Tiramisu made at home

I personally think tiramisu is the best dessert on Earth! It was the dessert that I was craving non-stop during my pregnancies. I typically make all my desserts at home. Scratch that, I make all my food at home: bread, buns, pasta, yogourt, etc. But at that time I couldn’t find any homemade tiramisu recipe that tasted good and was safe for me to eat while being pregnant. All the tiramisu recipes were with raw eggs and most of them with alcohol. So how to make tiramisu at home in a way that is safe for pregnant women and kids to eat?

Well, my recipe does not have any raw eggs and alcohol. You might say it should not be called tiramisu. Let’s look at it this way – there are different ways of making carbonara fettuccini and yet you would still call it carbonara. So let’s not play with words, LOL. I call this Tiramisu because there are ladyfingers, eggs, mascarpone cheese, and the coffee flavor. Simple and amazing! This recipe is easy to make, and yet soooo delicious. This is one of my favorite desserts! I really hope you will enjoy it!

If you want the authentic recipe, just follow the steps, but add the alcohol where it's needed. If you want a non-alcoholic tiramisu, omit the alcohol!



by Melanie Dompierre
Quantity for: 6
PREP TIME10 minutes
COOK TIME10 minutes
cooling time2 hours
TOTAL TIME20 minutes
This dessert is made of ladyfingers (also known as savoiardi in Italy, or as sponge fingers in British English) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa. The recipe has been adapted into many varieties of cakes and other desserts.



  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine (optional)


  • 1 ½ cup coffee
  • 5 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box ladyfingers cookies (or my recipe)
  • 1/4 cup rum (optional)


The topping

  • Whip the cream to soft peaks and stir in sugar and the vanilla. Keep it in the fridge until ready to assemble.
    Tiramisu at home

The cream filling

  • Whip the cream to soft peaks and stir in sugar and the vanilla. Keep it in the fridge until the filling mix is completed.
  • Place a pot with 3 inches of water in it on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Put a metal bowl on top of the pot with the simmering water. 
  • Whisk together egg yolks, sugar (and Marsala wine if want to use it) in that bowl. Whisk constantly until the mixture has almost doubled in size. Make sure the mixture is warm so your eggs will get safely cooked. Eggs need to stay at 140°F (60°C) for at least 3 minutes to pasteurize (according to these instructions).
  • Add the mascarpone cheese to the mix. Whisk vigorously until the cheese has become homogeneous with the egg yolks. The mixture will be a little warm. Remove from heat.
  • Put the mixture into the fridge. It needs to cool down a little bit before you can fold the whipped cream.
  • When the mix has cooled, fold in the whipped cream. Keep it in the fridge until ready to assemble.

The ladyfingers

  • Take freshly brewed coffee, add the rum (if you want to use it) and sugar until dissolved.
  • Let it cool down, otherwise, you will burn your fingers dipping the cookies in it 🙂 


  • At this point, you will need your presentation dish. It can be a big bowl, a cup, a glass or a baking dish. Whatever your inspiration is at the moment!
    Tiramisu in a bowl
  • Dip ladyfingers in the coffee soaking liquid just for a moment. Do not let it soak too much, otherwise, they will become soggy.
  • Place some of the soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of your dish or cup.
  • Gently spread some of the mascarpone cheese mixtures.
  • Sprinkle some cocoa powder.
  • Now, depending on the height of your dish, repeat the previous 3 steps until you reach the top of your dish or cup.
  • Finally, spread the whipped cream on top and sprinkle some more cocoa powder.
    Tiramisu in a bowl


If you make this recipe ..... tag me @mel4skilletsandgames on Instagram and hashtag it #skilletsandpots. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: cake, cheese, cookies, cream, dessert, italian, ladyfingers, mascarpone, sweet

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Written by Melanie Dompierre


  1. Nicole Branan January 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm Reply

    This most definitely qualifies as a tiramisu and a delicious-looking one to boot! My mouth is watering. 🙂

    • Melanie Dompierre (a) January 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm Reply

      Thank you very much for the nice comments. I don’t drink coffee anymore, but when I have a craving for a nice cappuccino, Tiramisu is my fix;)! I made it twice this Holiday :)LOL I guess I was in the mood:) I saw your pictures on your site, you are an amazing photographer! I am starting to learn all this and that’s my favorite part of blogging! Happy New Year!

      • Nicole Branan January 7, 2019 at 5:11 pm Reply

        Aw, thank you so much, that is so nice of you to say, Melanie! Photography is definitely my favorite part of blogging too. 🙂

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