Easy No-Bake Tiramisu

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu – FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu - FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

After 9 years writing my blog that contains thousands of recipes as well as writing 2 cookbooks, there are very few ‘common’ recipes I don’t have on my site or in a book.

But tiramisu was one of them until now.

Fast, Easy, N0-Bake

I love everything about this tiramisu because it’s fast, easy, and no-bake without sacrificing an ounce of authentic flavor. I have to say this is one of the best, fastest, and easiest desserts I have made in ages. <— The trifecta of dessert success.

With the warmer weather around the corner, anytime I can make something no-bake rather than turning on my oven, I am very happy.

I made it on a whim and was actually a little nervous when I was assembling it because I feared that slicing it for photography purposes was going to turn into an epic mess. I was never worried about the taste, just the presentation; but after 3 hours in the fridge, I felt the dessert gods smiling down on me when I sliced into this baby.

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu - FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

What Does Tiramisu Taste Like And What’s In It

The cake is tender, moist, and infused with the richness of espresso and Kahlua. It’s elegant and fancy tasting and would be perfect after a classy dinner party in your home or even for a girls-night-in after a giant cheese board and lots of wine.

The creamy filling made with lightly sweetened mascarpone cheese and heavy cream has just a hint of tanginess. It’s the perfect compliment to the bolder flavors of the espresso and Kahlua.

The top is dusted with cocoa powder.

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu - FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

How To Make Easy Tiramisu

Simply halve a store bought pound cake, drizzle the coffee and Kahlua mixture over it, top with the sweetened mascarpone and heavy cream mixture; repeat.

Cake layer, coffee, mascarpone, done. Did I mention how easy this is.

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu - FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu

Easy No-Bake Tiramisu – FAST, no-bake, and infused with the richness of espresso, Kahlua, a luscious creamy filling, and dusted with cocoa powder!! Decadent and authentic but SO EASY!!

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • one 13.5 to 16-ounce pound cake (I used a fresh cake from my grocery store’s bakery but a frozen cake from the freezer case that you thaw is okay), halved lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup brewed espresso
  • 1/2 cup coffee liquor (such as Kahlua)
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1.25 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pint (16 ounces) heavy whipping cream
  • about 1/4 cup sifted unsweetened natural cocoa powder, or as needed for dusting

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with foil for easier cleanup and slicing ability (you can pick the whole thing up and place on a cutting board) and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Slice the pound cake in half lengthwise (two large slabs) and place the bottom half in the prepared pan; set the top half aside.
  3. To a large glass measuring cup, add the brewed espresso, coffee liquor, stir to combine, and drizzle half the mixture over the cake layer in the prepared pan; set aside.
  4. To a large bowl, add the mascarpone cheese, confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and beat with a handheld electric mixer on high speed for about 4 to 5 minutes or until quite stiff.
  5. Evenly spread about half of the cream mixture over the cake layer in the pan, about 1 1/2 cups. Note – I don’t mind having this layer be very thick and some will inevitably ‘leak’ out the sides when you add the top layer of the cake but if you prefer less filling, add it to taste.
  6. To the remaining cake layer (top layer), poke holes in it with a fork in about 30 spots to help the coffee mixture soak in easier. Add the top layer over the cream layer.
  7. Slowly and evenly drizzle with the remaining coffee mixture. It’s okay if it all doesn’t fully absorb into the top and pools down the sides; it will absorb into the bottom layer.
  8. Evenly spread about 1 1/2 cups of the remaining cream mixture over the top, or as desired. If you have extra cream mixture, save it for up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge for another baking project or just eat it with a spoon.
  9. Chill the tiramisu for about 3 hours and just prior to slicing and serving, evenly dust with the cocoa powder. Tiramisu will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days, noting it will soften as time passes and the cocoa powder will ‘absorb’ into the cake.
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7 comments on “Easy No-Bake Tiramisu”

  1. I’ve only had tiramisu a few times but I sure do love it! The poundcake is genius and much easier than dipping ladyfingers! I am pretty sure I’ve seen mini poundcakes in grocery store bakeries–this could easily be scaled down for just 2 people.

    • A great shortcut for a dessert like this. It stays more intact than ladyfingers and it’s quick and easy. The pound cake I bought was only about an 8×4, probably a little smaller, because it fit easily in my 8×4 pan without struggling to get it in there. So already a dessert for 2 :)

  2. Looks so impressive and SO delicious! Love how approachable this is :)

  3. I have 7 children, so I REALLY appreciate delicious, easy recipes! My 5 year old looked at your photo of this tiramisu and told me that I have to make it, because she would definitely eat that! LOL! I love your recipes for their ease and down-to-earth approach. I also enjoy your honest and conversational style of blogging. Thanks for helping this busy mom make yummy family foods! :)

  4. I’ve had TIRAMISU almost as many times as I’ve made it. and not once have it ever been baked. I have never used pound cake though just lady fingers.

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