Tiramisu Cups: Italian Dessert Classic in a Bite-Sized Treat

Tiramisu is possibly one of the most famous Italian desserts across the world, known for its creamy mascarpone and coffee soaked layers that pair perfectly after a nice meal. It made its big debut in Italy around the 70’s and became a hit with the restaurants and their patrons, causing it to become one of Italy’s modern day food symbols. You will be surprised at just how easy it is to make, and you can even make it in single servings – perfect for a party or for big family dinners!

Tiramisu Cups

Servings: 8 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes


  • Electric whisk


  • 16 Ladyfinger cookies (about 2 per cup)
  • 4 medium eggs (very fresh)
  • 2 1/4 cups Mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 300 mL pre-made espresso coffee (sweetened to likeness, cold)

Topping Options:

  • chocolate chips
  • bitter cocoa powder
  • chocolate shavings
  • orange or lemon zest


  • First, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites into different mixing bowls. With an electric whisk, start whipping the egg yolks and pour in only half of the sugar (¼ cup). Keep whipping the yolks and sugar together until everything is frothy and well mixed.
  • Keep the whisk running while you add the mascarpone in, little by little, until all of the cheese is incorporated with the yolk mixture and it becomes a thick and compact cream. Set aside.
  • Clean off the whisk and move on to the egg whites. Again, start whipping the whites and slowly adding in the other half of the remaining sugar, a little at a time. Keep doing this until it becomes stiff and peaky.
  • Now, take a spoonful of the egg white mixture and add it to the yolk mixture – mix vigorously with a spatula. Proceed to add the rest of the egg whites in little by little and very gently mix them in from the bottom up.
  • Take a baking dish and line it with the ladyfingers then add the cold espresso and let them soak for a few minutes, flipping them halfway so both sides can soak.
  • Now, to actually make the cups you will first want to break a lady finger in half and line the bottom of the cup with it. Add a spoonful or two of the cream mixture, tap your cup down on the table so the layer settles, add another lady finger layer, and another cream layer then top with either the traditional cocoa powder or you can use chocolate chips like we did!
  • Set the tiramisu cups in the fridge and let it set for 2 hours before serving.
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5 thoughts on “Tiramisu Cups”

  1. 5 stars
    I made the Tiramisu Cups last weekend for a treat to myself. Absolutely delightful. That espresso-soaked ladyfinger combined with the rich mascarpone cream was sublime.

  2. Michele Peters

    5 stars
    Made the Tiramisu Cups for a little get-together last night – what a hit! The layers were so beautifully arranged, and the cream… pure heaven. Honestly, this is the only dessert I need in my life.

  3. 4 stars
    Tried my hand at the Tiramisu Cups recipe. Wow! I felt like a professional pastry chef. They looked so fancy but were so simple to make. plus, tasty ofc

  4. 5 stars
    Just made your Tiramisu Cups for a family dinner – Oma thinks I should quit my job and just cook for her! Who knew I could whip up such a sophisticated dessert?

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