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Easy 10 Minute Tiramisu Recipe

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Hi Bold Bakers!

You’ve requested Tiramisu a lot, and you’ve asked for desserts you can make when you don’t have a lot of time, so by popular demand I’m bringing you my easy 10 Minute Tiramisu recipe!

One of my favorite Italian desserts is classic tiramisu. Rich and creamy in texture with hints of espresso, almond and chocolate. What’s not to like? As a professional chef, I’ve made my share of classic Tiramisu recipes but I always thought it took a few more steps than it should. So, I decided to revamp a classic tiramisu recipe to include all the flavor but less of the fuss.

It will be our secret, nobody needs to know this easy 10 Minute Tiramisu took you less than half the time to prepare. The few steps I’ve simplified mean I can really enjoy entertaining and not just end up stuck in the kitchen when I make this recipe as something special to enjoy with family and friends.

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What makes this 10 Minute Tiramisu different from the rest? Well, usually this dessert requires you to separate eggs, make a custard then fold that into another mixture with whipped cream and mascarpone cheese…and that is just the first step. Bottom line, all you need to make a killer tiramisu is fresh heavy dairy cream, mascarpone cheese, sugar and good vanilla. Now all you have to do is whip these ingredients together, and layer with classic lady fingers. I swear to you no one will be saying “I really miss the eggs,” especially because they’ll be too busy swooning over how gorgeous your tiramisu is.

To finish off my 10 Minute Tiramisu I put a little extra love into the presentation and this too is a cinch. I simply pipe little mounds of the sweet mascarpone mixture all across the top of my tiramisu and sprinkle with cocoa powder. This dessert is a show stopper!

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Easy 10-Minute Tiramisu
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) mascarpone cheese, room temperature (see substitute idea below)
  • ⅓ cup (2½ oz/71g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto liquor or Brandy (optional but yummy!)
  • 2 cups (16oz/450ml) espresso or STRONG coffee at room temperature
  • 1 pack Lady Fingers (Boudoir biscuits/Savoiardi. Look for eggless if needed)
  • Cocoa powder for dusting the top
  1. Beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  2. Add in mascarpone cheese and amaretto (if using) and continue to whip to stiff peaks.
  3. Dip lady fingers in coffee (and brandy if using) and place in an 8×8 pan to make the first layer – you can fit about 7 cookies in each layer. Don't let them soak as the will fall apart, just a quick dunk in the coffee is enough.
  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture on top of first layer of lady fingers. Repeat process with second layer of lady fingers and cream mixture.
  5. Dust the top of dessert with cocoa powder using a sieve. Refrigerate for about 2-4 hours (it gets even better in the fridge and is a perfect make-ahead dessert).
1 cup Mascarpone Cheese Substitution: Cream together 6 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 Tablespoons sour cream, and 3 Tablespoons heavy cream.
you can make an egg free sponge cake for this using my egg substitute chart.
If using alcohol, add the Amaretto to the whipped cheese and cream mix, and the brandy, or rum, to the coffee mix. Use one or the other, or both!



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  1. Shehla on June 8, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Lovely recipe I am gonna try this thank you for sharing. Just a quick question about the coffee do we have to mix coffee in water at room temperature ?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2018 at 1:57 am

      Hi Shehla,
      Do try this. I mix the coffee in a little hot water then add the alcohol, which cools it down. If you are not using alcohol then allow the coffee to stand for a few minutes to cool, or dissolve it it hot water then add a little cold. Make it good and strong too for best flavor.
      I hope you enjoy every mouthful!
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Huma Sajjad on June 7, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Hi . I have a question , can we use whipped cream like Cool Whip instead of whipping the cream with sugar ?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Hi, you can yes, but I think the flavor and texture of sweetened whipped cream really can’t be beat. I hope you give the recipe a try, let me know how you like it 🙂

