No Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake is a fool-proof recipe for your favorite Italian dessert. Incredibly creamy, rich and delicious, I guarantee it will become your favorite Cheesecake for years to come!
I can’t stop making Cheesecakes, and if you are a Cheesecake lover like me, try my other favorite recipes like Crepe stuffed New York cheesecake, Meyer Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake and Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake.
No Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake
No Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake is one stunning, yet easy to make dessert, that will wow your taste buds and friends. It is very creamy and rich, made with a mix of mascarpone, whipped cream, and cream cheese. Finished with more whipped cream and a dust of cocoa and espresso powder, this dessert is very flavorful and fabulously satisfying.
The best part is that you don’t have to turn on your oven and no need to worry about crackly cheesecake top, this one will always turn smooth and delicious.
What is Tiramisu?
It is an Italian coffee-flavored dessert, made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese. Cocoa powder is dusted on top of the cake.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- Fool-proof and easy to follow, no oven or water bath is involved.
- Produces a creamy and rich cheesecake that will be a hit with everyone.
- It can be easily made and served as a trifle.
- Can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about dessert.
- The ingredients are simple and easy to find.
What do you need to make a Tiramisu Cheesecake:
- Springform pan
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Vanilla Wafers or graham cracker crumbs
- Cream cheese, lots of cream cheese
- White granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Sour cream
- Heavy whipping cream
- Espresso powder
No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake Recipe Tips:
- The mascarpone and cream cheese should be at room temperature.
- Don’t replace the mascarpone with cream cheese. Because the mascarpone has a richer and creamier texture, and that’s what is originally used in Tiramisu cakes. Also, it will make a huge difference in this cake, so we strongly suggest using it.
- Don’t over mix or whisk the cheeses at high speed. The mascarpone tends to separate if over mixed, so best to mix on medium speed.
- I used vanilla wafer cookies for the bottom layer of the cheesecake. However, you can use graham cracker crumbs as well. Don’t skip the bottom layer. You need it to lay the ladyfingers on, otherwise, they will be too soggy and create a mess.
- Also, you can make the cheesecake and serve it/layer it with coffee dipped ladyfingers in parfait glasses as individual desserts.
- Covering the sides of the springform pan with parchment paper will prevent the cheesecake from sticking to the sides of the pan and preserve its form better upon removal.
- Chilling the cheesecake enough is very important if you want to get perfect slices. I recommend chilling for at least 6 hours or better, overnight.
- The heavy whipping cream should be very cold, straight from the fridge. In addition, it would be good to chill the mixing bowl for 10 minutes, before whipping the cream.
- The ladyfingers on the sides of the cake are optional, you can add them to the springform pan before adding in the cheesecake mixture.
How to slice a cheesecake:
- Run a sharp thin-bladed slicing knife under hot tap water or dip it into a glass of hot water prior to slicing the cheesecake. Wipe the knife clean and run it under hot water before making another cut.
- An easy, mess-free way to cut even slices is to use cheese wire or unflavored dental floss. Clean the bits that stuck to the wire/floss before every cut.
How to freeze a Cheesecake:
You can freeze the cheesecake BEFORE you top it with whipped cream or any other sauces or chocolate ganache.
Make sure the cheesecake was refrigerated for at least 6 hours. Wrap cheesecake tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.
How to prevent cracks in a cheesecake?
Since we are making a No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake, your cake won’t have any cracks. The texture will be smooth and perfect. However, if you are making a baked cheesecake, here are some tips on how to avoid cracks:
- Making sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature and well combined after mixed.
- Adding flour or/and cornstarch to the batter.
- Also, avoid opening the door oven while baking the cheesecake.
- Watch the cheesecake closely to avoid overtaking it. When the sides are puffed and the center of the cheesecake is just slightly wobbly, the cheesecake is done.
- Cooling the cheesecake in the oven, with the door slightly cracked is also very important and the sudden change in temperature can cause cracks.
- Lastly, bake the cheesecake in a water bath, its one of the most successful techniques to avoid cracks on your cheesecake.
Prep time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 mins
- 6 cups vanilla wafers
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 24 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup white granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (cold)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 4-6 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 16 ladyfingers
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (cold)
- 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper.
- Add wafer cookies to a food processor and grind until fine crumbs are formed.
- Transfer cookie crumbs to a medium bowl and mix with melted butter until fully combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the spring form pan. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- Or preheat oven to 325°F and bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and espresso powder, stir to fully combine.
- Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture one at a time, then add to the spring form pan, on top of the crust.
- In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, mix together cream cheese, mascarpone cheese and 1 cup of sugar on medium-low speed until combined. Stop once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Do not mix on high speed or overmix, as the mascarpone cheese can begin to separate.
- In a chilled mixing bowl, add the cold heavy whipping cream, remaining two tablespoons of sugar and vanilla extract. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Manually, using a spatula, fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cream cheese mixture.
- Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the ladyfingers.
- Add the cold heavy whipping cream and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe cream on top of the cheesecake.
- Set the cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill and firm, 5-6 hours or better, overnight.
- When ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the spring form pan, discard the parchment paper from the sides and using an offset spatula, smooth the sides, if needed.
- Sprinkle a little cocoa powder over the top of the cheesecake, if desired. I like to sprinkle a little espresso powder as well. Always serve chilled.
- Slice and serve!
- Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.