This Strawberry Tiramisu is a mashup of two dessert favorites!! Strawberry Shortcake and Tiramisu! The result is the most amazing Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu that’s ultra-creamy, full of fresh strawberries, and lightly sweetened biscuits. If you love this tiramisu with strawberries, then you definitely need to try Banana Pudding Tiramisu, Chocolate Chip Tiramisu, and Sweet Potato Pie Tiramisu.
I used my love for all things strawberry to create this strawberry tiramisu that’s inspired by the light and creamy flavors of strawberry shortcake.
This strawberry shortcake dessert combines the traditional sweet cheese layer in tiramisu with a light and fluffy whipped cream layer found in shortcakes. Add in some strawberries and it’s the perfect summer dessert.
It is so easy and it is such a lovely change from the traditional strawberry shortcake.
Why You Will Love Strawberry Tiramisu
- An easy dessert recipe that’s perfect for the summer!
- Perfect for making for a crowd so you can carry it along to potlucks and summer picnics.
- Light and fresh tasting! A great dessert when you’re craving a sweet but don’t want something heavy and overly sweet.
- Great way to use fresh strawberries at the height of summer!
- No-bake strawberry shortcake dessert! This dish takes just 25 minutes of active time to make!
Strawberry tiramisu without alcohol is made with simple ingredients you can easily pick up at the grocery store.
- Strawberries: Use fresh ripe berries for the best flavor.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar melts with the strawberries making them juicy and sweet while powdered beats into the cream cheese to sweeten it and keep it ultra creamy and smooth!
- Lemon juice: Balances out the sweetness of the strawberries and sugar.
- Cream cheese: Makes the tangy, creamy base in this strawberry tiramisu recipe in place of the traditional mascarpone in Italian tiramisu. I find it works best and is a bit more economical in this dessert.
- Strawberry preserves: Melted and mixed into the cream cheese to give it a pink hue and some strawberry flavor.
- Whipped cream: Use homemade whipped cream for the best flavor.
- Vanilla: Adds warming flavors to the whipped cream.
- Ladyfingers: Long, thin biscuits commonly used to make trifles and tiramisu.
- Orange juice: Drizzled over the ladyfingers to soften and sweeten them up.
How to Make Strawberry Tiramisu
Are you ready to get cooking? Here are the highlights of the steps that go into making this fruit tiramisu.
- Place the strawberries in a bowl and add the granulated sugar and lemon juice. Toss to coat the berries and set aside to allow syrup to form in the strawberries.
- Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and melted strawberry preserves with an electric mixer until smooth. In a separate bowl whisk together the whipped cream and vanilla.
PRO TIP: For a more intense pink color add some red food coloring!
- Drizzle the orange juice over the ladyfingers.
- Spread half the pink filling in the bottom of a square baking dish.
- Add a layer of half of the macerated strawberries.
- Add half of the whipped cream and vanilla mixture on top of the strawberries.
- Repeat the layers again using the rest of the ingredients.
- Refrigerate the strawberry dessert overnight or for at least 6 hours
PRO TIP: If you need to speed things up, you can also freeze the strawberry dessert for one hour to firm up the berries.
Start with softened cream cheese. This ensures it will blend out perfectly creamy.
This dish is best with fresh, juicy red strawberries. Strawberries are usually at the height of their season in the summer.
Be sure you plan ahead a bit. The tiramisu must sit in the fridge for at least six hours but overnight is even better.
Ladyfingers are a type of lightly sweet biscuit that is commonly used to make tiramisu. They come in a firm, crunchy form and also a softer texture similar to sponge cake. I find the harder ones make a firmer dessert but you use either version.
If you can’t find the ladyfingers you could also use cubes of pound cake or even angel food cake. Just note that it does change the overall texture and flavor of the dish.
More Strawberry Shortcake Recipes
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake
- Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
- Strawberry Shortcake Cinnamon Rolls
- Strawberry Shortcake Funnel Cakes
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Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu
- 1 pint fresh strawberries sliced
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
For the Topping
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the Filling
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup sifted powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons strawberry preserves melted
- 2 drops red food coloring optional
- 1 package lady fingers
- ¼ cup orange juice
- In a large bowl, add sliced strawberries, granulated sugar and lemon juice. Toss together and set aside until natural juices develop.
- For the topping, whip heavy cream and pure vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- For filling, in a large bowl combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and the melted strawberry preserves; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended and smooth. Add food coloring if you desire it to be a pink color. Stir in 1/2 cup of the whipped cream. Set aside.
- Place ladyfingers in a small bowl then drizzle with the orange juice. In a 9×9 inch glass baking dish, add ladyfingers as a first layer to the dish then spread with half of the pink filling. Next add a layer of half of the macerated strawberries then top with half of the whipped cream. Repeat the steps again starting with ladyfingers and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours (also freeze for one hour to firm up berries).
This post was originally published April 2014 and has been updated with new images and content.