Best-ever tiramisu

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(91 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
  • 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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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!
9th Mar, 2017
I Love this recipe. Made this many times for Family Parties, get lots of compliments and an empty dish. I have used Brandy or Ameretto or sometimes a mixture of both instead of Marsala and add some of the alcohol to the Coffee when soaking the Sponge Fingers. I also crumble some Cadbury Flake over the top. No option on here to add a photo to share with you.
29th Oct, 2016
It's really difficult to give me a dessert that I find too big or too rich, but I found this too big and too rich; I think it would easily serve 8. I also felt the cream overpowered everything and was a bit sickly. If I tried it again I would reduce the amount of cream and keep everything else the same.
21st Apr, 2016
I have ended up with about a third of the cream left over, so I would reduce the amount next time. Does anyone know if you can freeze the cream once whipped?
9th Jul, 2016
Yes, you can freeze frozen cream
10th Mar, 2016
Lovely simple version of this classic dessert. I have found that even with very quick dipping of the sponge fingers I need slightly more coffee, so with this recipe I always make 350ml. This is quick to put together and great for a buffet table or for an easy pudding for Sunday lunch.
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8th Feb, 2016
I just used this for a GCSE exam and it turned out amazing! My assessors loved it and so did my family when we had it after our dinner. Will defiantly be making this again in the future!!!
7th Feb, 2016
I didn't quite have the right proportion of ingredients - ended up making it with 500g mascapone and 500ml double cream. I put Amaretto in the cream mix and added Bailey's to the coffee. I didn't use up all the coffee (I think I used about half), but I was using homemade sponge fingers (I can't buy them where I live, trust me, I would if I could!), so that may have made a difference. I put a good dusting of cocoa (instead of the grated chocolate) between the layers. My guests said it was the best tiramisu they'd ever eaten!
31st Dec, 2015
So simple and delicious, also used baileys instead of Marsala...


20th Apr, 2016
Hello, may I know the container (circular or rectangular, dimension) should be used for tiramisu?
15th Jan, 2015
What size dish would you use
16th Aug, 2013
Can this desert be frozen?
17th Aug, 2015
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