  3. Paula on June 7, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Hi. Do you have a recipe/video for making homemade savoiardi and homemade mascarpone? In some countries, these are super expensive and/or rare, which means making Tiramisu becomes super expensive.
    I know there might be lots of videos on YouTube but I really like your recipes, so if you do have them I’d rather try yours.
    Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2018 at 4:21 am

      Hi Paula,
      Mascarpone is a fresh/farmers cheese which is made with cream. It is very rich as you know. It is actually on my list to show you, and it is easy. You will find a recipe for this online.
      Savoiardi are a different matter. They are tricky to make as it is a really delicate thing, the precise baking tray is important. It is an easy sponge though, an egg sponge, which can be baked in a sheet. We made this at home all the time, 3 eggs, 3ozs sugar, three ozs flour, vanilla, and in the case of savoiardi a little lemon juice and zest.
      The important part is to have the eggs at room temperature, whip them with the sugar, until they are a thick foam, the fold in the other ingredients without knocking the air out. Have the oven ready at 180C/350F. This will bake in about 20 mins. You can slice it when cold and dry it out a bit in a warm oven before you use it. You can lay it into the dish and sprinkle on the coffee and alcohol mix too, manage it somehow. All will be well,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Paula on June 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

        Oh thank you! I can’t wait to see your Mascarpone video. I’m originally from Indonesia, where Mascarpone is always imported and really expensive. I then lived in US for 11 years and even though it is easy to find mascarpone everywhere in US, I wouldn’t call it cheap. But now I’m in UK and I cannot believe how cheap mascarpone are here, so I can easily buy them in the store. But I’d still like to know how to make it myself so I can do it when I go to places where they aren’t cheap and easy to find. And besides, I always prefer homemade everything.
        And as for the Savoiardi, I always knew it had lots of eggs in it but somehow never thought of it as something like a “dried” Sponge Cake, and I’ve made sponge cakes several times… how did I never think of this?
        So, when making sponge cakes, I separate the eggs and beat just the whites with the sugar, and then fold the yolks and the other ingredients in. This is what you mean, right? Or do you mean whip whole eggs, with the yolks and whites together?

        • Gemma Stafford on June 10, 2018 at 2:56 am

          Hi Paula,
          Yes, mascarpone is really not expensive in Ireland either, so it is easy to buy. You get around! Great to have such a varied life and experience.
          Yes, you make a light sponge cake, your own way, that will work well for you too. Think about it, how deliciously light this is, and how it would easily absorb the coffee and alcohol mix. In the UK you can too get trifle sponges, and these are useful too. If you have a Lidl store you can often find 400g packs of lady fingers/savoiardi at really good value. This I know, as I was home recently and there they were!
          Good to have you with us, happy baking,
          Gemma 🙂

  4. Nidhi Luharuwalla on June 7, 2018 at 5:18 am

    You have mentioned 1 pack Lady Fingers. Is it a 200 or a 400 gm pack. Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2018 at 4:50 am

      Hi Nidhi,
      200g will work ell in this recipe. That is what I use,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Nidhi on June 7, 2018 at 5:16 am

    You have mentioned 1 pack Lady fingers. Is it a 200 gm or a 400 gm pack. Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Hi, great questions, it’s a 200g package. Enjoy!

  6. Waj Shabir on June 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Hi , what substitutes the lady fingers. Can you use shortbread biscuits instead.
    Thanks .

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2018 at 4:55 am

      Hi there,
      You can use a sponge cake of any sort really. Cut it into fingers, dry it in the oven if you wish, lay it in the dish and sprinkle on the coffee mix.
      That will do it for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Jonnymejia95 on June 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Gemma! I made your tiramisu. It was so easy and it taste great. Loved it😍😋

    • Gemma Stafford on June 5, 2018 at 3:01 am

      Hi Jonny,
      Good! I am happy you liked this recipe. I hope you are doing well!
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Mita Majumdar on June 1, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Hi Gemma, what size pan did you use for the cake? It is for 6 servings, so would a 9×9″ pan work? I see some pictures where people have used oval bake ware too.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 2, 2018 at 4:18 am

