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Chocolate Tiramisu Guest Post

I met my friend, Annie, on a food site which revolves around Ina Garten…but we really got to know each other when I started blogging.  After Annie won my second blog giveaway; and after our enjoyable conversations,  I started visiting her lovely, well-established blog on a regular basis.  She writes wonderfully and cooks up a delicious storm.  She gave me the ultimate compliment by asking me to guest blog for her. She just spent two fabulous weeks in Italy and needed a little time to recover.  Don’t you think a chocolate tiramisu recipe would be perfect to welcome her home?

Annie of From the Bookshelf:

Please go visit Annie’s blog at From the Bookshelf, and check out my post on chocolate tiramisu. 

Note: My friend, Annie, passed away unexpectedly last year. Here is the content of my guest post:

Liz, the amazing talent behind That Skinny Chick Can Bake, and I ‘met’ many moons ago on a chat board. It’s been fun to watch her fabulous blog blossom. Her recipes are amazing, the photos make you want to either instantly make that particular dish or simply lick the computer screen. She’s always quick to lend support, answer questions or muddle through a blogging problem with you.

If you have not become a fan of That Skinny Chick Can Bake or follow her on Facebook, please do, your senses will thank you.

It has been a pleasure baking along, cooking along, blogging along, and becoming friends with, Liz. I am sure you will enjoy her post and blog as much as I do!


I was so excited when Annie invited me to do a guest blog post…but it’s always a little daunting knowing you have to make something extra special…hoping it both tastes wonderful and photographs well.  I decided this was the perfect time to tackle tiramisu.  On a trip to Vancouver a few summers back, we ended up at a Romano’s Macaroni Grill for the first time.  The star of the show was their decadent tiramisu…which my oldest son, Tom, ordered for dessert.  He shared a few bites…and it was heavenly.  After returning home, I googled this lovely dessert, hoping to make it in my kitchen….well, after seeing that it had nearly 1500 calories per serving and no tried and true copy cat version, I gave that idea a rest.

Since Annie was returning from a fabulous trip to Italy, I thought it only fitting to make something Italian.  And May’s Bon Appetit featured a chocolate tiramisu.  I was hopeful that I could finally get Nick and hubby, Bill, to enjoy this dessert since there was more chocolate involved than a sprinkle of cocoa powder.  Bill thought the  silky chocolate mousse was wonderful…but I don’t think he’ll ever be convinced that soggy ladyfingers are a good thing.  It is the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.  Thanks, Annie, for letting me share on your fabulous blog!

Another twist on Tiramisu is this exquisite Tiramisu Cheesecake!


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Chocolate Tiramisu

A chocolate version of tiramisu! Adapted from Bon Appetit

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 cup strong coffee (or espresso)
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (I used a scant 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 48 soft ladyfingers


  1. Stir coffee, Kahlua and sugar in a small bowl till sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together 1 cup of the mascarpone, 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Cover and keep chilled.
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin and let stand till gelatin softens, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Mix together egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cream and 1/4 water in a medium metal bowl. Place bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and whisk continuously till temperature reaches 160º…about 3-4 minutes. Remove bowl and whisk in gelatin till combined, then return bowl to heat and add the chocolate. Whisk till smooth and melted. Remove from heat and set in an ice bath (I partially fill the sink with water and ice cubes). Let custard cool about 5 minutes.
  5. Whip remaining 3/4 cup cream to firm peaks. Fold half of cream into chocolate custard till well combined, then fold in remaining whipped cream.
  6. Spread 1/4 cup of mousse in bottom of 8 one cup ramekins or teacups. Dunk 2-3 ladyfingers in the coffee liquid quickly, and lay on top of mousse.
  7. Cover with more mousse, then another layer of dunked ladyfingers.
  8. Spread about 2 tablespoons (or less) mascarpone mixture on top of ladyfinger layer, and garnish with shaved chocolate and cocoa if desired.

A spoonful of chocolate tiramisu served in a tea cup

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15 comments on “Chocolate Tiramisu”

  1. It’s up now! Sorry for the delay!

  2. Could not find your guest blog. Anyway the photo looks great and brilliant idea to present in a coffee cup!

  3. It must not be up yet 🙂 Stay tuned~

  4. Will head on over to check out your gorgeous recipe, Lizzy. Hmmm. Another chocolate winner. Do you realise you’ve hit your 90th chocolate recipe on the site! Hehee! J xo

  5. sounds delicious~

  6. Thanks, Annie!!! It was a pleasure to do a guest post for you!!!

  7. Annie is so lucky – first a trip to Italy, then this beautiful chocolate tiramisu, and last but not least: having you as a friend 🙂

  8. I’m on my way to check it out. Another Lizzy Chocolate specialty!!

  9. Chocolate Tiramisu?! I’ve gotta try that! [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  10. Looks amazing, I’m a huge fan of tiramisu!

  11. Liz, I read you post on Annie’s blog. It looks great!

    I’ve reached the 5 year anniversary for my blog. If you get a chance, pop over and register for my giveaway!


  12. Chocolate tiramisu!?! Amazing! I’ll have to check out this guest post…I love new blogs!

  13. Oh, I will have to go see that I love tiramisu and you added chocolate. Lucky Annie, Italy for two weeks. Hope your week is going good Lizzy.

  14. Hi Lizzy! I just came back from Annie’s site. What a great guest post! Congratulations. 🙂 Tiramisu look fantastic. You make all kinds of desserts so perfect.

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