Quick & Easy Tiramisu

I had no idea what kind of dessert to make for Thanksgiving. I knew that there would be pies, so I wanted to bring something different. Cookies didn’t seem special enough and a cake seemed like it would be a lot of work, especially since I was making stuffing the same night.

After some brainstorming with my stepmom, I decided to make Tiramisu. Since she’s used this recipe before, I figured it would be OK to bring it for Thanksgiving without testing the recipe myself. This is a really easy recipe that can be made 3 – 24 hours before you’d like to enjoy it.

I used a mixture of mascarpone cheese and light cream cheese as well as a light pound cake to lighten this up just a bit – but this is by no means a light dessert! It is, however, a great choice for a special occasion!

Quick & Easy Tiramisu

While Tiramisu looks impressive, this no-bake recipe comes together so quickly – making it a great choice for a last minute dessert.


  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 8 oz light cream cheese + 1T whipping cream (or use an additional 8oz of mascarpone)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 T Kahlua
  • ~2.5 oz espresso (1 double shot or 3oz of strong brewed coffee)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 pound cake (Entenmanns’s light)
  • cocoa for sprinkling
  • optional garnish : Chocolate curls/shavings


  • Whip cream into soft peaks.
  • Cream mascarpone, light cream cheese, 1T of whipping cream, and confectioners sugar.
  • Fold mixture into whipped cream.
  • Combine Kahlua, espresso, and vanilla.
  • Cut cake into slices* and place half in the serving dish.
  • Pour half of the espresso mixture over the cake, then spread half of the cheese mixture over it, and sprinkle cocoa on top.
  • Cover with the remaining cake slices. Pour the rest of the espresso mixture over the cake, spread the remaining cheese mixture over it, and sprinkle cocoa on top.
  • For an additional garnish, make chocolate curls/shavings using a vegetable peeler on a chilled chocolate bar.

Serves 6-8

*Alternatively, for a simple presentation, cut the pound cake in half horizontally into two large pieces. Use one piece for each layer. Assemble on a serving platter.


This was a big hit with everyone at the hubs’ Grandparents’ house. There was just a bit left, and they claimed it before we even left the table! Now, that’s the sign of a true success 🙂

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