      Hi Mita,
      I used an 8×8 inch pan, but you can use a 9×9 inch one too.
      Increase the ingredients by about 30% for best results.
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Jackie on June 1, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I like the recipe – tasty and easy – and have tried twice in past week. First over whipped the mixture but didn’t get to butter. Second time was more careful but didn’t get to the lighter fluffier consistency. What suggestions would you have on timing for the whipping process? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 2, 2018 at 4:22 am

      Hi Jackie,
      What cream did you use?
      The cream which I use for most of my recipes is fresh dairy cream. This needs to be at least 35% fat content to whip well. This is from cows milk. It is a liquid product found in the chill cabinet in your store. It will spoil in a few days, even when refrigerated. It has no additives, it is just natural cream, skimmed from milk.
      In some places, where there is no dairy industry, there are manufactured products, usually made with milk powders and fats. These are good for some applications, but they are not fresh cream.
      have I hit the spot?
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Christie on May 28, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I was very scared to make this recipe because I have had problems in the past when it comes to whipping cream. But because I love Tiramisu so much I just had to try it. I also doubled the recipe. I took my time and it turned out great. I think I always used my mixer on to high of a speed so this time it took longer to form the peaks but it was well worth it. I felt so good to finally get it right. Thank You so much for this recipe.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 29, 2018 at 3:10 am

      Hi Christie,
      The cream which I use for most of my recipes is fresh dairy cream, at least 35% fat content. This is from cows milk. It is a liquid product found in the chill cabinet in your store. It will spoil in a few days, even when refrigerated. It has no additives, it is just natural cream, skimmed from milk. This will whip up really quickly for you.
      In some places, where there is no dairy industry, there are manufactured products, usually made with milk powders and fats. These are good for some applications, but they are not fresh cream.
      I am happy you managed this recipe well, but do take a few moments to read the labels on the cream in your store chill cabinet. Then it will be easy,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. adila on May 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Hi Gemma! I have tried the recipe and it was amazing! I used both 250ml for mascarpone and heavy cream and 1/3 cup of caster sugar. its a perfect amount of sweet for me. Thanks 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on May 29, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Hi Adila,
      thank you for this lovely review of this recipe, I appreciate your input,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Alicja on May 28, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I rarely leave comments but I used this recipe 3 times in 1 week: everybody was going on and on how good it was. Everybody actually said that was the best Tiramisu they’ve every had, including me and I am very picky about the Tiramisu. The guy that is 100% Italian said it, his wife who doesn’t even like Tiramisu loved it and many others kept asking for the reciepe.
    I used Mascarpone Cheese Substitution all three times. I also added Kahula liquor instead of Amaretto and I poured it into coffee before dipping. I feel like it added a lot of “coffeeness” to it. The whole operation took 15 minutes with washing the dishes. It would be very unfair of me not to post this review since I only followed this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 29, 2018 at 3:46 am

      Hi Alicja,
      Thank you indeed! Mascarpone is a really lovely thing, and as for Kahlua, what is not to like? a perfect thing for this recipe.
      Thank you for this really lovely review, I appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Faisha on May 28, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Hi Gemma.
    What could you substitute the alcohol with?
    or can we leave out completely?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, do leave it out, it is not essential. You can make the coffee a bit stronger too, all will be well,
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Jerri M. on May 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Excellent. I love how easy this is to make. I cut this into pieces and freeze for a treat on a hot day!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 28, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hi Jerri,
      That is a great idea, I can do this too! Thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Pamela Slee on May 24, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I want to try your recipe, but i have historically had troubles with hand whipping the cream to a good consistency (literally it never peaks!). So i thought I would cheat and buy the traditional American style Whipped cream in a can that i can literally just squeeze out…can I go a head and do that will it still be good you think? thanks for this easy and beautifully looking recipe . cheers Pamela

    • Gemma Stafford on May 25, 2018 at 4:59 am

      Hi Pamela,
      NO! This can of whipped cream is all promise! Air, and it collapses when it is added to other ingredients, don’t do it!
      Check the carton in your store. Read the contents/nutritional information. A cream which will hold stiff peaks needs to be 35% fat content or more. That is what matters. In the US this is called Heavy whipping cream in many places, but it is the fat which matters, I hope thi helps,
      Gemma 😉

  16. Sarah on May 20, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Hello !
    Thank you so much for sharing. This recipe looks so easy, and Im so excited to try it myself, my mom made it and she loved it ! Thank you so much for making it so realistic and simple. Love it !

