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Okay, let’s take care of some business & technical stuff before we move on to the food, shall we?

For the past week or more, I’ve been getting a flood of emails, Facebook messages, contact form submissions about where to find the recipe for a specific post. I’ve never had this problem before so I’m wondering why all of a sudden an influx of these questions. Anyway, I’m here to clear things up!

If you are on my HOMEPAGE (which, look in your browser’s address bar – if you’re on with nothing else behind the .com) then at the END of EVERY post, before the comments section, there is a BUTTON that says “CONTINUE READING.” If you click on that, it’ll open the FULL POST for you and that’s where you will see the recipe.

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Alrighty, boring stuff is over with let’s move on to TIRAMISU!!!

I’ve always thought tiramisu was some fancy-schmancy dessert that Italian restaurants served to get the “oohs” and “ahhhs.” I’m kind of mad at myself that I actually would spend $9 on a slice of tiramisu when now I actually know how to make it. My friends and I were at an Italian restaurant one night and for dessert, we decided to order tiramisu. At that moment, I decided to dissect my slice. I knew that all tiramisu’s begin with lady fingers but for some reason, I didn’t know what was really in the filling. Duh, I should’ve figured mascarpone and amaretto.

This dessert is SO simple to make. Don’t be foolish and order a $9 slice of tiramisu. They market these desserts like they’re super hard to make and you can only get them at fancy dine out places. Nope, your fancy “dine out” place can be your own dining room table :) AND you get a ton more slices that’ll last you maybe 3-4 days if you can resist eating the entire pan in one sitting ;)

Recipe type: Dessert, Cakes
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: One 8x8-inch pan
  • 16 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. amaretto
  • 1⅓ cup brewed espresso (you may have some leftover)
  • 24 lady fingers
  • 1 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, and sugar. Whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. Then add in the amaretto and whisk until just incorporated. Do not over-mix or you'll get stiff peaks!
  2. Line the bottom of a 8x8" baking pan with lady fingers. You might have to break some to get it to fit correctly. Pour ½ cup of brewed espresso on top of the lady fingers and let them soak it all in. You can pour more if it looks like they're too dry. Don't over-soak them or you'll end up with a soggy bottom!
  3. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the lady fingers and sprinkle ½ of the chocolate on top. Take the remaining lady fingers and dip them in the remaining espresso. Layer the dipped lady fingers on top of the mascarpone layer then layer again with the remaining mascarpone layer and sprinkle the remaining chopped chocolate on top.
  4. Chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours before serving.
  5. Tightly wrap with plastic wrap and keep in fridge for up to 4 days.



  1. Sarah
    03/27/2013 at 7:23 am

    This must be fate :)! Just yesterday my mother bought Tiramisu ice-cream and of course I felt the sudden urge to make it myself because it was sooo delicious – I love it ;) I will never spend up to 9$ anymore after I have seen this short and easy recipe :D
    You think it’s okay if I leave out the chocolate and simply sprinkle some cocoa powder on top :)? And although I kind of dislike the taste of coffee (the aroma’s divine), it always works great in combination with ladyfingers and Mascarpone ^^

    • 03/27/2013 at 7:37 am

      Yes, you definitely can leave out the chocolate and just sprinkle cocoa powder on top :)

  2. 03/27/2013 at 7:52 am

    This is gorgeous Julie. Tiramisu is just one of those “grown up” desserts I only eat on dates with my husband! HA! time to make a real version at home!

  3. 03/27/2013 at 8:27 am

    Okay now I’ve got to try it :) And seriously, restaurant prices are always astonishing to me. I just can’t handle it.

  4. 03/27/2013 at 8:36 am

    That tiramisu is looking so good! Is it wrong that I want some for breakfast right now?

  5. 03/27/2013 at 8:56 am

    Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts, but I have never made it myself. You make it look easy!

  6. 03/27/2013 at 9:16 am

    WOW! This lok so good! Beautiful!! Want a slice for breakfast!

  7. 03/27/2013 at 9:22 am

    Oh my gosh Julie – this looks phenomenal! I’d love to have this for breakfast!!! I have hot coffee – can I get a piece of this sent ASAP, please?

  8. 03/27/2013 at 9:23 am

    INCREDIBLE photos, friend! I adore a good tiramisu!

  9. 03/27/2013 at 9:24 am

    Julie, this is my favorite dessert (if I can make such a bold statement as to choose a favorite), but confession: I have never attempted it at home. I just felt it had “restaurant” written all over it. You’re inspiring me to change my ways! (Though me + a giant pan of tiramisu = deadly)

  10. 03/27/2013 at 9:32 am

    Love tiramisu. I thought there were eggs in the cream. Looks delicious anyway.

  11. Kay
    03/27/2013 at 9:33 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm this looks so good!!

  12. 03/27/2013 at 9:41 am

    Yes PLEASE! I would love to dive into this yummy dessert, delish!

  13. Kat
    03/27/2013 at 9:46 am

    Silly question, but does it matter if the coffee is warm or does it have to be chilled? Might have to add this to my Easter desert rotation!

    • 03/27/2013 at 9:54 am

      When I poured the espresso on top of the lady fingers, it was hot, but when I dipped them (for the second layer), I had let it cool down a bit so my fingers wouldn’t get burned! :)

  14. 03/27/2013 at 9:46 am

    Tiramisu is a regular in our house. My husband being from Italy likes to have it for every special occasion, which is fine by me! Looks yummy, we always just use cocoa powder on ours.

  15. 03/27/2013 at 9:54 am

    Oooo, tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts to order! Why haven’t I made it myself yet?! Great recipe!

  16. Vballer
    03/27/2013 at 10:05 am

    OMG yes! I’m making this today!

  17. 03/27/2013 at 10:09 am

    I am coming over for dessert!

  18. 03/27/2013 at 10:09 am

    OMG, yum!!!! I am soooo making this!

  19. 03/27/2013 at 10:23 am

    uuuuummmmm. yes please.

  20. 03/27/2013 at 10:57 am

    YESYEYSEYSYE I’ve been dying to make tiramisuuuuuuuuu omg.

  21. 03/27/2013 at 10:57 am

    I mean really anything with rum rocks. I used to hate tiramisu b/c it was too squishy. weird right/

  22. 03/27/2013 at 11:19 am

    That looks amazing! So creamy and boozy.

  23. 03/27/2013 at 11:37 am

    one of my fav desserts. well done-looks delicious.

  24. 03/27/2013 at 11:55 am

    Yum, hope you saved me a piece! :)

  25. 03/27/2013 at 12:33 pm

    Oh how I LOVE tiramisu ~ even have a pin board dedicated to it!!

  26. 03/27/2013 at 12:53 pm

    So… how do I find the recipe? Kiiiiiiidding ;-) I have been wanting to make tiramisu for so long. Now I have no excuse since you say its easy! And I just saw lady fingers at the market the other day. Fate perhaps?

    • 03/27/2013 at 12:54 pm

      HAHAHA Carla, I could slap you! Just kidding :) xoxoxo

  27. 03/27/2013 at 1:19 pm

    I had no idea it was so easy. I will def be making this!

  28. Candice
    03/27/2013 at 1:34 pm

    Yum! Thx for saving us $9! =)

  29. 03/27/2013 at 1:56 pm

    Preach on sista! Tiramisu is so easy to make. I can’t believe restaurants have the bawls to charge so much! I really can’t wait to make this recipe.

    P.S. I’m totally loving your popular posts feature. Is there a specific widget you use?

    • 03/27/2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hey girlie! Yeah, it’s a widget but it’s within my theme (ProPhoto) so I’m not quite sure you can have it on yours – sorry!! Maybe Lindsay knows how to get it on there?

  30. michelle
    03/27/2013 at 2:14 pm

    hey julie,

    i was wondering what would be a good substitute for amaretto? as i
    cant have that due to religous reasons.

    p.s: love your blog :)

    • 03/27/2013 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Michelle – you can always sub in almond extract – I would not use 4 tbsp. of it though. I’d use 1 tsp and go up from there if you prefer a stronger taste. Almond extract is potent!

  31. 03/27/2013 at 2:20 pm

    Tiramisu – oh yes! Never say no to this and the more, the better. I agree – this is so simple and yet they’re so pricy out there. I’m glad you share your recipe here. Yum!

  32. 03/27/2013 at 2:24 pm

    Oh snap. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert ever, ever, ever! Yours looks absolutely incredible, Julie. I’ve got to try it!

  33. 03/27/2013 at 2:54 pm

    I love Tiramisu. This looks beautiful and delicious. I plan on trying to make it sometime.

  34. 03/27/2013 at 3:32 pm

    Yum, this looks great Julie! If you can believe it, I’ve never had tiramisu in a restaurant, but I have made it at home and it’s delicious. Definitely worth the effort :)

  35. 03/27/2013 at 5:23 pm

    Am I totally crazy that I’ve NEVER had tiramisu?! It looks SO awesome, I just have never tried it and for reasons that are completely invalid. I understand if you don’t want to be friends anymore :( but I also understand if you want to send me a huge slice out of pity :)

  36. 03/27/2013 at 6:17 pm

    I love tiramisu so much I made a big pan of it and brought it to the hospital when I had Clara. ;) I was there for a few days so it was nice to snack on. MMM.

