vegan tiramisu in a blue loaf pan

This easy Vegan Tiramisu recipe is rich, delicious and crowd-pleasingly delicious. Featuring layers of coffee dipped ‘homemade ladyfingers’ and dairy free mascarpone cream, it’s the make-ahead dessert for movie nights in, dinner parties and potlucks! (Gluten Free + Oil Free)

slice of vegan tiramisu cake on a white plate with a fork beside it

Being a coffee fiend since 1997, Tiramisu was naturally one of my favourite desserts. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t had tiramisu since going vegan (thats 10 years!!).

I had a sudden craving for Tiramisu last month and since then, I’ve been working on a vegan gluten free tiramisu recipe that isn’t a huge fuss to make either.

I was eating one of my vanilla cupcakes one night and figured I could use the base of that recipe and turn it into a cake like I did for my Funfetti Cake recipe because ladyfingers were the most difficult part to replicate IMO. And holy moly did it turn out delicious. Just how I remember it:

  • perfectly soaked pieces of cake with a ton of coffee flavour
  • creamy dreamy dairy free mascarpone cream
  • sweet enough to balance out the bitterness of the coffee

and as a plus, its easy to make with simple ingredients.

ingredients for vegan gluten free tiramisu in white bowls on a blue marble back drop

Ingredients for Vegan Tiramisu

There are 2 main components to tiramisu: ladyfingers dipped in coffee and mascarpone cream. With a couple of easy swaps, we can achieve a Tiramisu that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, oil free but still 10/10 delicious! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vanilla Cake: Since store bought ladyfingers typically contain eggs, we’ll be making our own homemade ladyfingers using vanilla cake. I used my vanilla cupcake recipe / funfetti cake recipe and baked it in a 10×15 inch baking dish. I like to slightly over-bake my cake so it gets a little dryer which mimics that ladyfinger texture. You can use any vegan vanilla cake recipe but the cake shouldn’t be too soft or it’ll fall apart.
  • Vanilla Coconut Yogurt: Adds sweet vanilla notes and adds body to the cream. Use a thicker coconut yogurt brand for best results (I used Liberte). You could also use plain dairy free yogurt, coconut cream from the can or even soft tofu! If using any of these, sweeten the cream with 2-3 tbsp of maple syrup.
  • Cashews: Makes the ‘mascarpone’ layer rich and creamy.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds some tang to the cream layer.
  • Miso Paste: For flavour, but you could also use 1/4-1/2 tsp salt instead.
  • Espresso OR Strong Coffee: Espresso is definitely stronger in coffee flavour but if you don’t have an espresso machine you could also use very strong brewed coffee.
  • Coffee Liqueur: You could also use rum or vegan baileys. For alcohol free, omit and replace with more coffee.
  • Cocoa Powder: Use high quality cocoa powder here for best flavour.

How to Make Vegan Tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of those desserts that is easy to make but takes some time, especially because it does taste better after sitting. To save time, I’d recommend to make this tiramisu over the course of two days.

homemade eggless lady fingers in a loaf pan

Vegan Ladyfingers

  • Make the cake the night before so it has time to cool and you don’t have to be waiting for it. You could also bake the cake the morning of and let it completely cool.
  • I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and baked it in a 10×15 inch baking dish and baked it for about 34 minutes. Let it cool on a wire rack and then slice the cake into 1 – 1 1/2 inch strips to mimic ladyfingers.
coffee soaked homemade lady fingers in a loaf pan with dairy free mascarpone cream on top

Dairy Free Mascarpone Layer (Cream Layer)

  • Add everything to a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • You could do this the night before as well and store it in a air tight container in the refrigerator or do it the next day when ready to assemble.
vegan dairy free tiramisu in a loaf pan with cocoa powder on top

Assembling Tiramisu

  1. Make the coffee mixture by stirring the strong coffee and liquor together.
  2. In a 9×5 inch loaf pan or 8×8 inch square dish, line up the strips of cake in a single layer. Generously spoon and brush the coffee mixture on top until most of it is soaked. It should use about half the amount of coffee.
  3. Spoon half the cream mixture on top and spread it evenly across the cake. Repeat with another layer of cake, coffee mixture and cream. You might have left over cake which is perfect to snack on while making it.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight. Before serving, dust with high quality cocoa powder.
cross section of tiramisu in a loaf pan

Helpful tips for this recipe

  • Use a vanilla cake that has good structure. A cake that is too soft and crumbly, you’ll have a hard time slicing them and they tend to get too soggy. To prevent this, you can over-bake the cake by 5-8 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
  • Using different baking pans will change the look of the tiramisu. I used a 10×15 inch baking dish for the cake and assembled it in a 9×5 inch loaf pan. You can use 2 9×9 or 8×8 inch baking dishes for the cake layer. 9×9 inch will yield a thinner cake layer whereas a 8×8 inch dish will bake thicker cake layers and 10×15 inch somewhere in between. For assembling, a 8×8 inch will also work.
  • Be sure to generously soak the cake in the coffee mixture. I use half the amount of coffee for each cake layer which was the perfect amount of soaking liquid for the cakes. Using less will result in dry cakes and using more will result in overly soggy cakes.

