Tiramisu is a classic Italian layered dessert with rum-flavored, coffee-soaked ladyfingers, a creamy mascarpone custard, and whipped cream. This tiramisu recipe is easy to make at home for an impressive no-bake dessert.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 35 mins
1 7x11-inch tiramisu

Classic tiramisu, with its irresistible coffee flavor and lightly sweetened mascarpone, will never go out of style. This tiramisu recipe is a no-bake dessert that's sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters.

What Is Tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert that features layers of homemade whipped cream, an egg yolk-enriched mascarpone filling, and coffee-soaked ladyfingers.

Tiramisu Origin

Tiramisu has Italian origins. The famous Italian restaurateur Ado Campeol is credited with its invention in the 1970s. In fact, he was widely known as "the father of tiramisu." The word "tiramisu" translates to "pick-me-up."

Tiramisu Pronunciation

Not sure how to pronounce tiramisu? Order in confidence by saying "tee-ruh-mee-soo."

Does Tiramisu Have Alcohol?

Tiramisu usually contains alcohol. Marsala wine is the traditional choice, but this recipe calls for a mixture of strong coffee and rum. If you prefer not to use alcohol, just leave it out. It will still be delicious with just the coffee alone (just make sure the coffee is extra strong).

Tiramisu Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this top-rated tiramisu recipe:

  • Egg Yolks: Egg yolks are essential for a thick, rich, velvety smooth filling. Though some traditional recipes use raw eggs, this one doesn't — raw eggs carry the risk of food-borne illness.
  • Sugar: White sugar is cooked with egg yolks and combined with mascarpone to create a sweet, creamy filling.
  • Milk: Whole milk slightly thins the thick filling, resulting in a spreadable texture.
  • Cream: Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form to create an irresistible whipped cream.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds subtle flavor to the homemade whipped cream.
  • Mascarpone: Mascarpone, a creamy Italian cheese with a smooth texture and fresh taste, is a key ingredient in classic tiramisu.
  • Coffee: Ladyfingers are soaked in strong, spiked coffee — this is what gives tiramisu its signature flavor.
  • Rum: Rum is used to spike the coffee that will be drizzled over the ladyfingers. Some Allrecipes community members say they prefer Kahlua.
  • Ladyfingers: Ladyfingers are small sponge cakes that are shaped like thick fingers. If you can't find ladyfingers at your grocery store, you can use pound cake cut into strips.
  • Cocoa Powder: Finish off this decadent dessert with a generous dusting of cocoa powder.

How to Make Tiramisu

side view of a square slice of tiramisu showing the layers of ladyfingers and custard, topped with chocolate shavings
Connie Ding

Ready to make the best tiramisu of your life? You'll find the full recipe below, but here's what you can expect when you make this classic tiramisu recipe:

  1. Make the Filling: Cook the egg yolks, sugar, and milk until slightly thickened. Let cool slightly, then chill in the fridge for about an hour. When the filling has fully chilled, mix in mascarpone cheese.
  2. Make the Whipped Cream: Beat heavy cream with vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  3. Soak the Ladyfingers: Combine coffee and rum in a small bowl. Pour mixture over ladyfingers that have been split in half lengthwise.
  4. Assemble the Tiramisu: Line the bottom of a baking dish with soaked ladyfingers. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers, then half of the whipped cream over that. Repeat in the same order. Dust with cocoa powder.

How to Store Tiramisu

Tiramisu is served chilled, so refrigerate the dessert (as well as any leftovers) immediately. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Can You Freeze Tiramisu?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze tiramisu. Wrap the tiramisu in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I followed the instructions and I got a delicious tiramisu cake," raves giginium. "I followed the recommendations left by one of the reviewers and left the cake in the fridge for one night before eating it. The rum soaked through the ladyfingers and the flavor was wonderful."

"I live in a rather small town, over an hour drive to a grocery store that sells mascarpone and ladyfingers," says Tami. "So I made the substitute mascarpone (found on this website) and used pound cake cut into ¼-inch slices and it still turned out WONDERFUL!"

"This is my absolute favorite, tried-and-true recipe for tiramisu," according to Allie Kate Paterson. "It is better-than-restaurant quality and so easy to make! The hardest part about making it is keeping your hands off of it while it sets in the fridge. The only tweak I make to this recipe is using Kahlua instead of plain rum."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 6 large egg yolks

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • cup milk

  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

  • ¼ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons rum

  • 2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan until well blended.

  2. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.

    Overhead of an egg yolk and milk mixture being stirred with a spoon in a sauce pan.

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  3. Boil gently for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

  4. Cover tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. Beat cream and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

    Cream and vanilla in a medium bowl that has been mixed by and electric mixer.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  6. Remove egg yolk mixture from the refrigerator; add mascarpone cheese and whisk until smooth.

  7. Combine coffee and rum in a small bowl. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with the coffee mixture. Arrange 1/2 of the soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of a 7x11-inch dish.

    Halved ladyfingers tightly packed in a glass baking dish.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  8. Spread 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers, then spread 1/2 of the whipped cream over top. Repeat layers once more.

    Ladyfingers in a glass baking dish with a mascarpone mixture and whipped cream on top.

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  9. Sprinkle cocoa powder over top.

  10. Cover and refrigerate until set, 4 to 6 hours.

  11. Enjoy!

    close up view of a slice of tiramisu on a plate next to a cup with coffee


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 74mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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