Gluten-Free Tiramisu: A Classic Italian Dessert Reimagined

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Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert cherished for its creamy texture and rich coffee flavor.

However, what happens when dietary restrictions get in the way of enjoying this delightful treat? That’s where our gluten-free tiramisu comes into play.

This recipe doesn’t just replicate the traditional tiramisu. It enhances it.

Every bite is a perfect blend of coffee-soaked gluten-free ladyfingers, rich mascarpone cream, and a dusting of dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder.

Our gluten-free tiramisu recipe combines the decadence of a classic Italian dessert and the dietary requirements of a gluten-free diet, promising an utterly delightful and guilt-free dessert experience.

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Ingredients

The beauty of tiramisu lies in the quality of its ingredients.

Each element contributes to its sumptuous taste, from the tender layers of gluten-free ladyfingers soaked in coffee to the rich mascarpone cream and the bittersweet dusting of cocoa powder.

Let’s look at these ingredients in-depth and understand how they each contribute to creating the perfect gluten-free tiramisu.

The Gluten-Free Sponge Cake

To replicate the texture and absorbency of traditional ladyfingers, we use a simple gluten-free sponge cake.

This cake is made from fresh eggs, granulated sugar, gluten-free flour, and vanilla extract. It’s baked until golden and cut into ladyfinger-sized pieces.

  • Raw Eggs: Fresh eggs are essential for a light and fluffy texture in your sponge cake. The eggs are separated, with the yolks providing richness and the whites adding lightness to the cake.
  • Granulated sugar adds sweetness to the sponge cake and helps achieve a tender crumb.
  • Gluten-Free Flours: These flours ensure that our sponge cake suits those following a gluten-free diet without compromising texture or taste.
  • Vanilla Extract: A hint of vanilla lends a subtle flavor to our sponge cake, enhancing the overall taste of our gluten-free tiramisu.

The Mascarpone Cream

The mascarpone cream is a crucial element that adds rich, creamy indulgence to the tiramisu.

This cream is made from egg yolks, granulated sugar, mascarpone cheese, Marsala wine, and heavy whipping cream.

  • Egg Yolks: These add richness to the mascarpone cream and help to thicken it, creating a velvety smooth texture.
  • Granulated Sugar: Like in the sponge cake, sugar sweetens our cream and balances out the rich flavor of the mascarpone and the bitter coffee and cocoa flavors.
  • Mascarpone Cheese: This is a soft Italian cheese known for its rich and creamy texture. It forms the base of the cream mixture and lends the tiramisu its signature richness.
  • Marsala Wine: A sweet Italian wine, Marsala enhances the flavor of the mascarpone cream and adds a subtle depth to our gluten-free tiramisu.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: This is whipped till stiff peaks and then folded into the mascarpone mixture to create a light, airy cream.

The Coffee Mixture

The coffee mixture is where the tiramisu gets its distinctive coffee flavor. This mixture is made from freshly brewed espresso coffee and coffee liqueur or dark rum.

  • Espresso Coffee: This adds the signature coffee flavor to the tiramisu. Whether you prefer caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, it’s essential to use a strong, rich coffee to ensure the flavor permeates through the sponge cake.
  • Coffee Liqueur/Dark Rum: This adds an extra layer of flavor and depth to the tiramisu. It’s combined with the coffee to soak the sponge cake.

The Topping

The topping is the final touch to the tiramisu, adding a bittersweet contrast to the sweet and creamy layers beneath.

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: A light dusting of this bitter cocoa powder balances out the sweetness of the tiramisu and adds a beautiful visual contrast.
  • Dark Chocolate: Optional but highly recommended, a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings enhances both the look and the taste of the tiramisu, adding a crunch and an extra hint of bitterness.

Each of these ingredients plays a strong role in creating the perfect gluten-free tiramisu, working together to attain the perfect balance of textures and flavors.

