For those who loves Tiramisu, it means “pick me up” or “lift me up” is a popular coffee flavored Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, egg whites, sugar and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa. The recipe has been adapted into many varieties of puddings, cakes and other desserts.

Ingredients for 6-8 people


  1. Make espresso coffee, sweeten, and add the marsala wine (or cognac) to it. Let it cool a bit.
  2. Separate the egg yolks and the whites of two eggs in two bowls.
  3. Beat sugar into the egg yolks.
  4. Beat the mascarpone into the sweetened yolks.
  5. Add two more egg whites to the other two and whisk until they form stiff peaks.
  6. Fold gently egg whites into mascarpone mixture.
  7. Quickly dip both sides of the ladyfingers in the espresso mixture.
  8. Layer soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone in a large bowl or pan (start with fingers, finish with mascarpone).
  9. Sprinkle dark chocolate powder on top.
  10. Refrigerate for one hour.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Savoiardi are the traditional biscuits used with this recipe, rather than ladyfingersSponge cake can also be used.
  • Cream can be used as an alternative to thicken the tiramisu. Whisk 3/4 pint to 1 pint of double cream until stiff peaks form, then add the sugar and continue from step 2.
  • Full-fat spread cheese can be used as an alternative to mascarpone; add some cream to taste.
  • There is also an Atkins friendly recipe.


  • In this recipe the term “ladyfingers” refers to a kind of biscuit or cake, NOT to okra, which would be an interesting variation.
  • Whether thickening with egg whites or cream, ensure it is stiff before adding to the other ingredients; if it is not stiff, the tiramisu will not set properly.