Irresistible Tiramisu Recipe with Tips

Tiramisu is one of our absolute favorite desserts.  It is even simple to make, you just need a little time. Jump to the full Tiramisu Recipe now or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make it.

Espresso soaked ladyfingers are layered with a light and airy filling made from mascarpone cheese, egg yolks and cream.

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How to Make Tiramisu

Look for Italian ladyfingers (or Savoiardi). They are quite hard and often have a sugary top. Not to worry, though — they soften as the tiramisu sits.

How to Make Tiramisu Recipe with Video

That’s why it is so important that you wait at least 6 hours before serving. In fact, it can be kept refrigerated 1 to 2 days and still be delicious.

Making Tiramisu Steps

Use egg whites or cream?

Look around for tiramisu recipes and you’ll notice there are two common ways to make it: with beaten egg whites or with whipped cream. Both are delicious, we promise.

The decision is completely up to you (we’ve included directions for both below). They taste very similar. If anything, Tiramisu made with egg whites is a little lighter than one made with cream.

The decision comes down to whether or not you’re comfortable with adding raw egg whites to the dish. We’ve never had a problem with this, but if you’re concerned, make sure you use the freshest (and highest quality) eggs possible.

Or, make the tiramisu with cream. It really is just as delicious. You could also try making both then see which you prefer.

We just love this tiramisu recipe — it’s simple to make and boy does it wow at the dinner table.

How to Make Tiramisu with Video

Recipe updated, originally posted June 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Irresistible Tiramisu Recipe with Tips

  • PREP

Espresso soaked ladyfingers are layered with a light and airy filling made from mascarpone cheese, egg yolks and cream. One of our favorite desserts, tiramisu is quite simple to make. You just need a little time.

We call for egg yolks, which are cooked over a double-boiler and heavy cream. Instead of using the cream, some recipes call for egg whites which are left uncooked and whipped. In the notes section below, we have shared directions for using egg whites instead of the cream. There is little difference in flavor. If anything, tiramisu made with egg whites will be a little lighter than with whipped cream.

Makes 8 Servings

You Will Need

1/2 cup (120 ml) brewed espresso or very strong coffee, at room temperature

1/4 cup (60 ml) dry Marsala wine, divided

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar, divided

8 ounces (225 grams) mascarpone cheese (about 1 1/4 cups)

3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy cream

18 to 20 Savoiardi Italian ladyfingers (from 7-ounce package)

1 ounce (30 grams) bittersweet chocolate or cocoa powder for dusting


  • Prepare Coffee
  • Combine espresso (or coffee), 2 tablespoons of the Marsala wine, vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of the sugar in a wide bowl.

    • Prepare Filling
    • Vigorously whisk egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of Marsala, and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water until tripled in volume, 5 to 8 minutes. To make this step easier, use a handheld electric mixer at medium speed. (Do not stop beating until removed from the heat).

      Remove the bowl from heat then beat in mascarpone cheese until just combined.

      Whip cream in a bowl until it holds stiff peaks. Once the yolk-mascarpone mixture has cooled a little, gently fold in half of the whipped cream into the yolk-mascarpone mixture, then the remaining half just until fully incorporated (the whipped cream will deflate a little).

      • To Finish
      • Dip half of the ladyfingers very quickly into the coffee, and line the bottom of a 9-inch square dish. (You might find that you need to break a few into pieces to fit them in the dish).

        Spoon half of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread into an even layer. Grate half of the bittersweet chocolate over filling. Then dip the remaining ladyfingers very quickly into the coffee and arrange a second layer over filling.

        Spoon remaining mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers. Grate more chocolate on top or dust with cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours.

        When ready to serve, dust with more grated chocolate or cocoa powder. Leave out at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving. (Tiramisu can be chilled up to 2 days, but no longer or else the ladyfingers will break down and become mushy).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Using Egg Whites Instead of Cream: Simply replace heavy cream with 3 egg whites. Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks then gently fold in half of the beaten egg whites into the yolk-mascarpone mixture, then the remaining half just until fully incorporated. Assemble tiramisu as stated above. If you have concerns about raw egg whites, be sure to use the freshest (and highest quality) eggs possible. Look for clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells.
  • Substitutes for Marsala Wine: We love Marsala in tiramisu — it cuts the creaminess of the filling. For something a little different, try substituting dark rum, brandy or other liqueur. Since Marsala is less potent than something like rum, we suggest using about half the amount. For a non-alcoholic version, leave the Marsala out of the recipe all together or use rum extract.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 314 / Protein 7 g / Carbohydrate 22 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 14 g / Total Fat 22 g / Saturated Fat 12 g / Cholesterol 177 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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185 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Dee January 5, 2019, 5:00 pm

    This is the fourth tiramisu recipe I have tried, the search is now over – this is wonderfully balanced, light yet indulgent, utterly delicious.

