Nothing says Ciao Bella! like a sweet, delectable slice of Tiramisu. Loosely translated to “Lift me up” or “Pick me up”, this classic, but easy tiramisu cake recipe will do exactly this for you. The question is: Will you dare to share with any other sweet dessert lovers?

Best part? The ingredients in this recipe are handy in your Kitchen, or easy to acquire at any neighborhood grocery. The preparation is SO simple and straightforward, I nickname this recipe “Tira-mi-Simple”. Yes, even my 5-year-old helps me with this easy tiramisu “cake” recipe, folks. It’s true!

I hope you’ll make this tasty treat today or this evening. And I promise not to reveal how you make an extra portion specially prepared to pair with your early morning coffee. 😉

Bon Appétit, my friends!

Easy Tiramisu Recipe

Ready in 15 minutes – Serves 8 people

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe | Amy Guides


  • Ladyfingers : 1 package – enough for two single layers in whichever pan you use – 8×12 inch (21-31 cm) suggested.
  • 2  cups (16 oz/450 mL)  instant espresso or strong brew coffee, cooled to room temp
  • 3 T (45 mL) – optional –  liquor : Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy
  • 2 T (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225 mL) heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 1 T (15 mL) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225 g) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4  cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)  vanilla extract
  • 1 T (15 mL) cocoa powder, for dusting on top


Brew 2 cups  instant espresso or other strong coffee. Cool to room temperature.  Add 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar to coffee. Stir well to dissolve. *Optional: Add in 3 Tablespoons liquor of choice (Kahlua, Amaretto or Brandy) and stir well.

easy Tiramisu cake recipe | Amy Guides™

Prepare heavy whipping cream mixture. Add in 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar to 1 cup heavy whipping cream. Beat using a stand mixer or electric mixer at medium speed, whipping until peaks form.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. White whipped cream beaten until they show stiff peaks.

In a small bowl, combine ingredients to make mascarpone cheese mixture. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tablespoon  vanilla extract to the room temperature mascarpone cheese. Stir well to incorporate.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear bowl containing off white mascarpone cheese, brown 1 tsp vanilla extract and off white granulated sugar.

Arrange ladyfingers in a single layer on the bottom of a selected serving pan.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear, rectangular baking dish containing light brown and yellow ladyfingers, arranged side-by-side to form a single layer on the bottom of the dish.

Dip ladyfingers into room temperature  sweetened espresso/coffee. Being careful to avoid oversoaking, dip each ladyfinger on both sides into the prepared coffee mixture, then place back into the bottom of the pan.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear, rectangular baking dish at the top of the image. In the center of the image, there are two light brown and yellow ladyfingers dipped in espresso and laid in the baking dish. In the bottom of the image, there is a white dish holding brown espresso. To the left are dry yellow and light brown ladyfingers, awaiting being dipped into the espresso liquid.

Spread only half of total mascarpone/vanilla/sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers.  

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Background has a clear rectangular baking dish containing a layered cake topped with off-white mascarpone cheese mixture. The foreground of the image has a green spatula spooning off-white mascarpone cheese mixture from a small clear bowl.

Spread half of total whipped cream/powdered sugar mixture on top of ladyfingers.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Green spatula spreading whipped cream over a dessert lain in a clear rectangular baking dish. Small clear bowl of whipped cream in the foreground of the image.

Repeat Step 5. Dip another layer of ladyfingers into the room temperature sweetened espresso/coffee and carefully place on top of the whipped cream layer.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Clear rectangular baking dish with layers of off white whipped cream and topped with a layer of light brown/yellow ladyfingers arranged in a single layer.

Repeat steps 6 and 7 with mascarpone and whipped cream mixes. Don’t forget to do this in layers.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe image by Amy Guides. Small clear round bowl containing brown raw cocoa powder. Yellow and light brown ladyfingers blurred in background behind the bowl of cocoa.

Serve.When ready to serve, use a sifter to lightly dust cocoa powder over the top of the prepared Tiramisu dessert.

Easy Tiramisu Cake Recipe by Amy Guides. White plate with a square piece of Tiramisu layered dessert. Light brown/yellow ladyfingers soaked in espresso, nestled between mascarpone and whipped cream layers. Topped with brown raw cocoa powder. A small silver spoon blurs in the right rear of the plate, alongside the cake.