Five Ingredient Homemade Tiramisu

This super easy and quick tiramisu requires just a handful of ingredients and will impress just about all your friends and family!

Final product of homemade tiramisu

Tiramisu has a reputation for being relatively fancy and a difficult to make dessert. I’m sure many of us look forward to ordering a delicious slice of exotic tiramisu after a nice dinner at a restaurant, my family included! One day, I was inspired by a tiramisu I had a family friend’s house and came up with this super easy recipe!

Since then, I’ve made this recipe countless times. Every time I make it, it’s gone in no time and my family absolutely loves it! This recipe uses only five main ingredients but to add some extra flavor, you can use cocoa powder and whipped cream! This is a no-bake recipe that takes only about 30 minutes to assemble, as well as a few hours chilling in the fridge. The final product is an especially delectable dessert that will wow everyone who tries it!

Tiramisu is composed of two major elements: a spongey cake layer topped with a fluffy cream. There are typically two layers. Firstly, I make a spongey cake base using ladyfinger biscuits soaked in coffee. I cover this layer with the cream mixture and then repeat the process with another layer of ladyfinger biscuits. I top the whole dessert off with the final cream layer and sprinkle some cocoa powder on!

Main ingredients needed for tiramisu


This recipe requires only five main ingredients.

For extra flavor and texture, here are some more ingredients you can use to make your homemade tiramisu!

First step in the tiramisu-making process


  1. First, prepare the cream component. To do this, mix the cans of sweetened condensed milk and table cream and the Cool Whip tub in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Measure out a cup of water or milk (whichever you choose to use; I use milk for a creamier consistency) and heat it up in the microwave for about a minute. Once hot, stir in two tablespoons of instant coffee or as directed on the instant coffee package.
  3. Transfer the cup of water/milk to a medium-sized bowl and let cool for just a few minutes.
  4. Start preparing the first layer of ladyfingers. To do this, take each individual biscuit and dip it into the coffee and water/milk mixture. Don’t dip the biscuits in for more than 10 seconds since they may begin to fall apart. Place each coffee-soaked biscuit in a layer on your tiramisu pan.
  5. Pour about half of your cream mixture prepared in Step 1 over the layer of ladyfingers and smooth. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to make another layer of ladyfingers and cream.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.


For the best possible tiramisu, I would recommend leaving the dessert in the fridge overnight if possible. This will allow the cream to set and develop a nice consistency. However, if you’re short on time, chilling the tiramisu for about three hours will also allow for a delicious dessert!

Depending on your chosen pan, you may have to cut your ladyfingers in half either horizontally or vertically to fill any extra spaces. Sometimes, I cut my ladyfingers into small pieces and wedge them wherever there are any small gaps.

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Yield: 10-12

5 Ingredient Homemade Tiramisu

Finished Tiramisu

This homemade tiramisu is the perfect dessert for a classy party or a quiet family dinner! With only 5 main ingredients, this tiramisu is quick and easy to make and will always leaving you wanting more!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


  • One package of ladyfinger biscuits
  • One 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • One 7.5-ounce can of table cream
  • One 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 cup of water


  • 1 cup of regular milk
  • Cocoa powder


  1. Prepare the cream mixture by mixing the sweetened condensed milk, table cream, and Cool Whip together in a large mixing bowl. Combine well and then set aside.
  2. Measure out a cup of water (or milk if you would prefer a richer flavor) and heat until hot, about 1 minute.
  3. Once hot, stir in two tablespoons of instant coffee or as directed. Transfer this coffee mixture into a medium bowl.
  4. Begin preparing the first layer of ladyfinger biscuits. Dip each biscuit in the coffee mixture for no more than a few seconds and place them in your pan. Continue dipping ladyfingers and placing them in the pan until it covers the pan.
  5. Pour half of the cream mixture in Step 1 over the ladyfingers. Smooth it out with a spatula.
  6. Repeat Step 4 by placing another layer of ladyfingers dipped in coffee over the cream mixture in the pan.
  7. Pour the remaining cream mixture over the second layer of ladyfingers and smooth evenly.
  8. Using a handheld sieve, drizzle an even layer of cocoa powder over the second cream mixture.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of three hours. Refrigerating overnight will yield the best results.

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