Easy Tiramisu With Variations

"There are so many variations of tiramisu out there, that I decided to put them all on one recipe, so that I would have a choice if I felt like changing this recipe."
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  • Slice the pound cake and lay it down in a 9 x 13" pan.
  • Dissolve the instant coffee in the warm water.
  • Brush the pound cake with a little kahlua.
  • In a large mixing bowl put the cream cheese, sugar, chocolate syrup and the dissolved coffee. Beat with an electric mixer, or by hand, until smooth.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread the Cooll Whip mixture on top of the pound cake.
  • Grate a chocolate bar over the top or sprinkle on a high-quality sweetened powdered cocoa.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • Variations:

  • Use an 8 x 8" pan and make into two layers.
  • Instead of pound cake, use lady fingers (a store-bought type of sponge cake the size of fingers).
  • Instead of a pan, put the ingredients into fancy glasses.
  • Do not use kahula and keep it alcohol free.
  • Put the kahula in with the cream cheese (or whatever alcohol you are using).
  • Make up a strong half cup of coffee and brush the cake with it (instead of putting it in the cream cheese).
  • Brush the cake with coffee and the kahula or other alcohol.
  • Instead of using kahula, use a bit of sherry or orange liquer.
  • Do not use chocolate syrup.
  • Drizzle the chocolate syrup over the pound cake instead of adding it to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Instead of cream cheese use mascarpone cheese.
  • Instead of chocolate syrup use some Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread).
  • Use real whipped cream instead of artificial.
  • Use regular cake instead of pound cake.
  • Garnish with a chopped Heath candy bar (butter brickle covered with chocolate).
  • Make up in a triffle bowl, layering the different ingredients.

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I like to eat a variety of food so have lots of different kinds of recipes that I have added and reviewed. Probably the favorite foods that I have reviewed are the ones with Nutella in the ingredients.
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