Fresh whipped cream and fruit tops this no-bake Berry Tiramisu Cake and is a delicious twist to the traditional coffee flavored tiramisu Italian dessert.
This is one of those recipes that I created in my head while flipping through a cookbook looking for some dessert inspiration.
I thought that it would be clever and tasty to change up a tiramisu dessert by using fruit and making it into a cake!
Instead of soaking lady fingers in strong coffee like you do when making a traditional tiramisu cake, I envisioned a flavorful raspberry sauce that would saturate through the cake layers.
Once I did some research on how this might come together, I quickly realized a lot of other foodies had the same idea – imagine that!
No Bake Berry Tiramisu Cake
Well, as simple as the cake sounds, I ran into some obstacles when I went to the store to gather the ingredients.
There were no ladyfinger biscuits/cookies to be found, fresh raspberries were outrageous, and mascarpone cheese was also not available!
I improvised by using frozen raspberries, pre-made angel food cake in place of the ladyfingers, and I found a substitution for mascarpone cheese online.
The results were fabulous!
Use Real Whipping Cream
Oh, if you are tempted to buy Cool Whip for another short cut, DON”T DO IT.
Fresh whipped cream is out of this world, and the assembly time is already shortened if you use a pre-made angel food cake!
The raspberry sauce is the only step that took some patience because you need to let it cool before assembling the cake.
If you can, make the sauce several hours in advance. For an alternative, you may substitute the raspberry sauce for this sugar free strawberry puree.
You don’t want to melt your freshly whipped cream when putting the layers on top of each other.
Layers of Flavor In This Berry Tiramisu Cake
The whipped cream is light and flavorful, and especially scrumptious with the copy-cat mascarpone cheese mixed in.
The raspberry sauce is to die for and just how I wanted it to taste!
If you aren’t fond of the coffee flavor that’s in a traditional tiramisu or looking for a kid and adult friendly cake, this is the dessert that will please everyone!
Berry Tiramisu Cake
No-bake berry tiramisu cake is light and refreshing. We use a pre-made cake or lady fingers for simplicity. Share at any spring or summer gathering.
- 1 prepared Angel Food Cake, Pound Cake or package of Ladyfinger cookies
- 5 cups raspberries, I used frozen
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
- 1 1/3 cups Mascarpone cheese OR for a substitution
- 1 8 ounce block of cream cheese (I used light)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
For Decorating Cake
- 2-3 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
This recipe was inspired by Martha Stewart’sRed, White, and Blue Berry Trifle.
Mascarpone cheese substitute is from Seasoned Advice.
What a wonderful summer dessert idea! I love this berry tiramisu cake recipe!
Thank you! We loved all the fruit. Such a great time of year to take advantage of the abundance!
What a beautiful cake & a lovely modern take on tiramisu! I love it! Traditional tiramisu is often too bitter for me; I hate chocolate (unless it’s Nutella!) & I hate coffee but I LOVE tiramisu lol. You see the struggle. Next time, I’ll be making your version!
This is definitely the tiramisu for you, Anyonita! Happy, happy 😉
Thanks for the extra love, Heidy! You’re the best xo
Wow! This is gorgeous! And even so I would have no trouble eating it all up! What a combo!
Love this version of tiramisu, looks lite and tasty.
Choc Chip Uru
What a lovely tiramisu cake, it looks delicious 😀
Who can resist berries!?
Choc Chip Uru
We have to load up on the berries while they’re fresh and they work great in cakes!
Fabulous! I’m saving this till next 4th of July!
Such a beautiful cake. I love chocolate dustings and coffee flavoring but why not fruit-genius. Sharing this grand idea! Take care, BAM
Thank you, Bam! With so much yummy fruit right now, I had to take advantage of using it one more time!
Scrumptious! Love your idea with this cake; and the photos make me want a piece, so badly… Great post!
Thanks, Dan! Wish I lived closer to my blogging buddies so I could share! What a feast we would have 🙂
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
This recipe looks wonderful! I love berries!
I’ve made berry tiramisu, but your cake sounds a WHOLE lot better! Beautiful, too.
Ohhh, see you’re one of those “other” bloggers that switched things up! Thanks for the compliment, Liz!!
OMGosh this looks amazing! I wish I had a piece….
It did go pretty quick! I think it’s the light whipped cream that makes you feel like you hardly had any and entices you to a second piece 😉
YEAH!!!! Sandra, this is genius. I love how you made this work for you when the ingredients weren’t available. I also love how delicious the Berry Tiramisu Cake sounds and I will definitely have to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned/sharing.
I felt like I should give up when I kept running into obstacles! Cakes prevail 😉 Thank you, Joanne!
Karen (Back Road Journal)
Sometimes plans get changed for the best…your cake sounds terrific.
I like the traditional tiramisu, but I was sharing with some people that don’t care for coffee. This worked out perfectly!
That’s a lovely tweak on a classic! I love the idea of a tiramisu cake!
Thanks, Katerina! I thought it was a good idea to use berries for this tiramisu cake!
Sheryl @Mama's Gotta Bake
Hi Sandra, I have only made the traditional style tiramisu before, and so I’m intrigued by your version. It looks like a perfect summer dessert!
With so many berries available, I couldn’t resist seeing how it would taste. I requests to make it again!