Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake_Lani Cooks

Tiramisu means “cheer me up” or “make me smile” in Italian. I only make this dessert on special occasions, like Christmas or New Year’s. This is my husband’s favourite dessert and true to its meaning in Italian, it always puts a smile on his face!

Tiramisu Cake_Ingredients

Over the years, I have tried different versions of this recipe. This is the version that works best for me. I’m careful not to over-soak the ladyfinger cookies or they quickly become mushy and the Tiramisu loses its texture.

Tiramisu Cake_Layering

Don’t be afraid to skip the liquor. I personally do not add liquor since it makes the taste a bit too strong for my liking.

Tiramisu Cake_Springform

The above picture shows the Tiramisu ready to be refrigerated. I sprinkled it with a mix of cocoa powder and grated dark chocolate (80%). It’s finished with chocolate curls.

Tiramisu Cake_ServingPlate

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2016!

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Tiramisu Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ strong brewed espresso coffee, cold
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup Kahlua or dark rum, optional
  • 1 lb. mascaporne cheese
  • 1 cup or 250 ml whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 24 soft ladyfingers
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. grated bittersweet chocolate Or 1 cup of chocolate curls, optional
  1. Mix egg yolks with sugar in a large bowl and using an electric mixer at low speed beat the mix for 5 minutes until pale and thickened.
  2. Add the mascaporne cheese in 2 or 3 batches, whisking well to combine at low speed. Add the liquor if using it and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the whipping cream and whip for a few minutes, then add the egg whites and beat at medium to high speed for about 5 minutes or until thickened and foamy.
  4. Combine the espresso coffee and the vanilla extract in a wide bowl.
  5. Using a 9 inch springform pan or 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish, spread about ⅓ of the mascaporne cream into an even layer.
  6. Using half the ladyfingers, soak each cookie in the coffee and arrange them on top of the mascarpone cream base.
  7. Cover the cookies evenly with another ⅓ of the mascaporne cream. Sift half of the cocoa powder over top.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 one more time. The end result should be 3 layers of mascaporne cream with 2 layers of ladyfingers in between.
  9. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours to let the cream set before serving.
  10. Garnish with grated chocolate.


    • says

      Thank you so much, Amanda! :)
      I was out with my 3 boys today when I saw your email/message. You could only imagine how my eyes were glowing.
      Thanks again for the beautiful comments, and for being nominated in “Creative Blogger Award”. It means a lot to me.
      XO ~ Lani

  1. Adita says

    Lani, we love the tiramisu, it is one of our favorites! It was delicious and a perfect treat for the occasion!!! Thank you!

  2. Lisette Perez Moreno says

    Please Lani come quickly to Florida. I need to try this Tiramisu again. It is the best dessert I’ve ever eaten in my life. thank you !!!!!

    • says

      How I wish, Lisette! ? We’ve another snow storm coming tonight and wishing that we’re in the warm place right now! ❄ But don’t you worry, we’ll definitely visit you when we go there again. Thank you! ❤

  3. Dalys says

    Your TIRAMISU is special Lani! It tastes so natural and delicious at the same time that I am sure you put the exact ingredients on it plus a lot of EXPERIENCE and PASSION. Hope to have more of this in the near future!!!! Yummy yummy yummy…

  4. Gena says

    This tiramisu was truly delicious and I only wish I could have it soon again! I usually don’t eat sweets and I wasn’t going to try it, but I did and now I can’t stop thinking about it! Thank you Lani for bringing such delicious treat to our university reunion.

    • says

      I was happy that you tried it, Gena. I’ll definitely make it again on our next get together or make something new for everyone to test? ? It was really nice seeing you guys again. See you, soon! Hopefully, at dinner and jazz music. ?

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