Vegan Tiramisu gives you all the flavors of the classic Italian dessert but in a vegan-friendly recipe. There isn't any dairy in this dessert—just wholesome ingredients with a big flavor payout.
Skip the classic ladyfingers version and try my homemade vegan-approved Italian dessert! This vegan dessert recipe will impress anyone with its presentation value and the rich decadent flavors. Vegan Tiramisu is a moist and delicious cake soaked in rich coffee syrup, smothered with creamy topping, and dusted with chocolate and cocoa.
This Vegan Tiramisu recipe is...
- Make-ahead friendly
- An Italian dessert
How to Make Vegan Tiramisu
- Prep your pan and preheat the oven.
- In a bowl, whisk together dry cake ingredients and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine yogurt, milk, vanilla.
- Now pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well.
- Spread cake batter into pan and bake as directed.
- Once cake is baked, let cool and slice into squares.
- Mix up the coffee syrup in a cup, and allow the sugar dissolve.
- In a mixer, whip together cream layer and until light and fluffy.
How to Assemble Vegan Tiramisu
- Take the sliced squares of cake and dip them into the coffee mixture.
- Layer the coffee-dipped cake pieces in a casserole pan.
- After one cake layer, add a whipped topping layer.
- Repeat cake and cream laters ending with the whipped topping mixture.
- Dust tiramisu with cocoa powder, then shaved dark chocolate.
- Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator until serving.
Full directions for how to make Vegan Tiramisu are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Tips & Tricks for Vegan Tiramisu
Soaking the cake in the coffee syrup is what give this recipe the traditional flavor of tiramisu. I like to use espresso to help give my cake a nice rich flavor.
Mixing Whipped Topping
I find that using a hand or stand mixer for mixing up the whipped topping ingredients will give you that ultra creamy texture you want. You can do it by hand, but it will take some work—and I recommend using a whisk if you go that route.
Make In Advance
This dessert is best made in advance. You have to allow the cake to cool first. Then once you get your layered dessert assembled, you will need to refrigerate it again. It's a good idea to make this tiramisu a day early to ensure your dessert is fully set up.
Variations to Vegan Tiramisu
Instead of an espresso, just use some strongly brewed coffee. If your coffee isn't strong enough, you will find it gets kind of hidden in the flavor of the cake and topping.
Pipe On The Topping
You can place your whipped topping in a piping bag, and pipe little dollops of cream all over the top of your cake. This extra piping can really elevate the look of your dessert!
Consider adding some alcohol to your tiramisu. Just add the booze to the coffee syrup once it's fully mixed. This will make your vegan tiramisu into an adult dessert. Brandy, Baileys, rum, and so many other alcohol options work great.
Vegan Tiramisu FAQs
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a layered Italian dessert. It is traditionally made with lady fingers but I used a homemade cake. This cake is soaked in a coffee syrup and topped with whipped topping and cocoa powder. Tiramisu is a very popular dessert all around the globe!
Can I double this recipe?
You can easily double this tiramisu recipe. Just reach for a larger pan to bake up the cake. I have found that doubling the recipe to serve a larger crowd works great.
Is tiramisu suitable for vegans?
Traditional tiramisu contains egg and dairy products, while my vegan version does not. Depending on your diet, you may find that this recipe is a great fit!
- 4 shots brewed espresso ~½ cup
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp kahlua liquer
- warm water ¼–½ cup
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- dark chocolate grated; optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Then set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, vanilla, oil, and apple cider vinegar.
- Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Spread the cake batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake in the oven until cooked through.
- Allow to cool, then slice into small rectangles.
- Mix together the espresso shots, sugar, and kahlua. Then add the warm water until you have one cup of liquid total, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Beat the cream cheese, yogurt, coconut milk, and coconut oil until smooth and fluffy.
- Then add the powdered sugar and beat again.
- Dip the cake squares into the coffee mixture.
- Place a layer of the coffee-dipped cake squares in a medium casserole dish.
- Add a layer of creamy whipped topping on top.
- Continue layering, ending with the creamy mixture.
- Top tiramisu with a dusting of cocoa powder and some grated dark chocolate if desired.
- Place tiramisu in fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.