    • Gemma Stafford on May 20, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I’m thrilled to hear that, Sarah. Thanks for trying out my recipe.


  17. Jackie on May 18, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I’m not sure what I did wrong (and yes I know it was my fault)… but I carefully measured out 8oz of heavy whipping cream and 8 oz of mascarpone cheese and rest of ingredients but there wasn’t nearly enough to cover both layers and definitely not enough for piping. so I hurried to the store to buy another 8oz of cheese and cream. still not enough for piping. but on another even more important note it tasted wonderful. I’ll just double the recipe…

    • Gemma Stafford on May 19, 2018 at 12:28 am

      OH I’m sorry Jackie. Did you use a small 8 x 8 dish like I did?

      Just note I did two thin layers, they were not incredibly thick. But I’m glad it tastes great 🙂


  18. Kathleen on May 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Hi Gemma! Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe. I didn’t have enough of the mousse to make the pretty little mounds of the sweet mascarpone mixture across the top after using it to cover the two layers of lady fingers. Also, do you use unsweetened cocoa powder fr the dusting? That is all I had so this is what I used. Thanks! Kathleen

    • Gemma Stafford on May 12, 2018 at 4:11 am

      Hi Kathleen,
      Good! This is a goodie, quick to make, and really satisfying.
      I always use unsweetened cocoa, the sugars in a recipe will sweeten this, and it gives a good chocolate hit.
      Thank you for your kind words, and for finding your way with this one,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Karen Cannistraro on May 10, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Would it be ok to make this recipe the night before or do you think its best 3 hours before your going to serve it ?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 10, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, it will be ideal the night before, three hours is minimum setting time.
      Gemma 🙂

    • Curiouscook on May 11, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Hi I was just wondering if the 1/3 cup of sugar was correct. In the video you show that you put in one tablespoon?? Thanks

      • Gemma Stafford on May 12, 2018 at 3:20 am

        Hi there,
        I think sometimes in the editing the ingredients look to be different to the recipe.
        Follow the recipe for best results. In this recipe you can reduce the sugar if you wish, it will not harm it.
        I hope you enjoy it now!
        Gemma 🙂

  20. Ju on May 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you very much for such a great recipe. I’m always a big fan of Tiramisu but never attempted to make it since the recipes I have are so complicated. I came across your recipe and love how simple and easy it is. I even substituted the mascarpone with cream cheese and sour cream per your instructions.
    The tiramisu came out so creamy and delicious. One bad thing is I ate most of it within a couple days. lol

    • Gemma Stafford on May 7, 2018 at 3:11 am

      Hi Ju,
      Thank you for this lovely review of this recipe, and for your tips too!
      The idea is to enjoy it, and the lovely thing is that you can make this smaller or larger to suit the occasion, so enjoy!
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Leena on May 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Hey Gemma! i’ve been following your videos on youtube for ages now. They’ve been so helpful and delicious! I’m planning on making this for a family dinner tomorrow and I was wondering, if I wanted to make this in a 13×9 pan would doubling the recipe be enough?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 4, 2018 at 3:13 am

