Slice of tiramisu on a serving plate

Best ever tiramisu

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(139 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 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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missbrannigan's picture
10th May, 2015
Made this for a BBQ today and it was amazing. Bought 2 Madiera cakes from Tesco and cut them Into wedges. Poured the coffee over the top. And used 75ml of Ameretti instead of masala in the cream. Will be making again next week for a gathering and probably many more times! :)
28th Dec, 2014
Incredibly easy & very tasty. A Christmas hit :)
14th Dec, 2014
Hi this recipe is not ok if you have an egg allergy the sponge fingers are made with egg. I find it very hard to find recipes that are egg free.
4th Aug, 2015
Hi, my husband is allergic to eggs and I too find it very difficult to find deserts to cater for him. Mary Berry does a fabulous Lemon & Lime Cheesecake which is egg free and he loves. Apart from that I cook him a lot 'crumble' recipes. If you have any deserts you can share, please do. Many thanks
17th Oct, 2014
I made this for a dinner party last year and it has been requested again so I have just made it again. It is better made the day before and left in the fridge. I buy a basic Madeira cake and slice it instead of sponge fingers and Disaronno works just as well as Marsala. Very fattening but a really impressive but easy dessert.
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.


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