Homemade Tiramisu Cake Recipe

By: Sheila Reynolds

Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert, is relatively easy to make given the results, although it does have to spend about 8 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

Homemade Tiramisu Cake Recipe


3 eggs, separated
½ cup sugar
1 cup mascarpone cheese
½ cup chilled heavy cream
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 cups espresso, cooled
18 ladyfingers
Bittersweet chocolate or very dark chocolate, shaved


1. Beat yolks with sugar until smooth and pale. Add in mascarpone cheese slowly.
2. Beat egg whites until they achieve stiff peaks, adding a pinch of salt.
3. Beat the cream separately until stiff peaks form. Fold this into the yolk and mascarpone mixture. Then, fold in the whites carefully. Add one tablespoon of espresso. Do not over mix.
4. Mix remaining espresso and rum. Dip one ladyfinger inside, soaking about 5 seconds per side, and then place in a glass, 2 quart baking dish. Repeat until the entire bottom of the dish is covered in lady fingers.
5. Spread half of the cheese mixture on top of the lady fingers. Make another layer of soaked cookies, and then top with the remaining mascarpone. Cover with plastic wrap.
6. Chill for 8 hours before serving. Add shaved chocolate once plated.