Easy Tiramisu Mousse

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This Easy Tiramisu Mousse contains my favorite part of the Tiramisu: the mousse! Just a few accessible ingredients mix up to make the most delicious and creamy tiramisu mousse. I’m all about the mousse (no cake).

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Tiramisu Mousse - an easy no-bake dessert! Layers of tiramisu whipped cream and cocoa powder for the best part of the tiramisu!

Watching a group of food/dessert bloggers eat dessert at a restaurant is like watching vultures attack. It’s hysterical. But I digress.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I was in Santa Barbara this past weekend for the #SBFoodieEscape. I apologize for my overgramming, I just wanted to share allthethings. In fact, I have so much to share about the weekend that I’ll have a whole post soon, but for now I just wanted to talk about Tiramisu.

Because we were a group of food bloggers, eating was a central theme to our weekend. Each meal and restaurant was planned with a group of food and dessert bloggers in mind. Our last dinner was eaten at the Santa Ynez Kitchen in Santa Ynez, CA.

OMG. You guys. That food. If you’re ever in the Santa Barbara/Solvang area go here to eat. Some of the best Italian food ever. Also? I tried octopus, beets, and artichokes. It was a red letter weekend for this picky girl!

{BTW, beets will forever and always taste like dirt to me. How do people eat them and like them???}

The highlight of the dinner was dessert. #obviously

The highlight of dessert, for me? The layered Tiramisu.

Easy Tiramisu Mousse

When the waiter placed the selection of 4 desserts on the table, the 8 of us attacked them so fast with our spoons that literally the plates were licked clean in less than 5 minutes.

At one point Julianne was laughing so hard because there were 6 spoons at once in the teeny tiny jar of pana cotta and she decided to just let it go rather than fight it.

That’s how food bloggers do. Making copycats of my favorite things is how I do. Hence this Tiramisu Mousse copycat.

It was the best thing I ate all night. (Except for the mushroom pasta that was life changing.)

Tiramisu Mousse

I absolutely love Tiramisu. I would order it at every single restaurant I go to except for one thing: I’m not much a fan of the cake or ladyfingers in the center. What I really love about Tiramisu is the cream. The marscarpone, espresso, whipped cream, and chocolate are what I dream about when I think about tiramisu.

Lady fingers dipped in espresso? Meh.

Piles of tiramisu mousse in a glass? YES!

That’s what I loved about the dessert at the restaurant last weekend: there was no cake. It was a jar full of my favorite stuff in the world, which is kind of genius.

Also? Do you know how hard it is to find mainstream lady fingers? When I was writing my book I wanted to find some to go with the Tiramisu Dip. I went to 4 grocery stores – NADA.

Which is why just making a bowl of all the other good stuff is perfect. No ladyfinger hunting is needed.

Tiramisu Mousse - an easy no-bake dessert! Layers of tiramisu whipped cream and cocoa powder for the best part of the tiramisu!

Learn to Make Easy Tiramisu Mousse

This Tiramisu Mousse recipe is super easy, fast, and delicious. Just a few components go into making the best Tiramisu Mousse you’ll ever eat, I promise.

1. Marscarpone. Tiramisu is traditionally made with marscarpone, which is an Italian cheese. It’s very similar to cream cheese, but smoother. You can use marscarpone in this recipe or you can use cream cheese. I used cream cheese because I didn’t want to go to the store and I wanted tiramisu NOW. Use what you have or what you can find.

2. Coffee. Tiramisu has a varying espresso flavor depending on where you get it. I like a strong tiramisu, so I add more coffee than some. You make the coffee flavor by brewing instant coffee in a small amount of water. I always have little instant Starbucks Via coffee packets on hand (what? doesn’t everyone travel with them?) One of those packets plus 1/4 cup of hot water will make your espresso flavoring. You can add from 1 tablespoon of this espresso up to the full amount in your tiramisu. Add to your flavor palate.

3. Whipped Cream. I used fresh whipped cream, but you can substitute whipped topping if you want, which can also make this lower in fat and calories or sugar, depending on your preference. See the notes in the recipe.

4. Chocolate. Instead of layering the tiramisu with cake or ladyfingers, I layered it sand-art style with unsweetened cocoa powder. The top gets a dusting of grated semi-sweet baking chocolate. I don’t recommend using the unsweetened cocoa on top because it’s bitter. The first bite that hits your tongue shouldn’t be bitter.

Mix, chill, pipe, repeat. That’s it. 20 minutes to an addicting dessert.

Easy, No-bake Tiramisu Mousse

For me, this Tiramisu Mousse dessert just reminds me of a very fun weekend. Hopefully it’ll make memories for you too!

Tiramisu Mousse
4.73 from 11 votes

Easy Tiramisu Mousse

This Easy Tiramisu Mousse comes together in minutes and is the best of the tiramisu - the cream!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings (6 ounces each)
Calories 632 kcal
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee I use the Starbucks Via packs
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream cold (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar see note
  • 8 ounces marscarpone cheese or Challenge cream cheese low fat cream cheese is fine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate


