Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Tiraimisu is one of my favorite desserts, but sometimes it's hard to find marscapone cheese. This easy recipe uses cream cheese instead. My mom got this recipe from Martha Stewarts Everyday Food magazine a while ago and we have been making it ever since.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small mixing bowl stir together espresso powder and boiling water until dissolved. Stir in cold water, set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed beat cream cheese, cream, and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Spread a few tablespoons of cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a 2 quart serving dish. One by one, dip a third of the ladyfingers in espresso, then arrange in bottom of dish. Spread with a third of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice with remaining ladyfingers, espresso, and cream cheese mixture. Cover and chill for up to one day.
  4. Dust tiramisu with cocoa just before serving.


Most Helpful

I Love this recipe. I am able to adapt it to Gluten-Free by substituting gluten free yellow cake. The cheesy mixture also makes a delicious frosting for my red velvet cupcakes.

Lily & Laura August 22, 2012

I used strong coffee instead of the espressso powder. I used the firm lady fingers ( Savoiaridi) instead of the spongey type and dipped them only for a split second or they became too mushy. I took this to work and it was a hit. Super easy and delicious!

Mom2B&B June 18, 2011

This was easy to make and tastes great. I like that you don't have to buy marscopone cheese for this recipe, which is hard to find at times and is often expensive to buy.

Mrs. Oliver March 26, 2010

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