Skip to content

Subscribe to receive the latest recipes, every month! Sign Up Now

Matcha Tiramisu

Published on 10/03/2023 by Umamiology
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Share this recipe!

This Matcha Tiramisu, is the perfect fusion of earthy matcha flavor with the creamy decadence of one of Italy’s classic desserts. It’s the perfect companion to a warm latte at a cozy coffee shop or an elegant finale to a fancy birthday dinner.

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-BeautyShot100

When you think of Matcha, you typically imagine a hot cup of herbily, slightly bitter, yet vibrant tasting tea. It’s also found it’s way in smoothies, ice cream and pastries – but none of them capture and accentuate the umami of matcha flavor quite like this combination of Matcha Tiramisu.

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Beautyshot97

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely ground tea powder used in eastern Asia, most commonly produced in Japan. The origin of the ground powder are the leaves of Tea Trees (Camellia Sinensis) and they exhibit a slightly bitter, earthy taste that is both palette cleansing and refreshing.

Matcha Powder

The matcha powder we’ll be using in this recipe is the Jade Leaf Brand – which I’ve found to be good quality. Match powder typically lasts for about 2-3 weeks, if it is stored properly in an air tight jar.

What is Tiramisu?

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-BeautyShot101

Tiramisu is a classic Italian custard dessert made of layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers (sponge cake biscuits) and a creamy whipped custard filling. In Italian, tiramisu literally translates to “pick me up” or “cheer me up” and is rumored to have been invented in the late 1960s, near the Treviso region of Italy.

The Ingredients for Matcha Tiramisu

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Beautyshot95

Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements and directions.

The Equipment Needed

Prepping the Tiramisu Cream

Soften the Mascarpone Cheese by placing it into your regular mixing bowl and allowing it to come up to room temperature. Once at room temperature, whisk briefly to make the cheese pliable.

In a separate, heatproof mixing bowl, add in the 3 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of rum, 2 teaspoons of matcha powder and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk briefly with an electric mixer until ingredients start to incorporate (no more than 15-20 seconds).

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Process-Shot12

Then create a double boiler by placing your saucepan on the stove and adding in a couple of inches of water. Heat the water to a low simmer.

Next, set your heatproof mixing bowl (with your already whisked ingredients) on top of the sauce pan – and check to make sure the bowl sufficiently covers the top of the sauce pan and that the bowl does not touch the water in the pan.

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Process-Shot34

Whisk the egg mixture again until it becomes light and frothy – it should grow in volume and become slightly lighter in color as you whisk. This process should take about 3-5 minutes (do not overmix) – be careful not to keep your mixture on the double boiler for too long, or else the eggs in the mixture will start to scramble.

Remove from heat and add in the Mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract – and fold gently into the mixture with a spatula until everything is well incorporated.

Craft Your Whipped Cream

Next, in a separate bowl, make the whipped cream by adding in 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk with the electric mixer until it becomes a soft and foamy consistency. When you pull out the whisk, you should see some peaks forming and holding its shape.

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Process-Shot56

Then add the whipped cream into the previous mixture and fold in gently with your spatula, until all components are fully incorporated.

Set aside and let rest.

Prepping the Lady Fingers

In a small mixing bowl, add in 1/2 a cup of coffee, 1 tablespoon of rum and 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. Whisk until the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Process-Shot78

Using a pair of tongs, dip your ladyfingers about 1/2 way into the coffee solution, then placed the dipped ladyfingers into a separate baking tray (put them in upside down so that the coffee soaked 1/2 of the ladyfinger is facing up), which will be the tray you assemble your Tiramisu in.

Repeat until you have fit enough ladyfingers into your baking tray to cover the bottom completely.

Pro Tip: Squeeze in as many ladyfingers as you can in this bottom layer. The more compact this layer is, the less the cream filling will bleed into this area. Separation of the ladyfinger layer and the cream layer will make for a cleaner presentation.

Putting It All Together

After setting down your first layer of ladyfingers, create the second layer by spreading the tiramisu cream on top of the ladyfingers. Make sure you make this layer of cream just a 1/2 inch thick. (Too much cream will turn your tiramisu into a pudding, and not enough will make it too dry).

Add in the next layer of ladyfingers, making sure the direction of the ladyfingers is perpendicular to the first layer. (You want the ladyfingers to cross on top of each other. When you cut into the tiramisu, it should show an alternating grid of the ladyfingers, kind of like Jenga.)

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Process-Shot910

Repeat until you have 4 total layers. (You should have 2 layers of lady fingers and 2 layers of cream – the top layers should be cream.)

