Vegan Tiramisu Recipe – A Classic Italian Dessert To Try!

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Get ready to embark on a flavor journey with our Vegan Tiramisu Recipe! This iconic Italian dessert has been reimagined with plant-based ingredients, resulting in a guilt-free indulgence that’s bursting with richness and depth. Dive into layers of espresso-soaked vegan ladyfingers nestled between velvety clouds of coconut cream infused with vanilla sweetness. With every decadent spoonful, you’ll experience a symphony of textures and flavors that will leave you craving more.


  • Espresso and a touch of almond milk perfectly moisten the sponge layers, ensuring a robust flavor.
  • A final dusting of cocoa powder offers an authentic tiramisu experience, delighting both vegan and non-vegan palates.
  • Simple, wholesome ingredients recreate this classic dessert, making it a guilt-free indulgence.

Finding a delicious dessert that caters to a vegan lifestyle can often feel like a search for a needle in a haystack, especially when craving something as traditionally rich and creamy as tiramisu.

When I first embraced veganism, the thought of never enjoying my favorite Italian dessert again was disheartening. 

However, the quest for a perfect vegan tiramisu recipe became a personal mission. Imagine my delight in discovering a way to recreate this beloved dessert, ensuring no one has to miss out on the layers of coffee-soaked cake and velvety filling.

This vegan tiramisu recipe not only satisfies those sweet cravings but does so with ethical and plant-based ingredients, proving that indulgence and veganism can indeed go hand in hand.

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe

What Is Vegan Tiramisu? 

Vegan tiramisu is a plant-based version of the classic Italian dessert reimagined without animal products. Traditional ingredients like mascarpone cheese, eggs, and ladyfingers are replaced with vegan alternatives such as cashew cream, silken tofu, and dairy-free sponge cake.

These substitutions are meticulously chosen to mimic the rich, creamy texture and distinct coffee flavor of the original recipe.

Vegan tiramisu offers a compassionate and inclusive option that allows everyone, regardless of dietary preferences, to enjoy the luxurious layers of coffee-soaked cake, smooth filling, and a dusting of cocoa powder that define this beloved treat.

Fact – Did you know that tiramisu, meaning “pick me up” in Italian, originated in the Veneto region in Italy during the 1960s, captivating palates with its rich flavors?

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe

Recipe Directions 

  • Prepare the Coffee Syrup: Start by whisking together freshly brewed coffee with some sugar and a splash of rum if desired. This syrup will soak your ladyfingers, infusing them with a rich coffee flavor. Remember, the quality of your coffee makes a difference!
  • Soak the Ladyfingers: Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee syrup, ensuring they are well-coated but not overly soggy. Arrange them in a single layer in a 21x15cm dish. This coffee-infused base is crucial for the authentic tiramisu taste.
  • Make the Mascarpone-Style Cream: Blend melted vegan butter, silken tofu, vegan yogurt, a little sugar, and vanilla until smooth. This creates a creamy, tangy filling reminiscent of traditional mascarpone. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to avoid separation.
  • Layer the Tiramisu: Pour half of the mascarpone-style cream over the soaked ladyfingers. Add a second layer of soaked ladyfingers, then top with the remaining cream. Be mindful of the space in your dish to allow for an even distribution of ladyfingers and cream.
  • Refrigerate: Though tempting to eat immediately, patience is rewarded. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. This allows the tiramisu to set properly and flavors to meld.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Once set, your vegan tiramisu is ready to be enjoyed. Serve chilled as a delightful end to any meal or a treat at any time of the day.

Recipe Directions

Variations, Add-Ons, And Toppings 


  • Chocolate Vegan Tiramisu: For a decadent twist, incorporate a layer of vegan chocolate ganache between the ladyfingers and cream layers.
  • Fruit-Infused Tiramisu: Add a layer of fresh berries or a fruit compote for a refreshing contrast to the rich coffee and cream layers.
  • Spiced Tiramisu: Mix spices like cinnamon or nutmeg into the coffee syrup or the cream to add warmth and depth.
  • Gluten-Free Tiramisu: Use gluten-free vegan ladyfingers to make the dessert accessible to those with gluten sensitivities.


  • Espresso Beans: Garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans for an extra coffee kick and a crunchy texture.
  • Liqueur Flavors: To introduce new flavor profiles, experiment with different liqueurs in the coffee syrup, such as amaretto, coffee liqueur, or orange liqueur.
  • Nuts: Sprinkle finely chopped nuts, such as hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts, between layers for added crunch and nuttiness.
  • Vegan Whipped Cream: For an extra luxurious touch, add a dollop of vegan whipped cream to each serving.

Variations, Add-Ons


  • Cocoa Powder: A generous dusting of cocoa powder is a classic tiramisu topping that adds a bitter contrast to the sweet layers.
  • Shaved Chocolate: For chocolate lovers, shaved vegan dark chocolate on top can enhance the dessert’s visual appeal and taste.
  • Powdered Sugar: A light sprinkling of powdered sugar can add a touch of sweetness and make the tiramisu look more inviting.
  • Edible Flowers: Edible flowers offer a beautiful and elegant garnish for a special occasion.


