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Rich and Creamy Tiramisu Semifreddo

4.67 from 24 votes
Rich and Creamy, my Tiramisu Semifreddo recipe has all the tiramisu flavor you love in a decadent cold treat!
Tiramisu Semifreddo Recipe

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Hi Bold Bakers!

If you like my 10 Minute Tiramisu and 2 Ingredient No-Machine Ice Cream you are going to LOVE this Rich and Creamy Tiramisu Semifreddo recipe! This sophisticated plated frozen dessert combines all the best parts of Tiramisu: the ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, and coffee, with rich ice cream!

The result is an impressive and decadent frozen dessert that can be made in no time.

Why is My Tiramisu Semifreddo Icy?

Nobody likes ice in their frozen desserts, this we know! Thanks to the condensed milk in this recipe the sugars prevent it from freezing rock hard. So you will be happy to know it will stay rich and creamy and ice crystal free.

How Long Should You Freeze It Before Serving?

This is a great make-ahead recipe as it is actually best after setting in the freezer overnight. I suggest freezing it for a minimum of 5 hours. This will really allow all the layers to set and make the finished semifreddo easy to remove from the tin then slice into clean individual servings.

What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream and Semifreddo?

Traditionally, both ice cream and Semifreddo start with a custard base. The difference is that semifreddo has whipped cream folded into the base and not churned like regular ice cream. This makes the texture extra light in comparison to traditional ice cream.


Tiramisu semifreddo recipe, sliced.

Do I Have to Use Coffee?

Coffee is a traditional flavor in Tiramisu, but it does not have to be used. If you don’t like the flavor of coffee, or you can not have it, you can always dip the ladyfingers in another liquid as I’ve done with my 10-Minute Berry Tiramisu!

How Do I Store Semifreddo?

This Tiramisu Semifreddo will last for up to 6 weeks covered and stored in the freezer. To keep it fresh just make sure it’s wrapped nice and tight with cling wrap.

Tips and Tricks to Making Tiramisu Semifreddo:

  • Butter and line your loaf tin several times with cling wrap to ensure you can easily remove the semifreddo from the tin
  • Make sure the condensed milk and cream are nice and cold before whipping, this will help them to whip up nice and stiff
  • If you cannot find condensed milk, get my Homemade Condensed Milk recipe
  • If you cannot find mascarpone cheese, get my Homemade Mascarpone Cheese recipe
  • If you do not have freshly brewed coffee you can always use instant espresso powder

Try My Other Tiramisu Recipes!

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Tiramisu Semifreddo Recipe

4.67 from 24 votes
Rich and Creamy, my Tiramisu Semifreddo recipe has all the tiramisu flavor you love in a decadent cold treat!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Rich and Creamy, my Tiramisu Semifreddo recipe has all the tiramisu flavor you love in a decadent cold treat!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 6 people


  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (5oz/142g) sweetened condensed milk, cold
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules diluted in 4 teaspoons water
  • 3/4 cup (6floz/170ml) strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) brandy, optional
  • 12 ladyfingers , roughly


  • Grease and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf tin with 3 layers of cling wrap. This will enable you to get the semifreddo out of the tin later. 
  • Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese on medium-high speed until smooth.
  • Pour in the cream and continue whipping until soft peaks form.
  • Turn down the speed a little and pour the cold condensed milk and the smaller amount of diluted coffee into the whipped cream mix.
  • Then, turn up the machine to high speed again and whip until your mixture is thick and makes stiff peaks.
  • Scoop roughly 1/3 of the cream mix into the prepared loaf tin and smooth out to cover the base of the tin. 
  • Pour the strongly brewed coffee and brandy into a shallow bowl.
  • Quickly, dunk the ladyfingers one at a time into the coffee and place directly into the loaf tin. Fight the urge to dunk for longer, they only need seconds in the coffee mix.
  • Once you have done a layer of ladyfingers, spoon another 1/3 of the cream mix on top and continue with another layer of ladyfingers. After 2 layers, add the remaining cream mixture over the top and smooth out. I like to bang it on the counter to level it.
  • Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight before eating. To serve, invert on top of your serving platter and dust with cocoa powder. Store the semifreddo in your freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Here is my recipe for Homemade Egg Free Lady Fingers 

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1 year ago

Try amaretto, I think is quite traditional (btw brandy is more european than rhum but doesnt make much difference for sweets and desserts).
And I STRONGLY would recommend to leave in the fridge (normal chilled tiramisu) for two days before touching it (it tastes way better).

3 months ago

Hi Gemma,
Can I substitute mascarphone cheese with cream cheese?

6 months ago

Such a tasty treat, thank you! (Very rich, I’d say cut it to make it 12 servings. That said, I did have to add an extra 2 oz of marscapone to get the right texture, so that may account for the richness.) Also, super approachable, even for a novice in the kitchen like myself.

Margie Atkinson
Margie Atkinson(@margielikestobake)
7 months ago

Does this need to be frozen – can it be eaten in frozen

Angela Stewart
Angela Stewart
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, can I use cream cheese instead of marscapone?

Monica Gatt
Monica Gatt
8 months ago

Hi Gemma this might be a dumb question but do I put it back in the freezer if it doesn’t all get eaten. Thank you love your recipes.

8 months ago

Hi, Gemma. I want to make either this or your Lemon Semifreddo for my birthday but I really can’t decide. Which one do you recommend?

1 year ago

Can you use rum in this recipe instead of Brandy.

1 year ago

Thanks for sharing the recipe, can’t wait to try it out. Is there any other biscuits that I can use to replace ladyfingers? Thanks

2 years ago

Dear Gemma,

I love your recipes. I have tried your banana cake, chocolate chip cookies and flat bread. Sorry did not think of taking pictures at that time! But I am planning to make your tiramisu semifreddo. Will surely remember to click and post a picture. Thank you so much for all the lovely recipes.

I have a question regarding your caramel sauce recipe. Can this be used as a filling for a cake? Thanks

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