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Green Tea Tiramisu Recipe

Updated on January 26, 2013
Green Tea Tiramisu
Green Tea Tiramisu | Source

...Green Tea Tiramisu?

That's right! Green tea. Who would have thought that this desert could have other flavors? Originally from Italy this "pick me up" (literal meaning!) was made with coffee or espresso and a great little pick me up for meetings or dinner. Most of the time it has a cocoa powder dusting as that matches the bitterness of coffee. However, green tea has unique flavors that can either be alone, or play well with others.

Here we will explore Green Tea Tiramisu in depth - including differences between the green tea and regular flavors, how to substitute ingredients to make a coffee tiramisu, what matcha is, how to create a green tea tiramisu, and some good serving suggestions for this amazing desert.

Note: Tiramisu can have either a cake base or a cookie base, or both! If you decide to have a cake base just dip your (vanilla, or green tea!) cake in the syrup and use that for the base as seen in some pictures.

The Original Tiramisu with Coffee!
The Original Tiramisu with Coffee! | Source

The Differences

Green tea tiramisu has a variety of differences associated with it. The most striking is the color. The original is classic browns and whites where the green tea version is obviously a lighter green with white. The taste of green tea tiramisu is quite different as well. With out the harsher bitters that come with regular tiramisu this newer version lends itself to more flavors being added such as my favorite: blackberry. More importantly for some, green tea is not as caffeinated as coffee and espresso.

Want regular tiramisu?
If you just crave regular tiramisu you can follow my recipe below as well! You only have to substitute coffee or espresso for the macha in the syrup, and cocoa for the macha in the dusting. So simple!

Don't Want to Read about Matcha? Watch This!

A somewhat more sloppy looking spherical version... If you don't want it, I'll take it!
A somewhat more sloppy looking spherical version... If you don't want it, I'll take it! | Source

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea is one of the ingredients in this tiramisu, it is what is powdered on the top or what you use to make a tea syrup to soak your lady fingers in. What is Matcha? Long story short it is ground up green tea leaves from Japan. It is extremely healthy and addictive. Lets be honest - this desert is not healthy, but if you ignore all the other ingredients you can rationalize eating it as your green tea intake for the day!

Why is matcha so good? Its rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, has fiber, and chlorophyll. In eating this tiramisu you are getting a lot more than tea drinkers would as you are ingesting a whole leaf and not just the watery runoff.

What else? Matcha is good for relaxation and light energy. This means you get a good amount of energy but you are relaxed enough to focus, making this "pick me up" a more subtle helper than the original.

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Green Tea Tiramisu

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 1 8x8 Pan
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 650
Calories from Fat450
% Daily Value *
Fat 50 g77%
Saturated fat 29 g145%
Unsaturated fat 18 g
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Sugar 34 g
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 445 mg148%
Sodium 140 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  • Eggs, Yolk 3
  • Sugar 1/2 Cup
  • Mascarpone Cheese 1 1/4 Cup
  • Lady Finger Cookies 24-26
  • Matcha (Green Tea Powder) 1 TBSP + Extra For Dusting
  • Water 1/2 Cup


  1. Simple Syrup is used in many recipes and is great on everything from deserts to drinks so it is an important item to know - this is what we shall make first. Boil water in a sauce pan and then add 1/4 cup of sugar to it. Only keep it on the heat until it is completely dissolved. Be careful of having it on too long or you will start to make caramel - though while delicious is not our goal here. As soon as you have your simple syrup you need to pour it into a shallow dish containing 1tbsp of matcha and whisk it together so you have a green tea syrup.
  2. Cream Filling: In a medium bowl you should start beating your eggs, last 1/4th cup of sugar, and vanilla together until they are creamy and well mixed. When finished you may start folding in the cheese. This mixture is similar to a lot of deserts such as cannoli - if you enjoy it you may want to experiment with it in other deserts.
  3. Layering: Layer the lady fingers in a single layer on the bottom of your pan before pouring around half of the syrup in. You will want to tilt the pan around to make sure all the cookies get syrup soaked into them. Over that goes half of your cheese mixture. Before the rest of the cookies are layered on they need to be dipped in the syrup manually. On that final layer of cookies then goes the remaining cheese.
  4. Cover the pan and put it in the fridge over night for it to settle and soak properly. Peel off your covering and dust with matcha as seen in the pictures. Serve with green tea ice cream, blackberry sauce, or any of the other serving suggestions laying around the page. Enjoy!
Fruit from a Barcelona market. You don't have to go this far for fresh fruit, but always remember with all ingredients the fresher, the better end result.
Fruit from a Barcelona market. You don't have to go this far for fresh fruit, but always remember with all ingredients the fresher, the better end result. | Source

Serving Suggestions

As stated before, I love adding blackberry. This comes as a blackberry sauce either store bought or home made. To make it yourself start by simmering 3.5 cups of blackberries, 1/4th cup sugar, and a tablespoon of lemon juice together for about 5 minutes or until reduced down to your desired density before straining into a container to go into the refrigerator.

Though blackberry is my favorite, there are many other fruits that go with green tea. Strawberries are a super popular choice, followed by raspberries, peaches, lemon, and orange. Then there are spices such as vanilla that go great as an ice cream. If you are unsure, just try a glass of tea with the fruit to see if you like the combination first. The possibilities are endless and delicious.

If you want to pair something with the regular tiramisu you might want to stick mainly with spices. Vanilla and cocoa are always popular, and for a bit of excitement you could add cinnamon - especially as a vanilla cinnamon ice cream!

Have fun creating, eating, and impressing guests!

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    • Don Bobbitt profile image

      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Another Interesting for me to try for our friends.

      Can't wait to akeand eat this one.

      Voted UP, Interesting and shared


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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So delicious and a unique recipe, a wonderful idea.