No-Bake Slab Tiramisu

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No-Bake Slab Tiramisu ~ this cool and creamy tiramisu cake recipe is an effortless way to satisfy a crowd ~ layer it up, and let it hang out in the refrigerator, it’ll get better as it sits!

Overhead photo of a tray of No-Bake Slab Tiramisu.

I couldn’t possibly love this throw-it-together one-layer easy-peasy no-bake dessert any more than I do. It’s perfect. But why slab tiramisu? Because it’s quicker to make, and lighter than the traditional multi-layered version. Dessert doesn’t always have to be a big decadent deal, and maybe it’s wishful thinking, but if we downsize a little bit, maybe we can have it more often. I don’t know about you, but I crave dessert even more during the summer, probably because the meals are so much lighter, I always seem to have  juuuuuust enough room for a small slice…just 2 ladyfingers wide, to be exact.

Photo of a tray of No-Bake Slab Tiramisu.

I don’t usually jump when I hear the term ‘no-bake’… probably because I associate no bake desserts with ingredients like instant jello, or fake whipped topping. But tiramisu is a venerable European dessert made with natural ingredients that just happens to be no-bake, so no special kitchen acrobatics are necessary to whip this up on a hot day. I’ve also simplified the traditional recipe, which includes a cooked egg custard, so there’s no heat of any kind involved here. And it’s one of those miracle cakes that actually gets better after sitting in the fridge for a while.

Photo of ladyfinger and coffee for No-Bake Slab Tiramisu.

I like to keep a bag of ladyfingers in the cupboard so I can make this any time. They basically keep forever. Then, when the mood strikes, all you have to do is pick up a small tub of mascarpone cheese and a little heavy cream. Instant espresso, good quality cocoa powder, and chocolate should be pantry staples 🙂

TIP: Did you know you can make your own mascarpone cheese? Check out my HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MASCARPONE CHEESE post, you’ll be amazed!

Photo of a tray of No-Bake Slab Tiramisu with knife.

Tiramisu is one of my favorites, and I’ve made it so many ways here at tvfgi. This EASY SUMMER TIRAMISU is served in individual glasses for portability. And my TIRAMISU ICE CREAM CAKE serves it up as a frozen treat for the hottest nights.

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Slab Tiramisu

No-Bake Slab Tiramisu ~ this cool and creamy tiramisu cake recipe is an effortless way to satisfy a crowd ~ layer it up, and let it hang out in the refrigerator, it'll get better as it sits!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill time 3 hours
Yield 8 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 20 crisp Italian ladyfinger biscuits
  • 3 Tbsp espresso powder or instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, plus 1 Tbsp for the coffee
  • 2/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup marscapone cheese, room temperature
  • cocoa powder for dusting
  • chocolate shavings for garnish


  • Mix the espresso powder with one cup of cold water, and sweeten with one tablespoon of powdered sugar.
  • Pour the cold coffee into a shallow bowl and dip each cookie, first on one side, and then the other, Just wet the cookies, don't let them soak through. 2 seconds per side should do it. Arrange the ladyfingers in two rows of 10 in a 9x13 pan.
  • Whip the cream until it starts to thicken, and then beat in the sugar and vanilla. Beat until the cream forms good stiff peaks, but don't beat too long, or you'll wind up with butter!
  • Gently fold in the room temperature marscapone until the cheese is well incorporated. Your cheese must be soft or this will not work.
  • Check your ladyfingers. They should feel soft to the touch. If they still feel hard at all, drizzle a touch more coffee over them. Pile the whipped cream mixture onto the ladyfingers and smooth out evenly across the surface. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, top with sifted cocoa powder and some chocolate curls.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • My ladyfingers were just over 4 inches long. If yours are a different size, arrange them to fit the pan as best you can; you may have to trim a little off some of them to fit them in.
  • It goes without saying that for the over 21 crowd you can add brandy, Kahlua, Amaretto, or any other spirit of choice to the coffee. Mmmmmmm…..


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  • Reply
    Bernice Escobar
    June 15, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Sue,
    Can I make regular espresso café instead of buy instant espresso powder? I already have espresso coffee and I’m trying to keep my cost down. I want to make this for Friday potluck and all I need is ladyfingers and mascarpone.

  • Reply
    March 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I will be making this for my Italian theme Bunco in April. Thx.

    • Reply
      March 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Delish, I need to make it again soon, there’s nothing better than tiramisu!

  • Reply
    March 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Can I make a day in advance or is that too long for it to sit?

    • Reply
      March 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      I think it would be fine in the fridge overnight…add the grated chocolate at the end.

  • Reply
    Amanda N
    August 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Could you do this recipe with soft (sponge cake like) lady fingers and just brush them with the coffee mixture?

    • Reply
      August 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

      I’m sure you could, and I still wouldn’t skimp on the coffee mixture! Enjoy!

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