Easy Tiramisu Mousse – Italian Recipe

This Easy Tiramisu Mousse contains my favorite part of the Tiramisu: the mousse! I’m all about the mousse (no cake). Easy and simple! Surprise your family or friends with this easy tiramisu mousse for the weekend – they will love it…and they will love you, even more 😛

Easy Tiramisu Mousse


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee ( I used espresso)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold (check out the note)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (check out the note)
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese (low-fat cream cheese is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate



  • Place the instant coffee in the hot water and stir. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to use. (Alternately: you can use an 8 ounce carton of whipped topping. Check out the note.)
  • Mix powdered sugar and mascarpone with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of the coffee. Add up to the entire amount of coffee, depending on how strong you want your tiramisu. (I added all of it because that’s how I roll.) Mix in vanilla.
  • Fold whipped cream into coffee mixture gently. Place the tiramisu in a gallon size Ziploc bag that is fitted with a large round or 1M tip.
  • Pipe a small amount the bottom of each of 4 serving glasses (my glasses were 6 ounce size).
  • Top the layer with a dusting of cocoa powder. Continue layering the tiramisu and cocoa powder.
  • Once you get to the top layer, grate the 1 ounce of semi-sweet baking chocolate over the tops of the serving dishes (instead of the dusting of cocoa powder). This gives a sweet first taste instead of being bitter from the unsweetened cocoa.
  • Chill, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve.

Buon Appetito!


  • Whipped cream note: you can substitute whipped topping for the 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Use about 8 ounces, no whipping needed. Just skip step 2.
  • Powdered sugar note: if you use whipped topping and/or less coffee you may need less powdered sugar. Start at 1 cup and increase as needed.

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