By understanding these ingredients, you can appreciate the careful balance that goes into making this beloved Italian dessert.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Gluten-Free Tiramisu

1) Preparing the Gluten-Free Sponge Cake

We begin by preparing the foundation of our gluten-free tiramisu: the gluten-free sponge cake.

The sponge cake serves as our homemade gluten-free ladyfingers. The process is simple yet requires precision and care.

Begin by separating your egg yolks from the whites. Mix egg yolks with half the sugar until you get a creamy egg yolk mixture.

In your separate bowl, whip the egg whites until it stiffens peaks form. Gradually add you remaining sugar while continuing to beat the egg whites.

Now, it’s time to combine the two mixtures. Gently fold your egg white mixture into your egg yolk mixture.

Be careful not to overmix, as we want to retain the airiness of the egg whites.

Gradually add the gluten-free flour, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract, continuing to fold gently until you have a uniform batter.

Pour your batter into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Bake it at 180°C for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Once baked, let the sponge cake cool before cutting it into ladyfinger-sized pieces.

2) Crafting the Mascarpone Cream

While the sponge cake is cooling, we can move on to the mascarpone cream. The cream is where our gluten-free tiramisu’s rich, indulgent character comes from.

Combine the raw egg yolks and sugar in a bowl, and whisk until you achieve a creamy consistency.

Add in the mascarpone cream cheese and Marsala wine, and continue whisking until the mixture is well combined.

In another bowl, whip your heavy cream until the stiff peaks form. Carefully fold your whipped cream into the mascarpone and egg yolk mixture.

The aim is to create a light, airy mascarpone cream that will lend a delicate texture to our gluten-free tiramisu.

3) Assembling the Gluten-Free Tiramisu

Now comes the fun part – assembling our gluten-free tiramisu!

Start by mixing the espresso coffee with coffee liqueur or dark rum in a shallow bowl.

Dip each gluten-free sponge finger into the coffee mixture, ensuring they are well-soaked but not soggy.

Layer half the gluten-free sponge fingers at the bottom of a serving dish.

Spread half of the mascarpone cream over the sponge fingers, ensuring it covers them evenly.

Repeat the process with the remaining sponge fingers and mascarpone cream.

The final layer of your gluten-free tiramisu should be a generous spread of mascarpone cream.

4. The Final Touches

For the finishing touch, dust the top layer of mascarpone cream with unsweetened cocoa powder.

You can also sprinkle some dark chocolate shavings for an extra touch of indulgence.

Once assembled, cover the gluten-free tiramisu with your plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours.

This allows the flavors to blend together, resulting in a more rich and robust tiramisu.

Your gluten-free tiramisu is now ready to serve!

Each spoonful promises a bite of coffee-soaked sponge fingers and rich mascarpone cream, balanced by the bittersweet dusting of cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

This recipe is a testament to the fact that dietary restrictions don’t mean compromising on taste or indulgence.

Enjoying and Storing Your Gluten-Free Tiramisu

This gluten-free tiramisu is best enjoyed chilled, making it a perfect make-ahead delicious dessert for dinner parties or a special treat for the family.

To store, keep the gluten-free tiramisu in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

It can be stored for up to 5 days, but it won’t last that long!

If you’re concerned about consuming raw eggs, ensure you are using very fresh eggs and that they are appropriately stored.

You can also look for pasteurized eggs to use in this recipe as a safer alternative.


Our easy gluten-free tiramisu is a dessert that everyone can enjoy.

The careful blend of ingredients and the meticulous assembly process results in a dessert that is not only gluten-free but is a delightful treat for the senses compared to other gluten-free dessert recipes.

