Tiramisu Chocolate Mousse


Tiramisu translates to pick-me-up. Considering that this popular Italian dessert is spiked with proven mood-elevators such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, and alcohol, the name seems to fit perfectly.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons brewed espresso

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

  • 2 tablespoons Marsala wine or rum (Optional)

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 4 teaspoons white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

  • ¾ cup heavy cream


  1. Combine espresso and butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water.

  2. Place dark chocolate pieces in the espresso mixture; cook without stirring until chocolate starts to melt, about 3 minutes. Whisk chocolate and espresso mixture until well combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Combine Marsala, egg yolks, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until frothy and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Stir mascarpone cheese into marsala mixture.

  5. Combine chocolate mixture with mascarpone mixture. Cool to room temperature.

  6. Whip heavy cream in a bowl until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Fold half of whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture.

  8. Fold second half of whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note

Pipe this mousse into a martini glass and dust with confectioner's sugar for an elegant presentation.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
31g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 180mg 60%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* 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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