Whip Up Magic with Rich Espresso Tiramisu

by | Nov 18, 2023 | Dessert | 0 comments

The Essence of Espresso Tiramisu

For all those dessert enthusiasts out there, today I’m going to share a recipe that’s close to my heart: the classic Espresso Tiramisu. This delightful dessert, a staple in Italian cuisine, is not only a treat to the taste buds but also a joy to prepare.

The Ingredients: A Symphony of Flavors

Starting off, let’s talk about the ingredients. The stars of the show are the espresso-soaked ladyfingers, layered meticulously with a heavenly mixture of mascarpone cheese and sweetened whip cream. The finishing touch, a light dusting of cocoa, elevates the dish to a whole new level of indulgence.

What You’ll Need for the Espresso Tiramisu:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz. mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup freshly-brewed espresso
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine or rum (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 10 oz. Italian ladyfingers
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparing Your Espresso Tiramisu

Step 1: Whipping the Cream

Begin by placing the heavy cream in a large bowl. Whip it until it doubles in volume, becoming light and airy, an essential step for the perfect texture.

Step 2: The Mascarpone Mixture

In a separate bowl, beat the mascarpone with powdered sugar and salt until fluffy. Gradually fold in the whipped cream, preserving its lightness.

Step 3: The Espresso Mix

Mix the espresso, Marsala, and sugar in a shallow bowl. This concoction is what gives the ladyfingers their distinctive coffee flavor.

Step 4: Layering the Ladyfingers

Dunk half of the ladyfingers briefly in the espresso mix and lay them out in a dish. Spread half of the mascarpone cream over them.

Step 5: The Second Layer

Repeat the process with the remaining ladyfingers and cream. Remember, the layering is key to the texture and taste of the tiramisu.

Step 6: The Final Touch for your Espresso Tiramisu

Chill the tiramisu in the fridge for 4-6 hours, preferably overnight. Before serving, dust with cocoa powder for that classic finish.

Espresso Tiramisu

Serving Your Masterpiece

After the chilling time, your Espresso Tiramisu is ready to be savored. Serve it family-style and watch as it becomes the star of your gathering.

Espresso Tiramisu

Rich Espresso Tiramisu

A simply decadent classic Italian dessert that features espresso-soaked ladyfingers, layered with a rich mascarpone cheese – sweetened whip cream mixture and dusted with cocoa to finish.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: espresso, tiramisu, dessert, italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 486kcal


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz mascarpone cheese softened at room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cup espresso freshly brewed
  • ¼ cup marsala wine you can also substitute for rum
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 10 oz Italian ladyfingers
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Place the heavy cream in a large bowl and whip until it doubles in volume and becomes light and airy. 
  • In a separate large bowl, beat the mascarpone with the powdered sugar and salt until it becomes light and fluffy. Slowly begin adding the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture, one-fourth at a time, gently folding with a spatula to ensure the cream doesn’t deflate. Place the mascarpone cream in the fridge. 
  • Add the espresso, marsala, and sugar to a shallow bowl and mix well. 
  • Briefly dunk half of the Italian ladyfingers in the espresso mixture, just for 1-2 seconds on each side, and arrange them in a casserole dish, covering the bottom of the dish with the ladyfingers. 
  • Spread half of the mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers. 
  • Repeat with a second layer of ladyfingers and top with the remainder of the mascarpone cream. 
  • Place the tiramisu in the fridge to set for a minimum of 4-6 hours, preferably overnight. 
  • Before serving, dust the top of the tiramisu with the unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve family-style and enjoy!


The chilling time or the Tiramisu can be between 4-6 hours, but overnight is preferred.


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg

Closing Thoughts

Creating this Espresso Tiramisu is not just about following a recipe; it’s about crafting an experience that brings joy with every bite. So, go ahead, give this recipe a try, and let the rich flavors of Italy bring warmth to your kitchen.

Remember, cooking is not just about the food; it’s about the memories you create around the table. Enjoy your Espresso Tiramisu and the smiles it brings!

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