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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13th Jul, 2009
Accept it for what it is & you have a really simple, easy to make & delicious desert - whatever you want to call it. I substituted port for the marsala as I didn't have any and it was still simply gorgeous & so, so easy. I used very strong 85% dark grated chocolate and the result was brilliant. Needed more sponge fingers than stated but I think that depends on the size of the dish you use. Don't look at the calorie and fat content if you are at all concious though - definitely one just for an ocaisional treat!
11th Jun, 2009
I loved this recepy!! it was so easy to make and looked great when it was finished too!! I made mine the nite before and left it in the fridge overnite so it was really chilled when I served it - everyone commented how nice it tasted - specialy since I hadn't made one before - so I was really pleased how it turned out! one thing though when making the whipped cream, taste after to see if it needs more marsala or sugar as I found mine needed a bit more than was stated on the recepy for both - but its to everyones individual taste - at least if you taste it first though then you know its perfect for when you serve it to your guests!!
8th Jun, 2009
Agree, it is a cheat's tiramisu, but it tastes nice, and is easy and make ahead so good for dinner parties. Every time I've made it everyone loved it. I actually find that I need more sponge fingers than stated.
29th May, 2009
It may taste good, and that's fine and everything, but it's not the point is it? If it was called fake tiramisu or cheat's tiramisu or something like that, then, yeah.. but to call it 'best ever' is ridiculous. No egg, no tiramisu.
26th May, 2009
It was good... Not great. I think that if I was to make it again, I'd add some Marsala to the sponges rather as well as the cream. It just needed more of a kick! In the past when I've made Tiramisu, I have added a layer of melted white chocolate over the sponges... Well worth a try.
25th May, 2009
This recipe is wonderful, so so easy and very tasty. It tastes even better the day after it has been made. Highly recommended
14th May, 2009
did not like it......
28th Apr, 2009
ı made this receipe and everone like it. They told me that if you don't add chocolate chunks in that it would be better that now... So I satify with that receipe but I try to make again without chocolate as soon as possible. Finally you should try this receipe.
13th Mar, 2009
This looks hideous..not a tiramisu at all!
26th Feb, 2009
It may be easy (hence 1 star), but this a long way from the "best-ever tiramisu"! Too many biscuits, should have egg in it, etc, etc - Italians everywhere will be either be crying with laughter or utterly irate at the "best-ever" claim!!!


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