Strawberry Tiramisu

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. 

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A square of strawberry tiramisu on a plate topped with a whole strawberry and some sliced.

I’m obsessed with strawberries especially when used in desserts! I simply never get tired of it!

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!
  • Similar to my Banana Pudding Tiramisu, this is a fun twist and update on a class recipe.

Ingredients

Strawberry tiramisu without alcohol is made with simple ingredients you can easily pick up at the grocery store.

Ingredients to make strawberry tiramisu on the table.
  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

Strawberries in a bowl with sugar on top.
Powdered sugar, cream cheese, and strawberry in a mixing bowl.
  1. Drizzle the orange juice over the ladyfingers.
  2. Spread half the pink filling in the bottom of a square baking dish.
Lady fingers laid into the bottom of a tart dish.
Strawberry cream in square pan with lady fingers on top.
  1. Add a layer of half of the macerated strawberries.
  2. Add half of the whipped cream and vanilla mixture on top of the strawberries.
Strawberries over the top of the lady fingers.
Whipped cream on top of the sliced strawberries.
  1. Repeat the layers again using the rest of the ingredients.
  2. 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.

Overhead of strawberry tiramisu in a square dish ready to serve.

Expert Tips

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.

FAQs

What are ladyfingers?

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.

What can I substitute for ladyfingers?

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.

Close up of a piece of strawberry shortcake tiramisu with a fork cutting into it.

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A square of strawberry tiramisu on a plate with fresh berries on top.

Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu

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.
4.92 from 24 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

For Ladyfingers

  • 1 package lady fingers
  • ¼ cup orange juice

Instructions

  • 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).

Notes

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 needs to sit in the fridge for at least six hours but overnight is even better.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 39.4mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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This post was originally published April 2014 and has been updated with new images and content.

Filed Under:  Dessert and Baking, Mother's Day, No-Cook, Spring Recipes

Comments

  1. What a beautiful dessert and such a fun twist on classic tiramisu! We will be making this when we have company t his summer for sure!

  2. I always ask for strawberry short cake for my June birthday. This is my new birthday celebration dessert! it has all the flavors I love and is obsolutely amazing!

  3. This turned out delicious. I took your tip of letting the tiramisu sit overnight and got perfect results in terms of texture. The flavor was amazing as well. Will be making again.

  4. I am so excited to make this tiramisu! Strawberry season is my favourite, so thank you for a great recipe to use mine up! 🙂

  5. Wow! Your Strawberry Tiramisu is so beautiful and looks really delicious.
    I can’t wait to make this at home!

  6. Oh my, this Tiramisu recipe looks incredibly delicious! Plus its strawberry flavor makes this an instant favorite! It’s such an amazing presentation and overloaded with flavor and taste making this a perfect treat for everyone!

  7. Yesterday, I whipped up this strawberry tiramisu for a special occasion, and it was a hit! The fresh strawberries and lightly sweetened biscuits were a perfect combo.

  8. Am I missing something? I don’t see where the lady fingers come into the assembly of the cake. And what size baking dish did you use?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Shari, you can find the full ingredient as well as the recipe instructions in the recipe card right above the comment section. But here is a quick answer to your questions: 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.

  9. the cutest Strawberry Tiramisu i’ve seen ever. the strawberry was light and tiramisu fluffy. thank you

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