  1. Place the instant coffee in the hot water and stir. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to use. (Alternately: you can use an 8 ounce carton of whipped topping. See note.)
  3. Mix powdered sugar and marscarpone/cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of the coffee. Add up to the entire amount of coffee, depending on how strong you want your tiramisu. (I added all of it because that’s how I roll.) Mix in vanilla.
  4. Fold whipped cream into coffee mixture gently. Place the tiramisu in a gallon size ziploc bag that is fitted with a large round or 1M tip.
  5. Pipe a small amount the bottom of each of 4 serving glasses (my glasses were 6 ounce size). Top the layer with a dusting of cocoa powder. Continue layering the tiramisu and cocoa powder. Once you get to the top layer, grate the 1 ounce of semi-sweet baking chocolate over the tops of the serving dishes (instead of the dusting of cocoa powder). This gives a sweet first taste instead of being bitter from the unsweetened cocoa. Chill, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Tiramisu Mousse
Amount Per Serving (1 tiramisu cup)
Calories 632 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 74%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 42g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I piped this Tiramisu Mousse recipe using a ziploc bag instead of a pastry bag. See how I did it here:

piping frosting


S’mores Pudding

smores pudding

Chocolate Malted Pudding

malted pudding

Tiramisu Cups to go

tiramisu cups to go

Sweets from friends:
Classic Tiramisu by Life, Love, and Sugar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Tiramisu by Grandbaby Cakes
Tiramisu Pana Cotta by Heather’s French Press

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  1. Hi there! Can you please let me know if this is gluten free? I would love to make this for an office party but need to be careful that it’s a gluten free recipe 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

  2. I was out of vanilla extract I have no idea how, but I used hazelnut extract instead and it was delicious! Next time I’ll try with vanilla for a comparison.

  3. Made this today, pretty simple an ohhhh so yummy

  4. For a larger group, can you multiply the recipe and layer it in say a punch bowl?

  5. Sounds like this is right up my ally. I’ve made myself a name as the tiramisu master almost my friends, only thing is I can’t ever have any because of the gluten. Good solution. I’ll still have the fingers on the side people can just dip’em in the mousse…

  6. The easy Tiramisu Mousse sounds lovely… and it’s gluten free…right?
    Also, do you know if it would freeze well?

  7. I can’t wait to try this!! Does the cream cheese need to be softened?? TIA!:)

  8. Is instant coffee necessary or is regular coffee okay?

  9. Oh my, tiramisu is my absolute FAVOURITE dessert!! I will def be making this and will also add a splash of marsala to the cream cheese mixture… because that’s how I roll!! 🙂 I always use cream cheese instead of mascarpone because here in New Zealand it’s about a quarter the price! By the way, your entire website is making me drool!!!!!!

  10. Would you advise if this can be made the night before, or should it be done the day of? Thanks!

  11. Sounds perfect

  12. Ohhhh my god this is so good. This is a life changing recipe. I may end up gaining 100 lbs from eating this nonstop. I’m eating some as I type this comment. I did the easier cool whip method, and used espresso instead of instant(and more like 1/2 cup than 1/4) since I have a stove stop espresso maker. Bringing this to Thanksgiving tomorrow, and everyone is going to love me!

  13. This sounds delicious so I will be trying this. I too love tiramisu but not keen on lady fingers so one day I used chocolate chip biscuits and it was lovely.

  14. I feel like you left out the best part, the liquor!

  15. BTDubs, as to beets. They won’t taste like dirt if you scrub and peel like potatoes. Slice and steam, then serve crisp-tender with butter or spritzed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Beets are IMHO one of the most under appreciated foods out there, Probs cuz people don’t do right by them. Have at it and enjoy 🙂

  16. I made this twice, the first time, I grabbed the wrong cream cheese. I used one straight from the fridge that I left on the counter instead of the one I purposely left out earlier. It was a tad sweeter than I like, but absolutely addictive!! My husband wanted it all. I made over 2 dozen 5.5 oz cups. It was meant for a bake sale.
    This time, I stuck to marscapone… 2 8z of marscapone, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3 cups heavy whipping cream beat to peaks. And triple the coffee in recipe. The results were light and delicious. I totally loved it!!! And so did my friends.
    Thank you so much!!! This is now my favorite go to recipe!!

  17. Mascarpone cheese is so darn expensive where live, as are other fresh cheese, so I make my own. I also make Ricotta, and a Ricotta-like cheese made by draining my homemade Kefir. I make Greek-style yogurt by draining my homemade yogurt, and also cream cheese when I really really drain my yogurt.

    This is an easy to follow recipe for making your own Mascarpone. You should save a lot of money, I do.


  18. Hi! I’ve heard great things on your Easy Tiramisu Mousse recipe and would LOVE to post on our website using 2 photos and own content with link back to your website. Please let us know! Thank you!

  19. Can I add coffee liqueur to the coffee or just leave the coffee out?

  20. This is so decadent!!! I went with cream cheese and strong coffee flavor…LOVE this!!! Thanks for an amazing dessert!

  21. I made this today but only one serving with two oz cheese and cream and substitute sugar with sweetner. Yummy!! So good

  22. Absolutely delicious dessert!! Made it for Thanksgiving dinner it was just perfect!! 

  23. I used whipped cream instead of heavy whipping cream for this recipe, and it turned into a really watery, extreamly sweet frosting. If you’re going to use a whipped topping, don’t add very much confectioners sugar.

  24. This looks exciting and I’m going to make it right away, but why can’t I use fresh coffee? My coffee of choice is Starbucks dark Italian roast (whole beans which I grind). I really don’t like instant coffee.

  25. Well, don’t I feel like a dummy. My question about the coffee has been covered in previous posts. Thanks.

  26. That’s way too much sugar! I used heavy cream and only a cup of powdered sugar and even that was sweeter than i would have liked it. And if you are using whipped topping then I would suggest skipping additional sugar altogether or adding max 1/4 cup of it 

  27. Even better the next day! 

  28. Super yummy! This was a hit in my house.

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