Slice of tiramisu on a serving plate

Best ever tiramisu

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(140 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.
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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.
8th Feb, 2019
Sorry to hear that. You must've overbeaten the double cream. It should still be light and fluffy.
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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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