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Tiramisu- Little Italian Cake

  • Author: Debbie


  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 5 3/8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 3 t Marsala wine
  • 7 oz heavy whipping cream
  • -whipped
  • 2 c espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1 oz additional Marsala
  • 2 T additional sugar
  • 1/2 c water (Warm)
  • 24 French-style ladyfinger -cookies
  • 3 T powdered sweetened cocoa mix


STEP ONE: Prepare Cream Mixture–

  1. In an electric mixer, prepare cream mixture by whipping sugar and egg yolks on high speed until pale yellow and thick.
  2. With mixer on medium speed, add cream cheese and whip until smooth.
  3. Add mascarpone and Marsala. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Fold in whipped cream.
  5. Refrigerate.

STEP TWO: Prepare Espresso Mixture–

  1. To prepare espresso mixture, combine espresso, additional Marsala, sugar, and warm water.


  1. To assemble, dip ladyfingers in espresso mixture.
  2. Place one layer of dipped
  3. ladyfingers on bottom of serving platter.
  4. Top with one layer of cream mixture.
  5. Add another layer of dipped ladyfingers, topped with a second layer of cream mixture.
  6. Sift cocoa over top.


Note: If you’d prefer not to use the Marsala (I think you need it for the flavor it imparts) there’s not a good subsitute. Simply use the recipe minus the Marasala. You’ll want to eat this early in the day because of the espresso, if you’re sensitive to caffiene.