Strawberry Tiramisu
[1] Strawberry tiramisu. The recipe is below (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour).

[2] Variations: tiramisu made in a bowl, topped with mixed berries, to be scooped instead of sliced (photo courtesy Mozzarella Company).

[3] Classic tiramisu, made with (among other ingredients) espresso, coffee liqueur, marsala and ladyfingers, topped with cocoa powder. Here’s the recipe from Baking A Moment.


Tiramisu, the very popular Italian dessert, is made with espresso and coffee liqueur (here’s the recipe, and the history of tiramisu).

But February 27th is National Strawberry Day, so how about a strawberry tiramisu?

Wait: Is it still tiramisu without the espresso and coffee liqueur? After all, the translation of tiramisu is “pick me up,” referring to the caffeine in the coffee ingredients (although there’s not very much caffeine in a portion).

Our answer is yes. The formula for tiramisu has been followed, with flavor substitutions.

  • Sponge cake replaces ladyfingers, which are sponge fingers.
  • Citrus soaking syrup replaces the coffee liqueur.
  • Orange liqueur replaces coffee liqueur.
  • Citrus juice and zest replace the sherry-like flavors of sweet marsala.

    This recipe, a riff on classic tiramisu, was developed by P.J. Hamel, a recipe developer and writer at King Arthur Flour.

    If your grocer carries ladyfingers, you can use them instead of the sponge cake. They’re a time saver, but not available everywhere.

    You can use a single berry variety or mixed berries. Prep time is 35 to 45 minutes, bake time is 20 to 23 minutes.
    Ingredients For A 9″ Cake (16 Servings)

    For The Sponge Cake

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    For The Citrus Soaking Syrup

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest (grated peel of 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons)
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
    (substitute orange juice)
    For The Citrus Cream Filling

  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange peel (from 1 orange)
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 quarts fresh berries of your choice (sliced strawberries,
    blueberries, raspberries)

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and line two 9″ square pans with parchment.

    2. MAKE the cake: Combine the eggs, sugar and almond extract in a mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until the eggs thicken and lighten in color, about 5 minutes.

    3. WHISK together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate small bowl. Sprinkle 1/3 of the dry mixture over the beaten egg and gently stir it in. Repeat twice more, using 1/3 of the flour mixture each time. The batter will begin to look spongy and fluffy.

    4. POUR the batter into the prepared pans. Bake the cake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and place on racks to cool in the pan completely.

    5. MAKE the syrup: Combine all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for one minute, or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, strain, and set aside to cool.

    6. MAKE the filling: In a small bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese and orange zest. Gradually stir in the heavy cream until the mixture is smooth and thick. Stir in the confectioners sugar. The syrup and cream can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until the cake is ready to assemble.

    7. ASSEMBLE the cake: Place one cake layer on a serving platter and brush it with the syrup. Allow the syrup to soak in, then apply more. You’ll use about half of the syrup for the first layer.

    8. SPREAD half of the sliced berries over the moist cake. Dollop on half of the cream filling, and spread in an even layer. Top with the second layer of cake, repeating the soaking process. Spread with the remaining cream filling, then top with the last of the berries. (If you prefer, individual servings can be topped with whole berries.)

    9. REFRIGERATE the cake for at least an hour or overnight, before serving. You can store any leftover cake in the refrigerator for up to 2 days; but tiramisu is best enjoyed within 24 hours of making it. Freezing is not recommended.
    Variations & Tips

  • Baking pans. If you don’t have two 9″ square pans, you can bake the sponge in two 9″ round pans. The layers will be slightly thicker, and will take a few extra minutes to bake.
  • Gluten-free version. Use your favorite gluten-free sponge or yellow cake, baked and sliced in thin layers.
  • Make ahead. The syrup and cream can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until the cake is ready to assemble.

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