Amy's Cuisine | Tiramisu image: Layers of light brown/yellow ladyfingers soaked in espresso, between layers of off-white mascarpone cheese mixture and white heavy whipping cream. Topped with brown sifted raw cocoa powder. Served on a white dish with a decorative silver spoon blurred and glass mug of coffee in background.
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Tiramisu

Loosely translated to "Lift me up" or "Pick me up", this classic, but easy Tiramisu cake recipe will do exactly this. Simple instructions using easy-to-get ingredients make this recipe a snap! Will you share your delicious dessert with any other sweets lovers?
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate, Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Amy of Amy's Cuisine
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • shallow dish
  • baking dish
  • large mixing bowl
  • rubber scraper
  • sifter

Ingredients

  • 1 package ladyfingers enough for two single layers in the baking dish you use
  • 2 cups espresso or strong brew coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 3 TBSP liquor Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy, optional
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream room temperature
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder for dusting on top of dessert

Instructions

  • Brew instant espresso or other strong coffee. Cool to room temperature and set aside. While the coffee is still warm, add 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar per 2 cups of coffee. Stir the sugar into the coffee until it is completely dissolved. *Optional: Add in liquor of choice (Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy) and stir well.
  • Prepare heavy whipping cream mixture. Add in powdered sugar to heavy whipping cream. Beat using a stand mixer or electric mixer at medium speed, whipping until peaks form.
  • In a small bowl, combine ingredients to make mascarpone cheese mixture. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the room temperature mascarpone cheese. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Arrange ladyfingers in a single layer on the bottom of selected baking dish.
  • Dip ladyfingers one at a time through the room temperature, sweetened espresso/coffee and place back into the baking dish. Use care to avoid over soaking as you dip each ladyfinger on both sides into the prepared coffee mixture, then place it back on the bottom of your selected baking dish.
  • Spread one half of total mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. Divide the mascarpone cheese mixture into two equal portions before spreading one half over the layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Spread one half of total whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. As with the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture, divide the whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture into two equal portions before carefully spreading one half over the mascarpone mixture layer.
  • Repeat process of carefully dipping ladyfingers through coffee to create a new layer. Dip another single layer of ladyfingers into the room temperature sweetened coffee and carefully place on top of the whipped cream layer.
  • Spread the other half of the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of second layer of soaked ladyfingers.
  • Spread the other half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the second layer of mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture.
  • Garnish as you serve. At the last moment prior to serving Tiramisu, use a sifter to lightly dust cocoa powder over the top of the prepared dessert.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 2151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 4mg

Nothing says Buongiorno, Bella! like a sweet, delectable slice of Tiramisu. Loosely translated to “Lift me up” or “Pick me up”, this classic, but easy tiramisu cake recipe will do exactly this for you. The question is: Will you dare to share with any other sweet dessert lovers?

The best part? All ingredients in this recipe are handy in your Kitchen, or easy to acquire at any neighborhood grocery. The preparation is SO simple and straightforward, I nickname this recipe “Tira-mi-Simple“. Yes, even my 6-year-old helps me with this easy tiramisu “cake” recipe. It’s true!

I hope you’ll make this tasty treat today or this evening. If you sneak aside a portion to save for a special pairing with your early morning coffee, I’ll keep your secret. 😉

Bon Appetit, my friends!

Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Ready in 15 minutes – Serves 8 people

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe | Amy Guides

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN TIRAMISU?

While authentic Italian Tiramisu has many ingredients and involves advanced cooking techniques, I keep this recipe simple and straightforward. This is a layered dessert, a kind of a dessert version of lasagna. So, with a few easy-to-find ingredients, and about 15 minutes, we create a decadent, flavorful dessert everyone loves.

Ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese and specialty liquor (optional–I leave it out most times) are perhaps the only ingredients which may not be in your everyday pantry staples.

After our foundation of ladyfingers is set, we simply build up more layers with a perfect balance of whipped cream, granulated cane sugar, vanilla extract and raw cocoa powder.

HOW DO I MAKE THIS DESSERT?

Great cooks begin by gathering and setting out all the kitchen equipment and ingredients they will need to create a dish. Chefs refer to this as mise en place, meaning “everything set up and in its place”.  I recommend you read through every step below, even before preparing your kitchen equipment and ingredients for this recipe, to assure your best success in making this dish taste as delicious as it looks.

If you’re missing something, don’t worry. You may always borrow something from a friend or buy it online. You’ll see links below within the equipment list below for easy shopping.

Here is a quick equipment list, so you may gather all your kitchen tools prior to starting. The last thing we want is to be delayed from digging into a tasty Tiramisu because we are missing a simple Kitchen tool.

  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • rubber scraper
  • sifter
  • mixing bowl
  • small dish OR shallow bowl
  • stand mixer OR hand mixer
  • baking dish, I typically use 8 x 8 x 2 inches (20 x 20 x 5 cm)

WHAT IS AN EASY TIRAMISU RECIPE?

Tiramisu is a layered dish. Think of it as a “dessert lasagna”, if you will. The first steps are creating the mixtures for each layer. The following steps show you how to build up the layers of the dessert. The final step is garnishing your dessert with raw cocoa powder.

Brew instant espresso or other strong coffee. Cool to room temperature. In our first step, we quickly swipe ladyfingers through some lightly sweetened strong brew coffee or espresso with Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy.

While the coffee is still warm, add 2 Tablespoons granulated cane sugar per 2 cups of coffee. Stir the sugar into the coffee until it is completely dissolved. *Optional: Add in liquor of choice (Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy) and stir well.

easy Tiramisu cake recipe | Amy Guides?

