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Pound-Cake Tiramisu

This dessert takes just 15 minutes to prep.

  • Servings: 8
Pound-Cake Tiramisu

Source: Everyday Food, April 2010


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or brandy
  • 1 loaf pound cake, preferably marbled, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup shaved semisweet chocolate
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream, cream cheese, and confectioners sugar until combined. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum.

  2. In a 2-quart baking dish, lay half the cake slices in a single layer, trimming to fit. Brush with half the coffee mixture. Top with half the cream mixture and half the chocolate. Repeat. Dust top with cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Cook's Note

Make it ahead and store, covered, up to 1 week.

Reviews (8)

  • Kitaly 31 Jan, 2015

    I love this recipe. It's easy to follow...when short on time it comes together rather quickly and I've never had even one spoonful leftover when served to guests. It has always been a hit. Thank you Martha!!

  • John Willingham 22 Jan, 2015

    OK, so this isn't a traditional Tiramisu; lighten up. This recipe is reminiscent of, and obviously developed for a quick and still pleasing dessert when time is short. If not to your high standards, move on.

  • Maryea Curtis 19 Jan, 2015

    This is not Tiramisu. This is nothing like Tiramisu. It is an interesting interpretation of perhaps a triffle. Tiramisu needs mascopne, espresso and cream, NOT cream cheese frosting and instant coffee. I am generally impressed with Martha Stewart, but this is a fail.

  • Julio Nino 12 Sep, 2014

    I wanted to take a dessert to the Sunday go to meeting cover dish and this looked good so I made it. I didn't have any pound cake so instead I used a pound of potted meat that I make myself. Also, alcohol is a sin so I replaced it with spicey V8 juice. There was a lot left over.

  • Shamz 17 Oct, 2013

    Tried this recipe with a homemade marble pound cake & it was just great. Used home made cream cheese for the recipe.. Everyone just loooved it. One of the best cakes i have baked. Extremely easy to prepare & a delicious treat.

  • BambooStar 14 Jan, 2013

    Hmm... i dont know if others just used loaf cake or something, but mine was pretty dry using pound cake. The coffee mixture didnt soak all the way through like usual tiramisu. And im really not fond of this cream cheese frosting trend.... Just made the dish taste sour-ish. Minus the cream cheese, everything tasted fine; but just wasnt great texturally. Next time id take out the cream cheese, use moist loaf cake instead or a thinner slice of pound cake, and add more coffee mixture.

  • StephyBoDean 13 Oct, 2010

    I made this for a crowd and thought I would have leftovers! Not a chance, everyone loved it. I even did 3 layers with the same amount of cream filling, just more slices of pound cake. I used vanilla pound cake because that was all my bakery had, and brandy. Very good, will be making again!

  • debdom0915 6 Aug, 2010

    Very yummy! you will love it!

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