Cheater's Tiramisu


This tiramisu isn't fancy but it's delicious and it's the easiest recipe I have. Always a hit.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 1 (16.25 ounce) package white cake mix

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste

  • 12 fluid ounces brewed coffee, chilled

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the bottom only of a 9x13-inch glass baking pan.

  2. Combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until well combined. Pour into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 29 to 34 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  4. Poke 12 holes in the cooled cake with the base of a serving spoon or any utensil that has a rounded bottom.

  5. Whip whipping cream, adding sugar and vanilla when it's about halfway whipped; you want it to hold its shape, but don't overwhip.

  6. Pour coffee over the cake, then immediately spread whipped cream evenly over top. Dust with cocoa powder, covering it completely. Cut and serve or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Cook's Note:

You can serve it immediately but it gets even better after a few days in the refrigerator, in my opinion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
26g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 113mg 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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