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Fast and Easy Tiramisu Roll

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Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog
Don’t want to work hard for a classic tiramisu? Try this easy tiramisu roll recipe.



  • Spread 3-4 sheets of plastic wrap to create a rectangle about 11.81×15.75 inches (30×40 cm).
  • Dip the ladyfingers in coffee on both sides (they break easily) and arrange them on the plastic wrap in two adjacent rows of 10 ladyfingers each, for a total of 20. Arrange them tightly. Let them sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes until they are softened and can be folded without breaking.
  • In a stand mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese with sugar, cream, and vanilla pudding powder for about 2 minutes until it forms a stable whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Spread most of the whipped cream over the ladyfingers (save 4 tablespoons for decoration). Make the whipped cream higher in the center. Use the plastic wrap to fold both edges upward to form a round cake with the ladyfingers wrapped around the mascarpone cream. Sift the cacao powder over the ladyfingers. Pipe the remaining whipped cream in the center, using a star nozzle if desired. Chill for about an hour in the refrigerator before serving.


tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

How do I store the tiramisu roll?

To store the tiramisu roll after making it, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out. Keep it refrigerated at all times, as the mascarpone cheese and whipped cream need to stay cold. The tiramisu roll can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. For best results, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving to soften slightly.

tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

What can I substitute mascarpone cheese with?

Yes, you can substitute mascarpone cheese with other types of cheese, though it may alter the flavor and texture. Cream cheese is the most common substitute, providing a similar creamy consistency but a tangier taste. For a closer match, mix cream cheese with a bit of heavy cream or sour cream to achieve a smoother texture. Ricotta cheese can also be used, but it has a grainier texture and a milder flavor compared to mascarpone.

What should I do if the mascarpone mixture is too runny?

If the mascarpone mixture is too runny, first ensure you used cold ingredients and didn’t overmix. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm it up. If it remains too runny, gradually add more whipped cream or a stabilizer like gelatin or instant pudding mix, then gently fold until the desired consistency is achieved. Avoid overmixing to prevent it from becoming runny again. If needed, refrigerate the mixture again before using it in the tiramisu roll.

tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

What can I use instead of ladyfingers?

If you don’t have ladyfingers, you can use sponge cake, pound cake, or even savoiardi biscuits as substitutes. Cut the cake into strips to mimic the shape of ladyfingers. For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free sponge cake or gluten-free cookies. Ensure that whichever substitute you choose is light and can absorb the coffee mixture well. These alternatives will still provide a delicious base for your tiramisu roll, maintaining the dessert’s classic texture and flavor.

tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

How do I know when the ladyfingers are soft enough?

You’ll know the ladyfingers are soft enough when they become pliable and can be easily folded without breaking. After dipping them in the coffee mixture, let them sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes. They should absorb enough liquid to become tender throughout. To test, gently press a ladyfinger; it should feel soft and spongy. If it’s still firm in the center, give it a little more time to soak and soften completely.

How to prevent the ladyfingers from breaking while assembling

To prevent ladyfingers from breaking while assembling, dip them quickly in the coffee mixture to avoid over-soaking, which makes them fragile. Arrange them gently on the plastic wrap without pressing too hard. Let them sit for about 45 minutes to absorb the liquid and become pliable. Handle with care during assembly, using the plastic wrap to fold them around the filling. Ensuring the ladyfingers are properly softened and not oversaturated will keep them intact during the process.

tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

Can I freeze the tiramisu roll?

Yes, you can freeze the tiramisu roll. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Place it in an airtight container for added protection. The tiramisu roll can be frozen for up to 1-2 months. When ready to serve, thaw it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Note that freezing may slightly alter the texture of the mascarpone and whipped cream, but the taste will remain delicious.

How do I make the tiramisu roll gluten free?

To make the tiramisu roll gluten free, use gluten free ladyfingers or substitute with gluten free sponge cake or cookies. Ensure all other ingredients, like instant coffee, mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and vanilla pudding powder, are certified gluten free. Follow the same preparation steps as the original recipe. Handling gluten free alternatives carefully is essential, as they may have different absorption rates and textures. This way, you can enjoy a delicious, gluten free tiramisu roll without compromising on taste.

tiramisu roll recipe
Credit: Michal Levy Alhalel – @michi_blog

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