Cheesecake Tiramisu

Tiramisu Cheesecake

We prepared this easy Tiramisu Cheesecake for a birthday celebration. It’s a seemingly fancy dessert but we made it no-bake and without eggs or mascarpone cheese.

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that has become a favourite worldwide. It’s creamy, rich, and decadent dessert that has the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. The traditional recipe for tiramisu involves ladyfingers soaked in coffee and layered with a mixture of mascarpone cheese and eggs.


Birthday Tiramisu Cheesecake

Our oldest son, home from teachers’ college is always making tiramisu (his favourite dessert and his specialty). We asked him what he’d like for his birthday cake and he said either tiramisu or cheesecake. So we thought – why not both, but we couldn’t just follow his recipe – we needed to change things up a bit.

Tiramisu Problem Solving

We did a little problem solving with this recipe. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were simpler to make in a hurry, didn’t have raw eggs in it, and do we really need to go out and search for mascarpone cheese? Mascarpone cheese is a just a soft, slightly sweet cream cheese after all!

So we decided to whip just plain cream cheese with whipped cream, sugar and vanilla – instead of relying on mascarpone and eggs. Brilliant, right??

Still more problem solving – I find tiramisu a little bland – and personally, I would like a bit more crunch in my dessert and a little bit of contrast in the flavour layers – so I thought – how about adding some crunchy bits of Coffee Crisp bars – and what about only soaking half of the Traditional Ladyfinger biscuits in coffee, so that they aren’t all mushy.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how we made a delicious no bake – egg and mascarpone-free tiramisu cheesecake that’s perfect for any occasion – and in this case, yes it was fantastic and yes, the birthday boy loved it!

Don’t worry – there is a printable recipe card from RecipesGenerator at the bottom of this post!

For this recipe we used a square 10 by 10 pyrex baking dish and prepared two layers of ladyfingers and cream cheese with delicious crispy morsels of Coffee Crisp bars providing a lovely texture and flavour contrast. You can increase the number of layers in your tiramisu preparation if you like – but we wanted to prepare just enough for four of us to eat, and a little leftover to save for later! Measurements don’t have to be precise for this, just go with what you have for the layers. Tiramisu is the lasagna of desserts – so have some fun making it.

How to Make Tiramisu Cheesecake

Tiramisu Ingredients:

26 or so Ladyfinger cookies. (Enough to line the pan twice – arranged however you like)

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature

1 1/2 cup whipped cream

1 cup cold coffee

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 tablespoons Creme de Cacao or other coffee or chocolate flavoured liqueur

1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 coffee crisp bar or 6 halloween candy sized bars – sliced and crumbled

Tiramisu Instructions:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Gradually fold in the whipped cream and continue beating until mixture is smooth and well combined.

Blend cream cheese mixture
Blend cream cheese mixture

Lay single layer of Ladyfingers on the bottom of the baking dish. I trimmed mine a little to fit in flat in a single layer (nibbling at them is also an option)

Ladyfingers in baking dish
Ladyfingers in baking dish

Mix coffee and Creme de Cacao. Pour over lady fingers. At this time I sipped a bit of Creme de Cacao.

Ladyfingers in baking dish soaked in coffee and creme de cacao
Ladyfingers in baking dish soaked in coffee and Creme de Cacao

Spread half of the cream cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers.

Spread cream cheese
Spread cream cheese

Place 1/2 of the Coffee Crisp bars on top of the cream cheese.

Add another layer of Ladyfingers

Spread the rest of the cream cheese mixture over the Ladyfingers.

Dust with cocoa powder. (You could try to make this pretty with heart shaped designs but not me!)

Sprinkle with cocoa powder
Dust with cocoa powder

Sprinkle the rest of the coffee crisp crumble over the top.

Sprinkle coffee crisp crumble
Coffee crisp crumble over cocoa powder on tiramisu

Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight to allow cheesecake to set.

  • To make sure your cheesecake is smooth and creamy, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you start.
Cheesecake Tiramisu
Cheesecake Tiramisu

If you’re looking for a delicious, no bake – egg and mascarpone-free version of the classic tiramisu, this cheesecake is the perfect recipe to try. It’s creamy, decadent, and easy to make, and is sure to be a hit at your next family gathering. It seems fancy – but it’s not!

So, go ahead and give it a try! Your taste buds will thank you and you’ve got enough things to worry about without buying all kinds of fancy ingredients and fussing over a complicated dessert.

Below is a printable recipe card from RecipesGenerator. Please give it a try!


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