Classic Tiramisu – The Only Tiramisu Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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I’m excited to update one of my favorite recipes of ALL time. This post from early 2012 truly is the best tiramisu recipe you will find. It’s simple yet incredibly delicious and always a hit at any dinner party. If you’re having people over for the holidays, you won’t be disappointed with this classic tiramisu recipe. The original post is below:

In recent years I’ve seen tiramisu recipes adding whipped cream, lemon or even cream cheese. In my opinion those additions only take away from the flavor. I believe the best tasting tiramisu should be simple and traditional made with quality ingredients. This recipe has been in my husband’s family for over 20 years and we’ve never changed a thing, that’s how good it is! I don’t make this too often, as it is not the healthiest dessert out there but I decided to make a smaller personal size using only eight ounces of mascarpone cheese.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Whisk egg yolks, sugar and brandy together until creamy.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Carefully fold egg mixture in with mascarpone cheese.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Egg mixture and mascarpone should have a softer consistency of mayonnaise.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Dip ladyfingers into brandy and espresso mixture, then arrange in a single layer on serving platter.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Top ladyfingers with about a third of the mascarpone cream mixture.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Add second layer of dipped ladyfingers on top of mascarpone cream.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Pour the rest of the mascarpone cream on top of ladyfingers and rest in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Right before serving, sprinkle with cocoa and (optional) chocolate shavings.

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Dig in....delizioso!

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Classic Tiramisu   The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youll Ever Need // wishfulchef.com

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

  • 8 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese
  • 8-10 ladyfingers (Italian savoiardi cookies)
  • 2 small egg yolks (or 1 extra large)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 double shot or 2 ounces espresso or extra strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy or dark rum
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and half of the brandy. Whip fast to thicken. Then, spoon by spoon fold in mascarpone. Mixture should be a little softer than the consistency of mayonnaise. If mixture isn’t thick enough and comes out runny, use a hand blender with whipping blades to thicken.

On a small plate, mix espresso plus the rest of brandy. Quickly dip each side of the ladyfingers (do not completely soak), then add a layer to the bottom of your serving dish. Top with about 1/3 of mascarpone mixture, then repeat and top with the rest of the mixture.

Cover and rest in fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Sprinkle cocoa and chocolate shavings on top before serving.

A note on plating/serving: I made this dish on a small plate because my cream mixture always comes out pretty thick so it will stand on its own. Obviously feel free to use a traditional square pan to prepare your tiramisu in.

Total Time: 20-30 minutes (plus 4 hours or overnight in refrigerator)
Yield: 4 servings
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54 Responses to “Classic Tiramisu – The Only Tiramisu Recipe You’ll Ever Need”

  1. Anna @ hiddenponies January 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Yes, some things are just better left alone! This looks amazing.

  2. Barb January 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    Thanks, Anna. I totally agree! Especially with Tiramisu…

  3. Ben January 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Amazing recipe! I’m bookmarking it for future references.

    Thanks!

    • Barb January 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks so much Ben :)

  4. Tes January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Ohhhh I am drooling! I want a slice of this right away :) It looks so creamy and decadent :)

    • Barb January 17, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Tes, it sure is! I have to admit, my husband and I had this for breakfast and lunch over the weekend…but no regrets there :)

  5. Halcian March 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Greetings from Trinidad and Tobago. I came across your site through Gojee.com and I am happily fascinated! I’ve been searching for a tiramisu recipe for years and yours is the first I’ve ever come across that looks easy to make and deliciously packed with the flavours I’m seeking. Thanks so much for sharing it and I look forward to even more from you. Take care. :^)

    • Barb March 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you so much for the nice comment Halcian!

      I’d have to agree on the recipe, I appreciate how simple and straightforward it is. Most recipes add too many ingredients in my opinion.

      Will be checking out your blog too. Greetings from NYC :)

  6. Jaméis April 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I was looking for the simplest and tastiest tiramisu,; I think I’ve found it. Everyone who tried it said it was really good. Thank you for sharing.

    • Barb April 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      You’re welcome, happy to share! This tiramisu is so delicious and very simple, which is why I love it. I could eat it everyday! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jaméis :)

  7. Neetu April 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi there,

    I just happened to stumble across your blog while looking for a tiramisu recipe and I must say, I’m glad I did! I’ve made a tiramisu myself though slightly different from yours. Docheck it out and let me know your thoughts! Glad to be a follower. Your blog looks great! Keep up the good work!

