This luscious Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe with Chocolate Mousse is a heavenly twist on the classic Italian dessert. Layers of creamy deliciousness will tantalize your taste buds!
Tiramisu purists may scoff at this recipe, but chocolate lovers will rejoice. Some of the traditional elements of a classic Tiramisu Recipe remain intact: mascarpone cheese, spongecake ladyfingers, espresso, and a cocoa powder garnish. Kahlua and chocolate mousse may be sacrilege to some, but my 3 grown children gave it their hearty approval!
On a trip to Vancouver many summers ago, 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 heavenly bites. After returning home, I googled this lovely tiramisu dessert, hoping to make it at home. 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. Instead, I found this not so authentic tiramisu recipe in a copy of Bon Appetit magazine. Hoping the chocolate mousse component would sway the picky hubby, I was momentarily optimistic.
Not a coffee fan, the ladyfingers soaked in java were tough for him to stomach. But my grown sons inherited my more tolerant palate, plus they both love coffee. They were happy to stop by and eat this tasty chocolate tiramisu recipe! The luscious mousse also appealed to their fondness for chocolate. I was not surprised. I thought it was darned tasty, too!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert that translates to pick me up in English. The flavors come from the espresso and wine used to soak the ladyfingers, the creamy mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder used to dust the surface.
How Do You Make a Tiramisu Dessert?
In this chocolate version, the ladyfingers are dipped in a sweet combination of espresso, Kahlua and sugar, and layered with a luscious chocolate mousse. Sweetened mascarpone makes the top layer, and a sprinkling of cocoa powder is the final garnish.
What Kind of Liquor is in Tiramisu?
The classic tiramisu uses both espresso and Maidera wine to gently soak the ladyfingers. Liqueurs like Kahlua and Frangelico are occasionally used instead of wine.
Is Tiramisu Safe to Eat?
Traditional tiramisu recipes are made with raw eggs. But in this tiramisu recipe, the eggs are gently cooked into a custard, eliminating the chance of any foodborne illness that can occur when eating uncooked eggs. So this tiramisu is safe for the elderly or immune-compromised. Since there is alcohol in the soaking liquid, you may not want to serve this to children.
More Delicious Tiramisu Desserts:
- Icebox Tiramisu from The View from Great Island
- Tiramisu Cheesecake
- Classic Tiramisu Recipe
- Strawberry Tiramisu
- Kahlua Tiramisu for Two
- Tiramisu Parfaits
- More of the Best Dessert Recipes
This recipe was first shared in May 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2020.
Coffee syrup for dipping:
- 1 cup strong coffee (or espresso)
- 1/2 cup Kahlua
- 1/4 cup sugar
Mousse and Mascarpone Topping:
- 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
- 32-48 soft ladyfingers
Stir coffee, Kahlua and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
Whisk together 1 cup of the mascarpone, 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Cover and keep chilled.
Put 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin and let stand until the gelatin softens, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
Mix together egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cream and 1/4 water in a medium heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and whisk continuously until the temperature reaches 160º, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove bowl and whisk in gelatin tuntil combined, then return the bowl to heat and add the chocolate. Whisk until smooth and melted. Remove from the heat and set in an ice bath (I partially fill the sink with water and ice cubes). Let custard cool about 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining mascarpone.
Whip remaining 3/4 cup cream to firm peaks. Fold half of cream into chocolate custard untill well combined, then fold in remaining the whipped cream.
Spread a scant 1/4 cup of the 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. Cover with more mousse, then another layer of dunked ladyfingers.
Spread about 2 tablespoons (or less) of the mascarpone mixture on top of ladyfinger layer, and garnish with shaved chocolate and cocoa if desired.
Adapted from Bon Appetit.
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1073Total Fat: 70gSaturated Fat: 40gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 405mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 2gSugar: 52gProtein: 15g
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