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Tiramisu Ice Cream (No Machine)

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Hi Bold Bakers!

One of my all time favorite desserts is Italian Tiramisu! This traditional dessert is made by soaking crunchy, Italian cookies called ladyfingers in coffee liqueur then adding layers of sweetened mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. While Tiramisu is lovely as-is, I believe every dessert can be transformed into something magical – thus, my Tiramisu Ice Cream was born!

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Have you tried my Two Ingredient, Homemade Ice Cream recipe? You simply whip up a high-fat, fresh dairy cream and condensed milk to create this amazing ice cream base – no ice cream machine required. You know that saying, “If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is…?” Well, in this case, it’s true. This ice cream tastes just as rich and creamy as your storebought favorites. I have made almost 100 flavors from this two-ingredient base including Lemon Meringue Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip and even my favorite flavors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Check out my Freezer Section Ice Cream Destination for all of my homemade ice cream recipes.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe

In Italian, Tiramisu actually means pick-me-up which refers to the yummy strong coffee that flavors this layered desert. Well, my version has the same punch as it starts with my coffee ice cream as the base. Next, I fold in crushed ladyfingers because you can’t have tiramisu without, then finish with shaved dark chocolate. This Tiramisu Ice Cream is as rich and complex as the real thing without all the fuss! Honestly, what could be more satisfying?

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Enjoy tiramisu with my easy, homemade ice cream recipe - no machine required.
Tiramisu Ice Cream (No Machine)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 pints
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 14 ounces (1 Can/ 400ml) sweetened condensed milk(fat-free or regular) cold
  • 2 cups (16oz/450 ml ) whipping cream, cold
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant expresso powder
  • 1/2 cup (11/2oz/45g) lady finger cookies, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (11/2oz/45g) roughly chopped chocolate
  1. In a small bowl dissolve your instant expresso powder in water, set aside.
  2. Place sweetened condensed milk in the fridge to keep cold.
  3. Beat cold heavy cream on medium in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer) until stiff peaks form.
  4. Turn down the speed a little and pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream. (Stir in vanilla extract now if desired).
  5. Then, turn up the machine speed again and whip until your mixture is thick and to stiff peaks.
  6. Now you have your ice cream base add in your coffee mixture and mix on medium speed until even in color.
  7. Lastly, fold in the crushed lady fingers and chocolate.
  8. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight before scooping and serving


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  1. Disha on July 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I tried ur 2 ingredient ice cream recepie it came out well the only doubt i have that it’s tasting like a whipped cream rather the ice cream we buy from market has a little different taste and they r little hard . I have used whipping cream use for cake icing .
    Although my kids r loving it.
    So please guide me where i am wrong and what is the exact way to know that now the cream is whipped in hard peaks.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Disha,

      So I don’t think you did anything wrong. By nature this ice cream is very creamy and I think that is what you are tasting. Because it’s not churned like traditional ice cream it is heavier and creamier.

      Hope this helps explain,

  2. Sofia on May 4, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I am new to your site so I haven’t checked every recipe but please can you tell me how to make hazelnut praline that I can add in your base.
    I live in Cyprus so I will be makin plenty of ice cream this summer as the “home made kind” here is expensive (snickers , Oreo etc).
    Thanks btw….

  3. blob220 on March 10, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Are you awesome?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 12, 2019 at 2:43 am

      Haha! probably not!
      Gemma 😉

  4. oko on February 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    hi, Gemma. Does that taste like Gelato? If i were to keep that in a display chiller, how long can it last?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 28, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Hi there,
      These recipes are designed for the home cook. Food for sale and supply has all sorts of regulations where I am. I cannot advise you on this matter, it is dependent on where you live, the quality of your storage, reliability of your display temperatures etc.
      You may find a local food advisory for this. I wish you well with your venture,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Debi Kuperberg on October 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Hi, Gemma. I LOVE your recipes! I have used your 2 ingredient recipe for ice cream, and have come up with a number of flavors that are wonderful! However, while most of my flavors have a great consistency, a few of them have hardened a lot. One is peanut butter with chocolate- I add the pb to the whipped base, & about 2 hours later, I add chopped pb cups swirls of chocolate syrup. At the 2 hour time the base is already solid enough to scoop. After 6 hours total, it needs to sit out for 20-30 minutes before it can be scooped. The same with adding berries that have been cooked down w/sugar- it also gets too hard when. All of my flavors taste amazing- can you help with the consistency issue w/some? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 5, 2018 at 3:12 am

