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Easy Tiramisu with Pound Cake

I’m ashamed to say that a family of four ate a 9×13 pan of anything. But easy tiramisu with pound cake is one of those assembly-only, no-cook desserts that sort of makes it acceptable. No matter how skilled or new you are to the kitchen, this version is pretty much assembly only and feels really special even if it’s not authentic. 

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a square slice of tiramisu on a plate with a spoon and milk bottle

I live in a food desert.That’s not a made-up term either. If you’ve never heard of it, hit Google and see for yourself.  And sometimes it makes it hard to get certain ingredients–like ladyfingers–little dainty soft cookies that are usually part of a tiramisu.

I guess I could have made them myself, but…you’ll be shocked to know I have a life too and not so much time for that right now.

So that’s why an easy tiramisu with pound cake was the perfect solution and you’ll be shocked to see how truly it easy it is to put together and (even better) it just tastes wonderful, is totally portable and even people who hate coffee will like it. I know because I don’t drink coffee. And I ate about half of the pan, so there’s your proof.

I found myself wishing for a homemade pound cake and real whipped cream and I would encourage you to use those over frozen food anytime you can. It would take the flavor of this absolutely over the top–but it would also take your cholesterol in these same direction.

Be ultra careful with the almond extract if you use it. Never measure it over the bowl of cream cheese. It’s one of those ingredients that can absolutely ruin your easy tiramisu with pound cake if you put too much in. It’s not like vanilla–I dump that in like a wild woman.

Take note–this recipe serves 16 to 24 (or my family for 4 days) and it should freeze wonderfully if you want to make it ahead. Bring it out the night before and let it thaw in the fridge before serving.

easy tiramisu with pound cake

Easy Tiramisu with Pound Cake

If it's hard for you to find ladyfingers or don't want to make your own, my flavorful no-cook version uses a store bought pound cake for a fast, crowd pleasing dessert you'll be proud to serve (and eat!). 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons almond liqueur or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 ounces frozen whipped topping real whipped cream works too
  • 16 ounce frozen pound cake thawed and cut into 30 slices
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the coffee and 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese, remaining sugar, and almond extract or liqueur. Which ever you are using. 
  • Fold in the whipped cream and set aside. 
  • In an ungreased 9x13 baking dish, place one layer of pound cake slices on the bottom, cutting pieces to make them fit as needed. Brush or spoon over 1/3 of the coffee on to the cake slices as evenly as possible. 
  • Top with 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers two more times, ending with a cream cheese layer on top. Use a sifter to dust the top with the cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 24 hours before serving. 

Notes

Chill your tiramisu overnight before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal

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Inca

Sunday 20th of September 2020

I needed an easy Tiramisu recipe for my 8 yr old to make and this was perfect. It also tasted very good.

Terry

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

This was the worst recipe i’ve Tried regarding tiramisu. Sorry.

Rachel Ballard

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Well I'm sorry but this made me laugh Terry. First of all it's not a REAL tiramisu. I mean...did you come in to this expecting lady fingers and custard? Nope. You gotta take it for what it is. It's good but it's a knock off. And tacking sorry on the end of mean comments does not make you sorry. Might as well leave that off. --Rachel

Amy

Saturday 11th of May 2019

My husband is a VERY picky person, and he said the cake was pretty good, which translates to five stars :)

Rachel Ballard

Monday 13th of May 2019

Five stars from the picky husband is great news! Doesn't it make you feel good to know you did something they enjoy? I'm glad for you Amy! --Rachel

Anna K

Friday 26th of October 2018

It was my birthday last weekend and I really wanted Tiramisu instead of regular cake. I figured since it was my day that I could get what I wanted, even thou I made it myself. Thankfully, my family loved it and it was so easy to prepare. This will definitely be a requested dessert from now on:)! Thanks for sharing your recipe?

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 27th of October 2018

Anna you and I are so much alike because I make my own birthday desserts too! ? This tiramisu with pound cake is one of our most dangerous favorites because we eat it all! I'm so glad your family agreed with mine on it. I'm always glad to share recipes that work and taste great but I'm even more glad to know you like them as well. Happy belated birthday to you! --Rachel

Rachel Ballard

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Such a great and easy way to feed a ton of people!