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Homemade Tiramisu Recipe

Creamy and coffee-laced, our classic, super-easy tiramisu recipe is pared down and perfect.

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A Super Easy Tiramisu Recipe To Cap Off Your Next Italian Feast!

The word tiramisu takes us right back to the early ‘90s—the days of pesto and sun-dried tomato everything and cappuccinos with chocolate sprinkles on top (why? Why not!) and always, tiramisu as the feather in the cap of any fancy-ish restaurant’s dessert menu. Remember the scene from Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks is thinking about dating again and Rob Reiner’s primary advice revolves around the fact that to get a girl, he’s going to have to learn about tiramisu. That’s how iconic tiramisu was in the early 90s—Nora Ephron built a whole moment around it in her (arguably) best movie ever. And while shoulder pads and taupe everything can stay firmly in 1992, it’s time for us to make some room for tiramisu in our hearts once again, because this creamy, textural, coffee-drenched dessert is seriously delicious! Plus, with our pared down, super easy tiramisu recipe, it’s a dessert you can make almost any time the craving strikes.

ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone, cinnamon, coco powder, heavy cream and vanilla
heavy cream whipped in a bowl with a whisk
Mascarpone, maple syrup, Cinnamon, Vanilla in a bowl
mascarpone, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla whipped together in a bowl

What Is Tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a creamy, coffee-laced Italian dessert that was likely invented sometime in the early 19th century (though origin stories vary widely). And exactly what does tiramisu translate to in English? Tiramisu means simply “pick me up”, so that coffee element must be strong and plentiful! A lot of recipes call for espresso, but strongly brewed coffee works, too. There are always ladyfingers in tiramisu, and always lots of creamy things—usually mascarpone, often egg yolks and heavy cream, too. Many recipes include booze, but the kinds that people spike it with are all over the map. Some add coffee liqueur, to double down on the coffee flavors, while others call for a more assertive spirit, like cognac or dark rum. We like to keep things kid-friendly, and wanted this recipe to be a truly easy tiramisu recipe, so we’ve opted to skip the booze entirely and think that the final result is no less delicious for the omission. We’ve also gone with a no egg tiramisu recipe, because—while they are a classic tiramisu ingredient—we know that raw egg yolks make people nervous. We get it! And the recipe is still quite (quite!) rich, we promise.

ladyfingers soaked in coffee and placed in 9 inch baking pan
whipped cream mixed with mascarpone, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla
whipped cream mixed with mascarpone, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla spread over ladyfingers dipped in coffee
whipped cream mixed with mascarpone, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla spread over ladyfingers dipped in coffee

The Simplest Tiramisu Ingredients

The best tiramisu recipe is always the one that you’ll actually get around to making, and thankfully this one is so, so simple that if you want to make it, there’s nothing stopping you! No expensive or hard-to-find ingredients, no fussy steps and best of all? It needs to chill for at least four hours or overnight (ideally) so it’s the ideal make-ahead dessert recipe! It gets better as it sits—who doesn’t love that!? To make this easy tiramisu recipe, you’ll need:

  • Heavy cream

  • Mascarpone

  • Maple syrup

  • Cinnamon

  • Vanilla

  • Brewed coffee (and make it strong, please!)

  • Ladyfingers

  • Cocoa powder

homemade tiramisu in a baking dish
homemade tiramisu in a baking dish with a piece taken out

How Do You Make Tiramisu From Scratch?

Get ready to impress your friends, family—anyone that you gather around the table to eat this special, simple, classic, coffee-and-cream dessert. Cool and creamy, it’s a welcome cap to most any meal. Plus, it’s really rich but doesn’t feel heavy, so there’s always room for a little tiramisu. Here’s how to make tiramisu:

  1. Make whipped cream! You can do this in a stand mixer, or with good old elbow grease. Just be sure you see those classic stiff peaks.

  2. Stir together the mascarpone, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla until combined. Beat this mixture into the whipped cream.

  3. Dip the ladyfingers in coffee—just enough to give them a little coating, not a full-out soak.

  4. Assemble the tiramisu. Begin with a layer of the coffee-dipped ladyfingers, and then spread the whipped cream-mascarpone mixture over the top. Repeat.

  5. Chill the tiramisu! At least four hours, but you can leave it as long as overnight.

  6. Eat the tiramisu! To make it pretty for serving, dust the top with a little cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Originally published: October 21, 2018

  • Serves:9
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Calories:546


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone, softened
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups very strong coffee
  • 1 package of ladyfingers
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. In a stand mixer, with a hand-held electric mixer or by hand, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. In medium bowl, mix the mascarpone, maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and vanilla until fully combined. Add the whipped cream and mix it into the mascarpone until smooth.
  3. Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee, taking care not to soak them. Line a 9×9″ square baking dish with a layer of ladyfingers.
  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat the coffee dipping process with the remaining ladyfingers to form another layer. Top again with the rest of the whipped cream mixture.
  5. Chill the finished tiramisu for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Dust with cocoa powder and remaining cinnamon before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories546
  • Protein10 g
  • Carbohydrates100 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol103 mg
  • Sodium278 mg
  • Total Sugars33 g

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