Recipe type: Dessert
This Valentines Day (or any special day of the year), surprise your sweetheart with a piece of delicious Tiramisu. This Italian cake recipe is a must for coffee lovers and you’ll be surprised that this elaborate looking dessert can be so easy it is to make.
- Cream Cheese – 8oz box at room temp
- Sugar – 6 Tbsp (divided)
- Whipped Cream – ¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream plus 1 Tbsp Sugar whipped to 1½ cups (1½ cups of Cool Whip may be used as an instant alternative)
- Egg Yolks – 3
- Strong Coffee – 1 cup (or as needed) mixed with 2 Tbsp Rum (optional)
- Lady Fingers – 1 package (Alternative: ½ box white cake mix, see below)
- Cocoa Powder & Powdered Sugar – for garnishing
- In a large mixing bowl, mix softened Cream Cheese with 3 Tbsp of sugar until sugar is completely dissolved.
- In a separate bowl, mix 3 egg yolks with remaining 3 Tbsp of sugar and whisk continuously in a double boiler until eggs are cooked (approx 1-2 minutes). The color of the yolks will turn a lemon yellow when done.
- Immediately mix the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture and stir well.
- Add 2-3 Tbsp of the coffee into the mixture and mix well.
- Whip Heavy Whipping Cream and 1 Tbsp Sugar in a bowl over ice until fluffy. Fold Whipped Cream into cream cheese/egg mixture until well incorporated.
- Dip each Lady Finger into the coffee (for 1-2 seconds on each side) and place into square or rectangle tray until the bottom is completely covered.
- Spread ½ of the cream cheese filling evenly on top of the fingers.
- Lightly dust cocoa powder over the filling. Tea strainer works great!
- Repeat with another layer of coffee dipped fingers.
- Top with remaining filling.
- Sprinkle cocoa powder over the top to form a coating.
- Chill overnight to set.
- Garnish with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
- Alternative Method Using Boxed White Cake Mix:
- Bake cake per package directions. Only ½ box is necessary for this recipe.
- After cake has cooled, flip baking pan over on a flat dish or work surface.
- Using a long bread knife, cut the cake in half horizontally, creating two thin layers of cake.
- Carefully place the top layer back into the baking pan.
- Using a pastry brush, dab coffee onto the cake. More coffee may be required to soak the cake.
- Spread ½ of the cream cheese filling onto the cake and dust with cocoa powder.
- Carefully place the second layer of cake on top of the filling.
- Dab more coffee onto the cake.
- Spread remaining filling evenly and dust with cocoa creating an even layer.
- Cover and chill overnight.