Vegetable Substitutions

  • Mushrooms for Meat: Portobello, shiitake, or cremini mushrooms offer a meaty texture, making them perfect for burgers, stews, and gravies.
  • Cauliflower for Chicken: Cauliflower’s versatility allows it to mimic chicken, especially in dishes like buffalo wings or General Tso’s.
  • Jackfruit for Pulled Pork: Young green jackfruit has a texture similar to pulled pork, which is ideal for tacos, sandwiches, and BBQ dishes.
  • Eggplant for Fish: When sliced and seasoned, eggplant can replace fish in recipes like vegan “fish” and chips or “eel” sushi.
  • Lentils for Ground Beef: Lentils are a hearty, protein-rich base for bolognese, tacos, and shepherd’s pie.
  • Zucchini for Noodles: Spiralized zucchini is a low-carb, gluten-free pasta alternative that is great in salads and pasta dishes.
  • Beets for Tuna: Marinated beets can replicate the appearance and texture of tuna in sushi and salads.

Quick Tip – When making vegan desserts, remember to soak cashews overnight. This softens them, ensuring that your creams and cheesecakes achieve a smooth texture.

Vegetable Substitutions

Best Side Dishes

  • Fresh Fruit Salad A light and refreshing choice that contrasts the richness of tiramisu.
  • Espresso or Coffee Serve alongside to complement the coffee flavor in the tiramisu.
  • Vegan Gelato Choose a flavor like vanilla or hazelnut for a delightful contrast in temperatures and textures.
  • Almond Biscotti Adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor that pairs well with the creamy dessert.
  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Offer a romantic touch and a burst of fruitiness.
  • Lemon Sorbet Cleanses the palate between bites with its bright, citrusy flavor.
  • Herbal Tea A warm cup of mint or chamomile tea can balance the sweetness and offer a soothing finish.

Best Side Dishes

How To Serve?

  • Chill Thoroughly: Ensure the tiramisu has been chilled for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to set properly and enhance the flavors.
  • Dust with Cocoa Powder: Just before serving, dust the top layer with a fine sieve of cocoa powder for a classic finish and a hint of bitterness to balance the sweetness.
  • Use the Right Dish: Serve in a clear glass dish or individual glasses to showcase the layers of the tiramisu, adding to the visual appeal.
  • Garnish: For added color and texture, consider garnishing with vegan whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or fresh berries.
  • Proper Utensils: Provide a spatula or a large spoon for serving from a larger dish, ensuring each portion contains all the delicious layers.
  • Serve at the Right Temperature: Serve chilled but not too cold, as allowing the tiramisu to sit for a few minutes at room temperature can enhance the flavors and texture.
  • Pair with a Beverage: To complement the rich flavors of the tiramisu, offer coffee, espresso, or a sweet dessert wine.
  • Offer Side Options: Consider serving with a side of extra cocoa powder, coffee syrup, or a small bowl of mixed berries for guests to add according to their preference.

Quick Tip – To enhance the flavor of vegan dishes, incorporate nutritional yeast. It adds a cheesy, nutty taste, perfect for sauces, dressings, and sprinkle over pasta.

How To Serve?

Storage & Make Ahead

  • Refrigeration: Store vegan tiramisu in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It stays fresh for up to 5 days.
  • Avoid Freezing: Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture of the cream and sponge layers upon thawing.
  • Make Ahead: Vegan tiramisu is an excellent make-ahead dessert. Assembling it a day before allows the flavors to meld beautifully, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Layer Protection: Cover the tiramisu with a tight-fitting lid or cling film to prevent it from absorbing other flavors from the refrigerator.
  • Serving Tip: Remove 10-15 minutes from the fridge before serving for the best flavor and texture.

Fact – Did you know that the original tiramisu recipe does not include alcohol? Later adaptations introduced liqueurs like Marsala wine for added depth and flavor.

Time-Saving Tips

  • Prep Ingredients Early: Measure and set aside all your ingredients before starting. This simplifies the assembly process.
  • Use Store-Bought Ladyfingers: Opt for vegan ladyfingers from health food stores to save time on baking.
  • Instant Coffee Solution: If fresh espresso isn’t available, instant coffee dissolved in hot water works well for soaking ladyfingers.
  • Blend in Batches: Make the vegan mascarpone cream in batches to ensure smoothness and speed up the blending process.
  • Assembly Line Style: Organize your workspace to dip, layer, and arrange the tiramisu components efficiently, like an assembly line.
  • Chill While Prepping: Use chilling time wisely by cleaning up or preparing other meal components.
  • Double the Recipe: Making a larger batch saves time for future gatherings, as tiramisu keeps well in the fridge.

