Close-up of Tiramisu al Marsala in glass jars with cocoa powder topping, showcasing an authentic Italian dessert.

Tiramisu al Marsala – Authentic Italian Dessert Recipe

Tiramisu al Marsala is an exquisite twist on the classic Italian dessert. Combining the rich flavors of coffee and Marsala wine with creamy mascarpone, this dessert is both sophisticated and indulgent. Perfect for special occasions or simply to enjoy a taste of Italy at home, this Tiramisu will captivate your taste buds.

The Best Tiramisu al Marsala

Notes on Ingredients

The success of Tiramisu al Marsala hinges on using high-quality ingredients. Freshly brewed espresso and a good quality Marsala wine are essential for achieving the deep, rich flavors. The mascarpone should be creamy and smooth, and the savoiardi biscuits (ladyfingers) need to be just firm enough to soak up the coffee-wine mixture without becoming soggy.

How to Make Tiramisu al Marsala

  1. Prepare Coffee and Wine Mixture: In a bowl, mix 2 ½ cups of cooled brewed espresso coffee with 1 ¼ cups of Marsala wine.
  2. Cream Egg Yolks and Sugar: Beat 4 egg yolks with ¼ cup of sugar until you have a smooth, lump-free cream.
  3. Prepare Mascarpone: In a separate bowl, stir 14 ounces of mascarpone cheese until creamy, then fold it into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Beat Egg Whites: In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites with the remaining ¼ cup of sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
  5. Layer Biscuits and Cream: Dip half of the 40 savoiardi biscuits into the coffee-Marsala mixture and arrange them in a glass dish. Cover the dipped biscuits with half of the mascarpone mixture, smoothing it out evenly. Sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder. Repeat the layering with the remaining savoiardi biscuits and mascarpone mixture, topping with the remaining cocoa powder and chocolate shavings.
  6. Chill: Refrigerate the Tiramisu for at least 3 hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

How to Serve Tiramisu al Marsala

Serve Tiramisu al Marsala chilled, directly from the refrigerator. Use a large spoon or a spatula to cut and serve portions. This dessert pairs wonderfully with a cup of espresso or a glass of dessert wine. For an elegant touch, garnish with extra chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder just before serving.

How to Store Tiramisu al Marsala

Store any leftover Tiramisu al Marsala in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days. The flavors continue to develop over time, making it even more delicious the next day.

Nutrition Information

NutrientAmount per serving% Daily Value*
Calories705.93 kcal35%
Total Fat38.74 g55%
Saturated Fat24.94 g125%
Trans Fat0.01 g
Monounsaturated Fat4.03 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.73 g
Cholesterol354.17 mg118%
Sodium531.23 mg27%
Total Carbs70.36 g27%
Fiber1.58 g6%
Sugars20.65 g23%
Protein14.53 g29%
Calcium156.98 mg20%
Iron3.89 mg28%
Potassium363.91 mg10%
Zinc1.47 mg15%
Phosphorus214.6 mg31%
Magnesium109.96 mg29%
Vitamin A525.03 mcg66%
Vitamin C0.21 mg0%
Thiamin B10.23 mg20%
Riboflavin B20.65 mg47%
Niacin B37.1 mg44%
Vitamin B60.15 mg10%
Folic Acid B992.84 mcg46%
Vitamin B120.82 mcg33%
Vitamin D0.6 mcg12%
Vitamin E0.33 mg2%
Vitamin K0.33 mcg0%
Nutrition Information for Tiramisu al Marsala

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

FAQs About Tiramisu al Marsala

Can I substitute another wine for Marsala?

While Marsala is traditional, you can use other fortified wines like Madeira or Port. However, the flavor profile will be different.

What can I use instead of savoiardi biscuits?

If you can’t find savoiardi biscuits, you can use sponge cake or ladyfingers as a substitute.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in Tiramisu?

This recipe contains raw eggs. It’s important to use fresh, high-quality eggs and ensure they are properly handled. If you are concerned about raw eggs, you can use pasteurized eggs.

Can I make Tiramisu ahead of time?

Yes, Tiramisu is a great make-ahead dessert. In fact, it often tastes better when made a day in advance, allowing the flavors to meld.

A close-up of Tiramisu al Marsala with layers of creamy mascarpone, coffee-soaked ladyfingers, and a dusting of cocoa powder.

The Best Tiramisu al Marsala

Discover the authentic Tiramisu al Marsala, a classic Italian dessert with a twist of Marsala wine. This layered delicacy combines savoiardi biscuits, coffee, and a creamy mascarpone mixture for a delightful treat.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 41 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 705.93 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups brewed espresso coffee cooled
  • 1 ¼ cups Marsala wine
  • 4 medium eggs separated
  • ½ cup white sugar divided
  • 14 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 40 Savoiardi biscuits ladyfingers
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate shavings or to taste


  • Mix cooled coffee and Marsala wine together in a bowl.
  • Beat egg yolks with half of the sugar in a bowl until you have a clear cream with no lumps. Stir the mascarpone with a wooden spoon or whisk in a separate bowl until creamy; stir into the egg yolks.
  • Beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until they form peaks; fold gently into mascarpone mixture.
  • Dip half of the savoiardi biscuits into coffee-Marsala mixture. Arrange dipped biscuits carefully in a glass dish. Cover dipped biscuits with half of the mascarpone mixture. Smooth out mascarpone until evenly distributed; top with half of the cocoa powder. Repeat layering with dipped savoiardi biscuits, mascarpone mixture, and cocoa powder; top with chocolate shavings.
  • Refrigerate tiramisu until flavors blend, at least 3 hours.


When you are mixing the egg whites with the mascarpone and yolk mixture, you can also add some small pieces of chocolate to the mixture to make it crunchy.
If you use espresso cups to measure the coffee and wine, use 10 espresso cups of coffee and 5 espresso cups of wine.
Keyword Authentic Recipes, Marsala, Marsala Wine Dessert, Tiramisu
Tiramisu al Marsala

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