The word tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian and the well loved and much appreciated dessert made of coffee-soaked lady fingers and mascarpone cheese definitely does just that. Mascarpone is actually a type of Italian cream cheese, so it stands to reason that a cheesecake flavored like tiramisu would be a natural success. Whether you’re an amateur baker looking for a no-bake dessert, or an accomplished artisan looking to expand your culinary horizons, give one of these tiramisu cheesecake recipes a try.
Creating a Tiramisu Cheesecake
Because tiramisu cheesecake is actually derived from another dessert, it actually as what is known as a secondary flavor. Therefore, there are numerous ways that one can create a tiramisu cheesecake, from flavoring the cheesecake to taste like the dessert, to incorporating coffee-soaked lady fingers into the crust.
The key to getting a successful cheesecake is to try to stick to the ingredients used in the actual tiramisu as much as possible. Use lady fingers for the crust or for adornment and use coffee and coffee liquor in the crust and filling to help replicate the flavor. Consider using mascarpone in place of American cream cheese to help get the filling just right.
When done successfully, a tiramisu cheesecake should be a creamy, rich dessert that calls the real tiramisu to mind with every bite. It’s so good, in fact, that you’ll want to sign up for a gourmet cooking class to learn how to complement it.
True Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe
This recipe uses the lady fingers to ring or embrace the cheesecake, which is reminiscent of the way that the lady fingers are used to embrace the mascarpone cheese in the original dessert.
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 packages lady fingers, split
- 2-1/2 tablespoons coffee granules
- 1/3 cup strong coffee
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 2 tablespoons Kahlua
- 24 ounces softened cream cheese or mascarpone
- 1-1/3 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- Baking cocoa
- Crumble one package of lady fingers into crumbs.
- Rub the melted butter over the entire of a springform pan and press the cookie crumbs to the bottom and sides for the crust.
- Dissolve the coffee granules in hot water, cool and set aside.
- Combine the brewed coffee and the Kahlua. Soak the remaining lady fingers in the coffee mixture and arrange around the perimeter of the pan, rounded side out.
- Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl.
- Add the whipping cream, sour cream, vanilla, and dissolved coffee granules. Mix well to combine.
- Pour the filling into the prepared cake pan.
- Wrap the outside of the pan with a double layer of aluminum foil and set it in a second pan filled with about 1-inch of water.
- Bake at 325 degrees F. for 70 to 80 minutes or until set in the center.
- Remove the pan from the water and set it out to cool for 1 hour.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove the sides from the pan and dust with cocoa powder before serving.
No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake
If you’re in need of a baking class to give you the confidence to make a true cheesecake, consider trying out this no-bake version as you learn. It has all the flavor of the original dessert, in an easy to assemble format.
- 2 packages lady fingers, split
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 16 ounces softened cream cheese or mascarpone
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
- Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with aluminum foil on both the bottom and the sides.
- Crush one package of the lady fingers and combine the cookie crumbs with butter. Mix well.
- Press the buttered crumbs onto the bottom and sides of the pan.
- Beat the cream cheese until fluffy.
- Add the condensed milk, sour cream, and lemon juice and continue mixing until well incorporated.
- Chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
- Dip the lady fingers into the coffee and arrange on the bottom of the pan with about 1/2-inch between them.
- Top with 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture.
- Continue layering the lady fingers and cream cheese.
- Refrigerate for two hours or until set and serve.
Tiramisu Flavored Cheesecake
If you want the flavor of tiramisu, but with the consistency of a true cheesecake, consider trying this recipe.
- 1 package lady fingers
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 8 tablespoons Kahlua
- 3 packages cream cheese
- 8 ounces mascarpone
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons flour
- Semi-sweet chocolate for grating
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a pan of water at the bottom.
- Crush the lady fingers into crumbs and combine with the melted butter and 4 tablespoons of Kahlua.
- Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a springform pan.
- Mix together the cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, and the remaining Kahlua until smooth.
- Add the two eggs and the flour, and mix slowly until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.
- Place the pan in the middle of the oven and back for about 45 minutes, or until set.
- Open the oven door and turn off the heat. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for an additional 20 minutes.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow it to finish cooling for one hour.
- Refrigerate for at least three hours, or overnight.
- Before serving, remove the sides of the springform pan and grate semi-sweet chocolate over the top.
Combining the taste of tiramisu with the consistency of a cheesecake is sure to please just about everyone who tries it. The results not only taste great, they also look amazing too; in fact, you may want to take a course in food photography to document your success.
Making a cheesecake for the first time is definitely a challenging experience. No matter which recipe you try, it takes some patience to get it right. Once you’ve tried these recipes, you may want to use them as a spring board into trying your hand at other challenging desserts, such as taking a course in raw chocolate creations. Consider making any of these tiramisu cheesecakes, and enjoy the sweeter things in life.