Easy Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

27 August 2010, 02:21

Edit: So I don’t use eggs in this recipe BUT the sponge fingers you buy at the shops may have eggs so just be warned in case you’re making this for someone who is allergic to eggs!

I <3 tiramisu! Creamy, coffee laden layers of sponge, it is an impressive looking dessert but is so simple to whip up. I kinda have issues with uncooked eggs in desserts so after sifting thru some recipes online this is what I've come up with for an easy eggless tiramisu.

1 cup thickened cream
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 cups strong coffee or espresso
4 Tbsp Tia Maria (or coffee liqueur)
250g mascarpone cheese
Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for decoration
20 lady fingers or sponge cake for the layers

First brew your coffee in a bowl. I used about 3 spoons of coffee + 2 cups of water. If you like a stronger taste just add more coffee. Make sure the bowl is wide enough to be able to fit a sponge finger. Place in fridge to cool.

Whip 1 cup of thickened cream to stiff peaks and doubled in volume.

In a separate bowl, whip the 250g mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 Tbsp of Tia Maria until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want it more boozy add more liquer if not you can always omit it to make it kid friendly.

Fold the cheese mixture into the whipped cream. Set aside.

Get your coffee from the fridge and dip the lady fingers or sponge cake for about 5seconds into the coffee before placing into lined springform tin. I like em squishy and filled with coffee so I tend to leave it in there longer just before it disintegrates

If you’re gonna use the lady fingers for a pretty decorative edge set some aside now line the tin with unsoaked lady fingers now! Then layer your soaked lady fingers. Don’t worry about the gaps it’ll be filled with glorious cream.

Spread half the cream + cheese mixture over lady fingers

And repeat! Place remaining coffee soaked lady fingers on top

And place remaining half of cream + cheese mixture on top

Top with sprinkled cocoa or chocolate shavings. Important: Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before removing from springform pan! Cut lady fingers to same size and arrange on the outside. (Sidenote: now that I think about it you could probably place the decorative sides inside the pan instead of sticking them on after the tiramisu is refrigerated hmm). Tie together with a pretty ribbon and tadah you’re done!

Happy nomming and have an awesome weekend dudes!



  1. Breakfast? We all need a little coffee at breakfast ;)

    Fiona    Aug 27, 08:02 AM    #

  2. Very pretty Suze! Happy Friday!

    Maria @ ScandiFoodie    Aug 27, 08:32 AM    #

  3. Interesting, so basically you have just omitted the eggs from the marscapone recipe. Genius!

    Matthew Masterchef    Aug 27, 10:10 AM    #

  4. Yum. Was just craving tiramisu the other day. And go the food styling!

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Aug 27, 10:40 AM    #

  5. Aww pretty! I like the ribbon :) I have some sponge fingers leftover, I totally need to make this.

    Steph    Aug 27, 11:01 AM    #

  6. I’m so glad it’s Friday and your tiramisu cake couldn’t have appear at a better time :P I like my tiramisu to be egg free too…which I think taste just as good in addition to peace of mind. :)

    Emily    Aug 27, 11:13 AM    #

  7. LOVE Tiramisu. Thanks for sharing an easy recipe (because I have my lazy cooking moments..eep)

    Tamz    Aug 27, 11:58 AM    #

  8. Mmm…. I’ve been making my tiramisu sans eggs for years ever since my first ever attempt (with eggs) totally failed. coincidentally, my recipe is almost the same as yours! great minds think alike? XD

    yygall    Aug 27, 12:00 PM    #

  9. Hi, just found your blog and started following it recently. : ) This sounds so good, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing an easy tiramisu recipe.

    mireille    Aug 27, 12:15 PM    #

  10. TIRAMISU!! YUM!! ohh looks so so pretty!!! and what a great simple recipe!

    Rhonda (thedaintybaker)    Aug 27, 12:19 PM    #

  11. arent u a smart cookie! i have issues with raw eggs in dessert too and this is a wonderful alternative. hopefully i can squeeze in time to make some myself too :)

    sugarpuffi    Aug 27, 01:16 PM    #

  12. Your decorating is so cute! And yayer for simple tiramisu recipe =] I think we need a cross-section shot just to finish it off.

    Margaret | fangirlish    Aug 27, 03:43 PM    #

  13. I would stick to put the sponge fingers on AFTER you have released it from the pan, otherwise it will end up much smaller and there will be less good filling and more dry sponge finger. Nice styling :)

    Carly/fivesquaremeals    Aug 27, 03:44 PM    #

  14. I like this eggless version. Kids and elderly friendly.

    Ellie (Almost Bourdain)    Aug 27, 04:01 PM    #

  15. Pretty tiramisu. Love the brown ribbon. Can’t go wrong with alcohol, coffee, chocolate and creamy goodness, yum yum yum.

    Emma @CakeMistress    Aug 27, 04:51 PM    #

  16. LOL last time I made it, I got too happy with the alcomohol and er, it turned out super boozy. I didn’t let anyone drive after they had a slice :P

    I <3 tiramisu.

    Karen | C&C    Aug 27, 06:09 PM    #

  17. I’ve only had tiramisu about three times in my life….not a huge fan of it =] But that’s probably because I don’t like coffee…

    But I love how pretty and cute your looks! With the short sponge fingers around it…..

