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)
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 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 10x15 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 tablespoon 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 ¼-1/2 teaspoon 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.
- 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 10x15 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 ½ inch strips to mimic ladyfingers.
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.
- Make the coffee mixture by stirring the strong coffee and liquor together.
- In a 9x5 inch loaf pan or 8x8 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.
- 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.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight. Before serving, dust with high quality cocoa powder.
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 10x15 inch baking dish for the cake and assembled it in a 9x5 inch loaf pan. You can use 2 9x9 or 8x8 inch baking dishes for the cake layer. 9x9 inch will yield a thinner cake layer whereas a 8x8 inch dish will bake thicker cake layers and 10x15 inch somewhere in between. For assembling, a 8x8 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.
More Vegan Summer Desserts to Try!
- Soy Sauce Caramel Cheesecake (No-Bake)
- Blueberry Lemon Cake
- Mini Blueberry Galettes
- Strawberry Lemon Cake
- Vegan Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes
- Healthy Blueberry Brownies
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Vegan Tiramisu (Gluten Free)
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.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, italian
- 1 recipe of vanilla cupcakes/cake
- 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)
- ½ cup strong brewed coffee (120ml)
- 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or rum (30g // sub more coffee for alcohol free)
- 2-3 tablespoon high quality cocoa powder (10-15g)
- Prepare the vanilla cupcake batter in a 10x15 inch. You could also use two 8x8 or two 9x9 inch square cake pans. 8x8 inch cake pans will yield a thicker cake whereas the 9x9 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.
- One cake is fully cooled, use a sharp cake knife and slice the cake in half. Then slice the cake into ¾-1 inch pieces (about the size of ladyfingers).
- Add the coconut yogurt, soaked cashews, lemon juice and miso paste into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Into a small bowl, mix together coffee and coffee liquor.
- Mix the strong coffee and coffee liqueur together in a bowl and set aside.
- You can use either a 8x8 inch baking dish or 9x5 inch loaf pan. The only difference is that the 9x5 inch loaf pan will be taller in both the sponge and cream (as seen in photos above), whereas the 8x8 inch dish will have thinner layers.
- 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.
- Before serving dust cocoa powder on top. Slice, serve and enjoy!
- Helpful Equipment: 10x15 inch baking pan, 8x8 inch baking pan, 9x9 inch baking pan, 9x5 inch loaf pan, cake knife, vitamix, spatula, mixing bowls, whisk
- Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). Prep time does not include chilling time.
- 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
Keywords: vegan tiramisu, gluten free tiramisu, healthy tiramisu recipe
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