Gluten Free Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is one of the most delicious traditional Italian desserts I know. This heavenly gluten-free dessert is oozing with rich cream, ladyfingers, coffee, cocoa and coffee liqueur. In my opinion, when it comes to desserts, there is nothing that beats tiramisu cake.

I wanted to make the entire gluten-free tiramisu from scratch. This includes the layers of gluten-free ladyfingers. So, I have included a recipe for gluten-free ladyfingers.

However, if you want to keep this dessert recipe simple, you can buy ready-made gluten-free ladyfingers here. I prefer the freshly made from scratch ladyfingers in my tiramisu. Besides, they are not that hard to make.


slice of gluten-free tiramisu cake


How is gluten-free tiramisu made? Gluten-Free Tiramisu Recipe

Gluten-free tiramisu is all about layers of lightly sweetened rich cream made with mascarpone cheese and ladyfingers.

The ladyfingers are lightly brushed with a mixture of espresso coffee and coffee liquor, and they are the signature flavours in this delicious dessert.

For added chocolate flavour, the cream is generously dusted with cocoa powder. 

The rich cream is made using egg yolks, which are briefly cooked in a double boiler with sugar. Then, the eggs are whipped until the sugar has dissolved.

Once the egg mixture has cooled, add the mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. Pretty straight forward, but it does take a little hands-on time.

Once the tiramisu is layered in a beautiful serving dish and dusted with cocoa powder, the dessert is chilled overnight. 


what is mascarpone cheese?


mascarpone cheese in a bowl with a spoon


Mascarpone cheese is popular in Italian recipes. This cheese is used in savoury and sweet dishes. This Italian cheese is soft and made of cream.

The cream is thickened by acidic substances such as lemon juice, citric acid or tartaric acid. Mascarpone tastes almost like cream cheese, except it is softer, milder and creamier. 

tiramisu is a no-bake dessert…

What I love about tiramisu, you don’t have to bake it. And, this gluten-free dessert recipe is fail-proof. If you know how to whip cream, you can make this impressive gluten-free Italian dessert.

I can’t tell you how delicious tiramisu cake is, and it is always served chilled.

If you haven’t made this dessert before, maybe because you thought it is too complicated, I promise you it is fun to make even for the novice cook. Enjoy!


gluten free tiramisu on a plate


For those who are more adventurous in the kitchen, I have included a recipe for gluten-free ladyfingers.

Gluten Free Lady Fingers Recipe (makes 24)


  1. ½ cup almond flour
  2. 1/3 cup white rice flour
  3. ¼ cup tapioca or arrowroot powder/starch
  4. 1 tsp. gluten-free, aluminum-free baking powder
  5. ¼ tsp. sea salt
  6. 4 large eggs whites, at room temperature
  7. 3 large egg yolks
  8. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 F

Sift together almond flour, rice flour, baking powder, tapioca/arrowroot starch and salt

Beat egg whites with one tablespoon of sugar until stiff peaks form

Add balance of sugar and vanilla into egg yolks and beat until creamy

Gently fold egg whites in the egg yolks, and then fold in the dry ingredients

Transfer the batter into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the end snipped off. 

Pipe the batter on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in the form of ladyfingers. But don’t worry too much about the shape since they will be used in the tiramisu.

Bake for 8 minutes, then cool for 5 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack.

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  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup turbinado fine grain raw sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 2 cups Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 24 gluten free lady fingers (* see recipe below in comments) or you can buy them here
  • ¾ cup cold espresso (or strong drip coffee)
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur, Kahlua or rum
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  • Combine egg yolks and sugar over a double boiler and while stirring cook for 10 minutes
  • Remove from the stove and whip yolks until the sugar has melted. Set aside to cool
  • Add Mascarpone ¼ cup at a time to cooled yolks and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone mixture.
  • Line the bottom of an 8 x 10-inch glass serving dish with half the ladyfingers
  • Mix the espresso coffee with the coffee liqueur. Brush the ladyfingers with ¼ of the espresso mixture
  • Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers and dust with cocoa. Add another layer of ladyfingers and brush with remaining espresso
  • Top with mascarpone mixture and dust with cocoa. Chill overnight before serving
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    27 Responses to Gluten Free Tiramisu Recipe

    • Charlie. B December 30, 2020

      Absolutely amazing dessert!!

