White Chocolate Strawberry Tiramisu

I love tiramisu enough to know that this recipe is not even close to the real thing. However, this strawberry tiramisu is good if you like creamy desserts with white chocolate and berries. I generally build this in an 8 inch square glass pan or double it and use a 13×9 inch rectangle.  But like real tiramisu, it’s open to variations. In fact, next time I make it I’m going to layer it in mini trifle dishes or wine glasses. But for now, here’s the basic recipe. You can adjust the powdered sugar levels if you like, but I’ve put the measurements I used below.

Here’s the picture. I’m not proud of it. I used only one pack of ladyfingers and subsequently did not have enough ladyfingers to build an even cake, hence the slope. I also did not slice my strawberries thin/thinly (not sure the correct grammar on that) enough. I also put the top layer of strawberries on too early which gave some of the cream topping a pink hue.

“Anna, pack your knives and go.”

No, really! It’s good. I just didn’t put my all into this version. Anyone could make it prettier.

Strawberry Tiramisu


White Chocolate Strawberry Tiramisu
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An White Chocolate Strawberry Tiramisu icebox dessert inspired by the popular Italian dessert
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese or cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar – divided use
  • 3.5 ounces of white chocolate, melted – Lindt (See Note)
  • 30 ladyfinger halves (from 15 whole) – you’ll need about 1 ½ 3 oz packs
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced plus about 1 cup of strawberries trimmed & halved
  1. In a chilled mixing bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks begin to form. Add vanilla and beat until peaks are stiff. Scrape the unsweetened whipped cream into a different bowl and set it aside.
  2. Using same mixing bowl you used to whip cream (no need to rinse), beat together the cream cheese and the mascarpone. Stir in 4 tablespoons of the powdered sugar and the melted white chocolate. When smooth, fold in about 1 cup of the unsweetened whipped cream.
  3. Arrange 15 ladyfingers halves in bottom of an 8 inch square glass dish. Drizzle with half of the orange juice. Spread half of the white chocolate mixture over ladyfingers, then spread a layer of thinly sliced berries over the white chocolate mixture. Arrange remaining ladyfinger halves over strawberries, then spread with a final layer of white chocolate mixture.
  4. Stir remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar into reserved whipped cream (you may use less sugar if you like). Spread over the white chocolate layer and chill for at least 3 hours or until ready to serve. When ready to serve, cut into squares and arrange remaining sliced strawberries over top.
  5. Note: To melt white chocolate in microwave, place in a microwave bowl and microwave on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving on 50% power until smooth. You may also melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of boiling water or in a double boiler.

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  1. Debbi says

    I totally want to see a picture of this! Otherwise, if I make it, I will send one. It sounds delicious!

  2. says

    Awwww Man.

    I was going to try to get out of posting it because the last time I made this (this past weekend) I slapped it together and my shoddy dessert craftmanship showed in every picture. But I’ll post it anyway.

    This recipe, doubled, was published in a soon to be released Taste of Home holiday annual. You can bet their picture is much better than mine.

  3. says

    This reminds me of the berry tiramisu that is sometimes available at Maggianos Little Italy Restaurant (an upscale chain). It’s quite tasty and refresiing, although your version with the white chocolate may be better.

  4. Erin says

    Wow! That looks amazing! I’m not a big coffee fan so regular tiramisu is just ok to me. Now strawberries, on the other hand, are always good! This is a recipe I will definitely be trying. Thank you so much!

  5. says

    Lisa, this one has a very strong white chocolate flavor. And it certainly has the illusion of lightness!

    Erin, I like the strawberries because I can buy them all year round and they taste good with the cream. But you can swap out the strawberries with just about any berry.

    One thing to remember is you can play around with the proportion of sugar. I put my measurements above, but you may prefer it less sweet so taste as you go.

  6. says

    I think it looks great. I’m sure the slope does nothing to the taste. I think the idea of wine glasses would be very elegant. Someone at work wants strawberry shortcake for their birthday treat — I’m thinking this might be a good idea too.

  7. says

    this looks so good! i love strawberries and white chocolate. I keep saying I’m going to make tiramisu and think I need to soon! BTW – the way you phrased it…thinly. 🙂

  8. Debbi says

    This looks super nummy! Thanks for the picture. I have just been invited to a friends house and I am debating which delicious dessert to make.

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