Strawberry desserts are perfect this time of year!
This strawberry tiramisu takes everything I love about Tiramisu and turns it into an easy, fruity dessert that everyone will love!
Strawberry tiramisu cake is perfect for spring and summer. Made with fresh strawberries this cake is simply to-die-for. It’s easy to whip up and so easy to lose yourself in, meaning that if you aren’t careful you could eat half the pan to yourself before stopping, ha!
So make this dessert and bring it with you to any summer or springtime party (think Easter or 4th of July). This tiramisu cake goes well with any big event or simple gathering and there’s never a wrong time for cake!
What is Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake?
It’s a wonderful combination of Kahlua, fresh strawberries, coffee, and cake all in one place. Topped with a rich and creamy mascarpone cream cheese frosting and dusted in cocoa powder, every bite is heavenly. We use storebought angel food cake to make the process simpler and faster so that this cake is easier to make last-minute for parties and BBQs. You’re going to want to share this tasty rich dessert all season long.
- Store-bought angel food cakes
- Brewed coffee
- Cream cheese
- Mascarpone cheese
- Brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Fresh strawberries
- Amaretti or ladyfingers
- Cocoa powder
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make Strawberry Tiramisu
The beauty of this recipe is it starts with store-bought angel food cake. Because the cakes at my grocery store were on the small size, I used two. You will want to cube both cakes. Place half of your cubes in a baking dish. Then mix coffee and Kahlua together and drizzle half of that mixture over the cake. Simple right?
For my Tiramisu filling, I cream together cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, both brown and granulated sugar, and Kahlua until creamy and smooth. Half of this filling will be spread over the cake followed by sliced strawberries. The whole process is repeated with the remaining cake, coffee, cheese mixture, and strawberries. Then all you have to do is cover and refrigerate until set! I like to sprinkle a few amaretti cookies and cocoa powder just before serving.
- Recipe scaling. If desired you can scale this recipe down in half and use an 8×8 square baking dish. This would be perfect for when you want fewer servings or plan on strawberry tiramisu for two and don’t want too much leftover.
- Seasonal berries. This dessert tastes incredible with fresh strawberries but if desired you can omit the berries and still have it taste great. Other seasonal berries like raspberries or blackberries could work well too.
- Marscapone cheese. Mascarpone is an Italian cheese that can usually be found in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. It often comes in a round tub. It is very similar to cream cheese in texture. Make sure the mascarpone and the cream cheese are at room temperature.
- Pound cake can easily be substituted for the angel food cake in this recipe. You want something that won’t easily crumble and that can absorb the coffee mixture without getting too soft.
- Feel free to omit the alcohol in this recipe. You can certainly use an extract in place of the Kahlua. AND if Kahlua is not your favorite liqueur to use brandy or rum; both would make wonderful substitutions!
- Marscapone cheese. If you cannot find mascarpone, cream cheese may be used instead.
How Long Does Tiramisu Keep?
Because you are using cake instead of the traditional ladyfingers, this Tiramisu recipe will keep covered and refrigerated for 2-3 days. By the third day, however, the strawberries will soften and the cake will get soggy.
Can I Freeze Tiramisu?
No, unfortunately, this recipe does not freeze well. the textures and appearance of everything once thawed do not work out well so make sure you plan on finishing this dessert within a few days to keep from having to toss it out.
Can You Eat Tiramisu Left Out Overnight?
I do not recommend letting this dessert sit out for more than 2 hours at a time because it will spoil if left out of the fridge too long. This is a dish best kept and served chilled.
Want more Tiramisu ideas? Try these Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies, Tiramisu Pudding Shots, Lemon Raspberry Tiramisu, 20 Minute Tiramisu, and Maple Tiramisu.
If you want more strawberry ideas, try this Skillet Strawberry Shortcake Cake!
Strawberry Tiramisu Angel Food Cake
Strawberry desserts are perfect this time of year! This strawberry tiramisu takes everything I love about Tiramisu and turns it into an easy, fruity dessert that everyone will love!
- 2 containers ready made store-bought angel food cakes
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 6 tablespoons of Kahlua, divided
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 8 oz tub mascarpone cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 lb container strawberries
- Amaretti or ladyfingers, optional
- Cocoa powder for dusting
- Cut each cake into chunks.
- In a small bowl, combine the coffee with 3 tablespoons of Kahlua
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and the mascarpone cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the brown sugar and the granulated sugar until well blended. Beat in Kahlua.
- To assemble, place half of the cake in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish Drizzle or brush with half of the coffee mixture.
