Authentic Tiramisu

On my first trip to Italy to meet my husband's family back in 1995, I didn't speak a word of Italian. But I did learn how to make great 'dolci' from his sister, Maria. This was her recipe and now when we go back they ask me to make it!

Authentic Tiramisu Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Authentic Tiramisu for 12 servings:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 cups brewed espresso, cooled, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages mascarpone cheese
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 30 ladyfingers (such as Savoiardi®)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Authentic Tiramisu Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook-
  • Ready In2h 30m

To cook Authentic Tiramisu, you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The following are the steps to cook Authentic Tiramisu easily:

  1. 1 Beat 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks, brandy, and 1 tablespoon espresso together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese to sugar-egg mixture and beat until well blended, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Beat egg whites and a pinch sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into mascarpone mixture.
  3. 3 Pour remaining espresso into a shallow dish. Dip 1 side of each ladyfinger into the espresso and arrange on a serving platter in 2 horizontal rows of 6 with 2 1/2 ladyfingers in opposite direction on both ends to form a rectangular shape.
  4. 4 Spread 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture onto the ladyfinger layer and dust with 1/2 of the cocoa powder. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers dipped in espresso, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder. Refrigerate tiramisu until ladyfingers have softened from the espresso and mascarpone mixture, 2 to 3 hours.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Strong brewed coffee can be used in place of the espresso.
  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw eggs. Learn more about egg safety from our article, Making Your Eggs Safe.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 324 calories; 21.6 grams of fat; 25.7 grams of carbohydrates; 7.5 grams of protein; 155 milligrams of cholesterol; 84 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 24th 2017

    Heaven, absolute heaven. No adjustments are needed for this recipe, it's perfect. Thanks Kim!

  2. May 24th 2017

    I made this EXACT to the recipe except I had to use coffee instead of espresso (they aren't done building our Starbucks yet!) This was incredible!! Its exactly like my neighbor, who is Itali ...

  3. Feb 4th 2017

    Mmm, mmmm, good, no, make that GREAT! This is such a delicious recipe, and since it's no-bake, even better! The mascarpone filling is to die for. It, alone, can be used to make a fruit pa ...

  4. Mar 25th 2016

    I wish I could give this recipe 6 stars, because, yes, it is THAT good! Just perfect in every way. Don't be fooled by those tiramisu impostors that use whipped cream or standard cream chee ...

  5. Aug 8th 2015

    I'm not a big tiramisu fan but wanted to experience it again; perhaps my taste buds can appreciate it now that I'm older. This recipe is surprisingly easy to make, and comes together really ...

  6. Jul 2nd 2015

    This was my first attempt at Tiramisu and I'm so pleased that this is the recipe I chose. I just followed the directions and ended up with the most amazing dessert. The only change I made wa ...

  7. May 14th 2015

    The most amazing tiramisu I've ever had! Thanks for sharing!I like that only eggs and mascarpone are used and not the whipped cream replacement that I often see. I find this very important. ...

  8. Nov 21st 2014

    I have tried this Tiramisu 3 times. The more I eat it, the more I love it. The blend of flavors transport you to Italy in one second. So reach and well balanced. Nothing to change, just perfect.

  9. Nov 17th 2014

    Excellent! Just like nonna used to make! No need to change a thing. Method is perfect. Thanks Kim's Cookin Now! for sharing this recipe.