Classic Tiramisu

Indulge in a slice of heaven with this Classic Tiramisu, an exquisite Italian dessert layered with espresso-dipped ladyfingers, rich mascarpone cream, and a generous dusting of cocoa powder. This no-bake delight is a seamless blend of bold coffee flavors softened by the sweet, creamy filling, creating an irresistible contrast that melts in your mouth. It’s a sophisticated dessert that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, promising a taste of Italian elegance with every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Tiramisu:

  • Flavor Harmony: The combination of robust espresso with the creamy sweetness of mascarpone is a match made in dessert heaven.
  • Texture Delight: Enjoy the unique mouthfeel that comes from soft, yet slightly firm ladyfingers contrasted with the smooth, rich cream.
  • Simple Elegance: Tiramisu is a classic for a reason, offering a gourmet dessert experience without the need for complex baking techniques.
  • Versatility: It’s the perfect ending to any meal, from a casual get-together to a fancy dinner party.

Decoration Tips:

  • For a neat presentation, layer the tiramisu in individual glasses or a trifle bowl to showcase the layers.
  • Use stencils to create cocoa powder designs such as hearts or leaves on the final dusted layer.
  • Garnish with chocolate curls or shavings for added texture and a hint of extra chocolate.
  • A few coffee beans placed on top can enhance the visual appeal and hint at the flavor within.
  • For a seasonal touch, consider a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg along with the cocoa powder during the holidays.

Classic Tiramisu

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time:4 hours Total time:4 hours 30 minutesServings:8-10 servingsCalories: kcal Best Season:Available


This Classic Tiramisu recipe offers a decadent blend of creamy mascarpone filling layered between espresso-soaked ladyfingers, all dusted with a rich cocoa powder topping. It’s a no-bake Italian dessert that combines simple ingredients to create a timeless treat with the perfect balance of coffee, sweetness, and a touch of liqueur.


  • For the Coffee Layer:


  1. In a bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar together until soft peaks form.
  2. Add the mascarpone cheese and coffee liqueur (if using) to the whipped cream and continue to whip until well combined and smooth.
  3. Dip the ladyfingers quickly into the espresso, making sure not to soak them as they will become too soft.
  4. Arrange a layer of espresso-soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of the dish.
  5. Spread half of the mascarpone filling over the ladyfingers.
  6. Add another layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the mascarpone filling.
  7. Spread the remaining mascarpone filling over the second layer of ladyfingers.
  8. Sift the cocoa powder over the top to cover the tiramisu completely.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  10. Serve chilled, with additional cocoa powder dusted on top if desired.


  • Ladyfinger Substitutes: If ladyfingers are not available, you can use sponge cake or any other light, dry cake cut into strips.
  • Liqueur Alternatives: If you prefer not to use liqueur, you can omit it or substitute it with a coffee or chocolate flavored syrup.
  • Serving Tip: For neat slices, dip your knife into hot water before cutting into the tiramisu.
  • Storage: Tiramisu can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It’s not recommended to freeze it as it can affect the texture of the mascarpone cream.

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