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September 20, 2023

Easy Tiramisu

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


Homemade Tiramisu Recipe

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

We heard the 90s are in again, and we’re bringing the classic tiramisu recipe back to celebrate, baby. 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

What Is Tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a creamy, coffee-laced Italian dessert that was likely invented sometime in the early 19th century in Treviso (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 to scoop up greedily with a spoon. Many recipes include booze, and vary greatly according to personal preference. Some folks add coffee liqueur, to double down on the coffee flavors, while others call for a more assertive spirit, like brandy, dark rum or marsala wine. 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 alcohol 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 whites can make some people nervous. We get it! And the recipe is still quite (quite!) rich, we promise.

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
ladyfingers soaked in coffee and placed in 9 inch baking pan

The Simplest Tiramisu Ingredients

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

  • Heavy cream

  • Mascarpone cheese

  • Maple syrup

  • Cinnamon

  • Vanilla

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

  • Ladyfingers

  • Cocoa powder

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
homemade tiramisu in a baking dish sprinkled with cocoa powder

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 has a rich taste 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 with the whisk attachment, using a hand 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 extract until combined. fold this mixture into the whipped cream.

  3. Dip the ladyfingers in coffee—just enough to give them a little coating, not too saturated with liquid.

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

  5. Chill the tiramisu! Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 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.

Homemade Tiramisu with a slice taken out on a plate
side of a slice of Homemade Tiramisu in a pan

Tools You’ll Need To Make Tiramisu

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a plate with a slice of Homemade Tiramisu

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

  • Serves: 9
  • Prep Time:  25 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 216


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone, room temperature
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups very strong coffee
  • 1 (7 ounce) package ladyfingers
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mascarpone, maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and vanilla until fully combined. Fold in the whipped cream until smooth.

  3. Add the coffee to a shallow bowl or pie plate. Quickly dip each ladyfinger into the coffee, being careful not to soak it, and add to a 9×9-inch baking dish in a single layer (you’ll use half the ladyfingers).

  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture over the ladyfingers. Repeat with the remaining coffee, ladyfingers, and whipped cream mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  5. Dust with cocoa powder and remaining cinnamon before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories216
  • Protein2 g
  • Carbohydrates17 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol16 mg
  • sodium7 mg
  • Total Sugars6 g

Easy Tiramisu

Questions & Reviews

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  • Genevieve

    Does it matter whether the coffee is hot or cold? Is one option better than the other?

    Shouldn't make too much of a difference but we let it cool down a bit so it isn't hot when handling/dipping.

  • Holly

    Could this be made 2 days ahead of time?

    That should be fine! Hope you enjoy!

  • Brianna

    I made this for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. So easy and clearly a hit!

    wow, fun! So happy you love it Brianna!

  • Jenn

    I've always been nervous to try to make tiramisu but I gave this a try and I'm so glad I did, it was absolutely delicious, everyone was complimenting me!

    Thanks Jenn, we are so glad you loved it!