- Spread half of the cream cheese mixture and top with half of the strawberries sliced.
- Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with crunch-style ladyfingers or cookies if desired. Cover and refrigerate Tiramisu for at least 30 minutes.
- Dust Tiramisu with cocoa powder before serving if desired.
Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 51mgSodium 161mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 3g
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
These three things combined together are just pure genius Tanya! I love the idea of the tiramisu filling with strawberries. LOVE!
Thanks Dorothy. I could pretty much eat tiramisu filling on ANYTHING!!!
Meg Robins (@SweetTwist_Meg) says
What a great combo and look at that inside, that is fantastic.
Awe, thanks Meg!
I love this idea — it makes perfect sense to me. Tiramisu with raspberries or strawberries sounds fabulous, and that mascarpone frosting sounds amazing!
I could eat the frosting and strawberries all day! Thanks Marcie!
Totally fantastic! One of these days I will brave making a “from scratch” angel food cake!
Thank you Tonia! I admit, it was way easier than I thought!
Strawberries are out for me so I’d be one of those trying other berries or no berries but it does look so yummy!
It would be wonderful without strawberries too!
What a wonderful cake!!
I’ve just seen it on Foodgwaker and had to check it out. I had no idea you made it 🙂
I don’t know why but I do not receive mail of your new posts (you should check it out)
I’m pinning this, as I’d loooooooooove to try it
Thank you Winnie!
Diana Rambles says
WOW! That looks incredible!!
Thank you Diana!
This cake looks just beautiful! And also delicious 😉
Thank you so much!
A Sweet Baker says
OMG Tanya! This looks amazing! Pinning and making this strawberry season, for sure. Happy Birthday to your husband 🙂
Thank you Liz!
A happy belated birthday to your husband, Tanya! Like you, I don’t bake many cakes. If I could bake cakes like this, one, though, I’d be baking them all of the time! This is fantastic and even though I can understand your Husband’s preference for raspberries, It’s strawberries for me. And by the way, I think you could easily have had 2 pieces of cake without worry. It’s called Angel Food Cake for a reason. 🙂
Thanks John. Thank you for being an enabler! All I needed to hear was it’s ok to have two (or three) pieces of cake!
Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says
This cake looks heavenly!!! And that’s not just because you used angel food cake. YUM!!
Haha, thank you Meghan!
Susan Dee says
Wow, creative combo. Look delicious. Thank you for sharing.
Consider yourself hugged,
Thank yo Susan!
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says
I love any dessert with Kahlua so I know I’ll love this. So sweet of you to bake your husband a birthday cake! And happy birthday to him.
I’m a big of fan of Kahlua! Thank you Anne!
Tanya, you have done it again! This looks so good! I will have to make this when we have company so I don’t eat the whole thing myself.
Definetly good for company, but if you ate the whole thing, I wouldn’t judge!
Laura T (@TheSpicedLife) says
This cracked me up. And I think tiramisu and strawberries would be lovely. 🙂
Thank you Laura, I thought it was lovely too!
Angie Pitre says
This dessert looks so good! I would love a piece right now! Have a lovely week! Angie xo
Thank you Angie!
Christie - Food Done Light says
Love the filing in this cake. What a great idea to use Angel food cake and make it so special.
Thank you Christie. I was so pleased with the angel food cake!
Sam @ The Junk House says
This looks amazing! I love angel food cake and such a great “surprise” in the middle!
Thank you Sam! I didn’t really enjoy angel food cake, until I made this!
Trish @ Mom On Timeout says
Tanya this cake is just gorgeous! I love the filling and I know we are going to have loads of strawberries soon. Can’t wait to give this a try!
Thank you Trish, I was pleased with the outcome! Loved the strawberries!
The Smart Cookie Cook says
Wow this looks heavenly (no pun intended)! I love angel food, and this is such a refreshing twist on it.
Love the pun! Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it!
Aimee @ ShugarySweets says
What have you done??? OMG.
Ha, thanks Aimee!
Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says
This looks absolutely heavenly!
Thank you Rosie!
Sounds delicious! I love strawberries – pinning it so I can add it to my desserts to try!
Thank you Amy!
I think this cake sounds beautiful as is!! And your photos are to-die-for!! Simply gorgeous Tanya!
Thank you Desi!
Vicki Sinclair says
Heavenly food cake is more like it. This is the best angel food cake recipe I have seen in a while. I saw it at Flour me with love Mix it up Monday link party. The actual cake its self is absolutely perfect looking. Nice job!
Thank you so, so much Vicki!
Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says
Oh my goodness. The filling is incredible! And it looks so refreshing, not too rich or heavy. LOVE!
It was good stuff. I seriously could eat JUST the filling!! Ok, I hate about a cup of it straight out of the bowl!
BruCrew Life says
I think it sounds absolutely amazing!!! And what an awesome job making a homemade angel food cake. That’s one thing I always cheat on 🙂
Thank you Jocelyn!
The Domestic Rebel says
Oh em gee, Tanya! This cake is phenom and SOOOO perfect for my kinda-diet diet 🙂 just light enough to nosh on before bikini season, hehe. Love the combo of tiramisu and strawberries. And homemade angel food? I die.
Thanks Hayley! It would be the perfect pre-bikini season dessert, unless you are like me and eat half the filling out of the bowl while standing over the kitchen sink!!
Hi, I live in Italy, and tiramisu` is a classic for the Italians like apple pie for an American. Your idea to combine tiramisu` with strawberries isn’t wrong that’s what the Italians make during the summer. What you did wrong is adding coffee and Kahlua to the strawberries, or you make a classic tiramisu`with coffee and mascarpone, or you make a summer version with mascarpone and strawberries and you omit the coffee. I like your version of tiramisu` with the angel food cake in the bundt pan I’ll make it for sure this summer 😉
Thank you Sharon. I always thought Tiramisu had some sort of liqueur in it. I stand corrected! Happy to hear the strawberries fit right in!
Anyonita from Anyonita-nibbles.com says
OH, now this is a good idea! That cake looks luscious; there’s just something about Angel Food cake, isn’t there? I followed you from the Tasteful Tuesday link party and also, I’ve just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link: https://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html
There is something about Angel Food Cake you are right! Thank you for the invite!
Hi, I asked my mother in law ( my husband is Italian ) and she said that there’s many versions of the tiramisu like lemon, coconut, chocolate ecc. anyway she said a good substitute for coffee and khalua is to use cherry maraschino, or limoncello liqueur with strawberries. Hope this helps, I’m sure to try it 🙂
Nici ~ Posed Perfection says
This cake sounds delicious! How can you go wrong with Tiramisu ? Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Nici!
Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says
This sounds good to me. Kudos for trying a homemade instead of the mix, but the mix was a smart idea for a backup.
Thank you! I’ve learned to always be prepared for failure!
Lisa @ Flour Me With Love says
Congratulations…this beautiful cake is being featured today:
Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday!
Yeah!! Thank you Lisa!
April @ Angel's Homestead says
I love this! I’m going to be doing a round up of berry recipes next Friday, and would like to include your photo. With full credit and link to your site of course. Please join the party Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead, it starts at 12 am Friday night, and runs until 12 midnight Wednesday.
Hope to see you there 🙂
Thank you April! I’ll have to check it out!
Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂
Yeah, Thank you Ali!
DearCreatives (@DearCreatives) says
This cake looks amazing! Come share any of your recipes with my link up if you like. Off to look at more recipes. Visiting from DearCreatives.com Theresa
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom says
Haha, totally had to laugh – I steer clear of any recipes saying stiff peaks, allow to rise, etc too. Though I should try, this cake looks amazing!
I may actually try other “stiff peak” recipes! I’ve gained some confidence! Thanks Kelly!
It looks amazing! I’ll try this one for sure..
By the way: When I make strawberry tiramisu I use strawberry liqueur instead of coffee and kahlua.. I think it’s nicer without the bitterness
Great tip Nadia!
I really looks amazing! I’ll try this one for sure..
Thank you Nadia!
im sorry to ask. .but what are ladyfingers
Tanya, I found this from Paula’s cake roundup and I love it! By far my favorite cake for summertime is angel food cake and pairing it with this filling and berries. Oh my! Yummy! Question: I don’t have an angel food cake pan (those just aren’t a “thing” down here) so could I use a bundt or would it stick? If that won’t work, I’ll be safeguarding this recipe for when we fly north to visit my folks this summer. Pinning.
My angel food cake pan has a removable bottom plus it has tabs that stick up so you can turn it upside to let the cake stick out. That being said, I wouldn’t think it’s impossible to use a bundt pan! Thank for the compliment Jelli!
Paula - bell'alimento says
Love this twist on a classic!
I love no bake desserts for spring
Coffee With Us 3 says
I love all things strawberry. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, so combining the two is like a perfect match!
Tanya Schroeder says
It is one of my favorites too!
Lindsay Cotter says
What a fun dessert for the spring and summer! It’s sure to be a hit with everyone!
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This looks really AHHHmazing!!