How to store leftover vegan tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of those desserts that tastes better after sitting in the fridge overnight. The cake has a chance to soak up the coffee, get moist and the flavours have a chance to mend together. Add the cocoa dusting right before serving. The tiramisu will last in the fridge covered for up to 3 days.

I have not tried freezing the assembled tiramisu but I would not recommend doing so because after being thawed, the cake might get too soggy. Instead you could bake the cake, freeze it and then assemble it when ready.

slice of tiramisu on a white plate with a fork beside it

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slice of vegan tiramisu cake on a white plate with a fork beside it

Vegan Tiramisu (Gluten Free)

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This vegan gluten free tiramisu recipe is rich, decadent and crowd pleasingly delicious. Layers of coffee soaked vanilla sponge cake and dairy free mascarpone cream, this easy to make dessert is perfect to share with friends and family. 


Units Scale

Sponge Layer

Cream Filling

  • 1 cup vanilla coconut yogurt (240g)
  • 1.5 cup cashews (200g // soaked in boiling water for at least 15 minutes)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (45g)
  • 1 tbsp miso paste (15g)

Coffee Layer:

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (120ml)
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or rum (30g // sub more coffee for alcohol free)

Chocolate Layer

  • 23 tbsp high quality cocoa powder (10-15g)



  1. Prepare the vanilla cupcake batter in a 10×15 inch. You could also use two 8×8 or two 9×9 inch square cake pans. 8×8 inch cake pans will yield a thicker cake whereas the 9×9 inch cake pans will yield a flatter sponge. Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes or until springy to the touch and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes and then carefully remove onto a wire rack and let them cool completely. 
  2. One cake is fully cooled, use a sharp cake knife and slice the cake in half. Then slice the cake into 3/4-1 inch pieces (about the size of ladyfingers). 

Cream Layer

  1. Add the coconut yogurt, soaked cashews, lemon juice and miso paste into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Into a small bowl, mix together coffee and coffee liquor. 

Coffee Layer

  1. Mix the strong coffee and coffee liqueur together in a bowl and set aside. 


  1. You can use either a 8×8 inch baking dish or 9×5 inch loaf pan. The only difference is that the 9×5 inch loaf pan will be taller in both the sponge and cream (as seen in photos above), whereas the 8×8 inch dish will have thinner layers. 
  2. Dip each sponge ladyfingers into the coffee mixture and place on the bottom of the baking dish. Continue until you have one single layer of sponge. Add half of the cream mixture on to and spread evenly with a spatula or spoon. Repeat with another layer of coffee dipped ladyfinger sponges and then add the remaining cream on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  3. Before serving dust cocoa powder on top. Slice, serve and enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, italian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 15.7g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 15.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 8.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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  1. You said in the body of your directions that you could substitute salt for the miso paste The recipe calls for one tablespoon of miso, although that seems like an awful lot of salt to me. Can you suggest the amount of salt that I could substitute. Thank you!

  2. Thank you, this is excellent! I had to improvise a little, but this was an excellent guideline and the results pleased not only me with my dietary restrictions but my family who were as happy as if it were classic tiramisu.

  3. Thank you, this is great. I had to improvise a little, but this was an excellent guideline and the results pleased not only me with my dietary restrictions but my family who were as happy as if it were classic tiramisu.

  4. made this using a different recipe for ladyfingers since i didnt have the ingredients for the gf cake & i loved it!! i’ve never had tiramisu but it was sweet & tangy deliciousness, kind of reminded me of yogurt

    these kinds of desserts never set for me when placed in the fridge alone, so i would freeze it and then let it thaw before serving
    11/10 would make again

  5. I tried this recipe twice and loved it! Very close to a traditional tiramisu. I did add a little maple syrup in the mascarpone the second time around. Totally recommend this recipe.

  6. Absolutely Love ❤️ this recipe! I made it all in one day, around 5 hours including 3 hours waiting for it to set in the fridge! I went with a gluten cake, but followed the easy directions precisely and the results were amazing! My family is in heaven with this in the fridge and my daughter had it for breakfast. 😂 I’m not much of a baker but this was inspirational! I documented the entire process on Instagram. Chez_dougs_journey 🌱✌🏼❤️💪🏼🌱

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Doug! So glad you hear your family enjoy, I actually had it for breakfast several times too!

  7. this tiramisu looks absolutely incredible!! would almond flour/oat flour work for the cake part of the recipe? i don’t have any white rice flour.

      1. thank you! i actually ended up finding rice flour and just made the tiramisu this morning! it turned out absolutely incredible!

    1. You can use another yogurt! Or use soft tofu. Microwave the tofu for 2 minutes, squeeze out the excess moisture and then blend. Use the same amount. Also add more sugar!