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Tiramisu Recipe (VIDEO)

Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert made with layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and incredible mascarpone cream. The custard-like cream is excellent and contains no raw egg. This easy recipe is truly the best homemade tiramisu and always gets rave reviews.

We love classic Italian desserts like Panna Cotta, Affogato, and of course Berry Tiramisu. Classic Tiramisu is probably the most iconic Italian treat and this one does not disappoint! Watch the video tutorial and you’ll see how easy it is.

Tiramisu dessert served in a casserole dish with serving spoon

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What is Tiramisu?

The word Tiramisu (tirami su in Italian) means “cheer me up” or “pull me up,” which is very appropriate because one bite will put you in a good mood! An authentic Tiramisu dessert that has 2 main layers: sponge cake ladyfingers soaked in coffee and liqueur and the mascarpone cream layer. This classic dessert often contains raw egg yolks, but we use a different process to create a custard-like cream with amazing texture and flavor.

Tiramisu with layers of lady fingers and mascarpone cream on a plate

Ingredients for Tiramisu:

Tiramisu requires a short list of ingredients, but the combination tastes incredible. We add a little golden rum to the cream and to the coffee syrup for more depth of flavor. You can use espresso if you have an espresso machine (here’s ours), or use your favorite strong-brewed coffee.

Ingredients for Italian dessert including lady fingers, coffee, cream, mascarpone, eggs and sugar

Can I Substitute the Rum?

We used golden rum but you can use dark rum. You can also substitute the rum with a little Grand Marnier, or amaretto. If you prefer to omit the alcohol completely, you can just leave out the rum or add a little bit of vanilla extract to taste.

What are LadyFingers?

Lady Fingers are essentially sponge cake batter piped into strips then baked and dried into biscuits. They are known “savoiardi” in Italian and are perfect for tiramisu because they absorb the syrup well without getting soggy. Ladyfingers are great in other no-bake desserts such as the incredible Charlotte Cake, these individual Mousse Cups, and even a trifle.

Where to Find Lady Fingers:

They are sold in some grocery stores and I have found them at Trader Joes, Walmart, Albertsons, and World Market but it’s easy to get ladyfingers online. Either dry or “soft” ladyfingers would work here. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make homemade ladyfingers.

Ladyfingers layered in casserole dish with mascarpone cream.

What is Mascarpone?

Mascarpone is essentially the Italian version of cream cheese. At it’s core, it is made of whipped cream, stabilized with an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice or citric acid. Mascarpone cheese has a silkier consistency, is milder in flavor and has twice as much fat as cream cheese. In some cases, you can substitute with cream cheese like in our Tiramisu Yule Log but the flavor and texture will be different.

How to Make Tiramisu:

Tiramisu is made of 2 basic components – the cream layer and the coffee-soaked ladyfingers. The process is simple:

  1. Quickly dip half of the ladyfingers in coffee rum syrup and arrange in a 9×13 casserole
  2. Combine 6 yolks and 3/4 cup sugar and continue whisking over a saucepan of simmering water for 9-10 minutes. Remove from steam and cool slightly.
  3. Beat 16 oz mascarpone with 3 Tbsp rum then beat in the warm yolk mixture until blended.
  4. Whip 2 cups cold heavy cream to medium peaks. With a spatula, fold half into the mascarpone mixture then fold in the remaining half until blended.
  5. Spread half of the cream over the first layer of ladyfingers. Dip the remaining ladyfingers and arrange over the cream. Spread on remaining cream. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight then dust with cocoa powder and serve.

Step by step photos how to make easy tiramisu cake

Tips for the Best Tiramisu:

  • Dip ladyfingers one or two at a time. A quick dip on each side is enough. There will be some syrup left behind.
  • Do not over-soak the ladyfingers or the layers may collapse.
  • When whisking yolks and sugar over steam, make sure the bowl is not touching the water beneath it.
  • Beat the cold heavy whipping cream until medium peaks form (don’t under beat or overbeat)
  • When working with Mascarpone, do not overmix the cream or it may turn grainy.
  • Chill the cake at least 6 hours in the refrigerator or overnight and it will be very easy to slice.
  • Tiramisu keeps well so you can make it a day or two ahead.
  • Leftovers are good refrigerated up to 5 days because there are no raw eggs in the cake.

Best tiramisu on a plate showing layers inside

Can I Substitute the Coffee?

Traditionally, coffee or espresso is used in Tiramisu. If you are concerned about the caffeine, you can use decaf coffee so you can still enjoy the same classic flavor. If you prefer a different flavor profile, you can turn this into a Berry Tiramisu and omit the cocoa powder.

