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Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe

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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!

Two cups of chocolate tiramisu with a dusting wand full of cocoa powder

ChocolateTiramisu Recipe

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!

A teacup filled with chocolate tiramisu garnished with cocoa and espresso beans and a sprig of mint

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.

A cup of chocolate tiramisu with a spoonful removed

More Delicious Tiramisu Desserts:

Chocolate tiramisu in a coffee cup garnished with chocolate curls, cocoa and fresh raspberries

This recipe was first shared in May 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

A teacup filled with chocolate tiramisu garnished with cocoa and espresso beans and a sprig of mint


A luscious twist on the classic tiramisu recipe with chocolate mousse, lady fingers and mascarpone cream.


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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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1073Total Fat: 70gSaturated Fat: 40gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 405mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 2gSugar: 52gProtein: 15g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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49 comments on “Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe”

  1. Anything ready-made in its own container is aces in my book!

  2. This is a great idea! nice job I wish I was a friend returning from Italy right now!

  3. Some of my favorite flavors combined and the individual servings are adorable. My daughter loves tiramasu and chocolate of course so this is a must try on her recipe!

  4. Lizzy, very interesting proposal for a version of tiramisu!
    Looks amazingly, and I want a cup, please :)!

  5. I am loving this variation of tiramisu. I am loving chocolate more and more these days. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try this sometime. Yummy!

  6. Wow! Great photos and a great recipe. Great job!

  7. I love tiramasu, and my favorite variation is amaretto tiramasu. This chocolate version sounds amazing!

  8. Great job with the guest post! These are adorable, and sound delicious!

  9. Lizzy this looks like heaven to me!! WOW! : )

  10. This is such a fabulous and delightful idea, Lizzy! Bon Appetit is one of my favorite cooking magazines!

    Have a fabulous day~
    Tammy 🙂

  11. Lizzy….Great recipe, nice photo’s and it looks like heaven… 🙂

  12. What a brilliant idea! I love mini desserts.

  13. My husband does not like tiramisu and I crave it. I think I shall have a tiramisu-lover get-together as an excuse to make this. I saw it in Bon Appetit and wondered…. now am wanting it.

  14. I love tiramisu, and this looks incredible! Great recipe Lizzy!

  15. Oh wow! I love tiramisu but have never had chocolate. This looks so darn good. I love that they are individual, somehow it just makes it better when you have your own.

  16. Thanks, everyone!

    Carolyn, that’s the one! My dad taught for a year at UBC and my sister is a UBC grad 🙂

  17. I love tiramisu, and I love your presentation of it! Looks amazing!!

  18. this is wonderfully done looks delicious

  19. Anytime i am at a restaurant and see tiramisu on teh menu, i order it without even looking at the other options…lol. but i haven’t had much luck making it myself. yours turned out perfect just like the ones in the restautants and you photographed it beautifully 🙂

    -Abeer @

  20. As I am sure you know… I am a chocoholic too… hehehe And I love tiramisu (like all Italians I guess), so this sounds perfect to me!!! And it looks so good and creamy. I love the fact that you served it in a cappuccino cup! Very good idea! 🙂

  21. Wonderful looking tiramisu here, very decadent for sure!

  22. Awesome! I bet it tasted just as amazing as it looks too!

  23. Adam lived in Italy for years and is a purist when it comes to culinary things Italian. He might raise and eyebrow at the idea of a Chocolate Tiramisu, but this recipe looks delicious and, I think would convince him pretty thoroughly!

  24. Lizzy we are on the same wavelength. I was just researching this recipe yesterday. I love that you used individual servings… very nice presentation. Okay… I’m going back up to drool some more at your pictures. : )

  25. I love how you served it in individual cups – very cute idea! Looks amazing!

  26. These chocolate tiramisu looks out of this world delicious! You bet, very lovely photography too! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  27. Hi Lizzy,
    Tiramisu is one of my favorites. The chocolate and your coffee cup presentation put this dessert over the top! Great idea and great recipe. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  28. I adore how you assembled this in cups…what a great idea. Beautiful and so tasty…esp since this is a chocolate version.

  29. I am a big fan of tiramisu and I just love your presentation. I think you did an outstanding job for your guest post on both the food and photographs.

  30. Thanks so much, everyone! I wish I could claim brilliance for the serving idea, but it came right out of Bon Appetit 🙂

  31. I love tiramisu and yours look more than divine 😀 The addition of chocolate must be fantastic and your presentation is so beautiful! I wish I had at least two cups of your sweet goodness 😀

  32. Looks amazing – I have never made tiramisu but you have inspired me to try it 🙂

  33. I told myself I better not try making this when I read about the 1500 calories lol! I certainly do not need that! I’ll drool on the keyboard over your lovely photos instead:)

  34. oh this looks wonderful too thanks for sharing this as well 🙂

  35. This is beautiful! I have been wanting to make tiramisu for a long time, and I just haven’t got around to it. I love your chocolate version, so I’ll probably end up making this one when I get the chance!

  36. This looks so decadent! Lovely presentation as well. Visiting from Your Recipe My Kitchen and am a new follower! =)

  37. What a wonderful guest post to do for your friend. That chocolate tiramisu has me drooling! The photos are so great. I’d love for you to share your tiramisu and any of your favorite recipes at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day 🙂

  38. This looks absolutely beautiful — great presentation and it sounds delicious. Fantastic! 🙂

  39. Mmm, now that looks divine. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  40. I did this too. It was phenomenal. Yours looks wonderful.

  41. Thanks so much for coming by to show off your tiramisu. I’m still drooling over it 🙂 Have a fabulous long weekend ! Hope you can come share more recipes again this Wednesday!

  42. Why do the most heavenly foods have to have so many darn calories? Well it’s worth spoiling ourselves now and then. Lizzy your Tiramisu looks perfect and I really want one, please:) Thanks for participating in this month’s YBR 🙂

  43. Saw this on YBR and just love the presentation of the tiramisu in cappuccino cups! I love love love tiramisu; great recipe!

  44. What a great presentation! And thank you for linking up!

  45. Such a decadent and yummy treat! I love the twist..think it’s even better than the classic one.

  46. Looks like a very fancy dessert! Happy Football Season Liz-enjoy:@)

  47. Liz.. what a lovely and amazing Tiramisu recipe this is . I am a big fan of chocolate and tiramisu. I know that I would love it. Yum!!

  48. So glad to see this back! We adore tiramisu and love the idea of chocolate mousse in it. Great recipe Liz! 

  49. I haven’t had tiramisu in ages, and yours looks wonderful! I’m all for doing away with tradition for the sake of a good recipe 😉

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