      • Kristina December 30, 2020

        thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Nancy January 7, 2021

      I made this tiramisu desert over the holidays. My entire family said it was the best tiramisu they ever tasted, and we are Italian. I also made the lady fingers from scratch. Thank you

      • Kristina January 7, 2021

        fantastic, glad your family enjoyed it!

    • Jane January 8, 2021

      This recipe was a lot easier than I thought it would be, the tiramisu was amazing. Thank you

      • Kristina January 9, 2021

        yes tiramisu may sound complicated, but it is probably one of the easier dessert recipes. Thank you

    • Andrea January 9, 2021

      thank you so much for this recipe! This recipe was so easy to make and the tiramisu is so delicious!

      • Kristina January 9, 2021

        I am so happy to hear that, thank you

    • Maria. G January 11, 2021

      I tried to buy the gluten-free ladyfingers but they sold out, so I made them following your recipe. They were perfect and so easy to make, thank you.

      • Kristina January 11, 2021

        yes, they are not that difficult to make and they taste better, thank you for letting me know

    • Rita January 16, 2021

      very good recipe, my family loved the tiramisu

      • Kristina January 16, 2021

        so nice to hear, thank you!

    • Betty. S January 27, 2021

      I’m making this right now. About to put the cake in the fridge to cool overnight, then I’ll put the whipped topping on tomorrow. Hope it turns out as good as it looks!

    • Corinne January 31, 2021

      Excellent recipe with consistent results. Tastes amazing and the lady fingers are so nice homemade fresh.

      • Kristina January 31, 2021

        thank you, I am so happy you enjoyed this amazing dessert!

    • Anne Santora April 4, 2021

      Ladyfingers were a bit dry without enough coffee flavor. Definitely recommend quickly dipping the ladyfingers in the coffee rather than just brushing them with the coffee. Otherwise, this was a very good recipe.

      • Kristina April 4, 2021

        thank you Anne for sharing

    • Anthony Berk November 25, 2021

      I whipped the egg whites till they peaked, Im not sure If I need to do longer, but when I made the lady fingers. The liquid leveled off and they came out very thin. Im sure when I make it tommorow it will tase fine, but why did that happen?

      • Kristina November 26, 2021

        I am not sure why Anthony, were the egg whites at room temperature? Either way it will taste good, they don’t have to be perfect

    • Tracie Thorp November 25, 2021

      I really enjoyed this recipe and so did my family. I made two- one gluten free and one regular- both were excellent. The only thing I wish was a little better is the cream was a little thicker (probably my own fault). I found that once cooled and served the filling did “travel” and I would have preferred that it held its shape. Other than that, taste and presentation were outstanding!

      • Kristina November 26, 2021

        thank you Tracie for sharing, did you whip the cream well?

    • Kate November 26, 2021

      The ladyfinger recipe mentions cornstarch (sifted with the flours) but doesn’t have this in the ingredient list, so ….? How did others make this recipe? Did you just ignore the cornstarch since it doesn’t state how much to use??

      • Kristina November 26, 2021

        Hi Kate, good catch. No there isn’t cornstarch, but it can be used to replace the tapioca or arrowroot starch. Sorry about the confusion

    • Serena Kutlich December 15, 2021

      amazing tiramisu and gluten free WOW, you are the best!!!

      • Kristina December 15, 2021

        thank you Serena xx

    • Barbara February 1, 2022

      I’m wondering if this can be frozen. And do the lady fingers make the amount needed for the tiramisu recipe?

      • Kristina February 1, 2022

        Barbara, I would not freeze tiramisu, although it probably can be frozen. I just never had any leftovers to freeze. The recipe for the lady fingers should be the right amount for this tiramisu recipe.

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