Rich and Creamy Tiramisu

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 10 min. + chilling


16 servings

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
Tiramisu is Italian for pick-me-up, and this one is definitely true to its name! My version of the classic Tuscan trifle has both coffee and espresso for layers of java flavor. —Lauren McAnelly, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) mascarpone cheese
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons Marsala wine, Kahlua (coffee liqueur) or rum, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 package (7 ounces) crisp ladyfinger cookies
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa


  1. Stir mascarpone cheese; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Whisk yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup Marsala and salt in top of a double boiler until mixture is thickened (ribbon stage) and a thermometer reads 160°. Remove from heat; whisk in mascarpone until almost smooth. Whip cream and remaining sugar until soft peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture.
  2. Combine coffee, espresso powder and remaining 2 tablespoons Marsala. Briefly dip 8 ladyfingers into coffee mixture and place in bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Top with 1-1/2 cups mascarpone mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Refrigerate, covered, 6 hours or overnight. To serve, loosen and remove rim; sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Feel free to vigorously whip the yolk mixture in the double boiler to add volume and get that ribbonlike texture. But work more gently when mixing in the mascarpone cheese. You can even leave it a little lumpy; the carryover warmth from the yolk mixture will soften those lumps while you whip the cream. When you fold in the whipped cream, they'll disappear entirely.
  • Substitute espresso for the strong coffee if you have an espresso machine.
  • Don't like Marsala—or you've run out? Make it with your drink of choice: brandy, Kahlua, dark rum, Grand Marnier or fortified wine.
  • Dip the ladyfingers only a second or two. You want them moistened, not mushy or disintegrating.
  • Chill your bowl before whipping the cream to speed the process.
  • Top with chocolate shavings if you like.
  • You can also make this in a 9-in. square baking dish.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 280 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.