      Hi Debi,
      this is a great question. The answer is simple!
      This recipe is based on two ingredients, condensed milk, which is an invert sugar, low in water, remaining soft when frozen. Fresh heavy dairy cream, at 35% or more fat content, low in water content so it freezes relatively soft. Add water to this, in the form of fruit juices/syrups etc and it will freeze harder, though I am a bit confused by the peanut butter one, as it too is high in fat and should freeze softly.
      This is what I can think of, you may know a bit more about it. I did not find anything in your description which sounded wrong.
      Not sure if this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Mimi on September 18, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Hello Gemmma
    Ever since I found your YouTube channel , I have been obsessed with your recipes. I am trying to watch all you videos and made a couple flavors of ice creams. I made vanilla, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate. All of them came out great, I have also attempted to make peppermint bark ice-cream and it came out good but I would like your help to perfect it. So with the peppermint bark, I melted white chocolate and added it to the ice-cream base. I also ground/chopped candy cane and chocolate and added it mixture. It came out good but I would like to perfect it because this is my husband and nephew favorite ice-cream. Hagen daz use to make it seasonally but I think they stopped because I haven’t able to find it over the past couple of years. Anyhoo any suggestion would be appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on September 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Mimi, you are a Bold Baker indeed!
      I have not worked this! I am not sure about the white chocolate in this. White chocolate tends to be quite sweet and I think it would be lost in this. I think a grated dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa solids would be lovely in this. A cup or so of crushed candy canes, and a 1/2 teaspoon or so of peppermint essence/extract would elevate it. I will try this too, I am thinking we would all love these perfect flavors.
      I hope this is of help. Than kyou for your kind review of this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Mimi on September 19, 2018 at 9:22 am

        Thank you very much Gemma ! I will try this and let you know how it turns out

  7. Berna on August 6, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Hi Gemma,
    All your ice cream recipes are a huge success 🙂
    Did you ommit the mascarpone on purpose in this ice cream recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

      I’m so glad to hear that. Yes, the ice cream is so rich on its own I thought it didn’t need the mascarpone. Enjoy!

  8. New Girl in the Kitchen on August 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    For some reason, I cannot use the ‘reply’ option after your comment so I am afraid I have to write a fresh comment here. I followed the instructions strictly so the coffee was not boiling hot but it was definitely quite warm when I added it to the mixture. Do you think it could have been the reason for the curdling?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 2, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Hi Farah,
      Yes! I do think that is the reason. All things being equal, the ingredients being right I think the hot coffee could cause an issue for you.
      If you use a fine instant coffee powder, such as an instant espresso powder, you can add it directly to the mix without dissolving in water. It will incorporate easily into the mix for you. I hope this is of help to you.
      I will ask Kevin about the reply on comment issue, see if he can resolve it,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. New Girl In the Kitchen on July 31, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Hi Gemma,

    Thanks for your recipe. I do not have a stand or hand mixer so I did the whipping the old fashioned way. Everything seemed fine until I added the coffee, after which the mixture started to appear separated. It seems a little curdled now. The cream was definitely not over whipped so that couldn’t be the reason. Could you please tell me where I might have gone wrong? I have just chucked it in the freezer and I am still hoping it wouldn’t be a complete disaster because I had been waiting for weeks to make this!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Hello! Was the coffee hot or cold when you added it to the mixture?

  10. Leanna Barretto Severino on January 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hi I really like to try this . Whipped cream and heavy cream is that the same? Or only whipped cream can use to make ice cream? Thank you! I will use it to fill my French macaroons

    • Gemma Stafford on January 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Leanna,

      yes they are the same thing. you can use both to make ice cream.

      Happy Baking!

  11. Sandra Mtz on January 15, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Hi Gemma! How long can i store the Ice cream? Regards from México ????

    • Gemma Stafford on January 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      hi Sandra,

      Up to 8 weeks 🙂


      • Sandra on January 17, 2018 at 6:35 pm

        Thank you so much!!

  12. Sweetkarin on November 13, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Hi Gemma,

    saw the microwave cake recipe on fb and came to your page….saw Ice-cream no machine videos…all of them.
    Did Tiramisu and o I am in heaven. Made it twice in 3 days and we love it so so much.

    Mille grazie from a Tiramisulover.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 14, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Hi there, or should I say Ciao!
      Sono felice di avere questo grande scherzo italiano per lavorare.
      Thank you for your kind comments, good that you are here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Sweetkarin on November 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Hi Gemma,
        I did it again…..and came across something I wonder….I bought a can of sweet condensed milk and it says 14 oz / 396 gramm … but that is only 300 ml!!! Checked all sweet condensed milk cans at the store, but no 400ml.

        And no, I am german….????
        Auf Wiedersehen!!!!

        • Gemma Stafford on November 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

          Hi there,
          Grüße an Sie in Deutschland.
          14oz is 400ml! ML and grams are the same for liquid ingredients.
          All will be well,
          Gemma 🙂

          • Lucy on January 6, 2019 at 5:37 am

            Hi Gemma! I follow your recipes, specially the baking basics. They are sooo good ???? Just wanted to clarify though that ml and grams are only same for water. For condensed milk (example), the grams will be higher than its ml equivalent, because it is denser. Similarly for other liquids, depending on the density. Sorry, I had a really bad urge to correct the comment above. No offense! Love you and your recipes????

            • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

              Hi there, thank so much for letting me know!

  13. Ovilasha on July 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Please show me the perfect way to bake and grill a fish. the marination, right temperature,time. It never turns out perfect ?. And with fish if you can show us chicken too that will be great. I make tandoori chicken often. Tried your home made no machine ice cream , it turned out awesome! Thanks …??

