Friday, February 3, 2012


Recipe for Tiramisu from Bake Your Day

Without a doubt in this world, tiramisu is one of my favorite things. Tiramisu is the perfect compliment to my deep affection for strong coffee flavor! It is rich, creamy and not too sweet. And did you know how easy it is to whip up?

I started eating tiramisu in college and immediately fell in love. Mascarpone cheese was sort of difficult to find in my little college town so I never gave it a try. It became a special thing that I treated myself to when I was at a restaurant. A few weeks ago I decided that it had been on “my list” for far too long now and that it was time to cross it off.

Tiramisu is a celebratory dessert.  Sunday is my birthday and that’s cause for my favorite treat.  I’m also celebrating the fact that Bake Your Day is one year old today.  It has been exactly one year to the date since I hit publish on my first blog post. The celebratory dessert seemed all-too fitting for both occasions.

I’m. In. Love. And that’s to say the least. It only took about 15 minutes to put together and let me tell you, it was that easy to devour too.

Recipe for Tiramisu from Bake Your Day

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Tiramisu Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

My all-time favorite rich and creamy "pick me up" dessert.


1 1/4 cups strong black coffee, room temperature
1 1/2 Tbs. instant coffee
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
12 oz. cold mascarpone cheese (cold)
1/3 cup cold heavy cream (cold)
24 crunchy lady fingers
2 Tbs. Dutch-processed cocoa
2 Tbs. dark chocolate, shaved


Stir coffee and instant coffee in a shallow baking dish until instant coffee granules are dissolved. Set aside.

In bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks at low speed, just until combined. Add the sugar and salt and whisk on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow, about2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Add the mascarpone cheese and beat at medium speed until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Return the bowl to the mixer (without washing.)

Add the heavy cream and beat on medium speed for 1-1/2 – 2 minutes, or until it is frothy. Increase speed to high and continue to beat for another 1-1/2 minutes or so, until the cream holds stiff peaks. Fold one-third of this mixture in to the mascarpone mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until all of the white streaks are incorporated. Set aside.

Dip two lady fingers at a time into the coffee mixture, flip sides, and transfer to an 8x8 glass dish. Be careful to not let the lady fingers sit for too long in the coffee mixture, each one needs only 1-2 seconds. Arrange the soaked cookies in a single layer in the dish. I had to break a couple at the end to fit them.

Spread half of the mascarpone/whipped cream mixture over the dipped lady fingers and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Place one tablespoon of the cocoa in a mesh strainer and dust cocoa over the mascarpone/whipped cream mixture until you fully covered.

Repeat the dipping of the remaining 12 lady fingers, arrange in the dish on top of the dusted cocoa. Spread the remaining mascarpone/whipped cream mixture over the top, and dust with the remaining cocoa.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, up to 24. Sprinkle with the shaved dark chocolate before serving. Serve chilled.

Cassie’s Notes:
The original recipe calls for adding 1 tablespoon dark rum or whiskey to the coffee mixture, and two to the mascarpone mixture for extra flavor. I don’t ever remember this being a flavor in the tiramisu that I loved so I left it out and I missed nothing, but if you wanted to add it, I’m sure it would be great. Most recipes that I looked through have some kind of liqueur in them.

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

Recipe for Tiramisu from Bake Your Day


65 Responses to “Tiramisu”

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    sarah — February 6, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Cassie!! I loooove tiramisu- so much that we had it for our grooms cake at our wedding! I’ve never tried making it at home but I am going to be trying this recipe for sure!!

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    Amanda — February 6, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    oh yum! this is my favorite dessert!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 6, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Happy Birthday to you and the blog!! This is the perfect way to celebrate both. Hope you had a great birthday yesterday (sorry, I missed this Friday).

    I don’t like coffee, so I can’t get on board with tiramisu, but it does LOOK incredible!

  4. #
    Denise — February 6, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    Congrats on your Blogiversary and happy Birthday!!! What a sweet way to celebrate. Lovely photos and tasty recipe! BTW my 1st blogiversary and my birthday are just a few weeks after yours 🙂 Well, I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend and that this next year on your blog is much fun!!!

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    Bertie's Bakery — February 7, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    Tiramisu is a undeniable treat in our house, and it looks like your recipe nails it! Great job, and congratulations on a successful year of blogging!

  6. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — February 7, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Omigosh, Cassie! I’m sorry I’m so late but happy, HAPPY birthday to you and your blog!!!

    I love reading your posts and it has been so fun getting to know you on Milk Bar Mondays – I look forward to reading another year of yummy blog entries from you!

    Happy birthday!! 🙂

  7. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 7, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Tiramisu is a huge favorite of mine, coffee, cheese and cream?? Sign me up for life!!
    Happy Birthday and I love your blog!

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    Kelly — February 8, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday Cassie! This looks absolutely perfect!!! xoxo

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    Lacy @ NYCityEats — February 9, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I’m a little late but congrats on 1 yr!! I couldn’t think of a better dessert to celebrate with. I heart tiramisu, my Mommom has been making it for me since I can remember and it’s really the best thing on earth. I could eat it for days on end. Yours looks amazing! Beautiful pics, I’m sure it tastes just as good as it looks too. YUM!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 9, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Oh no I’m so sorry I’ve missed this post! Happy Blogiversary and Happy Birthday Cassie! I enjoy visiting your blog and look forward to more delicious recipes from you. 🙂

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