Best Tiramisu Latte Recipe: Easy Homemade Coffee

This great tiramisu latte recipe is based on the classic Italian dessert. So, if you are a coffee lover and a fan of tiramisu, you really have to try this delicious drink.

What is Tiramisu Dessert?

Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert made up of layers of lady fingers (some people use sponge cake) that has been soaked in coffee as well as liqueur or brandy and rich mascarpone cheese

What is a Tiramisu Latte?

At some point some coffee lovers decided to use that classic dessert as the inspiration for an absolutely amazing latte. The basic thing about this drink is that it gets a mix of mascarpone cheese and cream on top.

Some people add some amaretto syrup or something similar to make the coffee drink a bit sweeter. However, I like a drink that is not too sweet. So, I only add some vanilla extract to the espresso to give it a subtle sweetness.

Ingredients for a Tiramisu Latte

  1. Ground coffee beans
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  4. 2 tbsp cream
  5. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  6. Unsweetened cocoa powder

What Coffee Beans to Use?

I am a fan of Starbucks’s Pike Place roast. If you prefer a dark roast instead of a medium roast like the Pike Place roast, Starbucks’s Caffè Verona beans are a great option.

Espresso Alternatives for When You Don’t Have an Espresso Machine

If you don’t have an espresso machine, don’t worry, you can still make this great recipe. You can use a Moka potAeroPress or instant espresso as alternatives.

Moka Pot on a stove.

I don’t recommend using, for example, a French press, drip coffee maker or instant coffee that is not instant espresso. Although it makes strong coffee, it is not as concentrated as espresso. So, it won’t have the same effect as espresso.

Kind of Milk Used

You, of course, don’t have to stick to whole milk. You can go for skim milk or low fat milk too. Other options include non-dairy milk such as oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk.

Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

How to Froth the Milk

If you have an espresso machine with a steam wand, you can use that to froth your milk. You can also try a handheld milk frother or a French press.

However, for this latte you don’t really need that much froth. So, you can actually also just pop the milk in the microwave to heat it up and use it as it is.

What Kind of Cream to Use?

Many people use heavy cream for this recipe. However, I don’t. I prefer a lighter cream so I get a runnier mix of the cream and mascarpone. I like it when that mix floats on the drink similar to how milk froth does.

How Long to Beat the Cream and Mascarpone?

In the recipe I recommend beating the cream and mascarpone mix fir 15 seconds. However, you can beat it for longer or shorter depending on what you want to achieve.

I know that many people beat it until it makes soft peaks. However, I don’t like that. It already feels to stiff for me. I have found that when it is that stiff the mixture doesn’t float on the coffee smoothly. Rather it forms lumps and I like to get a bit of the mixture with every sip.

Tiramisu Latte with Lumpy Mascarpone and Cream Topping

Other Possible Toppings

If you want a subtly sweeter drink, you can swap the chocolate powder for something else. Here are some ideas for things that you can try:

  1. Chocolate shavings
  2. Chopped up ladyfinger cookie
  3. Chocolate syrup
  4. Chocolate chips
Tiramisu latte in white textured mug.

Tiramisu Latte

This latte takes the wonders of the classic Italian dessert and combines it with the glorious taste of coffee to give us something magnificent. It is the perfect holiday coffee drink.
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 170 kcal


  • Ground coffee beans
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Pull a shot of espresso
  • Steam the milk, but don’t make too much foam
  • Add the vanilla to the espresso
  • Pour the milk over the espresso
  • Beat the mascarpone for 5 seconds using a hand mixer on low speed
  • Add the cream to the mascarpone
  • Beat for 15 seconds
  • Spoon the mascarpone-and-cream mixture over the coffee
  • Add a dusting of cocoa powder
Keyword Christmas, Latte

Iced Tiramisu Latte

You can easily turn this hot coffee drink into an iced coffee by adding coffee ice cubes to the espresso. Swap the hot milk for cold milk and add the mascarpone and cream mix on top like with the hot version. Finish it off with some cocoa powder.

Other Great Holiday Coffee Drinks

When the holidays come around there are some seasonal favorite coffee drinks that we must have. However, we can’t always run to the nearest Starbucks to get our fix. Here are some great seasonal coffee drink recipes for you to try.

1. Chestnut Praline Latte

This latte is a blissful combination of sugary nuts, fluffy whipped cream and espresso. It is a must-try for any coffee lover with a sweet tooth or a love for nuts.

Get my chestnut praline latte recipe here.

Chestnut praline latte

2. Cardamom Latte

This spicy latte is the perfect cozy coffee drink to combine with curling up with a book under a blanket. Invigorate your senses with something less well-known, but totally worth the try.

You can my cardamom latte recipe here.

Cardamom coffee in a double walled mug.

3. Pistachio Latte

This is another nutty latte to make things interesting. It is the perfect combination of salty nuttiness and espresso.

Get my pistachio latte recipe here.

Pistachio latte in white mug
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