Boozy Tiramisu

Updated: May 28, 2020

A delicious adult twist on the classic Italian dessert which was inspired by many recipes found online. The classic recipe does include Rum but I increased it for a stronger flavor. If you don't drink read the tips at the end for alternative options.


44-48 Lady Fingers (Link to a recipe in Tips section for homemade)

1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream

6 Egg Yolks

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

16 oz Mascarpone Cheese

2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Unsweetened Coca Powder

6 Tbsp Rum

6 Tbsp Instant Espresso or Coffee



  1. Prepare Lady Fingers if making homemade. Recipe linked in Tips. Mix rum, instant espresso until espresso dissolves. Dilute with water to desired flavor. The more diluted the less boozy it will be and the more mild flavor it will have. Set aside.

  2. In a medium sauce pan add egg yolks, 1 Tbsp Vanilla and sugar. Whisk until it turns pale. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves stirring constantly so the egg doesn't curdle. Don't forget to wipe down the sides of the pan as you heat and stir the mixture so that it doesn't bake and harden. Once mixture is very warm and the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and keep stirring until the mixture cools. It should take around 5-10 minutes. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl add all the heavy whipping cream and the rest of the vanilla. Whip using a hand mixer until the ribbons hold their shape. Add in the Mascarpone and whip until it is evenly distributed.

  4. Using a spatula gently fold the egg yolk mixture into the cream and Mascarpone mixture until evenly mixed. Set aside.

  5. In a large dish (I used a casserole dish that was 9x14x2) sift a thin layer of cocoa powder into the bottom. One at a time quickly dip the lady fingers into the rum coffee mixture and layer evenly across the bottom of the dish. Cover with half of the cream mixture and repeat with the lady fingers and the other half of the cream mixture until you use all the lady fingers and cream. The number of layers will depend on the size of your dish. Top with sifted cocoa powder.

  6. Cover and place in fridge for atleast 4 hours.


I use coconut sugar and instant espresso. I think the instant espresso has a better flavor.

This recipe makes a lot of Tiramisu so make sure to have enough space in your dish(es) of choice to use all of the ingredients.

The recipe I like for making homemade lady fingers is above. It is super easy to follow and she has a video to show you how to do it. When the flour is added at the end it might appear like your batter is ruined, although push through and it should turn out alright. You can also find lady fingers at most grocery stores, although they can be in weird sections you wouldn't expect. I once found them in the pasta section next to fancy Italian pasta. I found that the homemade lady fingers are softer and I like the flavor better although both work and end up soft as you soak them in the coffee rum mixture.

If you don't drink and want to avoid the alcohol, you can just skip the rum and add more water. You can also add some fresh squeezed orange or lemon juice instead of the rum and it should add some more flavor.

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