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Styled Tiramisu slices on two grey plates
Authentic Italian Tiramisu Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Chill Time
4 hrs
Total Time
10 mins

This authentic Italian Tiramisu recipe is super easy to make. It's fully translated from Italian into English and calculated in cups and grams. Just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time. With video!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: authentic italian tiramisu recipe, easy tiramisu recipe, how to make tiramisu
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Sabine Venier
  • 3 large egg yolks, cold
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (120g)
  • 2 1/4 cups mascarpone, cold (500g)
  • 27-36 ladyfingers (hard ones)
  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee, cold (120ml)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (21g)
  1. In a large mixing bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed until white and creamy and sugar is completely dissolved, for about 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Add mascarpone and mix until smooth and creamy, for about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Dip ladyfingers on both sides quickly into coffee and arrange about 9-12 ladyfingers on the bottom of a 9x7x3 or 8x8x3 inches casserole. 

  4. Spread about 1/3 of the mascarpone cream on top. Repeat two more times, ending up with a layer of mascarpone cream on top. 

  5. Wrap casserole with plastic wrap tightly that no air or smell from the fridge can go inside the Tiramisu. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. Dust with cocoa on top just before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge up to 3 days.

Recipe Video


**Consuming raw eggs is at your own risk.**





Just skip the egg yolks and mix the mascarpone cheese until creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the powdered sugar and mix until creamy, combined, and sugar is dissolved for about 2-3 minutes. Without the egg yolks, you have less cream. In this case, I recommend making just a two-layered tiramisu instead of 3 layers.

If you have any experience with pasteurized egg yolks, you could try using them. I don't have any experiences, and I don't know if the egg yolks are getting white, pale, and creamy when mixing. When they don't, the mascarpone cream would be too liquid.



Replace 2 1/4 cups mascarpone with 2 cups cream cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream.



Use Amaretto liquor, brandy, or dark rum. Add 2 tbsp to the coffee where you dip the ladyfingers. You can also add 1 tbsp of alcohol to the mascarpone cream.



Replace the coffee with hot cocoa, for example. Or use decaffeinated coffee.



Add 1/2 cup whipping cream after you mixed the mascarpone cream. Mix on medium-high speed for about 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. Especially if you skip the egg yolks, it's recommended to add whipping cream to be able to make a 3-layer tiramisu.

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Italian Tiramisu Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.