Sunday, August 1, 2021

Easy Tiramisu Recipe

This easy tiramisu recipe is rich, decadent, and elegant. Ideal for dinner parties and gatherings, this dessert is made to impress. 

Layers of sweet mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers soaked in rum and espresso and topped with cookie crumbs, cocoa, and chocolate curls. It’s sure to blow your mind!

Not only is this Italian tiramisu a hit with guests, but it’s also very simple to prepare. Most of your time is spent waiting for it to chill.

As you know, Italian recipes are our specialty! If you are looking for something to serve with the best tiramisu recipe, try our chicken alfredo tortellini soup, italian stuffed peppers, or any of our Olive Garden copycat recipes.

Easy Tiramisu Recipe sliced on a plate

Easy Tiramisu Recipe - Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Room temperature ingredients. To make the ingredients combine smoothly, it’s important to let the eggs and mascarpone cheese come to room temperature before you begin.
  • Don’t scramble the eggs. Slowly heating the egg yolks and using a double boiler will prevent them from curdling and resulting in scrambled eggs.
  • Go easy on the heavy cream. Overmixing heavy cream can turn it into butter, so mix, but not too good!
  • Break out the vegetable peeler. To get perfectly shaped chocolate curls, use room temperature chocolate and a vegetable peeler. It will look stunning, and as long as the chocolate isn’t too hot or too cold, it works like a charm.
  • A sieve is the answer. Are you wondering how to get perfectly even cocoa on top of the tiramisu? Simply sift the cocoa powder through a sieve, and it will go on beautifully.
best tiramisu recipe ingredients

What You Will Need For This Easy Tiramisu Recipe
  • Mixing Bowls - These are my favorite!
  • Stand Mixer or a hand mixer and a large bowl will work. 
  • 9x13 Dish - This one is great and comes with a lid for quick and easy storage.
  • Sieve - A must have for getting the perfect cocoa layer on top.
italian tiramisu cream in a bowl

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

How long does tiramisu last?

As long as it’s kept refrigerated, leftover tiramisu will last up to 3 days. Keep it tightly covered, except for when you are serving.

If it’s going to be sitting out for longer than 2 hours, you will need to keep it on ice, so it doesn’t spoil.

Additionally, you can freeze any leftovers for up to 1 month as long as they are kept in a tightly sealed container.

easy tiramisu recipe being layered

Do I have to cook the eggs?

The risk of salmonella is very low if you are using fresh, refrigerated Grade A eggs, so it’s not necessary to cook them.

I’ve made tiramisu plenty of times without cooking the egg yolks and sugar together, and it’s always turned out decadent and delicious.

best tiramisu recipe in a casserole dish

Can I make tiramisu even if I don’t have espresso?

Yes, absolutely! Simply substitute the espresso for strong brewed coffee. After brewing the coffee, let it cool before continuing with the recipe.

Can I make the whipped cream sweeter?

Yes, feel free to sweeten the whipped cream with one tablespoon of powdered sugar.


italian tiramisu sliced with a piece missing

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easy tiramisu recipe on a plate

Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Easy Tiramisu Recipe

This easy tiramisu recipe is rich, decadent, and elegant. Ideal for dinner parties and gatherings, this dessert is made to impress.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 40 M


  • 6 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 ounce mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, cold (divided)
  • 7 ounce packages ladyfinger cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups espresso, cooled
  • 6 tablespoons Meyers dark rum
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Semi-sweet chocolate bar for curls (optional)


  1. In a medium glass mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth. Add granulated sugar and continue whisking until combined.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a simmer and place the bowl with egg yolks/sugar over the steam. Whisk constantly while heating until the mixture is warm, thick, and light yellow. Most of the sugar should be dissolved (rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers to feel for granules).
  3. Allow the egg mixture to cool for a few moments. Add 2 tablespoons of rum and the mascarpone cheese to the egg mixture. Beat with a hand beater until the mixture is smooth.
  4. In the cold bowl of a standing mixer, add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Beat with a whisk attachment until stiff peaks form (do not overwhisk.)
  5. Gently fold the whipped cream into the egg/mascarpone mixture.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of Meyers rum to the espresso and stir to combine.
  7. Dip one ladyfinger into the espresso, turning it to quickly cover each side of the
  8. cookie. Place the ladyfinger into a 9x13 baking dish. Continue dipping cookies and placing them to cover the bottom of the dish.
  9. Spread ½ of the cream mixture over the layer of ladyfingers.
  10. Top with a second layer of dipped ladyfingers.
  11. Spread the remaining cream mixture and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
  12. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  13. Whip remaining 1 cup of heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a piping bag fit with Tip #1M.
  14. Shake unsweetened cocoa powder through a sieve to generously cover the top of the tiramisu.
  15. Score into 12 sections. Pipe 12 dollops of whipped cream, one in the center of each piece.
  16. Sprinkle with ladyfinger cookie crumbs and chocolate curls, if desired.
  17. Serve or keep chilled until ready to serve.

Easy Tiramisu Recipe closeup

Originally published August 2021

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