This Tiramisu Icebox Cake recipe uses classic Italian ingredients to make a delicious no-bake dessert that your guests will swear came from a bakery. Just like this Strawberry Icebox Cake, these frozen cakes truly are the perfect solution to summer entertaining. This Tiramisu Icebox Cake takes a classic decadent dessert and transforms it into a delectable frozen treat, and to your surprise, it holds a special secret ingredient.
Tiramisu Icebox Cake Recipe
Ever since I first made my 10-minutes S’mores Cake a few years ago, I’ve been obsessed with icebox cakes. I made this Tiramisu Icebox Cake for my 30th birthday and it was the perfect sophisticated dessert to ring in a new decade – but fun enough that my 5 year old loved it, too. (However, there is coffee and a tiny bit of alcohol in this recipe so use your discretion in the serving sizes or omit the alcohol.)
I had a really hard time finding mascarpone cheese (an Italian cream cheese with a unique taste) for this recipe, and though I eventually found some at the fifth store I visited (!!!) I decided to experiment with some common ingredients as substitution because you shouldn’t have to go to 5 different grocery stores to find an ingredient for any recipe.
And lastly, while I used espresso powder to make my strong coffee for dipping the lady fingers in, you can use regular coffee – or even decaf, if you’re planning to serve this in the evening and are nervous about the caffeine.
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Ingredients to Make Tiramisu Icebox Cake
- 2-packages (16oz) cream cheese
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2-4 Tablespoons half and half
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 200g lady finger cookies
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 2 Tablespoon Amaretto liquor
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Note: to use mascarpone cheese in this recipe, use 8oz, reduce the cream cheese by half and remove the cream and ricotta.
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This no-bake Tiramisu Icebox Cake comes together in minutes and is the perfect dessert with a cup of coffee or after a traditional Italian meal.
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