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Valentine’s Strawberry Tiramisu

This stunning, indulgent dessert is the perfect romantic end to your Valentine’s Day

Quick! Think of the two most romantic desserts possible. You probably thought of a rich, creamy tiramisu and the classic chocolate-covered strawberries. Blend both of those favorite Valentine’s Day desserts into one with this stunning new dish.

This recipe is courtesy of Avecita and pastry chef Thomas Zimmermann.


  • 8.8 Ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 2.8 Ounces confectioner’s sugar
  • 6.3 Ounces freshly brewed strong espresso (cooled)
  • 1 Pound mascarpone cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons dark rum, plus more for serving
  • 20 lady finger sponges
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 1/2 pint fresh strawberries
  • White sugar, to taste


Whisk the whipping cream until it reaches stiff peaks. This can be accomplished in a few minutes with an electric mixer or by hand.

In a medium bowl, add the mascarpone, sugar, and rum and mix until smooth. Add more sugar or alcohol as desired.

Fold in the whipped cream to create the cheese mixture.

Soak lady fingers in espresso for a couple seconds, rotating to coat all sides.

Break up (into half) lady fingers to fit in 4-by-1/2-inch glasses.

Divide half the cheese mixture on lady fingers in glasses.

Smooth with a spatula or spoon. Sift cocoa powder liberally on surface of layer.

Apply second layer of lady fingers and remaining cheese. Sift cocoa powder over top.

Cover in plastic wrap and chill.

To serve, cut the strawberries in half (or quarter if they’re really big) and sprinkle with 1–2 tablespoons of white sugar and a bit of rum to taste.

Marinade for 20 minutes to a half-hour and serve with the tiramisu.