Tiramisu al Marsala


This famous and classic Italian dessert of savoiardi biscuits dipped in coffee and layered with a mixture of mascarpone cheese and eggs is a little different with the addition of Marsala wine.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 2 ½ cups brewed espresso coffee, cooled

  • 1 ¼ cups Marsala wine

  • 4 medium eggs, separated

  • ½ cup white sugar, divided

  • 14 ounces mascarpone cheese

  • 40 Savoiardi biscuits (ladyfingers)

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate shavings, or to taste


  1. Mix cooled coffee and Marsala wine together in a bowl.

  2. Beat egg yolks with half of the sugar in a bowl until you have a clear cream with no lumps. Stir the mascarpone with a wooden spoon or whisk in a separate bowl until creamy; stir into the egg yolks.

  3. Beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until they form peaks; fold gently into mascarpone mixture.

  4. Dip half of the savoiardi biscuits into coffee-Marsala mixture. Arrange dipped biscuits carefully in a glass dish. Cover dipped biscuits with half of the mascarpone mixture. Smooth out mascarpone until evenly distributed; top with half of the cocoa powder. Repeat layering with dipped savoiardi biscuits, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder; top with chocolate shavings.

  5. Refrigerate tiramisu until flavors blend, at least 3 hours.

Cook's Notes:

When you are mixing the egg whites with the mascarpone and yolk mixture, you can also add some small pieces of chocolate to the mixture to make it crunchy.

If you use espresso cups to measure the coffee and wine, use 10 espresso cups of coffee and 5 espresso cups of wine.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

759 Calories
41g Fat
70g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 759
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 21g 103%
Cholesterol 368mg 123%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 155mg 12%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 331mg 7%

* 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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