Indulge Your Senses With A Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe

Discover pure indulgence with our Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe. Elevate your dessert game with this luxurious treat. Read along for our step-by-step guide.

While Tiramisu is a much-loved classic dessert, it’s not often associated with ice cream. But of course, we couldn’t resist the temptation to blend the rich flavours of espresso, mascarpone, and cocoa into a luxurious frozen treat.

Join us as we put a delicious spin on tradition and introduce you to the decadent flavour sensation of Tiramisu Ice Cream.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of creating your own Tiramisu Ice Cream, step by step. From infusing creamy mascarpone with the boldness of espresso to layering in delicate ladyfinger pieces, we’ll show you how to achieve that perfect balance of flavours and textures.

Learn how to create a frozen dessert that captures the essence of a classic Tiramisu while offering a refreshing twist.

If you prefer, please click the link to go directly to the recipe and method, or read along to learn more.

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Tiramisu: A Classic Italian Dessert

Originating from the Veneto region of Italy, Tiramisu translates to “pick me up” in Italian, a fitting name for its ability to elevate any occasion. This exquisite creation is often reserved for celebrations, weddings, and special gatherings, symbolising sophistication and culinary finesse.

Indulge Your Senses With A Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe image 1 piece of classic tiramisu cake with fresh strawberries on top frosted fusionsWith its origins rooted in Italian heritage, Tiramisu has become synonymous with sophistication and culinary excellence. You’ll often see Tiramisu gracing the tables of trattorias and fine dining establishments alike, symbolising the artistry and passion of Italian gastronomy.

This decadent dessert is prepared with precision and passion, with each layer being meticulously constructed, blending creamy mascarpone cheese with robust espresso, delicate ladyfinger biscuits soaked in coffee, a dusting of cocoa powder and a hint of liqueur for depth of flavour, Tiramisu has earned its place as a timeless dessert favourite worldwide.

The Role of Ladyfingers in Tiramisu: Crafting the Perfect Foundation

Ladyfingers, delicate sponge biscuits also known as savoiardi in Italian, play a pivotal role in the creation of Tiramisu, serving as the sturdy foundation upon which this iconic dessert is built. These finger-shaped treats are light and airy, with a subtle sweetness that harmonises beautifully with the bold flavours of espresso and mascarpone.

Indulge Your Senses With A Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe image 2 handful of lady fingers with one being soaked in a coffee liquid frosted fusionsThe key to their contribution lies in their ability to absorb the rich essence of coffee, infusing each layer of Tiramisu with a tantalising depth of flavour. As they gently soak up the aromatic brew, the ladyfingers transform into tender pockets of indulgence, providing a satisfying contrast to the velvety smoothness of the mascarpone filling.

In Tiramisu, ladyfingers serve not only as a structural component but also as a carrier for flavour, elevating each bite with their subtle sweetness and texture. Their role is indispensable, adding depth and dimension to this beloved dessert.

Chilling Out with Tiramisu-Inspired Ice Cream

It makes perfect sense to us to take this classic flavour combination and turn it into an indulgent and decadent Homemade Ice Cream, and why not? Tiramisu provides everything you could want in ice cream – bold coffee notes, creamy mascarpone, and coffee-soaked ladyfingers, which offer an additional layer of textural and a dusting of cocoa, it’s screaming out to be ice cream!

Let us take you through the delicious process where the creamy indulgence of Tiramisu meets the cool sensation of ice cream.

By infusing the classic flavours of espresso, mascarpone, and cocoa into a luscious ice cream base, we’re taking the iconic Tiramisu to a whole new level of frosty decadence.

Homemade Tiramisu Ice Cream

Here’s our Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe

Indulge Your Senses With A Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe image 5 tiramisu ice cream served in an ice cream cone waffle dish with coffee beans and dusted cocoa on top frosted fusionsIngredients:

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 100g mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50g ladyfinger biscuits, roughly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for dusting


  • In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar until pale and creamy.
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk and double cream over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat.
  • Gradually pour the hot milk and cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly to combine.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook gently, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not let it boil.
  • Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the dissolved espresso, mascarpone cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
  • Allow the custard to cool completely, then transfer it to an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until thick and creamy.
    • NB: If you don’t own an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe, you simply pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker – to learn more.
  • During the last few minutes of churning, add the crushed ladyfinger biscuits and continue churning until evenly distributed.
  • Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.
  • Before serving, dust the top of the ice cream with cocoa powder for that classic Tiramisu touch.
  • Scoop and enjoy the deliciously creamy Tiramisu Ice Cream straight from the freezer!

