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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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What Inspired Tiramisu Mousse

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

Easy Tiramisu Mousse

4.12 from 136 votes
This Easy Tiramisu Mousse comes together in minutes and is the best of the tiramisu – the cream!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings (6 ounces each)
Serving Size 1 tiramisu cup


  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee I use the Starbucks Via packs
  • ¼ cup (59ml) hot water
  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy whipping cream cold (see note)
  • 1 ½ cups (170g) powdered sugar see note
  • 8 ounces (226g) marscarpone cheese or cream cheese low fat cream cheese is fine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon (5g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce (33g) semi-sweet baking chocolate
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  • Place the instant coffee in the hot water and stir. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Recipe Notes

  • When making whipped cream it’s best to start with cold cream. 
  • If using whipped topping, reduce powdered sugar by 1/4 cup so it’s not too sweet.
  • Make sure coffee is cool before adding to the mixture!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1tiramisu cup | Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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

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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

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Delicious and delicious easy to make! This was a nice recipe to make for family members with allergies. It is gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free.

  2. This is delicious! I make it with plain chocolate cookie sometimes between layers:) I also have made it and froze and put Simple mills chocolate cookie on bottom of dish & then the tiramisu and sprinkle cocoa, then a layer of cookie on top freeze.
    Later cut it like mini ice cream sandwich! I also used cream cheese or ricotta cheese which ever I had in my fridge and it was yummmm!