Lastly sift matcha powder on top of the cream layer, enough to create a thin layer of matcha.

Then cover the matcha tiramisu in plastic wrap. Set it in the fridge to chill for at least 5 hours before serving.

Pro Tip: You can use any vessel to construct your Matcha Tiramisu – even a wine glass!

Umamiology-Matcha-Tiramisu-Beautyshot94
Play-Button-Graphic-Umamiology
Watch me make this dish, by heading over to our YouTube, Instagram, TikTok or Pinterest pages.

Matcha Tiramisu

5 from 10 votes
This Matcha Tiramisu, is the perfect fusion of earthy matcha flavor with the creamy decadence of one of Italy's classic desserts. It's the perfect companion to a warm latte at a cozy coffee shop or an elegant finale to a fancy birthday dinner.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Pin Share

Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

Prepping the Tiramisu Cream

  • Soften the Mascarpone Cheese by placing it into your regular mixing bowl and allowing it to come up to room temperature. Once at room temperature, whisk briefly to make the cheese pliable.
  • In your heatproof mixing bowl, add in the 3 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of rum, 2 teaspoons of matcha powder and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk briefly with an electric mixer until ingredients start to incorporate (no more than 15-20 seconds).
  • Then create a double boiler by placing your saucepan on the stove and adding in a couple of inches of water. Heat the water to a low simmer.
  • Next, set your heatproof mixing bowl (with your already whisked ingredients) on top of the sauce pan – and check to make sure the bowl sufficiently covers the top of the sauce pan and that the bowl does not touch the water in the pan.
  • Whisk the egg mixture again until it becomes light and frothy – it should grow in volume and become slightly lighter in color as you whisk. This process should take about 3-5 minutes (do not overmix) – be careful not to keep your mixture on the double boiler for too long, or else the eggs in the mixture will start to scramble.
  • Remove from heat and add in the Mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract – and fold gently into the mixture with a spatula until everything is well incorporated.

Craft Your Whipped Cream

  • Next, in a separate bowl, make the whipped cream by adding in 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk with the electric mixer until it becomes a soft and foamy consistency. When you pull out the whisk, you should see some peaks forming and holding its shape.
  • Then add the whipped cream into the previous mixture and fold in gently with your spatula, until all components are fully incorporated.
  • Set aside and let rest.

Prepping the Lady Fingers

  • In a small mixing bowl, add in 1/2 a cup of coffee, 1 tablespoon of rum and 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. Whisk until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Using a pair of tongs, dip your ladyfingers about 1/2 way into the coffee solution, then placed the dipped ladyfingers into a separate baking tray, which will be the tray you assemble your Tiramisu in. (Dip only one side – so that your ladyfingers don't get too soggy.)
  • Repeat until you have fit enough ladyfingers into your baking tray to cover the bottom completely.
  • Pro Tip: Squeeze in as many ladyfingers as you can in this bottom layer. The more compact this layer is, the less the cream filling will bleed into this area. Separation of the ladyfinger layer and the cream layer will make for a cleaner presentation.

Putting It All Together

  • After setting down your first layer of ladyfingers, create the second layer by spreading the tiramisu cream on top of the ladyfingers. Make sure you make this layer of cream just a 1/2 inch thick. (Too much cream will turn your tiramisu into a pudding, and not enough will make it too dry).
  • Add in the next layer of ladyfingers, making sure the direction of the ladyfingers is perpendicular to the first layer. (You want the ladyfingers to cross on top of each other. When you cut into the tiramisu, it should show an alternating grid of the ladyfingers, kind of like Jenga.)
  • Repeat until you have 4 total layers. (You should have 2 layers of lady fingers and 2 layers of cream – the top layers should be cream.)
  • Lastly sift matcha powder on top of the cream layer, enough to create a thin layer of matcha.
  • Then cover the matcha tiramisu in plastic wrap. Set it in the fridge to chill for at least 5 hours before serving.

Notes

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 58mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1150IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 0.2mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

Why is my Tiramisu not creamy?

The main reason your tiramisu may not turn out creamy can be over mixing. If you over-whisk your eggs, whipped cream or your mascarpone cheese, it may become curdled and grainy. Avoid over mixing.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely ground tea powder used in eastern Asia, most commonly produced in Japan.

What is Tiramisu?

Tiramisu is a classic Italian custard dessert. It’s made of layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers (sponge cake biscuits) and a creamy whipped custard filling.

Share this recipe!