Tiramisu in Italian means “pick me up” or “cheer me up”. Just by the name, you can tell how much tiramisu is loved. This famous coffee-flavored custard dessert is traditionally made of ladyfingers dipped into coffee and whipped mascarpone cheese. The recipe is the appreciation of coffee flavor and there are many varieties of cakes and desserts have been developing from tiramisu recipe.


Making tiramisu is quite easy with just few basic ingredients and then you have a creamy delicious dessert to go. With the signature characteristic of Italian cuisine, tiramisu has complexity and elegant taste that can satisfy anyone! Today we want to introduce an easy version of tiramisu recipe for your family dinner.

Ingredients (the prep will take about 35 minutes)

  • 6 Eggs
  • 12 tablespoons of Sugar
  • 16 oz of Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • Barley Powder (or espresso powder)
  • 18 oz of Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Cooking (the cooking will take about 10 minutes)

Step 1 – dividing the eggs: Take out 2 large bowls and start to separate the whites from the egg yolks. With the egg yolk bowl, add 12 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and mix until the mixture is completely blended. During the mixing, slowly add one at the time 16 oz of mascarpone cheese into the bowl. The mixture is done when it gets creamy. Set the bowl aside.

Step 2 – whisking the whites: Add a pinch of salt into the egg whites and whisk them until the mixture becomes stiff. You can use the egg beater or hand mixer to speed up the process. While you whisking the whites, slowly add the egg yolk mixture and blend them well. After that, set the mixture aside.

Step 3 – making the barley liquid: Take out a small saucepan and add some water in it. Then add barley or espresso powder into the water until the liquid gets dark, adjust to your preference. Let the liquid boil. After the boil, turn off the stove and let the liquid chill. You can test if the liquid is ready by putting your finger into it, if you can handle the heat, then it is good to go.

Step 4 – layering the cake: you will need a 9×13 pan for your tiramisu. Dip the vanilla wafer cookies into the barley liquid. Not dip them too long since the cookies may be dissolved and fall apart. After dipping cookies, line them up in the bottom of the pan to make the first layer. Pour half of the mascarpone mixture onto the cookies as another layer. Don’t make the layer too thick that your tiramisu will not firm enough. Line another layer of cookies and top them with the mixture again. You can divide your mascarpone mixture into many portions in order to have more layers. But make sure that the final layer is thicker than others.

Step 5 – chill and serve: After layering your tiramisu, put the cake in the fridge and let it chill for at least 1-2 hours before serving. For decoration, sprinkle powdered cocoa on the tiramisu top or shredded chocolate if you want. Cut them into slices for serving.

Slice of Tiramisu

There is no word needed to describe tiramisu’s beautiful taste. Even though the recipe doesn’t use ladyfingers like traditional recipe, we are sure that vanilla wafer cookies are as good. Keep the cake in the fridge until you serve it. This dessert will be loved by everybody and your family will clean the plate at no time!