Depending on your flavour preferences, you can increase or decrease the amount of expresso powder you use and the same goes with your quantity of sugar. Adjust to your preferences. That’s the great thing with Homemade, you can adapt to what works best for you.

Elevate Your Tiramisu Ice Cream to the Next Level With These Delectable Additions

Indulge Your Senses With A Decadent Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe image 4 glass of tiramisu ice cream with lady fingers sticking out and coffee beans in white dish frosted fusionsHere are some additional extras that can be added to enhance the Tiramisu flavours in your homemade ice cream:

  • Chocolate Shavings: Finely grated or shaved dark chocolate can add a rich and indulgent touch to the ice cream, mimicking the cocoa dusting found on traditional Tiramisu.
  • Coffee Liqueur: For an adult twist, add a splash of coffee liqueur such as Kahlua or Tia Maria to the ice cream mixture before churning for an extra kick of coffee flavour.
  • Mocha Swirl: Drizzle a swirl of homemade chocolate or coffee sauce into the churned ice cream for an extra layer of decadence and flavour complexity.
  • Amaretto Soaked Biscuits: Soak the ladyfinger biscuits in Amaretto liqueur before adding them to the churned ice cream for a subtle almond flavour and boozy kick reminiscent of Tiramisu.
  • Marsala Wine Reduction: Reduce Marsala wine in a saucepan until thick and syrupy, then swirl it into the churned ice cream for an authentic touch of Tiramisu flavour.
  • Vanilla Bean: Scraped vanilla bean seeds can enhance the creamy base of the ice cream and complement the other flavours beautifully.
  • Espresso Bean Crumble: Crushed espresso beans or coffee-flavoured chocolate chips can add a delicious textural crunch and bursts of coffee flavour throughout the ice cream.
  • Whipped Cream: Dollop a generous swirl of freshly whipped cream on top of each serving of your Tiramisu ice cream for an extra indulgent finishing touch.

These additions will elevate the Tiramisu Ice Cream to new heights of flavour and decadence, creating a truly unforgettable dessert experience!

We hope that you have enjoyed our article about our Homemade Tiramisu Ice Cream Recipe and we hope we have inspired you to give it a go.

If you have any questions, please drop us a comment below and we’d love to hear how you get on trying this out.

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  1. Hey there! Just came across your post about whipping up a decadent tiramisu ice cream, and wow, it’s making my mouth water just reading it! 🍨 Your step-by-step instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I love how you break down the process and explain each step – it makes me feel like I can tackle this recipe with confidence.The combination of flavors you’ve got going on here sounds absolutely divine. From the rich coffee kick to the creamy mascarpone goodness, it’s like a dessert lover’s dream come true! I’m tempted to give this a try myself, but I’m wondering – have you experimented with any variations or added any personal twists to the recipe? Thanks for sharing this heavenly treat – can’t wait to indulge my taste buds!

    • Hey Bob,

      Thanks for dropping by again and glad you appreciated our article. Tiramisu is a delicious dessert and we think even better in an Ice Cream form. The coolness of it being frozen adds a little extra to an already delicious treat.

      To be honest, we haven’t tried any variations, mainly because we know the classic Tiramisu flavours work so well together, but I guess with the additional toppings we provided at the end of the article, there are a few extra ideas you could try, perhaps adding alcohol, like Kahlua or Amaretto to give the recipe an additional decadence and kick, or even an additional serving of crushed coffee beans to enhance the coffee flavour. There’s a variety of options you could try.

      Again, really glad you appreciated the article and recipe we shared, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

      Wishing you all the best

      Cherie :o)

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