  37. 03/27/2013 at 7:08 pm

    I actually haven’t made Tiramisu yet, so am glad to hear to you say that! Amazing pics too!!

  38. Renee
    03/27/2013 at 7:33 pm

    Tried to update with Feedly and got this error message:

    Feed not found
    Feedly was not able to load feed:


    Access to this feed might require a username and password (feedly does not know yet how to access and load authenticated feeds).
    The specified URL does not point to a valid RSS or ATOM feed (in which case you might want to contact the owner of the website you are trying to subscribe to and let them know about the problem).

    • 03/27/2013 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Renee, I’m a bit confused with your question. If you want to subscribe to my blog via Feedly, you need to type in where it says “add website” and it should work! None of my posts are protected with a username or password. I hope that helps!

  39. Renee
    03/27/2013 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Julie. I keep getting a message to update the reader and so I tried and got that strange message.
    I’ve tried your suggestion (still trying to learn feedly) and will see what happens

  40. Vandana
    03/27/2013 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Julie, I started following your blog from a couple of months and I must say your recipes sound so easy. I’m a vegetarian and still found a lot of yummy recipes. This is the ultimate master as Tiramisu is my favorite of all deserts and I always find vodka/liquor soaked and with raw egg. I looked for subs but couldn’t find any proper recipes. Keep up the good work…

  41. 03/28/2013 at 1:35 am

    How awesome! I love tiramisu. I just don’t make it often because I have major self control issues with that dessert. I love the slice cut out of the pan, makes me feel like you are serving me a slice.

  42. 03/28/2013 at 7:40 am

    Gah! I could an entire tray of this!!! Gorgeous job, Julie!

  43. 03/28/2013 at 10:08 am

    Lol, love that you dissected your tiramisu at the restaurant… because I totally do that, too! This looks fantastic and if making it means I can have a whole pan all to myself, I’m in! ;)

  44. 03/28/2013 at 10:34 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Tiramisu is definitely one of my favorites! YUM!

  45. 03/28/2013 at 11:44 am

    So strange that people can’t find the recipe on your site, it’s not like you hide them! So weird. I had a few people leave those comments on my pinterest pins and I had to tell them that you have to click on the picture to get the recipe. I thought that was strange, but it makes more sense than people not being able to find them on your site! it’s sort of baffling. Anyway, LOVE this Tiramisu.

  46. 03/28/2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my! This looks heavenly :) so fluffy and sweet.

  47. 03/28/2013 at 2:27 pm

    Your tiramisu looks delicious! My husband loves it and I finally made some individual ones a few months ago and it was so delicious and surprisingly easy. The recipe is very similar to this one, except it uses egg whites instead of cream. Your recipe is perfect for 2, with some leftovers! : )

  48. 03/28/2013 at 2:32 pm

    I have yet to make tiramisu myself before, Julie! I count on fancy restaurants to have it on the menu when I need my fill of it. Yours is simply gorgeous and to be quite honest – the best looking homemade tiramisu i’ve ever come across!

  49. 03/28/2013 at 2:55 pm

    I am such a fan of tiramisu and so many think its a hard dessert to pull together when its really so amazingly easy! Another great recipe!

  50. 03/28/2013 at 3:33 pm

    You can never go wrong with tiramisu. It is such a classic but often forgotten-until now!

  51. 03/28/2013 at 7:11 pm

    Oh this looks divine, Julie! This is my husbands favorite dessert… and yet I’ve still haven’t tried making it. I think you just gave me the push I needed to try and make it!

  52. 03/29/2013 at 12:22 am

    I really want to make tiramisu someday! Your version looks so delicious and easy :)

  53. 03/30/2013 at 12:20 am

    Tiramisu is by far, the best dessert ever!!

  54. 03/30/2013 at 10:48 am

    I just put the ingredients into my phone. My wife and I are going to make it for Easter dessert! This looks great!

  55. 04/01/2013 at 4:38 pm

    This looks amazing, thank you!

  56. 04/03/2013 at 11:16 pm

    Tiramisu is on my Recipe Bucket List this year! Glad yours turned out so well! =)

  57. Bianca
    02/11/2014 at 7:26 am

    HEllo!! I’m Bianca, and I’m an Italian girl. I love your blog so much, but Tiramisu recipe it’s (like ever american/english tiramis recipe) wrong. We don’t put heavy cream in our tiramisu, we don’t use liquor and the sugar in italian recipe is less. We use (for example) 500g mascarpone, 5 eggs (medium) and 5 tablespoon of white sugar. The ratio it’s very important, every 100 grams of mascarpone we put 1tablespoon of sugar and one egg. Sorry for my very bad enghlish ;)


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