      Hi Leena,
      I am not a scholar, but I have worked out a simple way to calculate this, based on the sq inches of the pan, now don’t laugh!
      8 x 8inch + 64 sq inches.
      13 x 9inch = 117 sq inches.
      I am ignoring the depth for this type of bake, but you can see that it will be just right at twice the recipe (128 sq inches) 😉
      It will be great,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Krystal Osheanna on May 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Absolutely wonderful recipe and super quick and easy to follow! But sad that I had to sub the ladyfingers with Biscoff cookies (Lotus Biscoff since our local stores were out 😭) BUT it’s a worthy sub, I will say! I’d use a couple pkgs of the Biscoff as opposed to my 1 pkg since they’re rather thin and just doesn’t give it quite the right fluff that Ladyfingers do. Overall though super good and defs comparable to the Tiramisu I buy at the Italian restaurant I frequent. ^w^ Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 2, 2018 at 3:58 am

      Great Krystal, Good job with the sub, I would not have thought of Biscoff, though I love this little cookie.
      One of the Bold Bakers used a plain sponge cake/pound cake, cut in slices and dried in the oven, which I think is a genius tip too.
      thanks for the input it is great to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Julie Wanko on April 29, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I had never made nor tried tiramisu before so was skeptical as to how it would come out. Also, could not find any lady fingers around anyof the local stores and shops. So I wound up substituting a pound cake that I had sliced into fingers and dried in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes. Well let me tell you, it was delicious and a big hit. Hubby said to me I was definitely going to have to make this one more often!

    Thanks for this easy recipe Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 30, 2018 at 3:58 am

      Hi Julie,
      You Bold Bakers are really inventive. well done you, a great suggestion re the pound cake, I did not think to dry it, but that would be perfect! I am stealing this idea.
      I am happy you liked this recipe, and you are right, this is a big hit with the husbands, not too sweet I think.
      Thank you for this very kind review, and tip,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. April on April 25, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Gemma, after add in mascarpone and continue whipping it doesnt become stiff peaks…it gets watery and lumpy. 🙁

    • Gemma Stafford on April 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Hi April,

      So it sounds like your cream was whipped too much before you added in the mascarpone. You are supposed to whip to soft peaks. The fact that you said it got watery and lumpy I’m guessing the cream split.

      Sorry to hear that. Hope this clears things up.

  25. karenne on April 25, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Ive never made this but an Italian friend made it for my birthday for eleven years then I left the company. It was so good
    so I’m hoping my tiramisu is as good as hers ………………..I will let you know

    • Gemma Stafford on April 25, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      I hope you like it. It’s one of my favorites.


  26. Michael B on April 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    This recipe is amazing. Its so simple but delicious and the recipe uses all the ingredients listed without any wasteage! couldn’t recommend this recipe anymore! its amazing!!!

    Quick question! does anyone know how long it will keep in the fridge for?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:32 am

      Michael, thank you for this lovely review of this recipe.
      To answer your question, a few days, if nobody finds it!
      I am really happy you liked this one,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Noura on April 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm


    Thanks for the recipe
    Try forno bonomi lady fingers, it’s an italian brand and I think you will like it

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:39 am

      Hi Noura,
      Thank you for this suggestion. This cookie does originate in Italy, usually called Savoyardi, so that would be great.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Christian Stubø on April 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I have never made tiramisu before, or whipped cream (recipes I’ve done before are all without just that), but yesterday I tried your recipe, to bring to a meeting in a club. It went very well – people really liked it, to the point of second and third helpings, and no leftovers to bring home. Definitely a success.

    For my next attempt, though, I will try to up the amount of cream and cheese – I realised a bit too late (shops all closed) that the smallest form I have is 9 by 9 inches, so about 25% bigger surface area than your form. The layers of cream were a bit thin, and I barely managed to cover the top (but enough cocoa powder will cover a multitude of sins). I had used 250 grams mascarpone (the size of the container) and 2.5 dl cream – I think I’ll add 50 grams neutral cream cheese and 0.5 dl cream next time.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2018 at 3:58 am

      hi Christina,
      well done you, I am happy this worked out well for you. It is easily adjusted, so write it out, add 1/3 or so, a little difference will not matter, then you will have it for future use.
      You are right though, cocoa covers a multitude of sins!
      Gemma 🙂

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