dark chocolate orange tiramisu

dark chocolate orange tiramisu

This is a simple, delicious dark chocolate orange tiramisu recipe, fit for a crowd.

I’ve been making this tiramisu recipe since I was 10 years old. My dad is a huge fan of tiramisu and I’m a huge fan of my dad so I would make this for him almost every father’s day or birthday. Since this is my childhood recipe, I use cream cheese instead of mascarpone…cream cheese fits nicely into a ten year old’s budget. You’ll also notice that this recipe doesn’t contain eggs because I didn’t quite understand cooking eggs over a double boiler at such a young age.

dark chocolate orange tiramisu

Even though this recipe is not traditional it’s authentic to what I grew up with and what I made for my loved ones. It’s also darn delicious and easier than traditional recipes because you don’t need eggs or fancy ingredients.

I recommend making this tiramisu at least a couple hours before you serve it. The lady fingers soak up the delicious coffee and the whole dessert becomes even more delectable! My recipe calls for store-bought lady fingers which tend to be drier than the homemade version. If you use homemade or soft ladyfinger, serve the tiramisu within a couple hours.

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dark chocolate orange tiramisu

Unlike the traditional dusting of cocoa powder, my version of tiramisu is topped with grated dark chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of choking on chocolate dust and the grated bar also lends more chocolate flavor… this is always a bonus in my opinion!

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dark chocolate orange tiramisu

dark chocolate orange tiramisu

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  • Author: Sep Esmaili


Fresh orange zest and dark chocolate make this a truly delicious tiramisu recipe! Made with cream cheese, whipped cream and fresh brewed coffee.


  • 3 1/2 cups strong coffee, fresh brewed and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened at room temperature (leave the cream cheese out of the fridge for a couple hours)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 10.5 ounces (or 36) store-bought lady finger cookies
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, grated


  1. Prepare a pot of strong coffee. Pour the coffee into a large, shallow bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. It’s very important that your coffee is completely cooled, otherwise the ladyfingers will become too soggy when dipped.
  2. While the coffee cools, blend the softened cream cheese in the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment in place.
  3. Add the sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and orange zest. Continue to blend until fully combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  4. With the mixer running on low, very slowly add ¼ of the whipping cream to the cream cheese. Adding the cream slowly prevents lumps. 
  5. Once the cream and the cream cheese are smooth and well combined, add the rest of the heavy cream and whip until thick and the whisk leaves a visible trail when dragged through the cream.
  6. Dip one side of a lady finger cookie in the cooled coffee, don’t soak the cookies – just dip them. Line the bottom of your favorite 9 inch square baking dish.
  7. Continue to dip and place the lady fingers until you have an even layer covering the bottom of the serving dish.
  8. Spread ⅓ of the cream mixture over the layer of lady fingers.
  9. Add another layer of coffee-dipped lady fingers over the cream.
  10. Spread ½ of the remaining cream mixture over the lady fingers.
  11. Top the cream with one more layer of coffee-dipped lady fingers and cover the top with the rest of the cream.
  12. Top the tiramisu with the grated chocolate.
  13. Loosely cover the dish with plastic wrap so as not to disrupt the chocolate. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  14. Serve cold.
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