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


66 Responses to “Tiramisu”

  1. #
    Liz — February 3, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    Just stunning, Cassie! My oldest loves tiramisu…and I need to make this for him 🙂 Happy birthday AND happy anniversary to your wonderful, inspiring blog! xo

  2. #
    JulieD — February 3, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    Looks fabulous!! I love tiramisu too!! Congrats on one year!!!

  3. #
    Kathryn — February 3, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    Happy blog birthday for today and happy actual birthday for Sunday! This is a very worth dessert to celebrate with. I always thought I wouldn’t like tiramisu because I don’t drink coffee but I was *so* wrong. This looks delicious!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 3, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    Happy Blogiversary and Happy Early Birthday Cassie! 😀 I hope you have a great day and this looks like an excellent way to celebrate! Tiramisu is amazing. I can’t wait to make it again after I have this baby! 😉

  5. #
    Melissa // thefauxmartha — February 3, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Happy Birthday/blogiversary! Only one year—you are incredible! PS—the tiramisu looks perfect.

  6. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — February 3, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Happy Birthday BYD and to you! Wishing you a very happy birthday and a happy and healthy year! This tiramisu looks divine! Beautiful photos!

  7. #
    Kim Bee — February 3, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Happy Blogiversary Cassie! And Happy Birthday! This is a wonderful way to celebrate two special occasions. Perfection!

  8. #
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} — February 3, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    happy blog-anniversary Cassie! And Happy Birthday too! Tiramisu is a wonderful and delicious treat for this double celebration!

  9. #
    Sally — February 3, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    Happy birthday to you Cassie and your blog! You make tiramisu look easy to whip up. the photos are out of this world! Enjoy!

  10. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — February 3, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Happy happy birthday to you AND your blog!! I hope that you have a wonderful day filled with lots of tiramisu. 🙂

  11. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — February 3, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Happy blogiversary!! And happy early birthday!

    I’ve never had tiramisu but this looks fabulous!

  12. #
    Maureen — February 3, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Gosh that looks good. Happy birthday and congrats on the blogiversary too.

  13. #
    amy @ fearlesshomemaker — February 3, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    happy blogiversary + happy happy early birthday. hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebrating. + this tiramisu looks divine – nicely done!

  14. #
    Meghan — February 3, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! & Happy Birthday Cassie! I love tiramisu too! It looks fabulous!

  15. #
    Bev Weidner — February 3, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Congrats and happy day and I WANT THAT!

  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 3, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    GORGEOUS cake. I wish we could share a slice or seven together. Congrats on 1 year and happy happy birthday! Be sure to check your mail again tonight or tomorrow 😉 hint hint *teehee*

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 3, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Happy birthday to you AND your blog! You are both so wise for your ages 😉

  18. #
    Whendi Martin — February 3, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Happy Blog Birthday today and Happy Big Girl Birthday on Sunday. I love this great joy you are having and sharing with the world as you create, cook, eat and blog. It is impossible for me to be any more proud of you today than when I looked into those beautiful, brown, baby girl eyes and knew that God had blessed my life with you forever and ever. Cheers to Bake Your Day and to you, my beautifully, talented, oldest daughter – I love you so!

  19. #
    Anna — February 3, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Hooray! Happy blog birthday AND almost birthday! What a fun week 🙂 Can’t wait to see what next year brings 🙂

  20. #
    Rachel — February 3, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    This tiramisu looks heavenly!! And congrats and Happy Anniversary on you blog!! That’s a big milestone! 🙂 Hope this year brings even more blessings and success!

  21. #
    Cat Davis — February 3, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    That is my favorite dessert in the whole world!!! I tried making it once and it didn’t end well but I’m definitely gonna add this to my to-do list.

  22. #
    DessertForTwo — February 3, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful beautiful photo! Now I’m craving tiramisu!

  23. #
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) — February 3, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I have yet to try tiramisu at home but it is one of my favorite desserts. Yours look perfect and definitely fit for a celebration (or two!). Happy Birthday and Happy Blog Anniversary!

  24. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 3, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to you and your blog, Cassie!! Tiramisu is hands down my most favorite dessert ever!!! I need to try making it myself!

  25. #
    Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture — February 3, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday and happy early Birthday to you!! what a yummyyyy dessert. Enjoy it!

  26. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — February 3, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love tiramisu as well. looks awesome!

