Best-ever tiramisu

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(97 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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  • 2 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Put the cream, mascarpone, Marsala and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.

  2. Get your serving dish ready. Put the coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few 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 biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.  

  3. Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

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17th Sep, 2014
Unable to get marsala can I use coffee liqueur instead
Frantic Flapjack
29th Aug, 2014
I was inspired to make this after the GBBO. Big mistake! I ended up with a large bowl of cream and a few soggy biscuits. The ratio just doesn't work. Hardly any taste and no texture. A heart attack on a plate.
Dalia Emara
19th Jul, 2014
Simple and delicious. Every one loveddddd itttt ♡♡♡. I grated plain galaxy chocolate and it was absolutely amazing... thanks for the recipe. .
30th Jun, 2014
Hi, This is a fantastic recipe! It has been a great success among my family and friends! My boyfriend however doesn't like coffee (!) so I've adapted this recipe so it can be just as tasty but more friendly for those who are not coffee lovers. If anyone is curious, I simply used hot chocolate instead of coffee, then over each layer of soaked biscuits I put a relatively thin layer of carnation caramel on top, then of course plenty grated chocolate, then added the cream on top of each layer (didn't have any marsala at the time so used a small lid full of brandy for the cream, and I even added a bit of caramel to it). It was very yummy! Just as great as the original!
28th Jun, 2014
I was looking for a recipe for Tiramisu without eggs to take to a baby shower, so this is perfect.
25th Jun, 2014
Great recipe, really quick & easy to make, I prefer it with more heavily soaked sponge though.
17th Jun, 2014
Very easy recipe to follow and make!! Couldn't find marsala wine anywhere so bought a cheap dessert wine from tesco and tasted just as good! I added Tia maria to the coffee and sponge too, it was delicious! I've already had requests to make more :-)
filthy felix
7th Jun, 2014
This has got to be the easiest and most delicious recipe I have ever tried, my whole family absolutely love it.
24th May, 2014
Five stars! This is a brilliantly easy recipe to make and went down a storm at a party I took it to. I only used half the alcohol (and had to use sherry as I didn't have any marsala) but it still tasted delicious. Highly recommended for a basic recipe with the wow factor.
8th May, 2014
Lots of comments on here about this not being a proper tiramisu. So what?! I made this yesterday and it is a foolproof recipe even when tweaked. I used just 330ml of cream, put brandy in the cream and some random chocolate liqueur that I had knocking around in with the coffee and made 9 individual portions. Everyone ate every speck of it!


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