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The Best Tiramisu Recipe (With Mascarpone and Ladyfingers)

Updated on July 15, 2011

If you’ve ever tried tiramisu, than you know it’s a very specific dessert, with extraordinary taste. Besides its taste, its main feature is that it’s so easy to make and takes relatively little time. No long cooking, preparing and waiting. It’s just easy tiramisu.

Well, there is some waiting! But it comes just at the end, when you finally want to feel that special taste. That increases your eating desire and tasteful experience when you finally start eating it.

This is one of those traditional tiramisu recipes, which I’ve got from my friend right from Italy. Yes, I meet her long ago and she had to make her easy tiramisu to show me what they usually have for dessert. And when I tried it, it was great! It was the best tiramisu recipe I’ve ever tried. And I tried them a lot, because really, there is so many different ways how to prepare tiramisu.

This one doesn’t look like the real cake or doesn’t have a square form like the one you will get in the restaurant. This is original homemade tiramisu, which you recklessly put on the plate and just eat.

Easy Tiramisu Recipe
Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Easy Tiramisu: The Best Tiramisu Recipe

  • 8,5oz/250g mascarpone
  • 10oz/300g ladyfingers to cover the bottom of the bowl
  • 3 fresh eggs, separate 3 egg yolks and 2 egg whites
  • 2,4oz/70g brown sugar
  • Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • Cocoa powder


  1. Cook the coffee in the coffee maker and put it in the bowl where you will soak ladyfingers.
  2. Pour one tablespoon of rum and let it cool.
  3. At the same time, mix egg yolks and sugar in the separate bowl.
  4. Beat the egg whites.
  5. Add mascarpone to the mixture of egg yolks and sugar.
  6. Add slowly beaten egg whites with the wooden spoon.
  7. Mix everything to make thick mixture.
  8. Add some lemon crust if you like, to make the cake more refreshing.
  9. Soak the ladyfingers in the mixture of coffee and rum.
  10. Place one by one at the bottom of the bowl or plate where you will make tiramisu.
  11. Cover the bottom complete with ladyfingers and cover them with thick yellow mixture.
  12. At the end, sprinkle the whole surface with cocoa powder.
  13. Put it in the fridge to cool for the next 24 hours.


Serve the next day. Scoop up the cake with the big spoon and put it on the plate in unequal form.

Ladyfingers - main ingredient of traditional tiramisu recipes
Ladyfingers - main ingredient of traditional tiramisu recipes

Traditional tiramisu recipes with mascarpone and ladyfingers

Tiramisu is known all around the world and is very popular dessert, especially in Italy. Beside its original form, the original tiramisu recipe has widened to all kinds of recipes, such as tiramisu pudding or cake.

The interesting thing about tiramisu is that nobody actually knows its real origin and when it really appeared for the first time. According to Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary 1982 is the year of origin. But, it was also believed that tiramisu was named after Francesca Valori, whose maiden name was Tiramisu, thanks to her culinary skills.

The original tiramisu recipe consists of following ingredients: ladyfingers, eggs, sugar, mascarpone, cocoa powder, honey and carbonated water. As you noticed, there is no rum or coffee, which is standard ingredient of modern tiramisu recipe, because originally tiramisu was dessert aimed for kids.

Mascarpone is the main ingredient of tiramisu and it gives tiramisu that great creamy taste. Mascarpone is an Italian triple-cream cheese made from low fat cream, also known as crème fraiche which is denatured with tartaric acid.

Mascarpone is used in all kinds of dishes in Italy, where it comes from.

Ladyfingers are main ingredient in many French and Italian dessert recipes. Except from traditional tiramisu recipes, you can also find them in trifles and charlottes.

Ladyfingers, also known as savoiardi in Italy are actually light sponge cake, which is finger shaped. Ladyfingers are also used as an accompaniment to ice cream, puddings and other desserts.

You can buy ladyfingers in the store or you can bake them at home. Of course, baking them at home would be a healthier choice. And, you can always offer them to your kids, knowing that they only have known and fresh ingredients inside. You can always make easy tiramisu for your children. Just leave out rum and replace espresso coffee with cereal coffee or cocoa and you’ve got a special tiramisu recipe made especially for the youngest.

Baking ladyfingers
Baking ladyfingers

Ladyfingers recipe

· ¾ cup flour

· 4 eggs, separate egg yolks and egg whites

· ½ cup sugar

· 1 teaspoon vanilla powder

· Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare baking paper, where you will later place ladyfingers.
  3. Mix eggs yolks and sugar in a bowl and until the mixture is pale yellow and thick (7 to 10 minutes).
  4. Add the egg whites, flour, salt and vanilla and mix everything until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Fill a large pastry bag with the mixture.
  6. Pipe fingers on to the baking paper.
  7. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes


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    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      gourmetgal, thank you for your comment.

      If you like it, you can use it in your cookbook, just don't forget to mention how you got it :o))

    • gourmetgal profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh this sounds so delicious, I'm going to print it out and try it. I'm writing a cookbook (see my page -- I'm new here) and if it works out, may I use it?

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      sjksjk, I hope you'll like it :o)

    • SJKSJK profile image


      9 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Looks like a really good recipe. I will try it.

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      loves2cook, thank you for your nice comment. I thought it would be nice to know something more about tiramisu, besides the recipe :o))

      There are some variations of the recipe and you may try something different. I'm sure it will also taste great.

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      9 years ago from Portland, OR

      This is a really easy recipe, thanks! I'm one for the coffee soak instead of rum... a really rich, robust blend does the trick for me.

      And thanks also for the informative history on tiramisu. Little did that chef know that she would be forever commemorated in the name of my favorite dessert :)

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Docmo, I try to make most of my recipes simple, bacause nobody likes to follow a very long or complicated recipe. Although tiramisu seems complicated to make, it is actually very simple dessert. But, also very tasty.

      Thank you!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Yum, this is really tasty recipe. Always adored Tiramisu but felt it could be difficult to make - you've made it so much easier to follow. thanx.

    • PaperNotes profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh wow! This hub is very yummy!

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Bluehoop, if you'd like to make a real homemade tiramisu, you can put some more effort in it and make ladyfingers by yourself. Buying them in store is also a good choice, but if there is enough time, why not try something new :)

    • Bluehoop profile image


      9 years ago

      Mmmm..yummy sounding recipe. I've made tiramisu before, but I've never used brown sugar, and I've NEVER made lady finger biscuits. I'm going to give it a try, though. Tiramisu's my signature dish (well, my ONLY dish) so I'm always up for ways to improve it. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      lllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this recpie i am going to try and make it.

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      fullerman5000, it is one of my favorite desserts too :o)) I'm glad you'll give it a try.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      9 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      thank you for this. this is my favorite dessert but i have never attempted to make it. thanks to you i am going to try.

    • EmmaMedu profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi irenemaria, I'm happy that you like it. I tried it myself and it's really great. Actually, very simple to make, doesn't take too much time.

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      9 years ago from Sweden

      My saliva is outside on my chin now! So good and such nice way to present your recipe! Thank you! I am both a Redgager and a Hubber =)


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