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Chocolate tiramisu with layers of ladyfingers, ganache and mascarpone cream covered in cocoa powder

Easy Chocolate Tiramisu

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5 from 13 reviews

  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 20 min + cooling
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


The easiest, creamiest Chocolate Tiramisu which takes only 20 minutes of work and 7 ingredients to make


Chocolate ganache (see notes)

  • 180g heavy cream (3/4 cup)
  • 160g dark or semi sweet chocolate

Mascarpone cream (see notes)

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled (600g)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (110g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 to 12 ounces good quality mascarpone cheese (like Galbani), slightly cooler than room temperature


  • ~30-35 ladyfingers  
  • 1 1/2 cups espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, + more for dusting



  • Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a saucepan, then pour over the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl
  • Cover for 5 minutes, then stir until the chocolate melts and a smooth, shiny ganache forms

Mascarpone cream:

  • Whisk the chilled heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until the cream becomes thick
  • Add the mascarpone cheese in 2-3 additions and mix on low speed until combined. Adjust the amount of mascarpone cheese based on your preference of taste and thickness


  • Mix the cocoa powder in the cooled espresso (or strong coffee) and place in a deep plate
  • Dip the ladyfingers into the espresso one at a time, for ~2 seconds per side, and arrange tightly in the bottom of a 9x9" pan / dish
  • Cover with half of the mascarpone cream and spread using an offset spatula
  • Pour over half of the ganache and spread it
  • Repeat the process, creating another layer of ladyfingers, mascarpone cream and ganache
  • Cover and place the Chocolate Tiramisu in the fridge for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight
  • Dust with more cocoa powder right before serving


  • This Tiramisu is not too chocolatey, so if you want it to be more chocolatey, you can make more ganache
  • The exact amount of mascarpone cheese added is up to your preference, depending on how cheesy and thick you want the filling to be, but I don't recommend less than 8oz or more than 12 oz
  • You can also assemble this Chocolate Tiramisu in individual serving cups
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian