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Does Tiramisu Have Coffee in It? With Simple Recipe!

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Many coffee and dessert lovers wonder if Tiramisu has coffee in it. The short answer is yes, though it doesn’t have to. Tiramisus is considered to be the king of coffee-scented desserts and a favorite of coffee and dessert lovers everywhere.

We’ll give you one of our favorite classic recipes for Tiramisus below and then tell you a bit about this delicious dessert.

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How to Make Tiramisu

  • 1 cup of mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of amaretto liquor
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of espresso (Room temp)
  • 14 Ladyfinger biscuits
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 8-inch square pan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

1. Combine and mix your ingredients.

Gather your ingredients, then beat the whipping cream while slowly adding your sugar to the mix. Add your vanilla and amaretto until you begin to see soft peaks develop.

2. Add in your mascarpone cheese.

Once you see the soft peaks start to form, stir in your mascarpone cheese, and stir until your peaks begin to stiffen.

3. Dip your ladyfingers in the coffee.

Once your peaks start to stiffen, dip your ladyfingers gently into your coffee, then lay them gently into an 8-inch square pan.

4. Repeat the process.

Once your first layer is laid, spread half of your whipped cream mixture, and then add a second layer of ladyfingers. Top with the rest of your whipped cream mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours, dust with the cocoa powder right before serving, and enjoy!

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Image Credit: pastel100, Pixabay

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Does Tiramisu Have Coffee in It?

Yes, Tiramisu contains coffee and, in many cases, Amaretto liqueur as well. The name Tiramisu means “cheer me up” or “pick me up,” which is exactly what this dessert does.

Tiramisu also has caffeine because you soak the ladyfingers in espresso, which contains the stimulant. However, the amount of caffeine you get in your Tiramisu depends on a few factors. There are several variations of Tiramisu, and the caffeine amount depends on which type you create.

There are variations with no Amaretto and versions that call for soaking the ladyfingers in liquor instead of in espresso. If you are worried about caffeine in your Tiramisu, it usually isn’t enough to keep you up at night. Still, if you have caffeine sensitivity, you might want to consider another option for making this fragrant, succulent dessert instead.

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Does Tiramisu Have Coffee in It? Simple Recipe

Whether you love coffee, dessert, or both, this simple recipe will make you cheerful. Just the smell is enough to make your mouth water. Try the simple recipe below and find out why.
5 star average
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 drink(s)
Calories 505 kcal


  • 8-inch square pan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon


  • 1 cup of mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of amaretto liquor
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of espresso Room temp
  • 14 Ladyfinger biscuits
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder


  • Beat your whipping cream, and add the vanilla, sugar, and amaretto. Mix until a soft peak starts to form.
  • After the soft peaks form, add the mascarpone cheese and blend until stiff peaks form.
  • Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee, then lay them in your pan. Once the first layer is done, add the whipped cream and repeat.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then dust with the cocoa powder right before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Image Credit: AtlasStudio, Shutterstock


Calories: 505kcal
Keyword simple teramisu recipe

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Tiramisu does have coffee in it, but you can make it without the coffee and the liqueur if you want to. The classic recipe above is one of the most delicious Tiramisu we’ve tasted. Do you have your recipe for Tiramisu?

Featured Image Credit: AtlasStudio, Shutterstock


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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