, it will be a little easier to slice. 

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

Berry Tiramisu Cake Recipe

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This is the most stunning berry tiramisu you'll make because it's an actual cake. It's surprisingly really simple make and doesn't require a crazy long list of ingredients.
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Skill Level: Medium
Cost To Make: $25-$32 (varies by season)
Serving: 4-layer, 9" cake

Ingredients

For the Sponge Cake:

  • 1 Recipe for Sponge Cake (Makes two 9" sponge cakes):
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For the Berry Tiramisu Syrup, Fillings and Cream:

  • 1 package (12 oz) Driscoll's raspberries, divided
  • 6 Tbsp (3 oz) orange liqueur, divided*
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar + 2 Tbsp for berry sauce
  • 16 oz (1 lb) mascarpone cheese, refrigerated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream (36% milk fat), chilled
  • 1 package (1 lb) Driscoll's strawberries, sliced, reserving 6 berries for the top
  • 1 package (1 pint or 2 cups) Driscoll’s blueberries, divided

Instructions

How to Make Berry Mascarpone:

  1. Bake the easy 4-ingredient sponge cake (click for written instructions). Once cakes are at room temp, use a serrated knife to cut in half for a total of 4 layers.
  2. In a small bowl, combine: ½ package raspberries, ¼ cup water, 4 Tbsp orange liqueur and 2 Tbsp sugar. Mash together with a fork and set aside.
  3. Just before assembling your cake, make the cream: In a large bowl, use a spatula to fold together 16 oz mascarpone cheese and 2 Tbsp orange liquor until well incorporated.
  4. In a second large mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer 1½ cups heavy cream, ⅓ cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla just until fluffy with soft peaks.** Use a spatula to fold half of the whipped cream into mascarpone to lighten it then fold in remaining cream and blend until fully incorporated.

How to Assemble Berry Tiramisu Cake:

  1. Place your first cake layer on a serving platter and use a spoon to spread ¼ of your raspberry syrup (no need for perfection). Top with ¼ of your cream and a generous layer of sliced strawberries and whole blueberries. Repeat with remaining layers and cover the top with remaining whole strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. ***

Notes

*We love Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur for it's amazing flavor. It's available at the liquor store. If you don't want to buy a big bottle, you can purchase 2 tiny bottles as pictured (1.5 oz each) to get 6 Tbsp for this recipe.
**Mascarpone stabilizes soft whipped cream so don't over-beat or it will become grainy when blended with mascarpone.
***If you push the cream and berries just slightly past the cake's edges, it will look prettier when stacked. Cake can be served right away, but if you refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, it will be a little easier to slice.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

Let me know if you make this for someone you love. It truly is a special cake :). Explore more Driscoll’s berry recipes here!

The most STUNNING Berry Tiramisu you'll make - bring this to a party and watch people's eyes light up. Berry Tiramisu is SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE to make. Step-by-step photos! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Emily
    February 8, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    How do you have such straight cake layers? My cakes always turn out with a circular top. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Emily, with this particular sponge cake, it does not dome at the top. Reply

  • Kathy
    January 16, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    I’ve made this cake before for and it is YUMMY! Great recipe!

    I’m making it for a wedding this Friday. It’ll be the main cake! I wanted to ask about the berry tiramisu cake. Will the berry tiramisu cream be good for 5-6 hours out room temp? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2018

      Hi Kathy, if the the berries are sturdy (not overly ripe), it should be ok but keep it chilled as long as possible before putting it out. As long as the room is a comfortable temp and out of any sunshine, it should be ok. For a wedding, I would suggest doing a test run and letting it sit that long to see if you still love it. 🙂 Reply

  • Ali
    November 25, 2017

    Hi Natasha, can substitute orange extract instead of orange liqueur? And about how much should I use, if yes? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2017

      Hi Ali, I haven’t tried that but in general, you would use 1/4 tsp extract for every 1 Tbsp of liqueur. Reply

  • J
    June 23, 2017

    I do not use alcohol products. Can I substitute the orange liqueur with orange blossom water? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2017

      Hi J, yes that should work fine 🙂 Reply

  • Ada
    June 13, 2017

    Please post calories and carb n sugar don’t see in the recipes,will make it thank u Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 13, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Ada! Reply

  • Tena
    May 2, 2017

    Hi! I really like this recipe but unfortunately, I am allergic to strawberries. Do you think the cake would be just as good without them or is it better to replace them with some other fruit?
    Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Hi Tena, you could definitely replace it with your favorite berry or just use more of the other berries. Reply

  • Yuliya
    March 24, 2017

    Can I use orange juice in place of the orange liqueur? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2017

      Hi Yuliya, yes that would work fine. You can also use lemon juice for an added punch of flavor 🙂 Reply

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