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Black Forest Tiramisu Dessert

Try a delicious variation on a classic dessert recipe! This black forest tiramisu recipe adds cherry and chocolate to the classic mascarpone tiramisu.

black forest tiramisu

Ever found yourself in a dessert dilemma, torn between the lush, creamy allure of tiramisu and the rich, chocolate and fruit charm of a Black Forest cake?

It happened to me recently.

Both were on the menu at a restaurant that I love, and I had a hard time deciding. I decided to go with the tiramisu while my friend got the Black Forest cake and let me try.

But why does it have to be like that? Why are we forced to make such difficult life choices? Well – this time you don’t have to. I’m going to show you how to make black forest tiramisu!

It’s a harmonious blend of bold flavors and textures: layers of soft, espresso-soaked ladyfingers and velvety mascarpone cheese, jazzed up with a swirl of seductive cherry sauce and a generous sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

This is where the worlds of an Italian classic and a German gem collide in the most delicious way possible.

But wait, there’s more to this than just its drool-worthy description. What if I told you that creating this masterpiece takes less than an hour to make? The rest is chill time!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But I’m no pastry chef!” Well, neither am I, and that’s the beauty of this recipe. It’s designed for the everyday cook who wants to create something extraordinary without the fuss.

tiramisu dessert in cups on a cutting board

So, are you ready to take your dessert game to a whole new level of awesome? Are you prepared to wow your friends, family, or even just treat yourself to a slice of heaven?

Roll up your sleeves, grab your whisk, and join me. Trust me, your spoon is about to embark on a journey of epic deliciousness, and you won’t want to miss a single bite!

Tips for Making Tiramisu

Making the best classic mascarpone tiramisu requires attention to detail and high-quality ingredients. Here are some tips to help you achieve a delicious and authentic dessert:

Use High Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality mascarpone cheese. It should be fresh and creamy for the best results.

Pasteurized Eggs

Ensure your eggs are fresh and pasteurized. Some traditional recipes (like this one) use raw eggs, but you can buy pasteurized yolks and whites. Or learn how to pasteurize eggs here.

Use Good Espresso

Brew a strong and flavorful coffee or espresso. You can use instant espresso powder or freshly brewed coffee. Adding a touch of coffee liqueur like Kahlúa is optional but can enhance the flavor.

Dry, Stale Ladyfingers

Use good-quality ladyfingers. They should be dry, not soft, and stale. Stale ladyfingers absorb the coffee mixture better.

Don’t Forget to Chill

Tiramisu is best when it has had time to chill and set. Refrigerate it for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight, before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and the texture to become creamy.

hand holding black forest tiramisu

Remember that practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt isn’t flawless. Experiment with the ratios of coffee, sugar, and mascarpone to suit your taste preferences.

With these tips and a little patience, you can make a delicious dessert that will impress your guests. Here’s what you’re going to need:


  • 4 eggs
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 oz ladyfinger package
  • 1 cup cold espresso or coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 cup cherry sauce
  • Chocolate shavings to decorate
  • Cherries to decorate

Leftovers should be refrigerated immediately. Tiramisu is best when eaten within a day or two of making it, as it can become too soggy if stored for too long.

black forest tiramisu recipe

You can freeze tiramisu for 2-3 months in an airtight container. If you try it, let it thaw in the fridge.

two cups of black forest tiramisu

Get the printable recipe for this dessert below:

Yield: 6-8 servings

Black Forest Tiramisu

hand holding black forest tiramisu

Try a delicious variation on a classic! This black forest tiramisu recipe adds cherry and chocolate to the classic mascarpone tiramisu.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Assembly Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes


  • 4 eggs
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 oz ladyfingers
  • 1 cup cold espresso or coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 cup cherry sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate shavings to decorate
  • Cherries to decorate (optional)


  1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites and place in two different bowls. Using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, whip egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar until they get pale yellow.Sugar and egg yolks together in a metal bowl
  2. Add mascarpone cheese and continue whipping until fully combined. Set aside.Mascarpone cheese added to the egg yolks
  3. After that, again using a stand or an electric mixer, whisk egg whites with 1/4 cup of sugar, adding sugar slowly (french meringue method).Beating egg whites with sugar in a metal bowl
  4. In a medium bowl slowly and carefully combine these two mixtures with spatula. Do not stir too much; just until combined.Stirring the mascarpone mixture and egg whites until combined
  5. When assembling, start with some filling. Then quickly dip the ladyfinger into the espresso and place it. Pour some cherry sauce, and repeat until layered.tiramisu layered in the glass
  6. Top with the dark chocolate shavings (divide evenly) and cherries, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 654Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 301mgSodium: 529mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 12g

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