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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  • 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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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.
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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!
27th Apr, 2014
I've made this twice. It may not be traditional Italian but it was delicious and my family loved it. I would recommend using less cream, second time I used cava as I didn't have marsala and it was just as good.
22nd Apr, 2014
No need to get eggy about this tiramisu! Just follow the recipe exactly and you will have made the most delicious tiramisu EVER!! Mwah x
The slob John B
4th Mar, 2014
That's a lot of sugar, omit the cream and add 3 fresh egg yolks, preferably from your own chickens, hopefully no salmonella. Can also be made with ricotta rather than marscapone. Great dish anyway.


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