How to Make Tiramisu – Easy Recipe

Recreating Cafe Lalos’ Tiramisu

One of my favorite cafes, Cafe Lalo in New York City, has one of the best Tiramisus I have ever eaten! Because I live at least 9 hours by car and 4 hours by plane from NYC, I had to learn how to make a Tiramisu that tastes as close as possible to theirs. So here is my recipe that I came up with to imitate Cafe Lalo’s Tiramisu. Enjoy!

Cafe Lalo in New York City

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For Whipped Cream Mixture

1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Extract – Madagascar Bourbon Pure
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of Kaluha

For Tiramisu

1 lb. mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
6 eggs yolks
4 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of espresso, cooled
2 tablespoon of Kahlua
2 tablespoons of Amaretto
36-42 – ladyfingers (give or take the size of your pan)
1/4-1/2 cup of Powdered Cocoa

Use a glass pan, preferably 7 x 11 inches x 3 inches deep. I think it’s pretty to see the layers of this delicious dessert! I use the one with a lid so you can keep the top from touching the whipped mixture and cocoa on top. Pyrex set of six is a good value includes BPA free lids deeper dish baking.

Use a Glass Pan Preferably

Step One
Take a metal bowl and wet the outside of it with cold water and place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Take the bowl out of the freezer and add whipping cream and sugar. With an electric hand mixer, whip until it gets a little firm; then add one teaspoon of vanilla and one teaspoon of Kaluha. Continue to beat until thick enough to peak. Place in the refrigerator for later.

Whip the Cream Till Firm

Step Two
In another bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat six egg yolks and sugar until it is pale yellow and thick, approximately 5 minutes. Then add the room temperature mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add one tablespoon of Kahlua and one tablespoon of espresso; continue to beat till incorporated into the mixture. Then fold in 3/4 of the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese and egg mixture. Place on the side.

Beat Egg Yolks and Sugar Till Light Yellow
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Step Three
Add the Amaretto and Kahlua to the cooled espresso coffee in a shallow bowl.
Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture roll three times quickly, do not soak too long; otherwise, they will break.
Place each ladyfinger on the bottom of the pan one layer at a time, Be sure the ladyfingers are touching one another, break them up if you need to fill in the holes. Next place a layer of mascarpone and whipped cream mixture, sprinkle with cocoa then repeat till you reach the top. Finish with the mascarpone cheese and whipped cream mixture and sprinkle the cocoa on top.

Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours so that it will firm up and chill. Serve by the slice or square.

*Be sure to tell those you are serving that this recipe contains raw eggs in this dessert. We suggest using fresh eggs; be sure the shells are intact and refrigerated; avoid having the eggshell hit the raw egg yolks. Use A or AA eggs that have been through the pasteurization process or another approved method to destroy salmonella and to prevent even a slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness.

Products I Like To Use When Making Tiramisu

Here are the products I use (some brands may vary due to availability). The links are in blue if you would like to purchase these products here, or you can purchase them at your local market. *I do have a Prime account on Amazon, so I get free shipping and one to two-day delivery. If a refrigerated product, they will deliver on the day of your choosing the same day. You can sign up for FREE TRIAL for Amazon on this page right below if you choose to try it.

Oak City Amaretto, Kahlua, and Ladyfingers

I have used a few different brands for my Ladyfingers, this brand is one that I use also Balocco Savoiardi 

Mascarpone Cheese
Vanilla Bean Extract

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Extract

Hershey Natural Unsweetened Cacao

I like to use Hershey’s Cocoa Natural Unsweetened

These Pyrex baking dishes are some that I like to use!

Please let me know where you have tried the best Tiramisu, and if you try this recipe, let me know how delicious you think it is!


  • Tiramisu is my daughter’s all-time favorite dessert so I’m definitely going to have to give this recipe a go! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes my son absolutely loves this version. He and I perfected it. Let us know what your daughter thinks of it.

  • Do you remember the movie Sleepless in Seattle? This line from the movie has stuck with me ever since I first heard it: “All you need to know about women is Tiramisu.” I had never tried Tiramisu until I heard that, and ever since then, Tiramisu has been my all time favorite dessert! This recipe looks like it would be PERFECT!

    • Yes, I love that movie too! And I do remember that line in the movie. Let me know what you think of this recipe now that you have become a Tiramisu connoisseur.

  • OMG…I LOVE Tiramisu…I can never get enough, and this recipe looks delicious! I am definitely saving this to make it soon! 🙂

    • Julie it’s really easy to make. Doesn’t take long to make and it is delicious. Go for it.

  • Wowwww. Tiramisu is my fav dessert,,,,now this is a must try…havent seen such a detailed recipe before. Thanks for sharing!

    – Divya

  • This is one my husbands favorite desserts! I really don’t bake, but I should try to do this for him! Thanks for sharing.

  • Feel free to bring this with you on your next trip to FL! I would be happy to take this off your hands! lol Looks amazing!

    • Maybe we can make it together when I come down. Easy to do. And if I tried bringing it down the pan would be empty by the time I got there.

  • As Tom Hanks’ Sleepless in Seattle character learned in the movie, all you need to know about women is Tiramisu! I would have to agree…it’s the best dessert ever!

    • I get that Missy, there are some things I definitely leave to professional chefs to make, but I do like trying to recreate many recipes.

  • Tiramisu is my absolute favorite dessert – along with Canoli’s 🙂 I have never tried to make it, but this seems doable. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I love Tiramisu. If you happen to like matcha flavor, you can mix it with the cream or use the matcha powder instead of the hot cocoa.

  • I love Tiramisu and would never think to try and make it myself but now that you posted the recipe and a step by step I think I’m going to give it a try. I pinned this so I can go back and look through it and shop for all the ingredients when I’m feeling adventurous! Thanks for the recipe

    • It is pretty easy to make. I would say that whipping the cream takes the longest of the whole process. You can make the whipped cream the day before just keep it very cold in your refrigerator in an airtight container and then you can finish assembling the Tiramisu the next day if you don’t have a lot of time.

  • I am saving this recipe to use for later!!!! My husband and I both LOVE tirmisu and i LOVE trying to recreate things!!!! Love this. Thank you!

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