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Strawberry Tiramisu with Dark Chocolate

Strawberries, coffee, dark chocolate shavings, and a fluffy creamy filling? What’s not to like? This strawberry tiramisu presents a fruity twist on the classic Italian dessert. While traditional Tiramisu is more of a cake-y texture, variations (such as this one) which contain fresh fruit would not be considered a true tiramisu and are closer to a trifle in nature. You could also call this a strawberry tiramisu trifle if you wanted to. Tiramisu is usually a cocoa and coffee flavored cake, made with only a handful of ingredients.

  • espresso
  • lady fingers
  • mascarpone cheese
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • eggs

The end result is then sprinkled with more cocoa powder and is quite a rich and heavy dessert. I wanted to lighten it up a little though, and thought what better way to do that then to add a whack of fresh sliced strawberries! Granted you won’t find this recipe on any “health food” check list, but we do get to treat our selves once in a while right?  A lot of these recipes also tend to include liquor and raw whipped eggs whites (to create an even fluffier cream).

I am foregoing both of these to make this an easy make-ahead dessert which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Though adding some booze is always fun if only serving to adults. This makes it a great dessert for entertaining as it can be made the day before and chilled before serving. If folding whipped raw egg whites into the cream, the dessert needs to be served the day of, to prevent the chance of food poisoning.

A square piece of strawberry tiramisu in a glass plate, sitting on a white napkin.

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Preparing No Bake Strawberry Tiramisu

Any type of fresh fruit can be used in this recipe, strawberries are my favorite though, and just look fantastic, contrasting perfectly with the dark chocolate and pale white cream filling.

Before you start making this dessert, ensure you have a 8 x 12 inch baking dish and:

  • 2 lbs or 4 cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1x 400 gram package good quality lady fingers
  • 2 cup freshly brewed strong coffee (chilled) or espresso
  • 6 oz dark bakers chocolate
  • Fresh Mint to garnish

For the Cream Filling

  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 750 ml heavy(35%) whipping cream
  • 6 Tbsp sugar

Since this is a no bake dessert, it is a fairly quick recipe to assemble as long as you have the individual ‘parts’ ready to go.

To make life easier, wash and clean (also known as hulling) the strawberries first, then slice them with a sharp knife. I prefer to macerate my fruit for this recipe, as it draw out some of the moisture, and the natural juice can be used to flavour the cream filling. Brew a pot of coffee or espresso and set both the berries and coffee aside and then continue with the cream filling.

Macerating (in the case of fresh berries) means ‘marinating’ the fruit in a bit of sugar, and sometimes liquor to soften the berries, bring out more flavor, and make them easier to digest. – Chef Markus

A glass bowl sitting on a wooden table top, containing sliced strawberries sprinkled with white sugar. There is a spoon laying next to the bowl.

Using a handheld mixer or stand mixer , whip the heavy cream with the sugar until light and fluffy. You do want it to stand up a little on its own (soft peaks), but you don’t want to whip it until it is very very stiff. Next, in a separate bowl, whip the mascarpone cheese until fluffy. If you macerated the strawberries, you can strain out the juice and add some of into the mascarpone cheese while whipping to flavor it and give it a nice pink color!

In my opinion mascarpone is one of the key ingredients to a good tiramisu, but don’t worry if you can’t find any. If you have trouble finding any, cream cheese can be substituted. Mascarpone is fattier, though not as tangy as cream cheese, making it better suited to this strawberry tiramisu. – Chef Markus

Fold the whipped cream into the whipped mascarpone with a spatula. This makes the cream filling nice and fluffy! We are almost ready to start assembling the strawberry tiramisu, the ‘hard’ part is all done, only one more step!

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Grate or shred the dark chocolate!

A box grater , white bowl, and dark bakers chocolate laying on a wooden cutting board. The bowl is filled with freshly grated chocolate shavings.

Assembling The Strawberry Tiramisu

This is the easiest part of the whole dessert:

Assembling and layering the dessert.