  27. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — February 3, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Happy Early Birthday my Dear!! This tiramisu looks RIDICULOUS!!! Can I celebrate your birthday with you??

  28. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — February 3, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    cassie, this looks beautiful! i love tiramisu too and had no idea how simple it was to make! i’m putting this on my to-bake list.

    also, congratulations & happy blog birthday & happy happy birthday! hope you have a fantastic weekend celebrating 🙂 xo

  29. #
    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — February 3, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Congrats to both you and Bake your Day! How exciting :). LOVE Tiramisu! Mmmm

  30. #
    Ramona — February 3, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Happy early birthday and blogiversary!! How exciting and perfectly celebrated with this gorgeous tiramisu!! It looks creamy and delicious!! Hope you have a great celebration for both your fun days!! Enjoy. 🙂

  31. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 3, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    It’s one of my favorites too! I could eat the cream part all by itself!!

  32. #
    Katherine Martinelli — February 3, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    I absolutely adore tiramisu!!! Yours looks beyond gorgeous. Must try!

  33. #
    Audra@the-baker-chick — February 3, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    Woah that’s a beautiful piece of Tiramisu! I absolutely adore that dessert and yours looks melt-in-your mouth good. Yum!

  34. #
    Lori — February 3, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    My very favorite dessert! Yours is beautiful! I haven’t made my own before, but have always been tempted. Now I have no excuses!

  35. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — February 3, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Happy birthday to you and your blog Cassie! Your tiramisu looks perfect!

  36. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 3, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary of your blog, Happy Birthday…and congrats on having this beautiful photo of this beautiful dessert accepted to Food Gawker! You are on a roll girl! Tiramisu is one of my favorites, too. And a GREAT way to celebrate all of your wonderful accomplishments! You are such a special person, Cassie. And I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a really Happy Birthday! : )

  37. #
    susan @thefoodmaven — February 3, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    happy blogiversary to bake your day AND happy birthday to you:)love, love tiramisu… can’t wait to try yours.

  38. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — February 4, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Congrats on one year of blogging! Love your blog. 🙂 Oh and of course I LOVE this tiramisu. I’d gladly eat the entire thing for you. 😉

  39. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 4, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Happy Bloggerversary and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a perfect dessert to celebrate!

  40. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — February 4, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Happy Birthday to you and Bake Your Day Cassie! Your tiramisu looks so perfect! I will definitely be bookmarking this recipe because it is my husband’s favorite dessert and I would love to make it for him for his birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  41. #
    Mondomulia — February 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    My mum also swears by the rhum but I never use it myself! Not sure about the whipped cream being in the traditional Italian recipe, but your version does look very good!

  42. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — February 4, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    happy blog birthday…and happy cassie birthday! yay! the tiramisu looks amazing.

  43. #
    Shannon — February 4, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Happy birthday Cassie! Hope you are loving your new place and celebrating with many more desserts. I always think of tiramisu being impossible to make but doesn’t seem to bad!

  44. #
    Aggie — February 4, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Happy Birthday to YOU and your wonderful BLOG!!! Love you both! 🙂

    and goodness…tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts evah!

  45. #
    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — February 4, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    Happy blogiversary!!! I’ve been following you since the early days & you’ve come SO dang far!!!!!!

  46. #
    Lisa — February 5, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m going on 4 years already..still seems like yesterday. That said, that is one of the best looking hunks of tiramisu I’ve ever seen. The recipe is perfect!

  47. #
    Alaiyo — February 5, 2012 @ 5:04 pm


    I became aware of your blog through “Dulce Dough,” one of my favorite blogs for baked breads and treats. Your blog will become one of my favorites too with such delicious-looking treas such as the Tiramisu. Happy Birthday and Blogiversary as well!

  48. #
    Bonnie Banters — February 5, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    This tiramisu looks so fantastic, and I agree it is a perfect way to celebrate! Happy Birthday Cassie and congratulations upon your first-year blog anniversary!

  49. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 6, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Oh this looks fabulous! Happy birthday and anniversary!!!

  50. #
    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!!

  51. #
    Amanda — February 6, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    oh yum! this is my favorite dessert!

  52. #
    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!

  53. #
    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!!!

  54. #
    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!

  55. #
    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!! 🙂

  56. #
    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!

  57. #
    Kelly — February 8, 2012 @ 8:28 am

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

  58. #
    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!

  59. #
    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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