This Tiramisu recipe is made with a classic creamy filling of tempered egg yolks, mascarpone and cream, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa and chocolate shavings. It’s a summer dessert that everyone will love!
All-Time Favorite Dessert
This easy Tiramisu recipe is light, creamy, and flavored with coffee, Kahlua, and cocoa, which are three of my favorite things.
It’s the perfect thing to get through the afternoon slump, especially paired it with a cup of coffee! Think of all the things you can accomplish ;)
And because it’s a no bake dessert, enjoy this tiramisu cake recipe all summer long without heating up the house. Once you temper the eggs that is! But it’s just a few minutes and no oven required!
How to Make Tiramisu
- Pick up store-bought ladyfingers or make your own. Most tiramiu ingredients are found right in your kitchen. But I made my own ladyfingers for this recipe only because I couldn’t find any at any of our grocery stores! I used this ladyfinger recipe and they turned out great! If making your own, it’s best to make a few days in advance and let them get hard and slightly stale, or make one day in advance and leave on the counter without being covered.
- Make custard filling: this has to cool to room temperature before you can start assembling so it’s a good idea to make it a couple of hours before you need it. I do like to stir in the mascarpone while it’s warm because it incorporates more easily and without lumps.
- Whip cream and fold it into custard filling carefully, once it has cooled. You don’t want to add it to hot custard!
- Layer: dunk ladyfingers in the coffee and Kahlua mixture, turning over a couple of times to coat all sides. Place in the pan, top with half the custard filling, and repeat layers one more time.
- Let chill for at least 6 hours to set up, then dust with unsweetened cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings if desired just before serving.
How to Make in Advance
Tiramisu is the best dessert for making in advance because it does require a certain amount of time to sit and chill so the flavors come together and the ladyfingers soften.
It needs at least 6 hours to chill in the fridge before serving, but can be made up to 2 or 3 days in advance.
It will last longer than that, so don’t worry if you have leftovers in the refrigerator. But it is best if enjoyed within the first 3 days.
Can I Skip the Alcohol?
Alcohol is traditionally added to the espresso or coffee that the ladyfingers are soaked in, but it’s an easy thing to leave out.
If making with no alcohol, simply substitute additional water, coffee or espresso for the required amount of Kahlua.
Enjoy the best tiramisu recipe out there!
More Easy No-Bake Desserts:
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- No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake – just 6 simple ingredients!
- White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake – ready in 30 mins!
- Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies– deliciously addictive
- Affogato Recipe – easy and elegant!
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 8 ounces mascarpone 225 grams
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso room temperature
- 2 tablespoons Kahlua liquor or brandy
- 18-20 ladyfinger cookies
- cocoa powder and chocolate shavings optional, for garnish
In a medium saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and milk together until combined. Place over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened (don't rush, this can take 10-15 minutes).
Remove from the heat and stir in mascarpone and vanilla and let custard cool to room temperature.
- Whip cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the cooled custard.
- In a small bowl, combine coffee and Kahlua.
- Dip ladyfingers in coffee mixture, turning in the liquid 2 or 3 times. Place a single layer in the bottom of an 8x8" pan.
- Cover with half of the mascarpone custard, then repeat layers one more time.
- Cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. Dust with cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings before serving as desired.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)