I love tiramisu and black forest anything so I created this easy no bake dessert. Quick and delicious, it is a combination of tiramisu and my family's favorite Black Forest Trifle. If you're looking for easy Italian desserts for a potluck, you'll love this one!
So, it was perfectly fitting for my VERY FIRST blog post when I started Food Meanderings 2 years ago. Because it was my first post and I'm celebrating my 2nd year Blogiversary I have decided to fix up this delicious and gorgeous Black Forest Tiramisu Trifle and republish it! Wow. Hard to believe it's been 2 years. It's been quite the ride...
Fortunately, the 2nd year of blogging is easier than the first. I'm not saying it's easy because it most definitely is not, but the learning curve isn't quite as steep. You can read about my first year of blogging and what I'd wish I'd known before I started a food blog here: 10 things I wish I had known BEFORE I started a food blog.
I think it's like anything new (i.e. a new job), in the second year you get into a better groove, it's less overwhelming and you can move past survival and into the realm of creating better quality. Don't get me wrong, it's still a constant learning process and A LOT of work, but once you've established a routine, you are a little more efficient and know how to use your time more effectively. And most importantly, it's still fun. I have especially enjoyed re-shooting several of my first recipes. It's satisfying to see how much I can improve them and how far my photography has come.
Here is the original photo of my Black Forest Tiramisu
YIKES! It definitely wasn't as appetizing as it could have been, but I didn't realize how important photos were at the time. And as we all know, people eat with their eyes first. So, feast your eyes on my new photos! This dessert now looks almost as good as it tastes.
Great potluck desserts can be hard to find. But look no further! This No Bake Black Forest Tiramisu is a combination of my family's favorite black forest trifle and tiramisu. It's scrumptious and easy with no baking required, making it the ideal potluck dessert (especially on those hot days or when you want the taste of homemade without actually having to turn on the oven). Who doesn't love whipped cream, chocolate, Kahlua, cherries, lady fingers and chocolate pudding?! This recipe uses store-bought cake, instant pudding (snack packs) and canned cherries for quick and easy prep. But by the taste, you'd never know how fast it is to prepare!
You can make this dessert up to 2 days in advance. However, I like to make it the night before, but it can be made last minute too. I have brought this chocolate tiramisu to several potlucks and barbecues and it's always a hit! ! So, if you are looking for chocolate tiramisu recipes, you'll love this one!
AND....if you love tiramisu, then give my other tiramisu recipes a try!
When I first started this blog, I actually worried that I may run out of recipes/recipe ideas. And I guess it's a legitimate concern. However, I have noticed that I consistently have up to 100 recipes and ideas in my drafts. So, I don't think that's going to be a problem. I also worried that I'd get tired of it. But that hasn't happened either. In fact, my passion for it has not wavered and I'm still having FUN! So, until I'm no longer having fun, I'll keep plugging away....
📋 No Bake Black Forest Tiramisu Recipe
- 300 g chocolate pound or loaf cake store-bought or home-made
- 4 158 g -containers instant chocolate pudding snack
- 1½ cups mascarpone cheese
- 540 ml -can cherry pie filling
- 48 lady fingers (400 g package)
- ¾ cup brewed vanilla flavoured coffee cooled, regular coffee and 1 tsp vanilla can be substituted
- 4 tbsp Kahlua
- 5 cups whipped cream
- cocoa about 2 tsp
- 10 Maraschino cherries optional
- Mix cooled brewed coffee and Kahlua together.
- Pour ½ of the coffee mixture on the bottom of 9X13 inch baking pan. Place lady fingers in coffee and Kahlua mixture and turn once
- Break up cake and place evenly over soaked lady fingers. In a separate bowl, mix pudding with mascarpone cheese.
- Spread pudding mascarpone mixture over cake. Pour remaining coffee Kahlua mixture into shallow bowl. Dip each lady finger and turn once.
- Place soaked lady fingers over pudding mixture. Spread cherries evenly over lady fingers.
- Top with whipped cream and spread evenly.
Garnish: sprinkle cocoa over whipped cream. Top with maraschino cherries, if desired.
🍰Black Forest Desserts
This recipe is part of The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck!