Slice of tiramisu on a serving plate

Best ever tiramisu

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(109 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling


Serves 6

This super simple Italian dessert actually benefits from being made ahead, allowing all the lovely flavours to mingle

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal853
  • fat73g
  • saturates42g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml marsala
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
  • 175g pack sponge finger
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
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    Dark chocolate

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  • 2 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Put a 568ml pot double cream, 250g tub mascarpone, 75ml marsala and 5 tbsp golden caster sugar in a large bowl.

  2. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.

  3. Pour 300ml strong coffee (made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water) into a shallow dish.

  4. Dip in a few of the 175g pack of sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few secs until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. Layer these into your dish until you have used half the sponge fingers, then spread over half of the creamy mixture.

  5. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the 25g dark chocolate. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

  6. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

  7. To serve, dust with 2 tsp cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

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kags672004's picture
29th Oct, 2018
This is my go to recipe, I love it, I don’t know whether this is an authentic Tiramisu recipe but this is so tasty and easy to make. I’ve read the comments about the texture being like butter, that’s easy to rectify, just don’t over beat the cream !! Will definitely keep on making this, a family favourite.
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Petra Land
3rd Aug, 2018
Tirami Su is without double cream. Mascarpone, Egg white, Egg yoke, coffee, bisquits and maybe amaretto. Why do people think they have add double cream to everything to make it more fatty??????? Would give 0 stars, but that is not possible.
Thraxas's picture
5th Jun, 2018
Fantastic recipe, went down amazingly well with the family and is very easy to make although my supermarket does not sell marsala so I subbed for a white wine, brandy and ammereto mix for the cream mixture and added some coffee liqueur with the coffee :)
4th Feb, 2018
Very disappointing. It was very dry and tasted more like butter. Could not eat more than a spoon of it.
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Alexey Dreisler
17th Jan, 2018
This is not Tiramisu. You need eggs for tiramisu for god sake. no double cream.
2nd Feb, 2018
I use this for people who cannot eat egg
24th Jul, 2017
Followed method but used a little less cream, some amaretto in place of marsala and a double espresso. The results my fiancée called "beautiful". Thanks!
26th May, 2017
Haven't actually eaten it yet but components taste good. I would add another packet of sponge fingers so you can do a third layer or even fourth. I ran out after 2 layers. You would need to put less cream in between layers though.
14th Mar, 2017
Top recipe, I've amped the marsala to my taste, but most importantly reduced the double cream to 400ml (because I didn't have more and also because the quantity in the recipe seemed over the top). It turned out wonderful !
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12th Mar, 2017
Far too much cream mixture, I probably only used half. I also used cocoa powder between layers rather than chocolate. Overall, yum, very yum!


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Alexandra Harrison
15th Feb, 2018
In principle, the recipe was fine and the cream tasted lovely. But I let it sit in the fridge overnight and when we came around to eating it the next evening it looked like little circles of mold had formed on the bottom layer of the ladyfingers? Surely this cannot happen overnight? Anyone with similar experiences? Did I maybe just soak the ladyfingers too much?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Feb, 2018
We're sorry to hear this but it does sound unlikely to be mold. However, if you are uncertain about the freshness of food we would always recommend discarding it.
20th Apr, 2016
Hello, may I know the container (circular or rectangular, dimension) should be used for tiramisu?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't been too prescriptive to allow people to use what they have. However, square or rectangular will be easier to fit the sponge fingers in. The size should roughly fit half a pack of sponge fingers.
15th Jan, 2015
What size dish would you use
14th Jan, 2018
I used an 8” x 11” Pyrex baking dish and it fit perfectly!
16th Aug, 2013
Can this desert be frozen?
17th Aug, 2015
13th Feb, 2018
I've made this Tiramisu twice now and I know just how to make it better. Firstly, remember not to overwork the mascarpone and the double cream and I added 400ml of double cream first then gradually added it bit by bit so the consistency would be just like thickly whipped cream. I would suggest using a smaller amount of double cream. Secondly, I added a lot more sugar for my taste, this is a personal choice but it tasted better with more sugar but think about your diet or if you're trying to reduce sugar in your body. Lastly, I would recommend if you bought 350g of spongy biscuits because my biscuits ran out halfway through. However, this is a great recipe and a delicious dish which I recommend and it would be perfect for a snack and a dessert.