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

Classic Tiramisu โ€“ The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youโ€™ll Ever Need
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.

Whisk egg yolks, sugar and brandy together until creamy.

Carefully fold egg mixture in with mascarpone cheese.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dig in....delizioso!

Classic Tiramisu โ€“ The Only Tiramisu Recipe Youโ€™ll Ever Need

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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    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. says

    Greetings from Trinidad and Tobago. I came across your site through 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. :^)

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jamรฉis says

    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.

    • says

      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, Jamรฉis ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. says

    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!

  4. Mert says

    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

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Celine Dodds says

    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!

    • says

      Thank you so much Celine, I really appreciate your nice comment ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy you liked the Tiramisu recipe, it’s one of my all time favorite dessert recipes.

  6. Katie says

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

      • Susie says

        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,…:)

    • says

      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:

      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

      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!

  7. says

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for sharing & yes, stick to the simple things in life pays off ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too!

  8. gillian brusby says

    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

    • says

      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!

  9. Linh says

    I’m in love with tiramisu too! I tried the recipe from 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!

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      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.

  10. Alan says

    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.

    • says

      That’s wonderful, Alan! I’m so happy you enjoyed this Tiramisu recipe and made it again for Easter. Thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Yun says

    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!!

  12. Krystal says

    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!

    • says

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the tiramisu, Krystal! Thanks so much for commenting and hope to see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Rich says

    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.

    • says

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Rich! I’m glad you found this recipe too, it’s a family favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that you made this tiramisu in cocktail glasses for individual portions, great idea!

  14. sarah ng says

    I followed your recipe! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Hmm.. wonderful why is my cream so thin even after blending it with a blender.. >< Still, it taste really good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • says

      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.

  15. Emily DeeAnne Andrew says

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

  16. Umm Omar says

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Vincent says

    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!

    • says

      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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. sin says

    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?

    • says

      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!

  19. yao says

    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.

  20. Sarah says

    Hi. This looks amazing! I’m hosting a potluck soon and I was hoping you could tell me what the best way would be to increase this recipe to feed about ten adults. Is it as straight forward as just multiplying it all by the number of people served? I know there are many things you just shouldn’t do that with and having never made tiramisu myself, I thought it best to ask. Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi Sarah – So sorry for the late response! Your message was in my spam folder for some reason… Yes, I would just multiply the recipe by the number of servings you need. Good luck and hope you all enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Maria says

    Hi Barb! This recipe is amazing! It was my first time making this dessert and it turned out fantastic!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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