Monday, July 30, 2012

Mini Tiramisu

Just add a cup of tea or coffee for an afternoon snack!

This quick version of tiramisu is just the right ending to a meal.  Even though it looks like a long list of ingredients, it goes together quickly.  I had to adapt the original recipe, from Just Mini Desserts, by Robert Zollweg,   because of how the ingredients were listed rather out of order.  It's fun to receive your own, individual serving.   It's also perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea or coffee.  You need 12 small glass dessert bowls, 4 oz. each.  I used 4 oz. jelly jars, because I always have some of those.

One pound cake  or angel food cake
 (I used a Sara Lee frozen pound cake)

1/3 c. sugar (I used sugar substitute)
1 c. very strong coffee (I used instant espresso mixed with water)
1 T. honey
2 T. rum, optional

8 oz. cream cheese, softened                                                                          
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla                                                                                              
3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted

1 container whipped topping (I only used about about 1 1/2 cups)
1 T. coffee liqueur, optional
1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, shaved (I used mini chocolate chips)

Cut cake into 24 - 2" squares, about 1/2" thick.

In a microwaveable measuring cup, combine sugar, coffee (or instant espresso + water)  and honey,  Heat slowly until it almost boils.  Remove from heat and stir in rum, cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Stir in the 3 oz. of melted chocolate.

Place a piece of cake in each dessert dish.  Drizzle about a tablespoon of coffee sauce over cake.  Add a heaping spoon of cream cheese mixture on top of that and spread around.  Then repeat these steps again.

Mix whipped topping and coffee liqueur and put a large spoon of this topping on top of the layers of cake.  Sprinkle with chocolate shavings (or chocolate chips).  Refrigerate until serving time.

I am sharing this with:
Mix It Up Monday
On the Menu Monday
Marvelous Monday
Show Your Stuff
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday
Cowgirl Up
The Bunny Hop
Full Plate Thursday
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck
Sweets for Saturday
Seasonal Sundays


  1. I love tiramisu. This sounds very good. Love anything mini, seems to always taste better. xo

  2. This looks absolutely delightful and sooo delicious. Must try.

    The scones turned out DELISH. I filled them with cranberries and nuts, added a simple glaze and PIGGED OUT. :))
    I have an upcoming post showcasing your scones....:)

  3. This sounds wonderful! I noticed last Saturday that even Walmart was selling sets of 13 smaller dessert dishes/bowls and plates! I thought that was neat, love individual servings and appy parties:@)

  4. What a beautiful dessert - love your presentation too.

  5. I love Tiramisu, Kitty. My DIL makes it for my birthday every year. She would like the mini size too I'm sure. I must pass it on to her. I love your presentation in the jelly jar wrapped with raffia. Very cute, and yummy! Thanks for joining me for tea today and your lovely comment. Enjoy your week.

  6. So cute! Mini desserts rock. Tiramisu is so good!

  7. I'm not a Tiramisu fan but I do love you have it displayed!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment...Have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  8. The little container just makes you want to dig in. I love to make mine with cocoa instead of coffee ( you might have guessed that right?!!) I learned that when I was in Italy. We will have to try this individual ones.

  9. Hi Kitty,
    that looks like a luxury dessert but the recipe is classy and easy. I love that. For guests it is always much nicer to have it in individual jars as the big family portion always look messy when one has taken his part. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  10. Looks yummy Kitty. I agree with Johanna, the presentation of individual containers would be rather elegant.

  11. What a marvelous dessert and so easy to do. Fast and delicious is really hard to beat. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. I love the mini treats - so perfect for portion control! YUM

  13. This sounds yummy good love Tiramisu & Like the size of it too.

  14. This looks delicious, Kitty. Thanks for the recipe. So cute how you served it...Christine

  15. Tiramisu is one of my favorites and I love your Mini recipe, which is a perfect serving for me, it looks delicious! Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Thank you, Kitty, for sharing your wonderful recipe at Potpourri Friday!

  17. I was just looking for a cute small Italian dessert for a dinner party on Thursday... glad I saw this... new follower too... hope you will stop by too. I'm also co-hosting a party today if you want to link up.

  18. Easy peasy recipe and so so full of sass! Thanks for bringing this sweet treat to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  19. Yum! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!


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