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Tiramisu Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting/Chilling Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
Slice of tiramisu on a plate with fork
Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert made with layers of ladyfingers and mascarpone custard cream (no raw eggs!). Truly the best homemade tiramisu.
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $20-$22
Keyword: tiramisu
Calories: 538 kcal
Servings: 12 slices of cake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups espresso and 3 Tbsp rum. Quickly dip half of the ladyfingers, one at a time and arrange in a single layer in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Dip once on each side so they are moist but do not soak ladyfingers or the cake will collapse.

  2. Whisk together yolks and sugar. Place over steam (on a saucepan with simmering water) and whisk 9-10 minutes on low heat until the mixture is lighter in color and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and let cool slightly while doing step 3.

  3. Beat together 16 oz mascarpone and 3 Tbsp rum. Use an electric hand mixer to beat in the warm yolk mixture until well incorporated.

  4. In a separate bowl, beat cold heavy whipping cream until medium peaks form (about 3-4 minutes). Use a spatula to fold half of the whipped cream into mascarpone cream then blend in remaining whipped cream, just until incorporated. Do not overfold or it will become grainy.

  5. Spread half of the cream over the first layer of ladyfingers. Dip and arrange remaining ladyfingers. Spread remaining cream. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Dust with cocoa powder before serving. It is ok to dust with cocoa ahead of time - it will just darken it in color from the moisture.

Nutrition Facts
Tiramisu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 271mg90%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1446IU29%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Linda
    December 2, 2019

    Hi Natasha! I made your no bake tiramisu this weekend. Thank you! It was fabulous!!! I just wish I had more filling to make it a bit thicker. Could I do so by adding 3 more egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar and then 3 cups whipping cream????? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2019

      Hi, Linda, I haven’t tested those exact measurements but you can simply double or make 1.5xs the cream recipe. Reply

      • Linda
        December 3, 2019

        Thanks natasha for replying. I have tried so many of your recipes and they have all been a big hit in my house!! You are very good at what you do!!! I just had a piece of the leftover tiramisu, it’s still so yummy!!!! Thank you for replying im gonna try and do it thicker next time I make it, I’ll post a pic when I do. Have a great day and thanks again Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 3, 2019

          You’re so nice! Thank you for that kind and thoughtful review, Linda! I’m smiling big readying your comment. Reply

  • linda
    November 29, 2019

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit!! Thank you for sharing your recipes and being so quick to answer/comment on our posts. I use your banana bread recipe ALL of the time :)!! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 29, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for the wonderful review. Also, if you love the banana bread, make sure to try the chocolate chip version. My kiddos love that one even more! Reply

  • Kathy
    November 29, 2019

    Made this yesterday for Thanksgiving! Flavor was outstanding but it was runny. 🙁 Maybe I didn’t beat the whipped cream enough? I’ll try again though because it was delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 29, 2019

      Hi Kathy, make sure you also whisk the eggs and sugar on the stove-top long enough or it can also get a little loose and lastly, make sure not to oversoak the lady fingers which will also add too much moisture to the cake. I hope that helps for next time. I’m so glad you enjoyed the flavor! Reply

  • Elena
    November 29, 2019

    Natasha, this recipe is a bomb. I made it for Thanksgiving and everybody loved it!! Not too sweet, very delicate, soft…. just the right combination. Thank you for your hard work!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2019

      Hi Elena, that is exactly why we love this recipe, it is the perfect combination. Thank you for sharing your great review with us. Reply

  • Marina
    November 28, 2019

    This looks delicious. Where can I purchase marscapone? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 28, 2019

      Hi Marina, I found it at Fred Meyer. I would suggest calling the grocery stores before making your rounds since not all grocery stores carry it, but most should. Reply

  • Jane
    November 27, 2019

    I absolutely love your recipes. The way you show them on the video makes it easy for us to follow. This Thanksgiving we are making the Tiramisu for dessert and the sweet potato casserole.
    Keep it up Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 27, 2019

      Ok now that is amazing. I’m seriously bringing the same 2 dishes to our family’s Thanksgiving dinner. I love that!! I have the Tiramisu chilling in the fridge right now and plan to make the casserole tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!! Reply

  • Leah
    November 27, 2019

    Made this tonight for thanksgiving tomorrow, directions easy to follow, video helped a lot and I can’t wait to try it, looks phenomenal & I’m sure it will taste the same. Love your recipes! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2019

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipe, Leah! Thank you for that great review. Reply

  • ALina
    November 26, 2019

    Natasha, you really need a cookbook with all your recipes!
    Love your recipes Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear it, Alina! Thank you for that great review. Reply

