A classic Italian dessert, this no-bake tiramisu recipe is just what you need if you want something elegant. Assemble it a night in advance so it has plenty of time to set!


  • 1½ cups espresso or very strong coffee room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark rum divided
  • 16 ounces mascarpone (452g)
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar (133g)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (480ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 40 ladyfingers
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (33g)


  1. Stir together the coffee and 1/2 cup of dark rum in a medium bowl and set aside. (You can omit the rum and add a dash of vanilla with some more coffee for soaking or you can add a favorite liqueur like Kahlua, Grand Marnier, or Godiva.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone and the remaining 1/4 cup of dark rum. Whisk together or beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until well combined. Set aside.
  3. If you have a double-boiler, combine the egg yolks and sugar in the top. Otherwise, combine them in a medium heat-proof mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined. Bring 2 inches of water to a simmer in a small pot or the bottom of a double boiler. Place the egg yolk mixture over the simmering water making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is light yellow in color and thickened a bit, about 5 to 8 minutes
  4. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone and whisk until combined. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool.
  5. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes
  6. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. (You can run a whisk through it at the end to mix in any remaining unmixed bits.)

For the Assembly:

  1. Working with one at a time, dip the top and bottom a ladyfinger briefly in the coffee mixture. (They sop up the liquid quickly so they don’t need more than 2 seconds of dipping.) Arrange enough ladyfingers in a single layer to cover the bottom of a 9×13-inch dish. Try not to leave any gaps.
  2. Add half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers and smooth out to the edges using an offset spatula. Dip more ladyfingers, arranging them in a single layer on top of the filling as you go. Add the remaining mascarpone mixture and smooth out into an even layer.
  3. Dust top with the cocoa powder and chill overnight. You tiramisu needs time to set up or it will be a delicious mess.


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