    • Gemma Stafford on July 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

      Hi there,
      We all love grilled food, so tasty. This is not my specialty here on BBB, but I will be getting to it at some point.
      Grilling fish is all about timing, most fish cooks really quickly, and allowing it to stand for a few minutes, covered, after it is cooked helps to distribute the heat to finish the cooking.
      Bone in foods are great for the grill too as the bone helps to conduct the heat, and adds flavor. Marinades are a skill, and there are lots of suggestions online, for all sorts of foods. Take a little time to check some out, it is so worth it!
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Rommy on June 30, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Gemma, I tasted Horchata ice cream this week, I would love to see if you can create a version of it using your ice cream method. My son and I have made strawberry swirl with graham crackers and banana nutella swirl. Last week we made strawberry popcicles. Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hi there Rommy,
      Thank you for being with us. I am happy that you and your son are using the recipes.
      Horchata is a most unusual ice cream, made with rice starch and almond milk, to make it sound simple. It is a complex process, and I will need to think about how to use it. It is a delicious thing, you were lucky to find it!
      Gemma 🙂

  15. meenakshi on June 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

    How much lychee fruit puree and lychee chunks should i add in icecream base to get lychee icecream?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      sure, that will work. Blend it up really well.

  16. izana on June 23, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Hi Gemma, can this be done with homemade whipping cream? Thanks a lot

    • Gemma Stafford on June 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I think so if I am understanding you correctly. Good luck with your ice cream. 🙂

  17. Almas on June 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hey gemma,
    can i use any other cookie instead of ladyfinger cuz i am not able to get those here

    • Gemma Stafford on June 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Hi Almas,
      A lady finger cookie is a soft sponge type cookie, so anything like this will work for you. I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Ritu on June 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Hello Gemma,
    Your 3 ingredient ice cream recipe is simply fabulous! My family loves it. Thank you!
    They recently gifted me with a Kitchen Aid( so I could make lots and lots of it). Thrilled to have the wonderful machine. I guess I owe another thanks to you?.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Ritu,

      I’m so delighted to hear that you like the ice cream. I remember when I got my kitchenmaid. I couldn’t stop looking at it.
      I’m very happy for you. You will have it for life 🙂

  19. Theo on May 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm


    I had a hard time finding the recipe for the ice cream base. The only place I could find it was in the tiramisu ice cream recipe.

    Due to surgery I won’t be able to eat solid food for a few months. I have been printing out recipes & figuring out what I want to try first. You have so many choices.

    Thanks, Theo

  20. VaperZen on May 19, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Hello Gemma,

    I tried your Tiramisu Ice Cream and my husband loves this ice cream better than any Dessert I’ve Ever made before! (and I rock in the kitchen!!) Obviously, you Rock the Kitchen Harder!!!?

    I did adapt the recipe to fix my family’s taste. I added 3 tubes of Instant Cafe Bustelo powder instead of only one and I didn’t dissolve it in water but instead just dumped it into the cream while whipping. I used 60% cocoa chips chopped roughly in the food processer. The first time I made this my local store was out of Lady fingers so I used Vienna Fingers, lol.
    They did well in the ice cream, this time I was able to use the Lady fingers and I didn’t think it tasted a as good. There were no chucks of cookie and it just kind of lost in translation, they just disappeared
    Maybe using the Oreo cookie idea would taste better? Maybe I did something wrong?

    Thank you so much for the Ice Cream Base Recipe!!!!!


    • Gemma Stafford on May 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Hi VaperZen,

      Lady fingers do tend to go soft. next time maybe a plain cookie like a graham cracker.

      Sounds like you are nailing the recipes. Make sure to share photos so I can see your creations 🙂


  21. Him Hui on May 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    I’ve just discovered your channel on YouTube and it was AWESOME. I want you make a galaxy mint ice cream.
    Best Wishes,
    Him Hui

    • Gemma Stafford on May 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Him Hui,

      I have never heard of galaxy mint ice cream. I will definitely have to check it out.

      Thanks for the suggestion,

      • Him Hui on May 21, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        Hi Gemma,
        Since on 15th May I left a comment on this page, I thought of the recipe 4 galaxy mint ice cream. U can find it on facebook this Sunday.
        Best Wishes,
        Him Hui

        • Gemma Stafford on May 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

          Hi Him Hui,

          I remember the suggestion. Thanks for your comment.

  22. Binu on May 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hello from India,loved your icecream recipe. It came out divine! Made Oreo, chocolate, tiramisu. I made a great banana icecream too..going to try a roasted almonds and honey icecream next..

    • Gemma Stafford on May 11, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Hi Binu,
      well done you! Making this recipe your own, that really is what it is all about,
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Evie on May 5, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Wonderful recipe as always. Was wondering if I could substitute the instant espresso powder for instant coffee powder.


    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2017 at 3:22 am

      H ithere,
      YES! Do make it good and strong though, and get the best one you can,
      Gemma 🙂

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