  • Kathy Scott December 24, 2018, 12:21 pm

    I love this recipe! I use the egg whites rather than cream and it makes a beautifully light dessert which is really delicious. It’s become our Christmas Day treat and is currently chilling in the fridge for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. Thank you.

  • Allison Street-Fortier December 22, 2018, 10:06 pm

    I made this for a Christmas gathering. Excellent directions. I doubled the recipe and layered it in a trifle glass bowl. The only thing omited was the wine as I did not have any. It turned out perfect, not too sweet, rich and creamy. A keeper!

  • Emma July 18, 2018, 5:38 am

    This recipe is amazing. First time I have made tiramisu and it came out perfectly. I was also very impressed by how well it had set just after 6 hours. Thanks!

  • Chinnu July 15, 2018, 7:15 pm

    Ooh, this looks so good! I’d like to make it for a large (Informal) party next weekend (almost 25 people) . Can this recipe be doubled? Do i double all the ingredients? Thank you for sharing and for the video – it helps a lot!

    • Joanne July 27, 2018, 1:20 pm

      Hi there, You should be able to double the recipe.

  • emma j June 4, 2018, 9:12 pm

    I loved making this recipe. It is pretty easy, efficient, and very
    YUMMY. I just wanted to praise those who came up with this. I totally recommend this to anyone who wants to make a delicious tiramisu.

  • Swagata June 4, 2018, 4:44 pm

    Followed the recipe to the t and it was fabulous. Thank you! Made it with cream and used Madeira Wine instead of Marsala.

  • HMA May 31, 2018, 1:54 am

    I have made this twice and it’s just amazing!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us,

  • Paula May 21, 2018, 9:58 am

    I have been surfing for a foolproof tiramisu recipe and this seems to fit the bill. Was wondering; can you use the egg whites found in bottles? They are sterile I think.

    • Joanne May 22, 2018, 12:48 pm

      Hi Paula, they should whip up just fine. You might find letting them come closer to room temperature before whipping helps.

  • Chi Chai April 17, 2018, 4:46 pm

    This recipe completely exceeded my expectations! It was my first time making tiramisu, and I couldn’t believe how good it tasted. It tasted exactly like a tiramisu from a local fancy bakery. I didn’t have marsala wine, so I substituted it with a splash of Kahlua liquor and added it into the coffee mixture and it turned out fantastic. However, I completely messed up the whisking egg yolk mixture the first time and had to throw it away and use new egg yolks because I accidentally overcooked them. Definitely be careful and make sure that water is barely simmering and not actually simmering, or else it makes the egg yolk mixture too thick before it has a chance to triple in volume. Highly recommend a handheld whisk as suggested in the recipe! Anyways, great recipe!! I will be making it again!

  • Leigh March 6, 2018, 3:01 pm

    Also, I used an 8×8 pan. Had two packages of the Italian ladyfingers and came up just a little short by 1/2 a ladyfinger. Will space them out a bit more next time.

  • Leigh March 6, 2018, 2:58 pm

    My first try with whipping the egg yolks didn’t increase in volume at all! I rewatched the video and though maybe it was the stainless steel mixing bowl I used. Tried again with a glass bowl and it worked better!

  • Monica Marshall February 22, 2018, 2:27 am

    This was so delicious! thanks so much!!

  • Esther Anders February 11, 2018, 2:16 pm

    I found that using Cran-grape juice instead of Marsala, seems to hit the right note for me. Next i am trying straight cranberry) I don’t like the flavor of alcohol but without it the flavor was flat. I found when you add the cran-grape juice it adds flavor without the alcohol. I also like to grate chocolate in between the layers and add a dash of confectionary sugar on top. I like it a tad bit sweeter but not over the top sweet. Like I said a dash of sugar. This is the best recipe i have tried so far. Thanks.

  • Margaret Brookes February 7, 2018, 4:57 pm

    I made two trays for my nieces wedding and it was a huge hit. The guests just loved it…sadly some missed out. I like the fact that the egg yolks were not raw! Steps/instructions were very easy to follow. Thank you for this recipe.


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