    • Barb May 1, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Neetu – Great, I’ll check out your recipe. Thanks for the kind words and stopping by the blog!

  8. Mert June 28, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    This recipe rocks! I currently live near Italy and i get there every second week, this one is far too close to best ones there.
    Thanks so much and greetings from Cannes

    • Barb June 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much! I absolutely love this recipe too. We’ve had Italian tiramisu many times and this is the best one (and I’m not just saying that!). Thanks for stopping by and greetings from NYC :)

  9. Celine Dodds July 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I love your recipes and the beautifully done photos. You have one of the best recipe collection I have ever seen online. Thank you for sharing your Tiramisu recipe. I made one and it was just perfect!

    • Barb July 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you so much Celine, I really appreciate your nice comment :) So happy you liked the Tiramisu recipe, it’s one of my all time favorite dessert recipes.

  10. Mary Mullins September 22, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    This is such a simple recipe, must try it soon.
    Thanks

  11. lynn September 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    How much brandy or did I miss it?

    • Barb September 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      It’s specified in the recipe. About 1.5 tablespoons.

      Thanks for stopping by Lynn.

  12. Sarah September 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Thank you so much for this recipe and your blog. I love it!!!

  13. Katie November 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I am a sucker for Tiramisu and this looks delicious but I can’t eat raw eggs/yolk. Is there something I can substitute?

    • Barb November 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Katie – Thanks! Hmm, try substituting heavy cream for the egg yolk. Let me know how it turns out :)

      • Susie July 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

        Did you try to substitute the eggs? What quantity that would be? I am also looking for a eggless original tiramisu recipe, this one seems perfect,…:)

    • maile moore January 21, 2014 at 12:29 am #

      I’ve tasted hundreds of tiramisu and finally I have to make it for myself, because I am a health freak and this combination of Tiramisu is HEALTHY & BEST TASTING:

      NO EGGS SPREAD:
      You can try using 1 1/2 oz. of regular cream cheese + 1 pint whipping cream + 1 1/2 tsp. powder sugar. Whip the cream cheese + whipping cream + sugar til stiff.

      You will love this because it is EVEN LIGHTER AND HEALTHIER than the cream from this recipe.

      Additional hint: Try this tiramisu using American Sponge cake AS THE BASE instead of LADY FINGERS recipe found on thejoyofcooking.com

      For Espresso mixture: Use an expensive COGNAC instead of brandy. 2 TbsP + 1 C. of espresso.

      Then, you will be the FINAL judge that perhaps which one is better!

      Spread on the dipped lady fingers or AMERICAN SPONGE CAKE as usual!

  14. Huey December 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Hello there,

    Was looking for a super original tiramisu recipe (no strange ingredients added eg. Nuts & lemons?!?!) & came across your recipe. Made it for the first time for Christmas dinner – it was amazing! Everyone absolutely loved it :)

    Thanks so much for sharing & yes, stick to the simple things in life pays off :)

    Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

    • Barb December 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      Hello Huey – Thanks so much for your nice comment! I’m so happy everyone loved the tiramisu. I agree, especially with this recipe, that simple is better :)

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too!

  15. gillian brusby February 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I looked at other recipes and they all including additional ingredients such as vanilla essence , heavy cream and 1 included boiling the marscopne mixture Yours looked the simplest. I did use coffee liquer instead of coffee . My dinner guests all thought it was delicious . I will keep the recipe and use it again THANK YOU

    • Barb February 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      I’m so happy you and your guests enjoyed it, Gillian! Interesting, I never heard of boiling the mixture. Wonder how that turns out? I believe the best tiramisu is the simplest which is why I love this recipe!

  16. Linh March 22, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    I’m in love with tiramisu too! I tried the recipe from allrecipes.com twice and all got really disappointed!
    I just tried your recipe and it looks really promising. And so easy too! I even licked the bowl clean. The cake is in my fridge right now and I can’t wait to eat it!

    • Barb March 22, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      I’m totally with you, it’s one of my favorite desserts. It’s so hard to find good recipes for tiramisu or even at restaurants! My recipe here has been a family favorite for years and years so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :)

  17. Valerie March 28, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I love that the recipe is easy but I never knew the raw egg yolks would be safe.

