Espresso Tiramisu: A Classic Italian Dessert with a Coffee Twist

Introducing the Espresso Tiramisu, a luscious and decadent twist on the beloved Italian dessert that's perfect for coffee lovers. This classic treat combines layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers with a rich and creamy mascarpone filling, all dusted with cocoa powder and topped with dark chocolate shavings. The enticing aroma of coffee permeates each bite, making it an indulgent dessert that's sure to impress at any gathering. With a perfect balance of bold coffee flavor and velvety sweetness, this Espresso Tiramisu recipe will elevate your dessert game to new heights.


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups espresso or strong coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1 package (14 oz) ladyfingers (savoiardi)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate shavings or curls (optional)


  1. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), and continue whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick and pale yellow. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the mascarpone cheese until smooth. Fold the cheese into the egg yolk mixture until well combined. Set aside.

  3. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone and egg yolk mixture until fully incorporated.

  4. In a shallow dish, combine the espresso and coffee liqueur (if using). Quickly dip each ladyfinger into the espresso mixture, soaking each side for about 1-2 seconds. Be careful not to oversoak the ladyfingers, as they will become too soft and soggy.

  5. Arrange a layer of espresso-soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9x13-inch dish or a similar-sized serving dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the ladyfingers. Repeat with another layer of soaked ladyfingers and the remaining mascarpone mixture.

  6. Sift the cocoa powder over the top of the tiramisu. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to set.

  7. Before serving, sprinkle the tiramisu with dark chocolate shavings or curls (if desired). Enjoy your Espresso Tiramisu, a delicious Italian dessert infused with a rich coffee twist!


Final Notes:

This Espresso Tiramisu recipe offers an extraordinary dessert experience that will delight both coffee enthusiasts and fans of Italian cuisine. Its luxurious texture and bold coffee flavor harmonize beautifully, creating a truly memorable treat. The next time you're looking for a show-stopping dessert to impress your guests, give this Espresso Tiramisu a try. Not only is it a delightful twist on a classic favorite, but it also showcases the versatility and allure of coffee in the culinary world.


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Written by Maximilian Lucena

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