Dessert ideas for an easy tiramisu recipe including tiramisu cheescake.

Looking for an easy tiramisu recipe to make at home? Here are ideas for variations of the basic tiramisu ingredients to create your own wonderful Italian tiramisu trifle/cake desserts and cheesecake recipes.

First, the most delightfully easy recipe you could hope to find!

Arranging pre-made cake-biscuits, pouring and mixing the ingredients together and assembling the layers, is about as tough as it gets.

Really! The toughest part is waiting the two hours for this tiramisu recipe to set in the fridge. But if you get a chair and a good book in front of the refrigerator, the time does eventually pass quite painlessly.


  • 200g of Savoiardi biscuits or the cakes known as lady fingers
  • 350ml of espresso or strong filter coffee
  • 4 tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Marsala
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 400g of mascarpone cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Though usually tiramisu is served in a glass bowl so that you can see the rich layers, you can also use a medium sized bowl, or serving dish - at least 23cm by 7cm deep. Just use a dish that you want to present your Italian tiramisu dessert in.

Then break all the biscuits into 2 to 3 pieces each. Divide the quantity of biscuits in half and using the first half line the bottom of the bowl. Spoon half of the espresso or coffee over the biscuits and then drizzle with half of the liqueur.

Whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until thick and creamy, add the mascarpone cheese and stir well until smooth and thick. In another really clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add the pinch of salt.

Gently fold the whisked egg whites into the cheese - egg yolk mixture. It’s usually best to add a little of the egg whites first, fold in gently then add the rest of the egg white mixture in around 2 to 3 batches, until all in and mixed up.

Spoon half the cheese/egg mixture over the biscuits in the bottom of the bowl or dish. Place the other half of the broken biscuits on top of the cheese/egg mixture, spooning the remaining coffee and liqueur over the biscuits. Again cover with the remaining mascarpone and egg mixture.

Sift the cocoa powder over the top of your tiramisu dessert.

Cover with cling film, and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, some people can manage to leave the tiramisu overnight, so it is really chilled for breakfast!

Serves 6, unless you can keep this easy tiramisu recipe to yourself!

For an equally easy tiramisu recipe, you can use one of the chocolate sponge cake recipes instead of using ladyfingers or Savoiardi biscuits. Follow the instructions exactly as above for another easy tiramisu recipe.

Use the recipes here as the basic - how to make a tiramisu dessert recipe - and you cannot go wrong when you make this luscious Italian tiramisu recipe, whatever the occasion.

Looking for a Tiramisu cake or tart recipe? Go to rich chocolate tiramisu tart recipe page. Otherwise have a look at the rich chocolate tiramisu cheesecake recipe here.

Turning an easy tiramisu recipe into an easy tiramisu cheesecake recipe is also very easy and is also....well, very sensible.

Easy tiramisu recipe for cheesecake

Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, gas 4. Prepare a 23cm cake tin with a butter greasing. Serves 6 to 8.

Ingredients for the cheesecake tiramisu recipe base

  • 12 ladyfingers, cut lengthways
  • 6 tablespoons of strong cold coffee or espresso.
  • 4 tablespoons of kirsch

Ingredients for tiramisu cheesecake filling

  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 250ml of double cream
  • 60g of grated dark chocolate

Break the sponge or fingers you are using into pieces or cut lengthways. But in this easy tiramisu recipe you just cover the base of a cake tin or 23cm spring-form pan with the sponges and you surround the sides of the tin with the sponges too. Make sure there are no gaps though.

Drizzle the coffee and the kirsch over the sponge and completely cover the sponge on the base and sides.

For the filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on a medium setting, mix until creamy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating each time, until blended well after each addition. Spoon the mixture into the pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until set.

Turn off the heat - open the oven door, and allow the cheesecake to cool for 30 minutes. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool the tiramisu cheesecake further on a rack. When completely cool, chill in the fridge for a minimum of six hours.

Slide a knife round the side, before releasing the cheesecake from the tin. Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top and serve with whisked double cream.

Optional extra idea when you are ready to serve: whisk the cream until stiff, spread the cream over the cheesecake and then sprinkle the grated chocolate over the top of the cream.

Want a low fat tiramisu cheesecake recipe? Replace the mascarpone cheese with ricotta, but remember, beat the ricotta thoroughly to make the ricotta a really smooth texture before adding the egg yolks.

Alternatively go to low fat dessert recipe page and find more low fat chocolate recipes.

Here is another easy tiramisu recipe, this time it would be ideal to serve as an after dinner dessert, as presenting the tiramisu in chocolate cups looks amazing and never fails to impress. You can just pick up the cup the tiramisu dessert is served in and eat it! Less washing-up too!

Easy chocolate tiramisu recipe in chocolate cups.


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30ml of caster sugar
  • 2.5ml vanilla essence
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 120ml strong black coffee
  • 15ml cocoa powder
  • 30ml of coffee liqueur
  • 16 amaretti biscuits
  • Cocoa powder for dusting

Chocolate to make the chocolate cups

Prepare six circles of non-stick baking paper 15cms across.

Make the chocolate cups by melting the chocolate with the butter in a heatproof bowl; place the bowl over simmering water or use another melting method. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Then using the back of a spoon spread the chocolate round the baking paper leaving a 2cm gap around the edge.

Carefully place the paper over a mug or cup with the chocolate uppermost. Allow the paper to frill and give your chocolate cup its depth by pushing it into the cup or mug. Repeat for each of the six chocolate cups required. See more chocolate decorating tips you could use on your easy tiramisu recipe. To really give them the WOW! 

Allow them to set, then carefully remove the paper to reveal the chocolate cups.

To make the filling.

Using a hand-held electric mixer beat the egg yolk and sugar in a bowl until smooth, then stir in the vanilla essence.

Add to that mixture the softened mascarpone, and beat until smooth.

In another bowl, mix the coffee, cocoa and liqueur. Roughly break up the biscuits (or chocolate sponge if using) keep in quite big pieces or chunks, and then stir into the coffee liqueur mixture.

Ready to serve? Yes you are! This is a quick and easy tiramisu recipe. An easy tiramisu dessert recipe for maximum taste and impact, yet minimum fuss and preparation time.

Place the chocolate cups on your individual serving plates. Spoon in a total of half of the biscuit mixture, equally, or nearly equally, between the chocolate cups. Do the same with the cheese mixture. Cover with the remaining half of biscuit mixture, drizzle over any liquid, cover with the remaining half of the cheese mixture. It is not a neat pudding, as long as you keep it roughly layered and within the chocolate cups that is the important thing.

Finally dust with the cocoa. Chill for about 30 minutes before serving. That is quick, just time enough to get ready for the dinner party, not enough to read a book!

So three easy tiramisu recipe for you to make at home. Enjoy!

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