I don’t know who invented Tiramisu, but whoever did, that person is an absolute genius. This Italian cake is like heaven on earth, out of all cakes, is a pure perfection. It is the most elegant, definitely a special occasion cake. In addition, it requires no baking, and takes 15 minutes to assemble. If you ever have unexpected guests, or you need to bring something to a potluck, Tiramisu is your cake, especially if you love coffee as much as I do.
Traditionally, Tiramisu is made out of rum and coffee soaked lady fingers. If you prefer not to use alcohol, you can just use strong coffee instead. Some time ago, I came across Coffee Liqueur, and decided to get it, especially for making Tiramisu. That’s what I’ve been using ever since. Mascarpone, a fresh, double-cream cheese, is one of the great Italian cheeses available in deli departments of many supermarkets, and is essential ingredient of traditional Tiramisu. If mascarpone cheese is not available when making Tiramisu, substitute with 8-ounce package softened cream cheese.
- 28 Lady Fingers cookies
- 1+1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz. mascarpone
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup coffee liqueur
- 3/4 cup cold water (not pictured)
- unsweetened cocoa powder for sprinkling over the top
You will also need 8×11 glass dish.
Start with making the cream. In a large bowl, at medium speed, beat heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar, until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone, and continue beating until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.
In a separate bowl, combine coffee liqueur and water. Prepare to assemble the cake. Take one cookie at a time, and dip it in coffee mixture. Don’t soak cookies for more than one second or else they’ll become soggy. Arrange in a single layer in your 8×11 dish. Spoon 1/2 of your cream, and spread it over cookies. Repeat with Lady Fingers and cream to create one more layer.
Sprinkle some cocoa powder over the top of the cake. You can decorate with coffee beans, if you’d like. It is the best to refrigerate Tiramisu for couple of hours to let the flavors blend, but it can totally be served right away with the cup of delicious espresso. Yum!