Recipe courtesy of Mary Bergin


  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Prep: 2 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min


Chocolate chiffon cake:

l l/2 cups granulated sugar

l cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

l teaspoon baking soda

l/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs, separated

2 egg whites

3/4 cup vegetable oil

l/2 cup water

l teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Mascarpone Cream:

21 ounces mascarpone cheese

11 l/2 ounces milk chocolate, cut into small pieces

8 eggs, separated

l/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons Kahlua

2 tablespoons rum

Unsweetened cocoa, sifted, for decoration

About l/4 cup coarsely grated milk chocolate, for garnish

For the Soaking Liquid:

4 cups espresso coffee, decaffeinated or regular

l l/4 cups water

l cup sugar

3 tablespoons Kahlua

3 tablespoons rum


  1. For the cake: Sift together l cup sugar, the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  2. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, with paddle or beaters, beat the egg yolks at high speed. Turn speed to low and pour in the oil, water and vanilla. Gradually add the sifted ingredients, and when almost incorporated, turn speed to medium, and beat until well combined. Remove bowl from machine. 
  3. In another clean large bowl, with whip or beaters, whip the 6 egg whites until soft peaks form. Start on medium speed and raise speed as peaks begin to form. Gradually pour in the remaining l/2 cup sugar and whip until whites are shiny and firm but not stiff. With a rubber spatula, fold l/4 of the whites into the chocolate mixture, then scrape the chocolate mixture back into the whites, quickly folding until completely incorporated. 
  4. Scrape the mixture into a greased and floured half-sheet pan and bake at 375 degrees F. until edges of the cake pull away from the pan and a tester, gently inserted into the cake, comes out clean. 
  5. For the cream: In the large bowl of an electric mixer, using paddle or beaters, beat the mascarpone until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl and under the beaters as necessary. 
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, set over simmering water, melt the chocolate. Set aside. 
  7. In a large heatproof bowl, set over simmering water, whisk the egg yolks with l/4 cup sugar until sugar dissolved and mixture is hot to the touch. Remove from heat and scrape into the mascarpone. On medium speed, beat just until combined. Lower speed, add the melted chocolate, and mix well. 
  8. In a large bowl of the electric mixer, using the whip attachment, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the remaining l/4 cup sugar and continue to beat until shiny and firm but not stiff. Fold into the mascarpone mixture. Stir in the Kahlua and rum. Refrigerate until needed. 
  9. For the soaking liquid: In a small pot, combine all of the ingredients, bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool. 
  10. To assemble the Tiramisu: I like to use parfait or Pilsner glasses for this dessert. Place all of the glasses on a flat work surface. Cut out cake circles that will fit into the size glass your using. Using a ladle, place a small amount of Mascarpone cream in the glass, dip a cake circle in the soaking liquid (squeeze out any excess) and place on top of the cream. Ladle more cream on top of the circle, place another soaked circle of cake and finish with a layer of cream. Repeat this with all of the glasses. Refrigerate for about an hour or until set. Decorate with grated milk chocolate and sifted cocoa.
Let's Get Cooking!

Sign up for the Recipe of the Day newsletter to receive editor-picked recipes,tips and videos delivered to your inbox daily. Privacy Policy

Thanks for subscribing to the Recipe of the Day newsletter. Check out all our other great newsletters from Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas and Chef Recipe Videos.

We're sorry, there was an error signing you up. Please try again later.


8 Reviews


Delicious, fun recipe!! Made this today with my two teenaged children (aged 16 and 18. We had a blast working together, and enjoyed the process very much. I especially enjoyed that every element was from scratch, instead of being locked in to processed food. The directions were clear enough for us, but we are used to working in kitchens and working together. As a result, we avoided some obvious first timer mistakes, and the dog enjoyed the excess egg yolks added to her dinner! This is a great recipe for novices to practice techniques and to improve their dessert approaches.

See All Reviews