Tiramisu Trifles

Tiramisu Trifles

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When I bought the jar of instant espresso powder for the espresso pots de creme a few weeks ago I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave it alone for long. And indeed I didn’t so here is a another coffee dessert (and it probably won’t be the last one). These tiramisu trifles are super delicious, easy and very quick to make. One of the layers is a simple espresso-flavored whipped cream, another is the traditional flavored mascarpone cream, and the ladyfinger layer is moistened not by straight espresso but by a sweet coffee liqueur sauce. Enjoy!

Tiramisu Trifles
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
For the ladyfinger layer:
  • 6 ladyfingers, crumbled
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur (I used Kapali)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
For the mascarpone layer:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
For the espresso whipped cream layer:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • cocoa powder as garnish
For the ladyfinger layer:
  1. Add coffee liqueur, cream and espresso powder to a saucepan and bring to a very low simmer.
  2. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon keep the mix simmering until reduced to about ⅓ cup.
  3. Let cool to room temperature.
For the mascarpone layer:
  1. Beat egg yolks, sugar, espresso powder and coffee liqueur with an electric mixer for a few minutes until pale yellow.
  2. Add the mascarpone and continue to beat for a few more minutes until you have a nice thick base.
  3. Set aside.
For the espresso whipped cream layer:
  1. Whip all ingredients to stiff peaks.
For the assembly:
  1. Pipe the different components in layers into tall glasses. For the ladyfinger layer, add the crumbles and drizzle them with the coffee sauce. Dust with cocoa powder and serve cold.



  1. Pang says:

    I love the substitute to coffee liqueur, Nicole. This looks so delicious. I love Tiramisu, but this Tiramisu Trifles of yours looks even better :)

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