  1. Pick a casserole or other deep dish, and start by dipping the lady fingers into the coffee. Place these in the dish side by side until the first layer is complete. Dip the lady fingers one at a time and don’t do them all at once because they will get soggy and impossible to work with otherwise!A white 9x5 inch dish being filled with coffee dipped lady fingers
  2. Next spread one half of the Mascarpone cream over the lady fingers, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.Spreading mascarpone cream over top of coffee soaked lady fingers in a white 9x5 inch dish
  3. Next spread out a layer of the macerated, sliced strawberries on top of the cream, and then sprinkle the berries with the shaved chocolate.Layering sliced macerated strawberries on top of mascarpone cream for the strawberry tiramisu
  4. Repeat the top 3 steps until all the ingredients are used up. You should be able to get 2 layers if using a 8 x 12 inch dish. Garnish with more strawberries and mint!Sprinkling grated dark chocolate shavings over top of the strawberry tiramisu as garnish

Chill the finished strawberry tiramisu in the fridge for at least two hours. This lets the fat in the mascarpone cream firm up, allowing you to later cut the dessert without it falling apart!

Once chilled, cut the strawberry tiramisu into even sized squares, and serve! It’s a dessert well paired with a fresh cup of espresso, and enjoyed any time of the year! Surprise your significant other for Valentines Day with this stunning dessert, or enjoy it with fresh local berries on a hot summers day!

A piece of strawberry tiramisu sitton on a glass plate surrounded by a french press and strawberry and mint garnish

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A square piece of strawberry tiramisu in a glass plate, sitting on a white napkin.

Strawberry Tiramisu with Dark Chocolate (No Bake)

Chef Markus Mueller
A fruity twist on the classic dessert, this no bake Strawberry Tiramisu with dark chocolate is the perfectly light yet delicious treat. Great for entertaining or special occasions!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 451.8 kcal


  • 2 lbs Fresh Strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1 400 grams pkg Savoiardi Lady Fingers
  • 2 cups Fresh brewed coffee or espresso
  • 6 oz Dark Bakers Chocolate
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Mint
  • 2 Tbsps White Sugar

Mascarpone Cream Filling

  • 1 lb Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1.5 cups 35% Whipping cream
  • 4 Tbsps White Sugar


Preparing the Tiramisu Fillings

  • Hull(clean) and slice the fresh strawberries. Macerate them with 2 Tbsp of sugar and set aside.
  • Brew 2 cups fresh coffee or espresso, and grate or shred the 6 oz dark chocolate. set both aside.
  • Whip the Mascarpone cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Whip the cream with 4 Tbsp white sugar in a separate bowl until light and fluffy. The whip cream should be firm enough to form peaks. 
    Optional: Strain the juice from the macerating strawberries and whip in with the cream for extra flavor.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the whipped mascarpone cream.

Assembling the Strawberry Tiramisu

  • Quickly dip the lady fingers into the coffee and layer the bottom of a 8 x 12 inch casserole dish.
  • Spread half the cream filling over the lady fingers with a spatula.
  • Spread out half the macerated strawberries over the mascarpone cream layer.
  • Generously sprinkle the strawberries with grated dark chocolate.
  • Repeat the last four steps to finish layering the strawberry tiramisu.
  • Cover and chill the strawberry tiramisu for at least two hours or overnight. Portion into 12 equal pieces and serve!


451.9 calories per serving. 5421.8 calories in the full recipe.


Calories: 451.8kcal
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  1. Oh my goodness this looks truly dreamy!

  2. This looks very delicious! I love the addition of strawberries in it, the chocolate strawberry combo is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Great job with this one! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I really like the idea of using strawberries with the traditional tiramisu recipe, Markus. Very pretty, and I am sure delicious. And I agree that mascarpone cheese is the ultimate product to use in this dessert. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Despite the fact that classic tiramisu is a favorite in my household… I think I would have no problems converting a few if i were to serve your version. Looks so refreshing and tasty. As you say, can’t go wrong with strawberries, coffee, dark chocolate and mascarpone! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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