Classic Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It is made with ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with a rich mascarpone cream, and then dusted with cocoa powder. Tiramisu can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. Just be sure to allow enough time for the ladyfingers to soak up the coffee before serving.


  • 1 package (250 grams) ladyfingers
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder


  1. Place the ladyfingers in a single layer on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush the coffee onto the ladyfingers. Be sure to soak them well, but do not make them soggy.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, cream, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. To assemble the tiramisu, place half of the coffee-soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Dust with half of the cocoa powder.
  4. Repeat the layers with the remaining ladyfingers, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways that you can change up this classic tiramisu recipe. Try using different types of cookies or biscuits in place of the ladyfingers. Or, try adding a layer of fruit, such as raspberries or strawberries, between the layers of cookies and cream. You could also use a flavored coffee, such as hazelnut or caramel, in place of the plain coffee. For a boozy tiramisu, add a layer of marsala wine or rum between the layers of cookies and cream.

What other food it works well with

Tiramisu goes well with other Italian desserts, such as cannoli or gelato. It also goes well with a cup of coffee or espresso.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making tiramisu is using too much coffee. The ladyfingers should be soaked, but not soggy. If they are too soggy, they will fall apart when you try to layer them. Another common mistake is not whisking the mascarpone mixture long enough. Be sure to whisk it until it is smooth and creamy.

Nutritional Information

Tiramisu is a rich and decadent dessert, so it is not the lightest of options. One serving of tiramisu has approximately:

  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 22 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 13 grams
  • Cholesterol: 85 milligrams
  • Sodium: 170 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates: 39 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 27 grams
  • Protein: 7 grams


Tiramisu contains eggs, milk, and wheat. It may also contain nuts.

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