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe

Vegan tiramisu is a delightful twist on the classic Italian dessert, offering a guilt-free indulgence. Substituting traditional ingredients with vegan alternatives like cashew cream and dairy-free ladyfingers maintains the iconic layers of coffee-soaked sponge and creamy filling. Topped with a dusting of cocoa powder, it’s a perfect treat for any occasion, satisfying vegans and non-vegans alike.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
rest time 4 hrs
Servings 8
Calories 350 kcal


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • blender
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Sieve or Sifter
  • Spatula
  • Square or rectangular dish (for assembly)
  • Cling film or airtight container (for storage)
  • Serving spatula
  • Espresso maker or coffee brewer (optional for fresh espresso)


For the Sponge Layer

  • 150 ml Espresso (or very strong coffee)
  • 2 tbsp Rum or Marsala
  • 6 tbsp Caster sugar (aka superfine sugar in the USA)
  • 12 Vegan savoiardi sponge fingers (use one batch of my recipe or use store-bought)

For the Cream Layer

  • 170 g Vegan butter (melted)
  • 350 g Firm silken tofu (room temperature)
  • 120 g Soy yogurt (plain, unflavored, and unsweetened, room temperature)
  • 120 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For Serving

  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 20 g Vegan dark chocolate


Prepare the Coffee Syrup

  • Mix 150 ml of freshly brewed espresso or very strong coffee, 6 tablespoons of caster sugar, and 2 tablespoons of rum or Marsala. 
  • This rich coffee syrup is essential for soaking the ladyfingers and infusing them with flavor. The quality of your coffee significantly impacts the taste.

Soak the Ladyfingers

  • One at a time, dip 12 vegan savoiardi sponge fingers into the coffee syrup, ensuring they’re well-coated but not soggy.
  • Arrange them in a single layer in a 21x15cm dish, creating the base for your tiramisu.

Make the Mascarpone-Style Cream

  • In a blender, combine 170 g melted vegan butter, 350 g firm silken tofu (room temperature), 120 g soy yogurt (plain, unflavoured, and at room temperature), 120 g caster sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Blend until smooth, achieving a creamy consistency similar to traditional mascarpone. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to prevent the mixture from separating.

Layer the Tiramisu

  • Over the soaked ladyfingers, pour half of the mascarpone-style cream, spreading it evenly.
  • Place a second layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the cream.
  • Cover with the remaining cream, ensuring an even distribution of ladyfingers and cream within the dish.


  • Cover the dish with a lid or cling film. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. This rest period allows the tiramisu to set and the flavors to meld together fully.

Serve and Enjoy

  • Once the tiramisu has been set, it is ready to be served. Dust the top with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and garnish with 20 g of shaved vegan dark chocolate for added flavor and decoration.
  • Serve the tiramisu chilled as a sophisticated dessert perfect for any meal or a delightful treat.


  • Use high-quality espresso for the best flavor.
  • Ensure all cream layer ingredients are at room temperature to prevent separation.
  • Soak ladyfingers just enough to absorb coffee flavor without becoming too soggy.
  • Vegan butter should be block-style for the cream to set properly.
  • Refrigerate tiramisu for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight, for flavors to meld.
  • Dust with cocoa powder right before serving for a fresh look.
  • Serve chilled for the best texture and taste experience.
  • Garnish with vegan dark chocolate shavings for an elegant touch.

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe

Nutrition Table 

Nutrition Table

Vegan Tiramisu Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Vegan Tiramisu Gluten-Free?

Yes, you can make vegan tiramisu gluten-free by using gluten-free vegan ladyfingers, which are available in some health food stores or online.

Alternatively, you can make your own gluten-free vegan ladyfingers at home using gluten-free flour blends. Just be sure to check that all other ingredients used, such as vegan butter and soy yogurt, are certified gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination.

How Can I Ensure The Cream Layer Sets Properly?

To ensure the cream layer in vegan tiramisu sets properly, use block-style vegan butter rather than soft margarine, as it has a firmer texture when chilled.

Additionally, ensure the silken tofu and vegan yogurt are at room temperature before blending to prevent the mixture from separating. Refrigerating the tiramisu for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight, allows the cream to firm up and the flavors to meld.

What Can I Use Instead Of Coffee For A Coffee-Free Version?

For a coffee-free vegan tiramisu, you can use a chicory root coffee substitute, which mimics the flavor of coffee without containing caffeine, or a barley-based coffee alternative.

Another option is to use almond or coconut milk mixed with a bit of vanilla extract to soak the ladyfingers, offering a different but equally delicious flavor profile.

Is There An Alternative To Vegan Butter In The Cream Layer?

If you prefer not to use vegan butter in the cream layer, substitute it with coconut cream or a blend of soaked cashews and water. These alternatives can provide a creamy texture and richness similar to vegan butter. However, the flavor profile may slightly change, so adjust the sweetness and vanilla extract according to taste.

How Long Does Vegan Tiramisu Last In The Fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container, vegan tiramisu can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Cover the tiramisu with a tight-fitting lid or cling film to maintain its best texture and flavor. Avoid freezing vegan tiramisu, as freezing and thawing can affect the texture of the cream and sponge layers.

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Greetings from the heart of Vie De La Vegan, where each dish we share is a chapter in a larger story of discovery, wellness, and the transformative power of a plant-based diet. My name is Julia, and I am thrilled to be your guide on this delightful culinary adventure.

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