Prepare heavy whipping cream mixture. Add in powdered sugar to heavy whipping cream. Beat using a stand mixer or electric mixer at medium speed, whipping until peaks form.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. White whipped cream beaten until they show stiff peaks.

In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients to make mascarpone cheese mixture. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the room temperature mascarpone cheese. Stir well to incorporate.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear bowl containing off white mascarpone cheese, brown 1 tsp vanilla extract and off white granulated sugar.

Arrange ladyfingers in a single layer on the bottom of your selected baking dish.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear, rectangular baking dish containing light brown and yellow ladyfingers, arranged side-by-side to form a single layer on the bottom of the dish.

Dip ladyfingers one at a time through the room temperature, sweetened espresso/coffee and place back into the baking dish. Use care to avoid over soaking as you dip each ladyfinger on both sides into the prepared coffee mixture, then place it back on the bottom of your selected baking dish.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear, rectangular baking dish at the top of the image. In the center of the image, there are two light brown and yellow ladyfingers dipped in espresso and laid in the baking dish. In the bottom of the image, there is a white dish holding brown espresso. To the left are dry yellow and light brown ladyfingers, awaiting being dipped into the espresso liquid.

Spread one half of total mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. Remember, we are building a layered dessert here, so we must organize our ingredients accordingly so we will have enough reserved for each layer.

Divide the mascarpone cheese mixture into two portions. Spread one half of the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of the layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of the baking dish.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Background has a clear rectangular baking dish containing a layered cake topped with off-white mascarpone cheese mixture. The foreground of the image has a green spatula spooning off-white mascarpone cheese mixture from a small clear bowl.

Spread one half of total whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. As with the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture, divide the whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture into two equal portions before carefully spreading one half over the mascarpone mixture layer.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Green spatula spreading whipped cream over a dessert lain in a clear rectangular baking dish. Small clear bowl of whipped cream in the foreground of the image.

Repeat process of dipping ladyfingers into coffee to create a new layer. Dip another layer of ladyfingers into the room temperature sweetened espresso/coffee, then carefully place each one on top of the whipped cream layer.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear rectangular baking dish with layers of off white whipped cream and topped with a layer of light brown/yellow ladyfingers arranged in a single layer.

Spread the other half of the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of second layer of soaked ladyfingers.

Spread the other half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the second layer of mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture.

Garnish at the moment you are serving. At the last moment prior to serving Tiramisu, use a sifter to lightly dust cocoa powder over the top of the prepared dessert.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Small clear round bowl containing brown raw cocoa powder. Yellow and light brown ladyfingers blurred in background behind the bowl of cocoa.

An voila! Here you have your gorgeous-yet-simple Tiramisu dessert. It’s even tastier than it is visually dynamic. Dig in!

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe by Amy's Cuisine. White plate with a square piece of Tiramisu layered dessert. Light brown/yellow ladyfingers soaked in espresso, nestled between mascarpone and whipped cream layers. Topped with brown raw cocoa powder. A small silver spoon blurs in the right rear of the plate, alongside the cake.
Tiramisu Cake Recipe | ©Amy’s Cuisine™ – Food Culture Made Simple. Slice of perfect Tiramisu sprinkled with raw cocoa powder.

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Amy's Cuisine | Tiramisu image: Layers of light brown/yellow ladyfingers soaked in espresso, between layers of off-white mascarpone cheese mixture and white heavy whipping cream. Topped with brown sifted raw cocoa powder. Served on a white dish with a decorative silver spoon blurred and glass mug of coffee in background.
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Tiramisu

Loosely translated to “Lift me up” or “Pick me up”, this classic, but easy Tiramisu cake recipe will do exactly this. Simple instructions using easy-to-get ingredients make this recipe a snap! Will you share your delicious dessert with any other sweets lovers?
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate, Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Amy of Amy’s Cuisine
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • shallow dish
  • baking dish
  • large mixing bowl
  • rubber scraper
  • sifter

Ingredients

  • 1 package ladyfingers enough for two single layers in the baking dish you use
  • 2 cups espresso or strong brew coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 3 TBSP liquor Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy, optional
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream room temperature
  • 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder for dusting on top of dessert

Instructions

  • Brew instant espresso or other strong coffee. Cool to room temperature and set aside. While the coffee is still warm, add 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar per 2 cups of coffee. Stir the sugar into the coffee until it is completely dissolved. *Optional: Add in liquor of choice (Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy) and stir well.
  • Prepare heavy whipping cream mixture. Add in powdered sugar to heavy whipping cream. Beat using a stand mixer or electric mixer at medium speed, whipping until peaks form.
  • In a small bowl, combine ingredients to make mascarpone cheese mixture. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the room temperature mascarpone cheese. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Arrange ladyfingers in a single layer on the bottom of selected baking dish.
  • Dip ladyfingers one at a time through the room temperature, sweetened espresso/coffee and place back into the baking dish. Use care to avoid over soaking as you dip each ladyfinger on both sides into the prepared coffee mixture, then place it back on the bottom of your selected baking dish.
  • Spread one half of total mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. Divide the mascarpone cheese mixture into two equal portions before spreading one half over the layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Spread one half of total whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers. As with the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture, divide the whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture into two equal portions before carefully spreading one half over the mascarpone mixture layer.
  • Repeat process of carefully dipping ladyfingers through coffee to create a new layer. Dip another single layer of ladyfingers into the room temperature sweetened coffee and carefully place on top of the whipped cream layer.
  • Spread the other half of the mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of second layer of soaked ladyfingers.
  • Spread the other half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the second layer of mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture.
  • Garnish as you serve. At the last moment prior to serving Tiramisu, use a sifter to lightly dust cocoa powder over the top of the prepared dessert.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 2151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 4mg