This Hot Chocolate Tiramisu is perhaps the single best winter dessert I've ever eaten or made. It combines one of my favorite desserts, Tiramisu, with the best winter drink, Hot Chocolate. I've made many versions of Tiramisu and this is, by far, my favorite.
This simple dessert is the perfect combination of moist, light and indulgent, with both coffee and chocolate flavors shining through. I literally could not stop eating this, and cannot recommend trying this recipe strongly enough!
WHAT INSPIRED THIS RECIPE
I shared an Easy Chocolate Tiramisu recipe earlier this year, and it was a lot more popular than I had anticipated. Truth be told, all my Tiramisu recipes get a lot of love, which shows that you guys love it just as much as I do! I also shared a Paris Hot Chocolate, and that, too, was highly rated.
As I started ideating winter recipes, I had the idea of combining hot chocolate with tiramisu. I didn't want this to be similar to my chocolate tiramisu recipe, which is essentially tiramisu with layers of chocolate ganache. So in this recipe, I use actual hot chocolate in three ways:
- Inside the mascarpone cream
- Layered within the tiramisu
- Poured on top while serving
The result is truly spectacular! While this dessert is still simple enough to make, it has incredible depth of flavors which will fool everyone into thinking a lot of effort has gone into making it.
WHAT THIS HOT CHOCOLATE TIRAMISU IS MADE OF
Let's quickly go over the layers used to make this Hot Chocolate Tiramisu:
- Hot chocolate. Well, duh! The hot chocolate will be added to the mascarpone cream, layered in the tiramisu, and poured on top of the slices when serving
- Hot chocolate mascarpone cream. Instead of the plain mascarpone cream used in regular tiramisu, this mascarpone cream has hot chocolate inside it, making it double chocolate (don't worry, though, it's not overpowering at all)
- Ladyfingers soaked in a cocoa and coffee mixture. Instead of plain coffee, we will add some cocoa powder to the soak as well. If you don't like coffee, you can use a hot cocoa mix and add it to water instead!
- Whipped cream. The tiramisu is topped off with whipped cream, which is a must on top of hot chocolate, and adds a wonderful lightness to the tiramisu
The hot chocolate (which is actually hot) on top of the cold and light tiramisu makes for the most indulgent experience. You'll have to try it to get it!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
This hot chocolate tiramisu does not require any fancy ingredients - in fact, the list is quite similar to my Easy Chocolate Tiramisu. Here's what you will need (make sure to scroll down to the brown recipe card for the exact quantities):
- Heavy cream
- Powdered sugar
- Espresso powder
- Dark chocolate
- Mascarpone cheese
- Granulated sugar
- Strong coffee
- Cocoa powder
HOW TO MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE TIRAMISU
Watch this quick video where I demonstrate how to make this hot chocolate tiramisu:
As I mentioned earlier, this recipe is not complicated! If you were able to make my Easy Chocolate Tiramisu, you can certainly also make this one. Here's what you will do:
- Make the hot chocolate. You will make this first by heating all the ingredients until melted. Then let it cool slightly.
- Prepare the hot chocolate mascarpone cream. First whisk the mascarpone with sugar and about half of the hot chocolate, then add the cold heavy cream and whisk to medium peaks. Simple enough!
- Make the coffee & cocoa soak. Just whisk it all together
- Assemble the tiramisu. It's already time to get layering! Start with a layer of ladyfingers soaked in the coffee and cocoa soak. Then add a layer of the hot chocolate mascarpone cream, followed by the hot chocolate itself. Repeat for 2 layers
- Chill. Now just whack the tiramisu in the fridge and let it set overnight
- Decorate. Pipe on some plain whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder
- Serve! Cut the tiramisu into slices. Pour some hot chocolate on top of each slice right before serving (this is the same hot chocolate made in step 1, some should be left over which you will heat up for serving)
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No, I don't recommend doing that. The sweetness of this recipe is specifically for dark chocolate. If needed, you can use semi-sweet chocolate but dark will give you the best results.
Unfortunately, I believe mascarpone is not substitutable in tiramisu as it is a key component. However, if you really have no other choice, you may use cream cheese.
If your mascarpone cream mixture runny, it could be because your mascarpone cheese has a different consistency or your heavy cream wasn't whipped enough. Don't worry - just whisk for a few seconds and it should thicken up as the cream inside reaches stiff peaks.
Most likely, the mascarpone cheese is overmixed (it is really quite sensitive) or you are using a lower quality brand of mascarpone cheese (they are not all created equal). I strongly recommend getting a good quality brand like Galbani or Belgioioso, making sure the mascarpone cheese is slightly cooler than room temperature, and being very careful when mixing it with the cream. You want to do it at low speed until it reaches a fluffy consistency.
Yes, you can prepare this tiramisu up to 2 days before serving (afterwards it does start to become a bit more soggy). Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. Leave the whipped cream, cocoa powder, and hot chocolate pour for when you are ready to serve.
Keep the Tiramisu stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You can use an 8x8" dish or individual serving cups for this Tiramisu. It's flexible based on how you like to layer Tiramisu!