Tiramisu in cocktail glasses

by smth good on February 6, 2011

in desserts

One of the most famous desserts of the world, tiramisu is easy to find on restaurant menus even if they sell ethnic food (I was flabbergasted to see tiramisu in a Moroccan restaurant :) ). It’s also that kind of dessert that everyone can be picky about if not done well – this one is too sweet, that one is not sweet enough; that one has no espresso flavor etc etc etc.

Like all simple recipes, tiramisu is no exception –  one has to follow few strict rules in order to get it right.

  1. use espresso not American coffee
  2. use mascarpone cheese (high quality) not other substitutes
  3. use real egg yolks not pasteurized
  4. use a good amaretto (I prefer Amaretto Disaronno for tiramisu)
  5. use all ingredients at room temperature

And, if you want to impress you guests, serve it in cocktail glasses.

Utensils: espresso machine, mixer, mixing bowl, shallow bowl, 4 cocktail glasses

Serves 4; prep. time 40 minutes


  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 400 grams whipped cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 250 ml espresso
  • 2 shots Amaretto Disaronno
  • 18-20 ladyfingers
  • 50 grams cocoa powder or chocolate chips

Make fresh espresso. Let it cool. Pour it in a shallow bowl and add 1 shot of amaretto.

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until creamy with a mixer. Add in mascarpone and the remaining shot of amaretto and mix at slow speed. Add in the whipped cream and mix with a spatula (at this point stop using the electric mixer).

You can use beaten egg whites instead of whipped cream.

Break lady fingers in two or three (depending on your cocktail glasses). Quickly dip them in the espresso (don’t keep them there as they will disintegrate).

You can place the ladyfingers in the cocktail glass and spoon espresso over until they turn dark.

Build a layer of lady fingers followed by one layer of cream and keep going until you reach the top of the cocktail glass. The top layer should be mascarpone cream. Sift cocoa (unsweetened) on top or chocolate chip (this is my version and all time favorite).

Refrigerate at least for 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

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Tiffany February 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Bellisimo! My best tiramisu ever was in a South African restaurant in Durban…go figure! :D


Sarah February 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Yummy!! Looks delicious! I like the idea of serving it in cocktail glasses too. Such a pretty presentation.


Eftychia February 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It looks so tasty. Very nice presentation. Thanks for sharing!!!


Cakewalker February 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

Gorgeous presentation of a delicately delicious dessert! Tiramisu is one of my favorites and you’ve presented some terrific options. Thank you!


Medeja February 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

It’s one of my favorite desserts :) and you presentation is really wonderful! :)


Rich February 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

Well, then. That’s a pretty ridiculously good-looking dessert. That recipe sounds delicious, and that presentation is astounding …


Priyanka February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Love the presentation :)


Brandie@thecountrycook February 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Now that is a nice way to make Tiramisu!!


Kate @ Diethood.com February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Your tiramisu looks stunning – beautiful presentation!
One of the best desserts, hands down! But as you said, you have to use the right ingredients…no substitutes.


sonia February 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

This is one of the finest presentation of Tiramisu I have ever seen….!Great recipe.


C1tr4 February 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Oh My! What a beautiful picture. And Tiramisu looks tempting also! ^_^


Liz February 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

My oldest loves tiramisu, and I’ve been searching for the ultimate recipe. I think I’ve found it!!!! Thank you~


Claudia February 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

The perfect tiramisu! A layering of good quality ingredients. The presentation is magical. It shows this luscious dessert off!


briarrose February 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Lovely! Beautiful way to serve this luscious looking dessert.


Lisa @ Tarte du Jour February 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Gorgeous! The classic desserts are often messed up so I love to see you do it right! Well done on the top 9!


shabunam February 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I love Tiramisu and your’s look so perfect .


Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

This looks incredible!


Jessica February 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Congrats on making top 9!

That is one classy, elegant, modern looking tiramisu. Amazing!!


something_good February 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

thank you all for stopping by and comment on this recipe!


Dominique March 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm

If i use egg whites, how many egg whites should I use?


ping February 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Congrats on getting top9! That’s a lovely way to serve a tiramisu!


Vimitha February 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

am drooling here…


large 24 inch October 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

Thanks for finally talking about >Tiramisu recipe <Loved it!


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