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Tiramisu Recipe | Tiramisu Cake

Rich and creamy, this easy tiramisu recipe is one of the best desserts we’ve ever had the privilege of devouring. A showstopping no-bake treat, Tiramisu Cake is guaranteed to impress your guests.  We’re sharing our best tips and tricks to make sure your tiramisu turns out perfectly every time.

A tiramisu cake dusted with chocolate shavings on top.
Tiramisu Cake is a LOT easier to make than it appears; it’s an outstanding dessert for any celebration.

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What is Tiramisu?

If you’ve never had a classic tiramisu cake, prepare to be blown away. We’ve traveled the globe taste-testing this scrumptious dessert, and our no-bake recipe still remains our favorite version to this day.

Truly indulgent, it is a type of Italian cake that is made with ladyfinger cookies that have been dipped in coffee and are often soaked in alcohol. They are then layered with a decadent whipped mixture consisting of eggs, sugar, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa. The end result is a beautiful fluffy cake with a rich coffee and chocolate taste. 

Why This Recipe Stands Out

We’re convinced that once you’ve tried our tiramisu cake with ladyfingers recipe, you’ll never look at other desserts the same way again. Here’s why:

  • Simple: This recipe uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients. No need for fancy, hard-to-source items.
  • Flavor: The combination of coffee, cocoa, and mascarpone cheese is simply irresistible. The Kahlua takes this treat to the next level, just like it does in our Chocolate Kahlua Cake.
  • Texture: The fluffy mascarpone cream and the soft, coffee-soaked ladyfingers create a dreamy texture in every bite.
  • Make Ahead: This tiramisu cake recipe is even better when made a day ahead, making it one of our favorite holiday dessert recipes.
  • Versatile: It’s a crowd-pleaser. Whether it’s a dinner party, casual get-together, or even a birthday, this tiramisu is always a hit.
  • Easy: Despite its sophisticated taste, this tiramisu made with ladyfingers is surprisingly easy to make.
  • Delicious: This isn’t just a dessert, it’s an indulgence. Every bite is creamy, rich, and utterly satisfying, just like our Mini Cheesecakes.
  • Authentic: This recipe stays true to the classic Italian tiramisu, giving you an authentic taste experience.

Key Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients for tiramisu cake are shown on a marble table.
  • Very Strong Coffee – We use 3 cups of very strong coffee, which can be either regular or Decaf. This is a key ingredient that gives the Tiramisu its signature rich coffee taste.
  • Kahlua Liquor – 4 TB of Kahlua liquor is used to enhance the coffee flavor and add a hint of sweetness. It is what sets our Tiramisu Cake apart from others for extra depth in flavor.
  • Mascarpone Cheese – This Italian cheese is creamy and rich, making our Tiramisu incredibly tasty.
  • Ladyfingers (Savoiardi biscuits) – These delicate, sponge-like cookies are soaked in the coffee mixture and layered with the whipped mixture to create the classic Tiramisu structure.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Used for dusting, unsweetened cocoa powder adds a beautiful finish and a hint of chocolate flavor.
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate – You can use semi sweet chocolate for shaving over the top of the Tiramisu cake as well. It adds an extra touch of sweetness and makes the dessert even more delicious.

Substitutions And Variations

Tiramisu Cake is a classic Italian dessert that we absolutely adore. But, just because it is a classic doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on it. Here are some variations and substitutions we think you might enjoy:

  • Flavored Coffee: If you want to try a different flavor profile, consider substituting the coffee with a flavored coffee or even a coffee alternative like chicory.
  • Stevia: For those watching their sugar intake, swap the sugar out for a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol.
  • Amaretto: Not a fan of Kahlua or rum? Try substituting with a different liqueur like Amaretto or even a flavored syrup.
  • Sponge Cake: If you can’t find ladyfingers, you could substitute them with sponge cake or even a biscotti.
  • Different Chocolate Shavings: For a different flavor, try using a different type of chocolate for shaving on top such as white chocolate or dark chocolate like we do in our Thick ‘n Chewy Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. Stir coffee, sugar, Kahlua, and rum until the sugar dissolves. Allow this mixture to cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, Marsala, and sugar. Place this bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  1. Use a handheld electric mixer or a whisk to triple the volume of the egg yolk mixture. Remove from heat and blend in mascarpone until just combined.
  2. Pour heavy cream into a chilled bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold this whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.
  1. Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture and arrange them at the bottom of a Springform pan. Spread half of the mascarpone filling on top of the ladyfingers. Repeat the process of dipping and layering the ladyfingers, and then spread the remaining mascarpone filling on top.
  2. Dust the top layer with cocoa and sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate the dessert overnight in the Springform pan to set. Before serving, release the sides of the Springform pan carefully.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.

