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A Tiramisu Ice Cream Sundae: The Italian Dessert For Your Ice Cream Bowl

By Kelsey Banfield |

Tiramisu SundaeTiramisu is one of my favorite Italian desserts. The only problem is that sometime I don’t want to make a whole pan for just the three of us. To get around that, I recently decided to make a tiramisu ice cream sundae instead. A dessert that combined all of my favorite elements of tiramisu, just in a new, more individual, form. I even adapted it for my daughter, skipping the liquor step, so that she could try it, too. The result was a decadent dessert treat that hit all the right notes. I know it isn’t quite the same as the original, but it worked for us. Now that I’ve done this I think I’ll have to try making tiramisu ice cream!

Tiramisu Ice Cream Sundae

Good quality vanilla ice cream


Dark Rum

1/2 cup espresso, cooled

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Shaved chocolate for garnish

Place two scoops of vanilla ice cream in an ice cream bowl. Dip the ladyfingers in a bowl of dark rum for 2 minutes per side, then tuck them around the ice cream in the bowl in a decorative fashion. Whip the mascarpone cheese, whipped cream, cocoa powder and vanilla extract with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy. Dollop a spoonful on top of the ice cream and ladyfingers. Drizzle the mascarpone whipped cream with some of the cooled espresso and drop the shaved chocolate on top for a garnish. Serve!

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About Kelsey Banfield


Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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One thought on “A Tiramisu Ice Cream Sundae: The Italian Dessert For Your Ice Cream Bowl

  1. Cookin' Canuck says:

    This is a fantastic idea, Kelsey! I adore the flavors of tiramisu, but don’t always want to go through the process of making the full dessert.

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