Eggless tiramisu is creamy, chocolatey, slightly boozy and a hit at every party. It’s also so easy to make, watch the video to see how easy!
(If you’re looking for another classic dessert made without eggs, you’ll love this Eggless Key Lime Pie).
When I discovered that most tiramisu is made with raw eggs, I actually stopped eating it.
While some bakers cook the yolks, I really didn’t want to take the chance. I mean, I love eggs (I eat eggs everyday!); I just don’t want raw anything in my desserts.
So I looked for a way to make tiramisu without eggs and I’ve finally perfected the recipe. We’ve served this cake many times and our friends and family love it. Hope you do too!
What is tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert.
Made of savoiardi or ladyfingers (sometimes made with sponge cake too) dipped in coffee, it is traditionally layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa, then chilled before serving.
The coffee is also usually spiked with a splash of either Marsala, rum or coffee liqueur. I like coffee liqueur the best.
Don’t worry, you’d only use very little alcohol so there’s no danger of getting drunk on a slice (maybe if you ate the whole cake? It can happen, I’ve had days like that.)
Kahlua substitutes when making tiramisu
If you plan on making this eggless tiramisu recipe alcohol-free as well, you can substitute kahlua (which is the coffee liqueur that I used here) with non-alcoholic coffee-flavoured syrup or coffee extract.
You can also opt to leave out the kahlua altogether. Just make up the lost liquid with extra espresso.
Can you use regular coffee instead of espresso when making tiramisu?
Speaking of espresso, if you’re wondering if you can make tiramisu with regular coffee, the answer is: you can.
I’d recommend making it extra strong coffee though to mimic espresso as closely as possible. Decaf is fine too.
Ingredients for eggless tiramisu recipe
To make this easy tiramisu recipe, you will need:
- Heavy cream (full fat is the best because it whips better)
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Mascarpone cheese
- Espresso or extra strong coffee
- Kahlua or other coffee-flavoured liqueur
- Savoiardi or ladyfinger cookies
- Dark chocolate
- Cocoa powder
How to make eggless tiramisu
Once you have all your ingredients ready, tiramisu is probably one of the easiest cakes you’re ever going to make. (For the detailed recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page for a printable recipe card.)
The steps are pretty straightforward (just have a look at the video):
1. WHIP HEAVY CREAM AND MASCARPONE. In a large bowl, whip heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until combined. Add mascarpone cheese and continue whipping to medium peaks. Set aside.
2. MAKE COFFEE MIXTURE. In another bowl, stir espresso with kahlua until incorporated.
3. START ASSEMBLY. Dip both sides of each savoiardi/ladyfinger cookie in your coffee mixture. Place on the bottom of a deep baking dish (I used a 3-quart dish) or a 9×13 baking pan. Cut the cookies if needed to fit your dish exactly.
4. LAYER. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the cookies. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top of that.
5. CHILL. Repeat with another layer of cookies and mascarpone cream. Chill 6-8 hours, preferably overnight. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving.
Making perfect egg-free tiramisu
I’ve found that the one thing that can make or break this super easy eggless tiramisu cake is how soaked or dry your savoiardi/ladyfingers are.
You want the savoiardi to be moist but still firm enough to hold up the cream and mascarpone that go on top of it. Too moist and the cake will turn to mush. Too dry and the layers will not incorporate well.
The key is knowing how to dip the savoiardi/ladyfingers in your espresso/kahlua mixture.
Instead of dunking the cookie in espresso, just lightly dip each side.
A quick second is really all it takes. Longer than that and your cookie will absorb too much liquid too quickly and fall apart.
Other holiday dessert recipes
Tiramisu is a delicious cake to serve this holiday season. A tiramisu recipe with no eggs is even better! Make it up to 2 days ahead, keep it chilled and just take it out when you’re ready to serve.
It’s so delicious and really easy to make (though don’t worry, nobody will ever suspect a thing).
Here are more desserts you can add to your holiday menu:
- Ube Cheesecake. Luxurious ube cheesecake filling on a bed of crunchy coconut cookie crust then topped with creamy coconut whipped cream.
- Red Velvet Cake. Paired with ermine frosting, this is the red velvet cake of the good old days.
- The Best No Bake Mini Cheesecakes. Smooth and creamy New York-style cheesecake without all the work.
- Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting. Chocolatey chiffon cake that’s light as air frosted with whipped vanilla cream that’s equally light and fluffy.
And if you’re looking for last-minute New Year’s Eve party desserts, check these out.
Easy Eggless Tiramisu
- 2 cups heavy cream chilled
- 5 tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 lb mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup espresso or extra strong coffee
- 2 tbsp kahlua or other coffee-flavoured liqueur
- 24 pcs savoiardi or ladyfinger cookies you may need more depending on the size of your baking dish
- 5 oz dark chocolate roughly chopped
- cocoa powder for dusting
- In a large bowl, whip 2 cups heavy cream, 5 tbsp granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until combined. Add 1 lb mascarpone cheese and continue whipping to medium peaks. Set aside.
- In another bowl, stir 1 cup espresso with 2 tbsp kahlua.
- To assemble (see video): dip both sides of each savoiardi/ladyfinger cookie in your coffee mixture. Place on the bottom of a deep baking dish (I used a 3-quart dish) or a 9x13 baking pan. Cut the cookies if needed to fit your dish exactly.
- Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the cookies. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top of that.
- Repeat with another layer of cookies and mascarpone cream. Chill 6-8 hours, preferably overnight. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving.
Nutritional information are estimates only.
Did you make eggless tiramisu? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.