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Tiramisu Recipe With Pictures

Updated on August 18, 2012
5 stars from 3 ratings of Tiramisu

Tiramisu is my absolute favorite dessert. It's a traditional Italian Favorite. Basically it's a type of sponge cake, traditionally salvadori but many people use lady fingers or a basic sponge cake, that is lightly soaked in strong coffee or espresso. The sponge is then layered with a custard made with mascarpone cheese and chocolate. All topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Mascarpone cheese is a custard like cream cheese from Italy. Its delicious and amazingly delicate and can not be substituted with Philadelphia cream cheese. I've tried tiramisu many ways and nothing compares to when it's made with mascarpone. In the grocery stores I shop I can find it in round flat plastic tubs like you'd buy cottage cheese. It sits in with the gourmet cheeses near the deli.

Beat the eggs until they are thick and lemon colored, like this.
Beat the eggs until they are thick and lemon colored, like this.
Pour batter into your preferred pan. This is a square 8x8inch.
Pour batter into your preferred pan. This is a square 8x8inch.
Beautiful golden color and a clean toothpick says this cake is done.
Beautiful golden color and a clean toothpick says this cake is done.
Egg mixture before...
Egg mixture before...
Egg mixture after and ready to use
Egg mixture after and ready to use
This is plenty if not slightly too much coffee soaked in. Don't over-do it.
This is plenty if not slightly too much coffee soaked in. Don't over-do it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Strong Coffee
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 oz Baking Chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350'F. Grease and flour a 8x8 or 9x9 square pan. Or you can use a non stick baking spray. In a small bowl combine flour and baking powder. Set aside for later.
  2. In a large bowl beat the 2 whole eggs on med-high speed until thick and lemon colored. This should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup granulated sugar to your eggs, 1/4 cup at a time beating until combined after each addition. Once all sugar has been added beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in flour mixture just until combined.
  5. In a small sauce pan combine the milk and butter. Heat and stir over medium heat just until the butter is melted.
  6. Add the warm milk mixture slowly to the batter while beating on low.
  7. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake at 350'F for 20-25 minutes. It should be golden and a toothpick inserted near the center will come out clean. Cool completely before using. I prefer to make the cake a day before.
  8. Now we'll start the tiramisu filling. In a small saucepan or double boiler combine the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of the strong coffee and 1/2 cup sugar.
  9. Cook in a double boiler or over a slightly larger pot of boiling water. Stir briskly with a whisk the whole time for about 5-6 minutes. It will become lighter colored and foamy. See picture....
  10. Let cool slightly then add to a medium bowl with the mascarpone cheese. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  11. Cut any dome off the top of the sponge cake, then cut into 2 layers as shown in the picture.
  12. Pour the remaining coffee into a baking pan large enough to dip a whole layer of cake into. Then Dip the bottom layer in the coffee very briefly. 1-2 seconds only. You don't want it too soggy. Keep your pans close so the cake doesn't fall apart in your hands. As soon as your layer has been dipped return it to it's original pan. If you didn't cut evenly and are scared it will fall apart you can spoon your coffee over the cake... just be careful not to add too much.
  13. Spoon or pour half of the filling over the bottom layer. Smooth into an even layer and sprinkle with half of the chocolate.
  14. Dip the second layer of cake and cover with the remaining filling and chocolate.
  15. Whip the cream in a large bowl on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form. Beat in powdered sugar. Spread over the top of the tiramisu.
  16. Sprinkle the top with cocoa powder and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

For a fun alternative you can cut the cake into circles and make the tiramisu in cups as shown in the first picture. This is what I did in the hub below.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Vespa, Oh no!! you must use mascarpone ^_^ You wont regret the extra price after you've tried it! I hope you love it as much as me ^_^ thank you for your fantastic comment!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      That's fantastic DDE! ^_^ I'm so happy you like it and are going to try. Thank you!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Jools ^_^ Any way you like it sounds good to me!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I also love tiramisu and look forward to sampling your delicious recipe! I've made it before but was never that satisfied with the results. I have to admit that I'm guilty of choosing the less expensive alternative to mascarpone: cream cheese and sour cream combined. Next time I'll splurge on the mascarpone. : ) Thank you Mama Kim!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I so much wanted this recipe and finally I have it I am definitely going to try it. Thanks Voted up!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Mama Kim, great recipe. I love Tiramisu (though I usually have it with added marsala wine!)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Millionaire, I hope you also enjoy this recipe if you give it a go ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Thelma! ^_^ My husband doesn't always like eating it with me either so sometimes I'll make a half batch in a bread pan and eat it all myself ^_^ lol. I hope you enjoy and thank you for all the support!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      We had tiramisu for our New Year's party, and it was fabulous! I highly recommend it as well.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love Tiramisu but I have not made one yet. I love to try your recipe later when I have visitors to eat with me this awesome dessert as my hubby does not like coffee. Thanks for SHARING. Voted up and more. Have a memorable happy New Year 2013.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mike, Tiramisu is my favorite! I hope you feel confidant to make it now ^_^ Enjoy! Thank you so much for commenting ^_^

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

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

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Alecia! I too fell in love at first bite ^_^ thank you for your comment and pin, I hope you like it.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This recipe looks delicious. I have loved tiramisu since I tried it in college. I'm going to pin this and try it.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you miss1magination ^_^ I'm so happy you like it!

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      miss1magination 5 years ago

      You have explained this recipe so well and great pictures. Goodwork:) 'Mama Kim' I will have to add this Tiramisu dessert to my favorites.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Lady E! I'm sure yours will be outstanding! I do hope you enjoy as this is one of my all time favorites ^_^ Thank you for your lovely comment and the rating.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Oh... it looks divine. I hope mine looks just as nice and tastes delicious when I make it.

      Thanks for sharing the Recipe. 5 Star.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Michelle. It's my favorite too! ^_^ Thank you so much for the nice compliment, pin and share! You're awesome!

      Sujithbeta, Thank you for your nice comment!

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      Sreejith k 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing such a nice dish

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Now this is my FAVORITE dessert, Kim and you've got it down to a Tee-ramisu, literally! Pinning and sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      TToombs, You are so very kind! Thank you ^_^

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wow, this looks REALLY good. Voting this up and sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Alicia, I'm so happy you like it. Thank you.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds delicious, Mama Kim 8, especially for a special occasion. I love tiramisu! Thanks for the recipe.