Rating: 3.16 stars
757 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 130
  • 3 star values: 330
  • 2 star values: 148
  • 1 star values: 39

When you're entertaining, you need a make-ahead dessert that wows. This rich confection takes just 15 minutes to prep, can be made up to a week in advance, and will not disappoint.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Reviews (16)

757 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 130
  • 3 star values: 330
  • 2 star values: 148
  • 1 star values: 39
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2018
This recipe is simple and simply amazing! And it is adaptable. By this I mean it is easy to lighten it a bit if one prefers to do so. I doubled the recipe and it was a hit from everyone who had some. The texture is dense, as I like it, but easy to lighten a bit by either not beating the cream so thick or just adding a bit of milk. I say all of this as one who has had many tiramisu's in many forms from many restaurants (it is my favorite desert and I have ordered it in many restaurants around the country). While some have been a tad better none have been this foolproof and simple to make. I highly recommend it to those who really like tiramisu. And btw, I used Costco's pound cake.
Rating: 1 stars
05/20/2018
I successfully wasted 4 packages of cream cheese, some coffee, rum, chocolate, sugar, and cake. Don't waste your time or ingredients make the real stuff.
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2017
I've made it twice for parties and it's gotten rave reviews. The only thing I changed was to add a bit of vanilla to the cream cheese mixture.
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2016
Great recipe. Easy and tasty. No leftovers :)
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2016
This was a great recipe. People went back for seconds. Super easy to make too.
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2016
This was a great recipe. People went back for seconds. Super easy to make too.
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2016
This is a great 'fake' Tiramisu. The flavors are fabulous. Everyone went for seconds!
Rating: Unrated
03/08/2016
Very mediocre recipe. Tiramisù calls for mascarpone (not cream cheese) and marsala (not rum or brandy); both are essential for its unique flavor. Otherwise, all you've got is a coffee-flavored trifle.
Rating: Unrated
06/02/2015
I hope folks who get on their high-horse and make nasty/sarcastic comments are basically making fools of themselves, nothing more. Grow up and get over yourselves.
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2015
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!!
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2015
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/19/2015
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.
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2013
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.
Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/13/2010
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!
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2010
Very yummy! you will love it!