This recipe perfectly shows how dietary restriction can lead to discovering new and exciting culinary adventures.

gluten free tiramisu recipe

Best Gluten Free Tiramisu

Enjoy the delightful flavors of a classic Italian dessert without the gluten. Here's a straightforward recipe guide to making a mouthwatering gluten-free tiramisu at home.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Setting Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 3900 kcal


  • Large Bowl: A sizeable bowl is essential for mixing your ingredients. Make sure it's large enough to accommodate the volume increase as you whip your eggs and sugar.
  • Electric Mixer: This tool is crucial for getting your eggs and sugar to the light and frothy consistency needed for your sponge cake. A stand mixer is ideal, but a hand mixer can also get the job done.
  • Sieve: This will be used to sift your gluten-free flour, ensuring it's well incorporated into your egg mixture without forming clumps
  • Piping Bag with Round Nozzle: This tool will allow you to pipe out your sponge cake mixture into the shape of ladyfingers.
  • Baking Sheet: You'll need a baking sheet to bake your ladyfingers. Lining it with parchment paper will ensure your ladyfingers don't stick.
  • Stand Mixer: As with the ladyfingers, a stand mixer is essential for getting a smooth, creamy mixture of egg yolks, sugar, and mascarpone cheese. It's also needed for whipping the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  • Mixing Bowl: This is needed for whipping your heavy cream before it's folded into the mascarpone mixture.
  • Spatula: A flexible spatula is ideal for folding your whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture, ensuring you keep as much air in the mixture as possible.
  • Coffee Maker A strong espresso is key to a flavorful tiramisu. An espresso machine is ideal, but you can also use a Moka pot or a French press to brew strong coffee.


For the gluten-free sponge cake

  • 5 raw eggs
  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 50 grams gluten-free flours
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the mascarpone cream

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 500 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tbsp Marsala wine
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

For the coffee mixture

  • 2 cups espresso coffee or decaffeinated coffee
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or dark rum

For the topping

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
  • Dark chocolate shavings


Preparing the Gluten-Free Ladyfingers

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whip together 6 very fresh eggs, 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until the mixture is light and frothy.
  • Gradually sift in 1 cup of gluten-free flour, folding it gently into the egg mixture to maintain the airiness.
  • Transfer the mixture into a piping bag, and pipe out 3-inch long lines onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Allow the gluten-free ladyfingers to cool completely.

Preparing the Mascarpone Cream

  • In a stand mixer, whisk together 6 egg yolks and 3/4 cups of granulated sugar until they form a pale, creamy mixture.
  • Add in 3 cups of mascarpone cheese and 2 tablespoons of Marsala wine, continuing to mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture, ensuring the resulting cream is light and fluffy.

Preparing the Coffee Mixture

  • Brew 1 cup of strong espresso coffee and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, mix in 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur or dark rum.

Assembling the Tiramisu

  • Dip the gluten-free ladyfingers into the coffee mixture, ensuring they are well-soaked but not soggy.
  • Arrange a layer of the soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of a serving dish.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone cream over the ladyfingers.
  • Repeat with another layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and remaining mascarpone cream.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if time allows.

Serving the Tiramisu

  • Before serving, dust the top of the tiramisu with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Optionally, sprinkle some shavings of dark chocolate over the cocoa for extra richness and texture.


Serve your delectable gluten-free tiramisu as the perfect finish to any meal. Its rich mascarpone cream, coffee-soaked sponge, and a dusting of bitter cocoa make it an irresistible treat that everyone can enjoy. Enjoy the journey of making gluten-free tiramisu and savor each bite of this classic Italian dessert.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does tiramisu have gluten in it?

Yes, traditional tiramisu does contain gluten. This is primarily because ladyfingers, also known as Savoiardi biscuits, which form the sponge base of the dessert, are made from wheat flour. However, it is possible to make a gluten-free version of tiramisu by replacing the regular ladyfingers with gluten-free ones, as demonstrated in our recipe. This ensures that people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can enjoy this classic Italian dessert too.

What can I use instead of mascarpone cheese?

If mascarpone cheese isn't available, a good substitute is a combination of cream cheese and heavy cream or sour cream. The texture and taste closely resemble that of mascarpone