    • Barb March 28, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Valerie – Raw egg yolks are a staple in many European dishes, but I would obviously make sure to use the best quality of fresh eggs available to you. The chance of getting sick from raw eggs is actually not very high, but as with any raw or under cooked food, you have to be careful of where it comes from and know that there is a slightly higher risk of getting a food-borne illness.

  18. Alan March 31, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I tried making Tiramisu for my family a while back using a different recipe I found which turned out runny and awful. I then came across your recipe and made it for my inlaws and it came out great. I was very proud. Now I’ve made it again for Easter Sunday and its turned out fantastic again.Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Barb March 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Alan! I’m so happy you enjoyed this Tiramisu recipe and made it again for Easter. Thank you for your comment :)

  19. Yun April 2, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    This is a grade recipe. Unlike most of the tiramisu recipes, this one doesn’t call for heavy cream. I’ve just made it and doubled the volume. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!

  20. Krystal May 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    This was my first time making this dessert and it turned out delicious! I loved how easy it was to make! I did use Frangelico(hazelnut liqueur) instead since that’s what I had here. Thank you so much for posting your recipe!

    • Barb May 8, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the tiramisu, Krystal! Thanks so much for commenting and hope to see you again soon :)

  21. Rich May 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Fantastic! Yet another Italian recipe that I’ve discovered does not require cream along with carbonara. In fact it tastes better without. Glad I found this. I made it last night in cocktail glasses and instead of brandy used frangelico. I like the fact you can easily adjust elements without ruining it. And now I’ve found a great cream replacement.

    • Barb May 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Rich! I’m glad you found this recipe too, it’s a family favorite :) I love that you made this tiramisu in cocktail glasses for individual portions, great idea!

  22. sarah ng May 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I followed your recipe! :D
    Hmm.. wonderful why is my cream so thin even after blending it with a blender.. >< Still, it taste really good! :) Thank you so much! :D

    • Barb May 19, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Hi Sarah – I’m so happy you enjoyed the tiramisu! Try using a whisk or hand blender with whipping blades next time. The cream mixture needs some air whipped in and it’s not enough when you use a blender, making the cream runny.

  23. Emily DeeAnne Andrew June 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Can I use rum flavoring? I plan on feeding this to my husband who doesn’t touch alcohol and my toddler.

    • Barb June 10, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Emily – Yes, rum flavoring or extract would definitely work. Hope you all enjoy the tiramisu :)

      • Emily DeeAnne Andrew June 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        Thanks! We will!

  24. Umm Omar August 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Hello,
    Thank you for sharing the recipe looks really good. I really love tiramisu and agree with you that you can never substitute mascarpone with cream cheese it will not be tiramisu anymore.
    Just wanted to ask what can you use instead of Brendi since we don’t touch alcohol. What can I use to dip the ladyfingers in. I’m guessing just coffee would be a bit bitter. Any ideas? Thanks :)

    • Barb August 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Hello – Thank you for your comment! Either try omitting the alcohol or add rum flavoring/extract like I mentioned in the above comment. If you don’t use alcohol, add a little extra coffee :)

  25. Vincent February 2, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Hi Barb,
    I’m so glad I stumbled into your blog after your Bacon Salt was featured by Yahoo! Just wondering, do you have any preferred brand for brandy or dark rum that you typically use for tiramisu and other desserts? Thank you!

    • Barb February 2, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Vincent – Honestly most brandy or rum brands work…any basic French brandy will do! I’m so happy you stumbled into my blog through Yahoo!…and really glad you found this recipe since it’s our favorite. You won’t be disappointed ;)

  26. sin April 29, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi Bar. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I was searching around for traditional tiramisu as most recipe out there need whipping cream. Some doubt here. Some recipe ask to whisk egg yolk over pan of hot water at bottom, but urs do not require ya?

    • Barb April 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

      No, you don’t have to whisk the yolk over hot water but do so if you’re having problems getting the mixture thick. And traditional Italian tiramisu recipes don’t require whipping cream, just mascarpone cheese. Thanks for your comment!

  27. yao April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Hi barb, I wonder y once I mix d egg white in and everything start become watery, I can see the small pieces of egg white cream become something like mashed taufu.

    • Barb April 30, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Yao – Only the egg yolks are added in the mixture, not the egg whites!

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