Simple Addition to Your Easy Christmas Desserts Spread

Easy Christmas desserts

Making holiday desserts for a crowd can be stressful. This tiramisu layer cake combines the decadence of classic tiramisu with the ease of a layered cake to provide an indulgent yet simple option for your collection of easy Christmas desserts.

With just a few pantry staples, this no-bake tiramisu layer cake comes together quickly for a show-stopping dessert with guests raving.

Light and fluffy cake layers are soaked in coffee-flavored cream and layered with a sweetened mascarpone cheese filling for an irresistible blend of flavors.

Best of all, it requires no baking so you can assemble it on the day of your festivities with minimal hassle, making this one of the easiest Christmas desserts that you could make.


  • 1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee or strong brewed coffee, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate sprinkles for garnish (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup of coffee with the granulated sugar until dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup coffee. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, using the milk and vanilla. Pour batter into a greased 9×13-inch baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place the bottom layer on a serving plate. Brush top with 2-3 tablespoons coffee-sugar mixture. Spread with 1/3 of the mascarpone filling. Top with the second cake layer and repeat brushing and filling. Top with the final cake layer.
  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining mascarpone filling. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.

Serves: 15-20
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Calories per serving: 300
Country of origin: Italy

The ingredients in this easy Christmas dessert recipe provide a wealth of benefits. Coffee lends deep flavor while mascarpone and heavy cream create an irresistibly rich and creamy filling. Cake mix expedites preparation time.

Equipment needed:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Greased 9×13 inch baking pan
  • Serving plate


  • Can I make it ahead of time? Yes, the cake can be assembled up to 2 days in advance.
  • Is it gluten-free? No, but gluten-free cake mix could be substituted.
  • Can I use decaf coffee? Yes, decaf works just as well.
  • How do I store leftovers? Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days.
  • Can I freeze it? Yes, wrapped tightly in plastic, the cake will last up to 2 months in the freezer.
  • What if I don’t have mascarpone? Ricotta cheese or cream cheese make suitable substitutes.

Make this indulgent yet stress-free tiramisu layer cake the star of your easy Christmas dessert spread this year. Guests and hosts alike will be delighted by its simple elegance and crowd-pleasing flavor.

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