• Perfect for coffee and dessert lovers alike! This delightful Espresso Tiramisu combines the bold flavour of espresso with the rich creaminess of mascarpone and cream cheese. This classic Italian dessert features layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a luscious mascarpone-cream cheese mixture, creating a heavenly treat that’s both easy to make and irresistibly delicious.

    Espresso, mascarpone and cream cheese tiramisu

    Serves: 6 - 8
    Cooking Time: 2 hrs 15 mins



    • 250ml (1 cup) espresso
    • 45ml (3 tbsp) dark rum
    • 200g finger biscuits

    • 230g cream cheese
    • 100g icing sugar, sieved
    • 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone, at room temperature

    • 250ml (1 cup) fresh cream
    • 60ml (4 tbsp) icing sugar, sieved
    • 230g cream cheese
    • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla essence
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder, to dust



    For the biscuit layer, pour the prepared espresso into a bowl and allow to cool, before adding the rum. Dip the biscuits into the espresso mixture, taking care not to soak them for too long. Cover the surface of a 1,5-litre baking dish with a first layer of soaked finger biscuits.


    For the filling, beat the cream cheese and 100g icing sugar in a medium mixing bowl, 1 minute, and fold in the mascarpone very gently as it separates easily. Spread a thick layer of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuit layer, place another layer of soaked biscuits over the first layer and spread the mascarpone mixture on top. Refrigerate and allow to set, about 2 hours.


    For the topping, pour the fresh cream into a bowl and whisk until the cream reaches stiff peak stage. Fold in the 60ml (4 tbsp) icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla essence. Fit a plain 1cm round nozzle onto a piping bag. Scoop the cream cheese mixture into the bag and pipe even blobs onto the mascarpone layer, sieve the cocoa powder over and serve immediately or store, covered, in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com