The Best Classic Tiramisu Recipe – Easy, Authentic
The Best Classic Tiramisu Recipe – Easy, Authentic – learn how to make this traditional Italian dessert in no time with just 4 basic, simple ingredients. This is the real deal, no shortcuts. Just the way it is made in Italy and you can make it, too.
Original post from 2014. Updated in 2019.
What is tiramisu?
Classic Tiramisu Recipe – layers of lady fingers cookies, dipped in flavorful espresso coffee with rich and velvety mascarpone cream in between. Topped with cocoa powder for this extra touch.
I’m sharing with you the recipe for one of my favorite Italian Desserts – Classic Tiramisu. It is the perfect choice if you are looking for a dessert to enjoy with your coffee.
What a great way to start your weekend- with a slice of this easy to make dessert. If you’ve ever thought that tiramisu is difficult to make, just stick with me and I’ll show you that it isn’t.
I’m not stating that this is the only classic tiramisu recipe in the world, but this is the one that works best for me and my family.
Throughout the years, I’ve tasted other versions, for where Mascarpone is substituted with heavy cream, lady fingers with pound cake and espresso coffee with instant of regular american coffee and honestly I did not like any of these…
Not sure, if people in Italy do not make it the exact same way I do, but I just find the recipe very easy and extremely delicious.
You can definitely try and substitute some of the ingredients, but no guarantee for the end result.
What ingredients do you need to make this Classic Tiramisu Recipe?
- mascarpone cheese
- lady fingers
- espresso coffee
- orange liqueur
- unsweetened cocoa powder
Mascarpone is an Italian cheese made from cream, coagulated by the addition of citric acid. It is one of the main ingredients of tiramisu, but is often used in other recipes instead of parmesan cheese or butter. I just love the mascarpone cream used in this recipe. The combination of whipped egg whites (lightness), whisked egg yolks (richness) and sugar and the addition of creamy mascarpone (creaminess) creates the light and unique texture of the mascarpone cream.
Lady fingers are light, sweet sponge cakes (biscuits), shaped in the form of a finger. They also are considered one of the main ingredients of the classic tiramisu.
I made the espresso needed for this recipe with my Nespresso machine, but a Moka coffee maker (or any espresso maker) could be used.
How to make Tiramisu?
It’s been a while since I last made tiramisu. But it was heavily requested by a friend, that’s why, when I had an hour planed for watching my favorite TV show last Sunday, I just put this dessert together at the same time. Great! The only bad thing is that once you make it, you should wrap it and let it sit in the fridge for 6 hours (preferably overnight) for the wonderful flavors to settle.. I try to make it at night, this way I’m not tempted to start eating it before it is set!
Is authentic tiramisu made with raw eggs?
Yes it is! You may want to use pasteurized eggs instead. If you are concerned about t
Raw Eggs : This recipe contains raw eggs. I suggest caution when consuming row or slightly cooked eggs. To reduce risk I recommend the use of fresh, properly refrigerated eggs. You might want to wash and dry your eggs, before you crack them and separate egg yolks from egg whites. This reduces the risk of salmonella and other food-borne illness. You might want to use eggs that have been pasteurized or treated with a different method to destroy salmonella.
I personally avoid using raw eggs, but this is one of the very few recipes in which I do. You can test eggs eggs by putting them in a bowl of water: if they fall to the bottom they are fresh and safe, if they come afloat they are ready to be tossed.
What liquor can be used in tiramisu?
If you’d like, you can leave the liqueur out. What is you decide to follow the recipe as it is – use Grand Marnier. You can use any orange liqueur of your choice. Some recipes call for marsala wine or rum, instead of liqueur.
I used some coffee extract to the coffee, that I dipped the lady fingers in, but this is totally optional. You can use some good quality coffee liqueur instead.
Tiramisu is this type of after dinner dessert, that can be served with some alcohol, like amaretto, marsala or madeira wine or fruit liqueur.