How To Prep Ahead

This tiramisu recipe is not only a crowd-pleaser, but it is also a perfect make-ahead dessert. Take a look at our best prep-ahead tips for this recipe:

  • Prepare the Coffee Mixture: Stir the strong coffee, sugar, Kahlua, and rum until the sugar is dissolved. This mixture can be prepared a day ahead and stored in the fridge. Just remember to bring it to room temperature before using it.
  • Entirely Make Ahead: You can also make this delicious tiramisu cake with ladyfingers up to 3 days in advance. Simply refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve. 
  • Freeze: Need to prep for a party or holiday days in advance? No problem! Simply freeze the entire tiramisu cake for up to three months! Allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge the day before serving it. It’s as simple as that!
A tiramisu recipe with ladyfingers wrapped in red ribbon.
Add a dusting of cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate shavings for the most indulgent cake.

Common Asked Questions

What if I can’t find ladyfingers? 

Don’t worry! You can easily replace the ladyfinger cookies with a similar alternative such as Margherite cookies or panettone

Can I use decaf coffee

Yes. For a tiramisu recipe that won’t keep you up all night long, feel free to replace the coffee with decaf instead. For best results, brew strong decaf for using in the recipe.

Can I use a different type of alcohol? 

Sure! In fact, if you’d rather, you can leave the alcohol out altogether. Or replace it with coffee liqueur, dark rum, brandy, or Amaretto instead. 

Do I have to use a springform pan?

While we recommend using a springform pan for easy removal, you can also use a deep dish pie plate or a similar sized baking dish.

Is it necessary to chill the tiramisu overnight?

Yes, it is. Chilling the tiramisu overnight allows the flavors to meld together and the ladyfingers to soften, creating the perfect creamy and moist texture. Trust us, it is worth the wait!

How long does this best tiramisu recipe last?

Our best tiramisu recipe can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just make sure to cover it well to prevent it from drying out.

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Tiramisu Recipe | Tiramisu Cake

4.92 from 46 ratings
Rich and creamy, this easy tiramisu cake recipe is one of the best desserts we’ve ever had the privilege of devouring. A show-stopping no-bake treat, it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong



  • Stir strong coffee, 1 TB sugar, Kahlua, and rum until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large metal bowl, beat egg yolks, Marsala, and 1/2 cup sugar. Set bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer or whisk, mix until tripled in volume. This takes about 8 min. Remove from heat and beat mascarpone in until just combined.
  • Put heavy cream in a chilled bowl with chilled beaters. Beat until stiff peaks. Fold whipped cream in mascarpone mixture gently, taking time to fully incorporate it.
  • One at a time, very gently dip both sides of each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture, lining bottom of a 9-10 inch Springform pan (I use a 9 inch). Dip and line as you go. The ladyfingers can break apart, so don’t dip them too long; just until mostly soaked through, about a 2-second dip on each side. Trim any ladyfingers as needed so that it fits comfortably in pan.
  • Split mascarpone filling in half. Spread half of the filling on top of ladyfingers. Repeat dipping and lining for second layer of ladyfingers. Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top. Dust with cocoa. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Chill overnight in springform pan to set.
  • Carefully release sides of springform. If your sides are slightly haphazard, no worries. Take leftover ladyfingers, slice them in half, and use them to wrap around your Tiramisu.


  • Delicate and sponge-like, ladyfinger cookies will absorb the coffee mixture quickly. So be sure to work quickly to prevent them from becoming soggy. 
  • Take extra care to completely separate the egg yolks from the egg whites before adding them to the whipped mix. Otherwise, it will collapse, and you won’t achieve the thick, fluffy peaks we’re looking to create. 
  • When incorporating the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture, fold it in gently. This will help maintain the light and airy texture of the cream.
  • Pay attention to the layering process. Each layer of ladyfingers should be evenly soaked and covered with the mascarpone mixture to guarantee that every bite is balanced and delicious.
  • Depending on whether you use a 9 or 10-inch springform pan, you may need to add more or less ladyfingers around the edge. 
  • Believe it or not, this tiramisu recipe is even tastier when served the next day! Trust us, it’s worth the wait. 
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1567IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: No cook

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    • Emily Fata

    Your tiramisu (as well as all of your other baked goods) looks incredible! This is the perfect recipe for me to add to my list of things to bake for Christmas dinner this year. 🙂

    • Nisi Wanders

    Oh my kids love this. Seems so easy I may even attempt it! Wish me luck! 🙂

    • Venus Fitness-Shannon

    Those raspberry Cheesecake bites looks YUMMY! and i like that the heading says impressively easy…that is my cooking language.

    • roadtowajnblom

    OMG I’m drooling! This tiramisu looks AMAZING! And it’s so beautifully placed.

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