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Black Forest Tiramisu

Prep Time20 mins
Chill Time5 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cherry, tiramisu
Servings: 9
Calories: 437kcal


Mascarpone-Cream Layer

  • 250 g mascarpone cheese (8.8 oz or 1 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 250 g heavy cream fresh cream, or whipping cream (1 cup)
  • 75 g granulated sugar  (approx. ¼ cup + 1 tbsp.)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 24-28 ladyfingers (savoiardi)


  • 300 g fresh cherries pitted and halved or quartered (2 cups)
  • 50 g granulated sugar (¼ cup)
  • 1 tbsp. brandy or rum (optional)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 350 mL water (1½ cup)


  • 50 g dark chocolate shaved or grated


  • Place heavy cream and vanilla extract in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Place mascarpone cheese and granulated sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until just combined. Fold in whipped heavy cream and mix for a few seconds until incorporated and smooth.
  • Place pitted and halved (or quartered) cherries, sugar, cinnamon and brandy in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add water and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer mixture to a sieve, draining liquid into a wide bowl or plate (wide enough to fit the length of a ladyfinger). Place cherries in a separate glass bowl and allow to cool completely.
  • Dip both sides of each ladyfinger (one by one) quickly into cherry syrup mixture (do not soak as ladyfingers will become soggy).
  • Place dipped ladyfingers side by side (you will have 2 rows) at the bottom of an 8x8" glass baking dish (or use a brownie pan lined with parchment paper). You may need to cut off part of the ladyfingers for the "shorter" row.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone-cream mixture on top of the bottom row. Use a spatula or palette knife to smooth out the surface. Spread all cherries evenly on top of the mascarpone layer.
  • Repeat the last three steps to create a second row of lady fingers and mascarpone covering (do not put cherries on the top layer). Cover and refrigerate for 4-5 hours up to overnight.
  • Before serving, sprinkle dark chocolate shavings over tiramisu.


Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 981IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg