Easy Trifle Tiramisu in a Jar

Prep Time
20 min
8 servings

These simple to assemble, no-bake trifles pack all the flavour of a classic Italian tiramisu into a mason jar, making them perfect for your next backyard barbecue or picnic. Featuring local whipping cream and mascarpone, this delicious dessert is light as a cloud and ready in just 20 minutes. Plus, it is so easy to make it family friendly by skipping the amaretto and using decaf espresso.



1 ½
cup Ontario heavy cream
1 ½
cup Ontario mascarpone cheese
1 ½
cup icing sugar, divided
1 ¼
cup freshly brewed espresso, cooled to room temperature, divided
Tbsp amaretto (optional)
ladyfingers biscuits, each cut into 4 pieces
2 ⅔
cups roughly chopped local strawberries, plus more for garnish
Tbsp cocoa powder



If you can’t brew espresso at home, simply boil 1 ¼ cups water then stir in ¼ cup instant espresso powder.

Step 1

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment), pour in the cream and ¾ cup of icing sugar. Turn the speed to medium and beat the ingredients for 3 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Heavy cream being poured into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Step 2

Transfer to a clean bowl and set aside.

Whipped cream being transferred to a clean bowl
Step 3

Return mixing bowl to the stand mixer and add remaining ¾ cup icing sugar, mascarpone and 1 tablespoon each espresso and amaretto, if using. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Gently fold in whipped cream, using a spatula, until no streaks remain.

Step 4

Pour remaining espresso into a small bowl. To assemble, submerge 4 ladyfinger pieces in espresso for 1 to 2 seconds, then arrange in the bottom of an 8 oz (240 mL) mason jar. Top with a ¼ cup mascarpone mixture then ⅓ cup chopped strawberries. Dip and layer another 4 ladyfinger pieces then top with ⅓ cup mascarpone Level the final layer using the back of a spoon. Repeat process with remaining jars.

Step 5

Cover with lids and place in fridge. When ready to serve, dust with cocoa powder then arrange 2 to 3 strawberry slices on top.

Tiramisu being topped with cocoa powder and a strawberry

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