    Von    Aug 27, 11:58 PM    #

  18. wow this looks so easy!!!!! i can’t wait to try it soon :)

    chiamay    Aug 28, 03:54 AM    #

  19. Gorgeous and easy – my kind of recipe!

    foodwink    Aug 28, 08:55 AM    #

  20. weeeeee it’s so cute!!

    Iron Chef Shellie    Aug 28, 09:44 AM    #

  21. What an awesome idea – especially for people who are allergic to eggs. If you ust have issues with raw eggs in recipes though – if it’s just egg whites you want to use, rahter than yolks, you can always turn the sugar into a hot sugar syrup and whip it into beaten egg whites. Kills all the icky potential bacteria, and leaves you with lovely, fluffy, silky egg whites. Perfect for meringue icings too.

    Jacey    Aug 28, 09:15 PM    #

  22. That is an adorable cake Suze! Love the ribbon addition <3 Must try it sometime myself!

    WX    Aug 28, 11:15 PM    #

  23. It looks gorgeous! Mmmmmm tiramisu made with mascarpone is delicious.

    Kate    Aug 28, 11:43 PM    #

  24. My kids don’t like coffee, so I dip the sponge fingers in evapourated milk , and put some chocolate sauce between layer for flavour

    — Sharyn    Aug 29, 09:03 AM    #

  25. wow, i love the lady finger biscuits.. we used to eat them so much as kids… and the idea of having them with my other fav dessert of tiramisu… heaven!

    thang @ noodlies.com    Aug 29, 04:18 PM    #

  26. That looks beautiful Suze – like something you’d get from an Italian pastry shop

    Trissa    Aug 29, 06:40 PM    #

  27. this looks so easy

    yet so tasty… just need to finsih my exams before i can try it out =)

    Dolly    Aug 29, 11:56 PM    #

  28. Tiramisu rocks!! It’s my favourite way to use marsala

    Ladybird    Aug 30, 12:23 AM    #

  29. I’m so with you with the raw egg in dessert thing. I love the recipe!

    food-4-two    Aug 30, 08:31 PM    #

  30. Gorgeous, Suze!!! Now I’m getting evening sugar cravings, haven’t had a tiramisu in ages!

    Myriam Thibault    Aug 30, 09:52 PM    #

  31. Great post Suze. Love the pics of the finished product. Tiramisu is one of my wifes favourites. Will be trying out this recipe soon!!

    Doc-G    Aug 31, 04:39 PM    #

  32. What a freaky coincidence! I made tiramisu over the weekend too and used Tia Maria instead of Marsala as well! Yours is definitely prettier though! :)

    Jen    Aug 31, 08:08 PM    #

  33. Awww so pretty Suze! I’d love to have that as a gift ;)

    angie    Sep 2, 10:51 PM    #

  34. Thanks for sharing. A friend made it, said it was easy – I didn’t believe here until I saw the recipe! Delicious and 100% for presentation.

    — Sue    Sep 19, 10:38 AM    #

  35. Great recipe! do you soak the decorative fingers in coffee or just leave them plain? (im guessing leave them plain so they aren’t soggy??)

    — yve    Oct 14, 02:30 PM    #

  36. This looks beautiful, and sounds quite easy put together too! :)

    Sheena    Nov 27, 07:56 AM    #

  37. I put the marsala or tia maria into the coffee mixture, that way I can taste how strong to make it, and all the flavour soaks into the biscuit. I’m gonna try it without the egg tomorrow. Cheers!

    — Tania    Jul 1, 10:20 PM    #

  38. Try substituting the mascarpone with fresh and drained ricotta… Not as rich, dessert wine also works a treat instead if Tia maria.

    — michael    Sep 13, 01:22 PM    #

  39. Hi,
    I am new to ur blog.Ur recipes are very good.I was looking for an eggless tiramisu recipe for a long time.HAve to make it in a day or two for some friends cmng over for dinner.Will let u know how it comes out.Thanks.

    Sonali    Sep 26, 10:14 PM    #

  40. Hi i made this cake and the mixture came out to be much lesser one layer

    Shermaine    Dec 27, 08:13 PM    #

  41. This is the perfect recipe for Tiramisu! The 1st time I made it and came out 100% perfect and tasted absolutely delicious! Making my second one tonight! THANK YOU!!! Yum Yum x

    — Ruth    Dec 30, 08:53 PM    #

  42. Thank you! The only recipe I found without uncooked eggs – ick

    — Claire    Mar 17, 08:13 AM    #

  43. Merci!Thank you I like this recipe without uncooked eggs.

    — Alina Sabou    Apr 9, 12:56 AM    #

  44. Love this recipe! I made it with decaf coffee and replaced the alcohol with a little more coffee so it was suitable for my pregnant dinner guest! It was even better the next day. Thanks for sharing :)

    — Chantelle    Apr 14, 04:30 PM    #

  45. I tried it and its good. Simple indeed. Hope you don’t mind i reference you on my blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Grace    May 14, 03:54 PM    #

  46. Just wanted to know if there is a substitute for d lady finger biscuits and. D mascarpone cheese. Awesome recipie thanks

    — Alison Jane    Nov 7, 06:42 PM    #

  47. Thank you for your eggless Tiramisu. I love it :D

    — Lucky    Jan 4, 06:51 AM    #

  48. Thanks for the recipe! I know you posted this a long time ago but I only just made this on Australia Day. Was a hit :)

    char    Jan 30, 02:34 PM    #

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