    • linda
      November 26, 2019

      yes, definitely!!! Thanksgiving cannot get here soon enough. Making Tiramisu Thursday AM. Reply

  • Valerie
    November 26, 2019

    Can I make this 2 days ahead of time? Or will it get soggy by thanksgiving? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2019

      it is best eaten within a day of making it but it can sit for a couple of days in the fridge. Reply

  • Anna C
    November 24, 2019

    Hi! I’m not older enough to buy rum! What kind of substitute can I use? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 24, 2019

      Hi Anna, I have some great substitution ideas in the recipe post above. Reply

  • linda
    November 24, 2019

    16oz of marscapone? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 24, 2019

      Hi Linda, yes that is correct. Is there something in the recipe that isn’t clear? Please let me know and I will correct it. I hope you love the Tiramisu! Reply

      • linda
        November 24, 2019

        Thank you!! Just noticed other Tiramisu receipts call for only 8oz. Looking forward to making it. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 25, 2019

          I hope you love it, Linda! Reply

          • Mati
            November 26, 2019

            Hi!
            Can you use shaved chocolate instead of the powder chocolate?

          • Natasha
            November 26, 2019

            Hi Mati, absolutely! Shaved chocolate all over the top is a great idea!

  • Kent
    November 23, 2019

    Tiramisu is an excellent desert and this one looks great. The only reason I won’t try this is because I already have about a dozen versions of this recipe, including Sophia Loren’s. I lucked into that one many hears ago. I do advise anyone without a favorite recipe to grab this one though, it looks delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Kent! Reply

  • Vedika
    November 23, 2019

    If I want to make a smaller portion, do I just halve the ingredients? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 23, 2019

      Hi, yes that is correct. Also, if cutting the yolks in half, you want to heat that yolk and sugar mixture for about 6 minutes over the steam rather than 8-10 min. Reply

  • Cindy Hopper
    November 22, 2019

    I can’t believe we can make this at home. This tastes fantastic and is such a fancy dessert. Thanks for the video it really helped. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that and found it helpful! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Jamielyn Nye
    November 22, 2019

    This recipe was so easy and delicious! Taste just like my favorite restaurant! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jamielyn! Reply

  • Katie
    November 22, 2019

    Made this for the family and it was a hit! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      Oh that is awesome! I’m so glad to hear that you all loved the Tiramisu. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • wilhelmina
    November 22, 2019

    This is a showstopper! I was so pleasently surprised at how easy it was! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for your wonderful review. It’s my favorite because it’s so easy but tastes so fancy! Reply

  • Julia
    November 22, 2019

    Hi Natasha! It looks delicious! Question please: Do I have to use rum?
    P.s- Love your recipes! I cook better thanks to you! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      Hi Julia, thank you! You can omit or substitute. Please see the section above labeled: “Can I Substitute the Rum?” Reply

  • Matt Taylor
    November 22, 2019

    Yummy! Such an amazing Tiramisu. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂 Awesome video too! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      I’m so glad you loved it and thank you for the amazing compliment. Reply

  • Soni
    November 22, 2019

    Hi Natasha, awesome recipe! Thank you! Can you please tell me where you got the dish you used for the tiramisu? It looks perfect, please share a link if possible. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      Hi Soni, I have a link to a similar one. The specific one I have is from Fred Meyer store and I am not able to find it online but the one I linked above is very close. Reply

  • Andrea
    November 22, 2019

    Hi! I want to try this for Thanksgiving! What can I use instead of rum?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2019

      Hi Andrea, that is an easy swap – check out the section above that says: “Can I Substitute the Rum?” Reply

      • Stephanie
        November 26, 2019

        Hi, can the eggs be omitted or will it not taste the same? Thanks! Reply

        • Natasha
          November 26, 2019

          Hi Stephanie, the eggs add great flavor but also help with the frosting setting up properly. I think it would still work without them, but it wouldn’t be the same. Reply

  • Luba Demkiv
    November 22, 2019

    Natasha! Wow! It looks so delicious & easy to make. I want to make it for Thanksgiving! Only 1 question: where do you buy ladyfingers? I live in Syracuse, NY and I saw chocolate ladyfingers in our grocery stores. (they look brown, but yours are yellow) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2019

      Hi Luba, our local stores have them in stock as well as the russian store. We also have this note in the recipe you may find helpful “They are sold in some grocery stores and I have found them at Trader Joes, Walmart, Albertsons, and World Market but it’s easy to get ladyfingers online. Either dry or “soft” ladyfingers would work here. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make homemade ladyfingers. Also, chocolate lady fingers will work here.  Reply

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