More Tiramisu Recipes:
Classic Tiramisu Recipe
- 6 shots of espresso or about 2 cups — (cool)
- 6 eggs — , egg whites separated from egg yolks
- pinch of salt — (optional)
- 3-4 tbsp granulated sugar — (depends on how sweet you like it)
- 3 8 oz packages Savoiardi lady fingers cookies — (they are 12 in each individual package, but each big pack contains 4-5 individual ones)
- 1 pound (0.5 kg) Mascarpone cheese, needs to be at room temperature, but not melted, take out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before use
- optional: 2 tsp dark rum — (marsala wine or any coffee liqueur could be substituted)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder for garnishing
- optional: chocolate shavings for garnishing
Prepare coffee and let it cool at room temperature. Add rum/liqueur/marsala wine and stir.
In a bowl mix egg yolks and sugar for about 5 minutes, until pale and thick. (Allow extra time). Using a rubber spatula /wooden spoon or with your mixer on low speed fold in mascarpone cheese. Set a side.
In a separate bowl beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. (Make sure there is no water in the bowl, otherwise they will not get stiff).
Fold egg whites into the egg yolk - mascarpone cheese.
Dip savoiardi cookies into coffee, and lay one by one into a 9x13 pyrex dish. Do not soak the cookies, just lightly dip them, as we need them to retain their firmness.
Once the first layer of cookies has been laid out, cover with 1/2 of mascarpone cream. (This recipe makes a tiramisu with 2 layers of lady fingers and 2 layers of cream, but if you use a smaller dish, you may be able to get a 3 layer dessert). Repeat with remaining lady fingers and mascarpone cream.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, so the flavors could settle..
When ready to serve, dust with cocoa powder, cut and serve.
!This recipe makes a tiramisu with 2 layers of lady fingers and 2 layers of cream, but if you use a smaller dish, you may be able to get a 3 layer dessert.
!Mascarpone cheese, needs to be at room temperature, but not melted, take out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before use
Nutrition InformationCalories: 462, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 265mg, Sodium: 136mg, Potassium: 96mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 1190%, Calcium: 116%, Iron: 2%
ahhh this looks so pretty! I’ve NEVER made tiramisu before but yours looks de-lish 😉
Ahhh! This looks amazing! I’ll definitely be enjoying this dessert with my coffee… Pretty pictures!
Happy Halloween, Mira! I love that you’re sharing this tiramisu recipe today! This looks amazing! Tiramisu is a dessert that I usually order at restaurants because I absolutely love it. I’m so impressed at how gorgeous this looks! Definitely restaurant quality. Pinned!
Thanks for pinning Gayle!
I LOVE tiramisu and yours looks amazing! Love the pretty pictures too – pinning! Happy Friday and Halloween, Mira!
Thanks for the pin Kelly! Have a great weekend!
Ahhh looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Mira! I have been looking for a classic tiramisu recipe and now I know which one to follow! 🙂 Pinned.
Thanks Manali ! I really love this recipe, you should try it, if you don’t mind using raw eggs. Really easy!
Tiramisu is absolutely my fav!! And your version looks spectacular! Pinned!
I love mascarpone cheese! There is nothing better than a classic tiramisu recipe! I would love a slice for dessert, please!
Thanks Ashley! Sure I can send some to Florida!
Coffee & dessert is a match made in heaven. Love it! But tiramisu is one of the desserts that has always alluded me, I’ve never had the confidence that I could make it so I’m pinning this for when that craving strikes again. It’s something that I (gasp) would order at the Olive Garden, and yes, I know their food is terrible to food bloggers but the average population seems to think it’s good based on the parking lot stats. I love your photo’s here. Such stunning visual appeal.
Thanks a lot Laura! It really isn’t too hard to make it if you have the right ingredients in your hands. I secretly love olive garden, but rarely go there. They have some good stuff 🙂
I love Tiramisu, and I haven’t made it in ages. GAH! Girl, now you know what I’m going to making today! I’m just sad I have to wait 6 hours to eat it!
Thanks Kristy! Maybe you can wait a little less …hmm I just followed the instructions, so it looks good on pictures! 🙂
Tiramisu is one of those desserts I’ve never attempted to master. Yours looks perfect!
