Coffee lovers’ dessert

A few year ago, after a decent Italian dinner at a local restaurant, my friends and I shared this delicious dessert. Soft yet rich, sweet and subtle on the palette, this coffee flavored dessert was the highlight of the dinner.
Later when I started blogging, it was mostly about jewelry and art until I decided to create a go-to place for all my recipes. The recipe for this Italian delicacy tiramisu and home-made ladyfinger had to go up here…
Buy it ready-made or bake it at home, good lady-finger cookies are a ‘must have’ to make tiramisu. On my first try, I adapted the food network recipe to make the ladyfingers, which turned out pretty good. But this time,  I took a short-cut and used the ‘store brought’ ladyfingers. Tiramisu & coffee
There may be a various ways to make tiramisu, but the traditional method is to make it with mascarpone cheese with egg yolk. Adding whipped cream just spoils the authenticity of this delicacy.
Find how to double boil the eggs for the authentic tiramisu recipe and how to make home-made lady fingers below…
  • Mascarpone cheese –  250 grams
  • Heavy whipping milk– 250 grams
  • Large egg yolk – 2 separated
  • Large egg white – 2 stiffened
  • Sugar 5 tablespoons
  • Ladyfingers – 20 sticks
  • Espresso coffee 3 cups
  • Cocoa/Instant coffee powder to sprinkle
  • Spring foam desired size
  • Instant coffee/cocoa powder – 1 spoon
Filling Procedure 
  • Fresh-made espresso coffee with a spoon of sugar for soaking
  • Use homemade/store-bought ladyfingers for layering
  • Whisk egg whites to form stiff peaks, beat whipping milk to soft whipped cream and set it aside
  • Zabaglione or Double-boil the eggs with 4 table-spoons of sugar; Once custard reaches the right consistency, cool it down.
  • Add the smoothen mascarpone cheese and whisk together the custard mix. Make sure to not overdo it, as mascarpone has a tendency to break.
  • Blend in the whipped cream until smooth and lastly fold the stiffened egg white gently.


  • Soak the lady fingers in espresso and start layering in the container of desired size. I used a 4 inch spring foam with homemade sponge cake
  • Add the decadence  cheese mixture and sprinkle cocoa powder, stack ladyfingers firmly and continue layering.
  • Refrigerate it for least of 4 hours or overnight.
Lady Finger sponge cakes
Ladyfinger recipe
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vanilla extract ½ spoon
  • Butter – 2 spoons
  • Sift dry white flour and baking powder and set aside
  • Separate egg whites and beat vigorously to form soft stiff peaks
  • Beat butter, sugar into cream and add egg yolks and the dry ingredients
  • Fold in egg white and add vanilla extract, mix softly
  • Pipe cake batter on baking sheet or pour into a vessel of desired shape
  • Pre-heat oven at 375 F and bake the lady fingers for 15 mins
  • Cool on wire rack and slice to layer

24 thoughts on “Coffee lovers’ dessert

  1. I don’t drink coffee but I enjoy coffee flavored desserts! My wife doesn’t eat eggs, but won’t mind it in desserts! Tiramisu looks delicious.

    • I prefer not to eggs in raw form, for it has other health risks… but i love tiramisu n i’ve had it in so many places just to have an idea of what’s best. glad u both like it! You shud try tres leches, if u haven’t already had it.

  2. I’ve never seen Tiramisu served like that – it looks like yum!! Like Yatin above, I don’t drink coffee but I like coffee flavoured things, especially CAKE! 🙂

  3. Even though i have just been out for coffee and cake with my son….it sounds sooooo good, i will have to stop by again and write this recipe down…popping over from Studio JRU ..

  4. YUM! My aunt makes an awesome tiramisu. I have never tired to make it myself, but enjoy it when she comes to visit! 🙂

  5. Hi! Tiramisu is not really my favorite dessert ever but since it’s so easy to make and people love it, I make it often. Great photos my dear! I love how you added that cup in the photo above – it adds nicely to your lovely composition.
    So you are heading back to your homeland soon? You are right, overseas moves are not the greatest experience. Good luck with your move and thank you for your lovely comments and linking to Food Photography!

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