Classic Tiramisu Recipe

This tiramisu recipe is absolute heaven! Made the classic Italian way, with mascarpone, espresso, and marsala wine. So fluffy, creamy, and full of rich flavor!

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 12     adjust servings


  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups brewed espresso*
  • 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur or brandy
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 48 Savoiardi ladyfingers
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder (for garnish)


  1. Place the egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala in a large metal mixing bowl, and set it over a pot of simmering water.
  2. Cook, whisking, until the mixture is pale, thick, and doubled in volume (about 5 minutes).
  3. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the mascarpone.
  4. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks.
  5. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.
  6. Set the filling aside.
  7. Whisk the espresso, liqueur, and powdered sugar together in a shallow dish.
  8. One at a time, dip the ladyfingers into the espresso mixture and arrange in an even layer in the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. (Line the ladyfingers up in two straight rows of twelve.)
  9. Spread half the filling over the ladyfingers, and repeat.
  10. Spread the rest of the filling on top, dust with cocoa powder, and refrigerate for 8 hours.


Recipe Notes

*Or 2 cups hot water mixed with 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder.

For a non-alcoholic, caffeine free version, try this Chocolate Tiramisu.
For a layer cake version, try this Tiramisu Cake.

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