Easy Strawberry Tiramisu

photo of a slice of strawberry tiramisu on a plate

If you love tiramisu, but always have been too intimidated to try making it yourself, this recipe is super easy.

I wish I had time to really decorate the top layer with some whole strawberries, but I was in a rush. Oh well, there’s always next time.

It sometimes amazes me what comes out of my kitchen on a whim. I had been all set to make another recipe when I came across an image for strawberry tiramisu. What? I’d never even heard of strawberry tiramisu.
close-up photo of a slice of Strawberry Tiramisu
But it was so colorful. And I happened to have some strawberries on hand. And some ladyfingers…It was already late in the afternoon, nevermind the fact that I’d never actually attempted making tiramisu. But I made a split decision to try making one. About 20 minutes later, I was done, and it was in the fridge setting.
photo of a strawberry huller on a board with fresh strawberries
It also gave me a chance to try out my new OXO strawberry huller. This is really going to come in handy when I start my jam making.

I captured some photos as the daylight was fading. Then I showed it to Mr. K, who was really confused, “When did you have time to make this? I thought you were making cookies.”
photo of a Strawberry Tiramisu
Then we devoured the cake. Next time, I’ll decorate the top with whole strawberries,  and whipped cream. Maybe I’ll add a layer of strawberry jam too. I can’t believe how easy this is.
photo of lady fingers

photo of two coffee k-cups with a coffee mug
The key is the ladyfingers. Some tiramisu use cake and ladyfingers. This one just uses ladyfingers, which when soaked in the coffee-rum mixture, become soft and tastes like cake. That’s another thing. All the strawberry tiramisu recipes I came across actually did not use the coffee and liquor which is what I love so much about tiramisu, so mine combines the coffee tiramisu with fresh berries. You also want a strong brew coffee. I used the Barista Prima Italian Roast K-Cup which I got from being a part of the K-Cup ambassador program. This was some strong stuff and reminded me of the coffee I drank in Italy.
photo of a slice of tiramisu on a plate

Update! After posting this I made Strawberry Tiramisu with Nutella, which is just as easy to make as this one! If you like baking with mascarpone cheese you might like my Pumpkin Mascarpone Cake, too.

Strawberry Tiramisu

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4

If you love tiramisu, but always have been too intimidated to try making it yourself, this recipe is super easy. This version is made with strawberries for a fresh twist on the classic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • about 18 lady fingers
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or more to taste
  • strawberry jam optional
  • 1 cup strong/bold coffee brew I used Italian roast since it is an Italian dessert
  • 3 tbsp dark rum

Directions:

  1. Line a 9 x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Make sure you leave enough on the ends so that you will be able to pull the entire cake out later using the parchment paper.

  2. Line ladyfingers side by side into the bottom of the pan. Brew one cup of coffee and mix in rum. Using a pastry brush, brush each lady finger with the rum mixture, making sure to coat the entire surface of the ladyfingers. Any portion left untouched won't soften.

  3. On high speed, blend cheese, cream, and sugar until peaks form. (You can do this in a mixer or in a blender). Taste to make sure it is sweet enough for your tastes.

  4. Using a spatula, spread half of the cheese mixture onto ladyfingers. Spread evenly across. If using, spread a thin layer of strawberry jam across cheese. Slice 4-5 large strawberries and press slices onto the cheese (or jam) layer.

  5. Add a second layer of ladyfingers on top, laying them side by side. Repeat with brushing the lady fingers with coffee and rum.

  6. Add the final layer of cheese across the surface of ladyfingers. Then add more slices of strawberries. Place in fridge to set for about 1 hour. When serving, if you cut your slices into the middle section of the ladyfinger, the slices will look more like a layered cake rather than layers of ladyfingers.

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6 comments on “Easy Strawberry Tiramisu”

  1. So how do you like the OXO strawberry huller? I didn’t like mine because I found it hard to get the hull out sometimes (wait, that sounds funny). I like the Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller better; it’s like a clamp to remove the stem and then release it. Plus, it looks like a strawberry! I bought it at Sur La Table: https://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-667683/. But back to your dessert – I’m not a huge fan of tiramisu, but the strawberry version sounds yummy, like a strawberry cake.

    • Oooh cute!! I must get one of those. This was my first experience with a strawberry huller. I thought it was fine though it didn’t get all the leaves so I had to take the extra step of removing some of the leaves by hand after hulling the middle. Not sure if that is normal. Hm, you might want to try a strawberry tiramisu without the coffee and rum. I saw some versions that use a strawberry sauce to soak the ladyfingers in. I wanted to preserve the coffee and liquor so I used coffee and rum on mine.

  2. I think you’ll find the StemGem much easier to use. It may not take out all the leaves either, but it’s a lot easier to dispose of the hull than with the OXO. Hmmm, strawberry sauce sounds good, although I like coffee too.

    • Oh then def try it with the coffee. And maybe add a layer of strawberry jam in the middle. I’m going to try that next time. I will look for the StemGem. I love how cute it is.

  3. Mm I love tiramisu 🙂 I am definitely one of those people who think about making it and then back off. Do you have a preferred brand of lady fingers?

    • You know, this was my first time using lady fingers, so I haven’t tried enough brands to really compare. The brand I used was a little bit flaky and it seemed like the tops were breaking and crumbling too much so next time I’m going to try another brand to compare. But yeah, you should definitely try making it. There’s definitely more complicated recipes, but this one tasted like tiramisu to me. Now I’m excited to try more versions.

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