Recipe: 10-Minute Chocolate Tiramisu (in Jars!)

Any budding cook needs at least one dessert to really hang their hat on, and while I generally try to stay away from cooking things that I can’t trust myself to not devour within seconds, this easy chocolate tiramisu recipe is just too good not to share.

A lot of cooking purists might tell me off for what I’m about to say, but unlike a lot of other recipes it can be made with single cream instead of double, giving you a (slightly) healthier take on it. The flavor will still be amazing.

how to make tiramisu

On top of that, if your chocolate cake contains gluten-free flour then it makes for a brilliant gluten-free version of tiramisu.

I have a real thing for coffee-flavored desserts, but have an aversion to anything that takes longer than 20-30 minutes to put together. So this just ticks all the boxes for a lazy cook like myself.

tiramisu ingredients cake cream coffee

It’s topped off with chocolate cake and cocoa. As an added bonus, it’s egg and alcohol-free, so will hopefully widen your potential audience among some of your friends with more specific dietary requirements.

I use a set of small 140ml/4.7 oz jars for serving these little desserts. These aren’t always easy to get but I found a set on Amazon here.

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easy chocolate tiramisu recipe
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10-Minute Chocolate Tiramisu

This easy chocolate tiramisu couldn’t be any easier to make and is guaranteed to prove a hit.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup cooled coffee
  • leftover or store-bought chocolate cake for a gluten-free version of this recipe, use chocolate cake made with gluten-free flour
  • 10 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 2.5 cups whipping/heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • cocoa powder for dusting


  • Whisk double cream and mascarpone cheese in a large mixing bowl until well mixed.
  • Add icing sugar gradually while whipping followed by 160ml of the coffee and vanilla essence. Whisk all of them together until you achieve a soft peak.
  • Seal the bowl with plastic wrap/cling film and place in the refrigerator.
  • Layer the base of your 140ml jars with crumbled chocolate cake. Press the cake into the base of the jars with a spoon. Drizzle the remaining 80ml of coffee onto the cake.
  • Top a generous serving of the cream, mascarpone and coffee mix over the cake.
  • Dust your tiramisu jars with cocoa powder and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.