Tiramisu 3 Ways: Fondue, Cake, Mini Sandwiches

For my birthday, I asked my husband to make his tiramisu cake. I’m not really a traditional cake person, I like tiramisu, ice-cream cakes, and cookie cakes. A few days before the celebrating began, he found our fondue pot. As it was sitting in the dish rack drying, I thought, “What if we did tiramisu fondue? Do you think we could do that?”. Our wheels got turning and after some browsing on the Internet, we discovered the answer was “YES!”


  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 17 ounces mascarpone cheese (can be found at Albertson’s and Whole Foods)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet marsala wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 room temperature egg yolks
  • Chopped bittersweet chocolate
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the espresso powder in the boiling water.
  2. Create a “double boiler”, by placing a metal mixing bowl over a sauce pan. The mixing bowl should not touch the water in the sauce pan.
  3. Place the mixing bowl over simmering water.
  4. Combine the espresso liquid, the mascarpone, confectioners’ sugar, marsala wine, and cornstarch in the bowl.
  5. Mix ingredients with a rubber spatula until the mascarpone has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks to combine.
  7. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the warm mascarpone mixture. **This gradually warms up the eggs so they do not scramble when you place them into the double boiler
  8. Combine the egg mixture with the tiramisu mixture by whisking. Whisk for 2 minutes.
  9. Transfer mixture to your fondue pot.
  10. Place the chopped chocolate over the top of the fondue, reserving some in a small bowl for dipping.
**For the dippers, we served:
  • Sliced banana
  • Strawberries
  • Ladyfingers
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Crispy Treats
Warning: We had 5 people eating and there were PLENTY of dippers and fondue left over. Soooo…the next day we took the fondue mixture and made a traditional tiramisu cake and mini sandwiches. Here’s how:
  • Tiramisu fondue mixture from above
  • Lady fingers
  • Espresso Powder
  • Coco powder
  • Chopped Bittersweet Chocolate
Cake Directions:
  1. Whip up the fondue mixture with a hand mixer until it’s thick. Gradually increase speed on the mixer.
  2. Dip lady fingers in liquid espresso liquid for 1/2 second ***If you dip them for too long, the lady fingers will dissolve
  3. Layer a cake pan with soaked lady fingers
  4. Spread a layer of the mascarpone  mixture over the lady fingers
  5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4
  6. Dust coco powder over the top of the cake
  7. Sprinkle chopped bittersweet chocolate

Sandwich Directions:
  1. Whip up the fondue mixture with a hand mixer until it’s thick. Gradually increase speed on the mixer.
  2. Take one lady finger and spread mixture over top
  3. Dust with coco powder
  4. Place another lady finger on top

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