Recipe: Best Restaurant-Quality Creamy Tiramisu

Tiramisu has been my favourite dessert since I was a teenager. So with this motivation, it became the first dish I ever mastered. It probably strays a little away from the traditional Italian version, as I tailored the recipe to my personal taste preferences.

The texture of the creamy layers are fluffy, and less heavy. It has strong mascarpone cheese flavours, high ratio of cream to lady fingers and is not too sweet. I also omit brandy, because I found that this makes the espresso coffee flavours more prominent.

Updated on 22 Jan 2021 with a recipe video, better photos and directions – the proportions in the recipe remains the same!

On one hand, the proportion of ingredients help shape the taste of this cake. On the other hand, getting the technique right is also important to achieve a thick creamy texture.

“Even better than (insert Italian restaurant name)!”

After numerous iterations, the below recipe is one I’m most happy with. Over the years, I’ve made it for family, friends and colleagues. Encouragingly, more than half of them said it’s the best tiramisu they’ve ever had and “even better than (insert Italian restaurant name)!

Here are some of the reviews from Instagram:

Tiramisu recipe video

After re-making this recipe countless times, I decided to create this recipe video. I think it helps illustrate some of the best methods I’ve discovered in making this dessert:

Sweatpants tiramisu

As a side story, among our friends, we joke that it’s the “sweatpants tiramisu”. During a casual dinner party, a friend went for a second helping, but dropped it on her sweatpants. Because it was the last piece and soooo delicious, she still ate it from her sweatpants!

General tips

  • Buy good quality mascarpone cheese, if you can. The Galbani Mascarpone cheese is one I’ve managed to find across different countries, which is definitely good enough!
  • Go for ‘heavy cream’ which has 30-35% level of fat.
  • It tastes best when you refrigerate it overnight.

Lolleroll's Signature Creamy Tiramisu

Tiramisu has always been my favourite dessert. After perfecting this recipe over the years, my family and I rarely order it at restaurants now. This version has an extremely smooth and creamy texture. It carries a strong mascarpone flavour, but is less heavy than the traditional Italian recipe. I omit alcohol, as this helps the aromatic coffee flavours stand out. 
Prep Time 40 mins
Fridge Time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 100 g white granulated sugar
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese best quality you can afford
  • 350 ml whipping cream
  • 100 g lady fingers
  • 2 shots espresso
  • cocoa powder


  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites (we only need the yolks). Whisk egg yolks with white sugar in a large mixing bowl.
    Place over bain-marie1 and slowly mix with a whisk for about 10 minutes to sterilise the raw eggs. 
    bain marie for tiramisu
  • Take the bowl off the heat and beat with an electric whisk for about 5 minutes, until pale yellow. The mixture should thicken a little and look creamy in texture.
  • Add in the mascarpone cheese and beat with an electric whisk briefly, only until just incorporated. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the whipping cream until hard peaks form2
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese/egg mixture. 
  • Cut the ladyfingers lengthwise.
    Tip: Brush some espresso around the edges of the ladyfingers. This softens the edges and the ladyfingers won't crack and crumble when you cut them.
  • Lay the ladyfingers onto the bottom of a container/tray. Brush some espresso onto the ladyfingers.
  • Pour in half of the mascarpone cream mixture from Step 5. Sprinkle cocoa powder evenly (I use a sieve).
  • Repeat the previous two steps, so you get two layers. 
  • Refrigerate overnight to let the cream set. If you’re impatient, 4 hours is just about enough, though the mixture may still be a tad runny.


  1. What's a bain-marie? Rest the mixing bowl (heat proof) on a pot, with simmering water (make sure the bottom of the pot is not touching the water). This helps "cook"  the eggs with low heat, so they are sterilised but don't become scrambled eggs.
  2. Whipping cream: The cream is watery and liquid-form when you pour it out from the packet. After beating for about 2-3 mins, it will start to thicken and eventually thicken into “whipped cream”.
    When should you stop beating the cream? For your first time, regularly stop whisking to check that when you tilt the bowl, the cream doesn’t slide out. But don’t overbeat it – the tiramisu texture will turn rough.
Keyword Tiramisu

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do leave a comment below.


  1. […] The menu in general is very straight forward and simple (as is most aspects of Pici, actually). They only had two desserts on offer: Tiramisu and Raspberry Panna Cotta, both priced at HK$55. I personally preferred the silky, slippery and smooth texture of the panna cotta. But I may be biased, because I love my own homemade tiramisu just a bit too much (recipe here). […]

Leave a Reply