Modern Tiramisu Dessert
Italian Recipe

  • Like 6
  • 16 Minutes
  • Serves 10
  • Medium
  • No Heat Needed
Modern Tiramisu Dessert

Recipe's Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 (8 ounce) package Cream Cheese room temperature
1/2 cup powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons Light Rum
1 (3 ounce) package Ladyfingers about 12
1/2 cup cold prepared Espresso
2 teaspoons Baking Cocoa
Instead of light rum, use Rum Extract
Instead of espresso, use strong Coffee
Use Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish

Nutritional information for Modern Tiramisu Dessert

Saturated Fat

The modern recipe for Tiramisu is a great way to start your day or have an energized night.

Did you Know?

The longest tiramisu measures 273.50 m (897 ft 3 in) and was prepared by Galbani Santa Lucia (Italy) in Milan.


  • Variations

  • Use Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish

Steps for Modern Tiramisu Dessert

1 Minute

Prepare the whipping cream

Pour the whipping cream into a medium bowl, and place it in the refrigerator to chill. The cream will whip better in a cold bowl.

3 Minutes

Mix cheese, powdered sugar, and rum

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar in another medium bowl with the electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in the rum on low speed, and set aside.

4 Minutes

Beat the whipping cream

Beat the whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently spoon the whipped cream onto the cream cheese mixture. To fold together, use a rubber spatula to cut down vertically through the mixtures, then slide the spatula across the bottom of the bowl and up the side, turning the mixtures over. Rotate the bowl one-fourth turn, and repeat this down-across-up motion. Continue mixing in this way just until ingredients are blended.

3 Minutes

Prepare the bottom of Tiramisu

Split each ladyfinger horizontally in half. Arrange half of them, cut sides up, over the bottom of the ungreased pan. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the cold espresso over the ladyfingers. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers.

3 Minutes

Make the second Layer

Arrange the remaining ladyfingers, cut sides up, over the cream cheese mixture. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup cold espresso, and spread with the remaining cream cheese mixture.

2 Minutes

The tiramisu is almost done

Sprinkle the cocoa over the top of the dessert. If you have a small strainer, place the cocoa in the strainer and shake it over the dessert. Otherwise, shake the cocoa from a spoon. Cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until the filling is firm. Garnish each serving with a cherry.

Additional Info for Modern Tiramisu Dessert


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Aaah! The Tiramisu dessert! This recipe is “borrowed” from an Italian cook who is specialized in Italian Desserts, including Tiramisu. Indulge yourself with the most known Italian Dessert in the world: Tiramisu!

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About the Tiramisu Recipe, the awesome Italian dessert

The word Tiramisu (from Italian “Tira mi sù“) means “Raise me up“, and probably the name is given due to its aphrodisiac and energy-giver properties. My “borrowed recipe” (he knows and agreed to post it on my cookbook site) is simple, yet very tasty… what am I saying? It’s the best recipe for Tiramisu I ever had, no wonder I didn’t change anything in its ingredients and steps. Another thing about this dish, don’t eat it after 6 PM because you’ll have sleeping problems. The key ingredients to this great Tiramisu are the light rum, ladyfingers, cold prepared Italian espresso (let’s say.. Lavazza), and the cream cheese.



Lighter Version

To have a lighter version of this Italian dessert, for 8 grams of fat and 165 calories per serving, use reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) instead of regular cream cheese. Use 2 cups frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping for the whipping cream.



The History and Use of Tiramisu

I said earlier that Tiramisu has aphrodisiac and energy-giver properties, therefore in the 19th Century was eaten  (mostly by Men) at the end of the evening in order to reinvigorate them and solve the problems they may have had with their conjugal duties. It was like a natural Viagra from the 19th. Back in the days, the Tiramisu was prepared with a very strong ristretto instead of espresso.


Academia Del Tiramisu notes: Historical records state that Tiramisù originated in Treviso in 1800. It is said that this dessert was invented by a clever “maitresse” of a house of pleasure in the centre of Treviso.


Why using Ladyfingers?

Ladyfingers are the principal ingredient in many dessert recipes, such as trifles and charlottes, and many times are used for the sponge element of tiramisu. The Ladyfingers are typically soaked in a sugar syrup, liqueur, rum, coffee, or espresso for the dessert tiramisu. The taste of Ladyfingers gives a greater flavor to the modern Tiramisu dessert.



What can be used instead of ladyfingers?

Like any other recipe, the ingredients can be substituted, but you’ll risk changing the flavor and not like the result. The ladyfingers have also a positive effect (used for tiramisu) because they absorb coffee or rum without completely disintegrating.


As per source, to substitute for the commercially produced cookies, purchase a whole plain sponge cake or an angel food or pound cake. Cut it into 4-inch oblongs and dry them in a 250-degree oven before assembling the tiramisu.



Is Tiramisu supposed to be soggy?

No, it isn’t supposed to be soggy! Ladyfingers are incredibly absorbent because they are made from a sponge cake-like batter. When you dip them in the coffee or espresso for too long, it will absorb too much liquid and the result is unwanted.



How do you fix soggy tiramisu?

For fixing the soggy Tiramisu, you can’t do much, but you can try. If you haven’t assembled the Tiramisu yet, pour any excess liquid off and refrigerate the cream to firm it. You can also blot it with paper towels and keep it well chilled. But this will work only if the dessert isn’t yet assembled.



What garnish can be used for a better design?

You can sprinkle some coffee beans, small pieces of chocolate or chocolate shavings on the tiramisu, and garnish it with Maraschino cherries with stems… For a better design, you can place a spoon or fork on the plate, next to tiramisu, sprinkle it with cocoa, then raise slowly the spoon or fork. The effect and design are awesome!


Spoon and Fork silhouettes from cocoa
Spoon and Fork silhouettes from cocoa



Notes and Tips

  1. Essential Equipment: electric mixer or hand beater; 8-inch square pan or 9-inch round pan. 
  2. Ladyfingers are small, oval-shaped cakes usually found in the bakery department or freezer section of the supermarket.
  3. Tiramisu may be frozen; be sure to cover tightly. Allow thawing several hours in the refrigerator before serving.



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Susan Anne Dale

Hello there, I’m Susan Anne Dale | Mother, Wife, Cook, Entrepreneur. I do not remember exactly when I started to cook, but now I cannot imagine life without the magic of this wonderful art. I hope you will enjoy my recipes written in a modern cooking style.

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