This looks RIDICULOUSLY amazing – yum! Love that you’re sharing classic recipes – they truly are the best!
Wow, this really is a classic recipe! I am super happy that you used the separated eggs which so many recipes skip making “cheat” versions 🙂 You know what you’re doing Mira!!
Nice work, Mira! This looks stunningly delicious! I am a sucker for a good tiramisu and love the variations that I find through reading and making recipes. It’s hard to let it set in the fridge, though. I always want to dig right in! Your photography is beautiful! Happy Friday to you too! Enjoy your weekend!
Thans for stopping by Traci! Have a great weekend!
This is beautiful! Tiramisu was my favorite dessert until I chose to go vegan. I have to say, I really miss it, and will probably never attempt to veganize it because I’m not sure that is possible. Oh well, I’ll find a new favorite. 🙂
Thanks Linda! I’ve thought of veganazing it, but I haven’t found anything that works 🙂
I love a classic tiramisu and this looks like a great one. Can’t wait to try it.
Happy Halloween Mira! Your tiramisu looks amazing! I cannot resist a good looking tiramisu. Pinned!
Thanks for pinning Oana! Happy Halloween !
This.. looks… INCREDIBLE! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts! Each year, my husband and I meet up with the same large group of people in Italy to go skiing over Christmas and every night at dinner in the hotel everyone orders the tiramisu first and puts it aside for dessert later. This is because if you wait until dessert time to actually order, they run out! It took us a few years to learn this trick 😉
Although I enjoy tiramisu every chance I get, I have never actually made it! I can’t wait to try your recipe!
Hey Kathleen, what a fun story, glad you’ve been going skiing in Italy! Tiramisu is really easy to make at home, too!
Mira this looks as if it has just been pulled straight out of a restaurant menu! Beautiful!
You can never go wrong with tiramisu- it’s a classic for a reason! I love it so much and your version is just perfection. Gorgeous photos as well!
Thanks a lot Allie!
Your pics make me want to have this delicious dessert right now! 🙂
Thank you for the recipe and for the inspiring photos.
Well doesn’t this look so pretty and yummy! My friend and I were just talking about how important it is to eat “pretty” food! Think about it, if you eat with your eyes first, it only makes sense that it should be ascetically pleasing!
Thanks Cailee! I agree!
Tiramisu cake is my all time favourite cake!! I love how the lady fingers are layered inside (I usually get the one with the lady fingers around the edges) — I have to give this a try! 🙂
Wow! This desert looks gorgeous! I never tried it, but I’ve heard that it is amazing. I think I’m missing out a lot! 🙂
Thanks Valya! You’ll like it if you like coffee! It is easy to make!
I’ve never made tiramisu beofre, but I absolutely love it. This looks delicious! I will definitely have to try this out sometime.
I love classic tiramisu the best, and you’re so right — espresso is best from a Nespresso machine, which I don’t have. 🙁 I still make it, but it’s not creamy like it should be. That won’t stop me from making this, however — it’s so nice how quickly it comes together and it can be made in advance! Pinning. 🙂
Hey Marcie, Thanks for pinning! Any espresso works, I just love my Nespresso machine! I actually found a company selling generic Nespresso capsules for less money, so I’ll give them a try 🙂
This tiramisu looks gorgeous it is one of my fav. desserts of all time! Perfect with a cup of coffeee! Yum!!
Thanks Ceara, I’m glad you like it!
I love classic tiramisu. The one in your picture looks gorgeous and looks exactly like the one I had in a fancy hotel once! It’s difficult to find good tiramisu here and I has been looking for a great recipe. Glad I finally found it! 🙂
Thanks a lot Maggie ! I hope you are able to find the ingredients and get to make it 🙂
This is a beautiful dessert! I always order this at Italian restaurants. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I have never made tiramisu before but have wanted to attempt it. I’m pinning it for when I do. Beautiful pictures!
Great recipe! I grew up on tiramisu and love love love it! Except for Amazon, do you know which stores carry lady fingers?
Thanks Aida! I get mine from a local Italian store, so I don’t know exactly where else you could find them.