Tiramisu Ice Cream

Tiramisu Ice Cream | Playful Cooking

We were at the peak of a mountain in Hong Kong, more commonly known as the Victoria peak. Temperature was freezing cold and the wind was blowing us away. As we waited in the queue to board the tram that would take us back to world, everyone started craving for ice cream. It was the middle of cold winter and clearly, a bowl of soup would have been soothing but ice cream sounded more exciting to everyone and a better way to kill the time. They chose their choice of flavor and I, as usual, decided to share whatever Arvind took for him. And he knew just what to scoop. It was there, in that bitter cold windy December night in Hong Kong, where I tasted tiramisu ice cream for the very first time. It was absolutely ah-mazing!


Instantly, I made a mental note to recreate the same flavor at home.


Tiramisu Ice Cream | Playful Cooking


That was more than two years back and since I am not much of an ice cream lover, that specific reminder faded away with time until few weeks back, when we purchased a shiny red ice cream machine. I have no space left in my tiny kitchen and here comes another appliance! In the past, several ice creams were whipped up in my kitchen without any distinct equipment but when I used the ice cream maker this time, I realized its importance. It was exciting for me to watch the creamy custard freeze to a perfect consistency. Now, whether I can find a permanent spot for the appliance in my kitchen counter or not, it will definitely be used a lot this summer.


Tiramisu Ice Cream | Playful Cooking


Tiramisu Ice Cream | Playful Cooking


This is my third tiramisu post on the blog, which I think enlightens my love for this flavor, loud and clear. The velvety mascarpone with the coffee always works for me. Even when my tummy is full, there is always a tiny secret space for a bite or two of this Italian deliciousness.


Talking of Italian treats, not sure if you guys ever tried ‘Affogato’. It’s basically a shot of hot espresso topped with ice cream. I read about it long back but tried it for the first time with this ice cream. For my taste buds, which happen to often reject ice cream, it couldn’t get enough of Affogato. It was divine! The espresso cuts down the sweetness of the ice cream and the combination of cold with hot is absolutely heavenly. I just found my preferred way to enjoy ice cream.


Tiramisu Ice Cream with Hot Espresso | Playful Cooking


Pour hot espresso, drizzle cocoa powder or shaved chocolate, either way tiramisu ice cream is an incredible treat, whether it brutal summer or cold winter.


Tiramisu Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: approximately 4 cups

Tiramisu Ice Cream


  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup espresso


  • Pour milk and cream in a deep pan and turn on the heat. Slit vanilla in half, scrap the beans using a small spoon and drop it in the pan along with the vanilla pod. Heat it, stirring occasionally.
  • In the mean time, whisk egg yolk and sugar to a creamy consistency. Add mascarpone cheese to it and whisk again.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of hot milk slowly to the egg yolk mixture while whisking simultaneously. Pour egg yolk mixture back to the hot milk pan and give a mix. Cook the mixture on a medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes or until the custard looks thick and coats the back of your spoon.
  • Pour the mixture in a container and put the container on an ice bath for about an hour or allow it to rest in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Finally, add coffee powder and espresso to the custard mixture and freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacture’s instruction.


Tiramisu Ice Cream | Playful Cooking

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Reem says:

I’m in love. …
The post is lovely … I can imagine what fun it must have been to enjoy an ice cream in freezing temperature. .. living on edge..lol
Gorgeous Gorgeous shots babe… im in Love!

Shumaila says:

You finally did get your ice cream maker! Congrats! And oh my god I would be in love with this ice cream for sure. How can one not be- its tiramisu and ice cream- two of my favorite foods! Pinning it and lovely pics, Kankana!

OMG…. Looks fantastic and tempting.. your photography is awesome!!

pavithra says:

I always love to eat icecream in freezing cold.. seriously i love to indulge in that way. I am the one in the family ask for icecream in that cold weather.. it just reminds me my childhood vacation to Kodaikanal. Ok coming to the post OMG love the flavors Kankana and stunning photographs.

Your ice cream looks even better than tiramisu itself. Gorgeous!

I had a craving last sat and went for 3 scoops of multi flavored ice cream after months…now you again tempt me kankana…this is drooling me

Rafeeda says:

Love this flavor… bookmarked to try… thanks for sharing… :)

Rosa says:

Like you, I am not much of an ice cream lover, but this one is definitely on my wishlist! A wonderful flavor.

Gorgeously moody pictures.



Well, what can I say? The same old adjective to describe your ever evolving beautiful work… incredible photography, beautiful post!

Vimitha says:

The ice cream looks just perfect and the flavor too good.

Sarvani says:

Note to self: buy the ice cream machine ASAP!!! beautiful flavours!!

Vishakha says:

Love tiramisu!:) Love the photos:)

Not a coffee fan, but this looks amazingly creamy. I can imagine how much fun you guys had eating ice creaming in the freezing cold!

Mallika says:

Tell me Kankana, how’s the ice cream maker? Is it really worth an investment? My husband is in States at the moment and I am really keen on buying one. In his past visits over the couple of months, he almost picked up one, and then I backed out last minute. I have second thoughts if its really going to fetch me an ice cream that’s as creamy and light as store bought one, not icy or crystallized. I am way too tempted to buy one, but just don’t want a piece of another equipment to be going waste like I have done with many others in the past :( I feel so clueless. May be you can suggest…

Your ice cream looks creamy and nice. Lovely dark hues in this photography. Nice!

You have me at tiramisu ice cream! I wish I had all the ingredients ready right now so I could whip up a batch immediately!

Total awesomeness ! Sheer beauty ! Utterly mesmerizing ! Magnetic ! Electrifying !

I don’t think I have ever seen a better looking ice cream ever!

Archana says:

Delicious flavor combo here! Lovely shots as always :). The colors of the background, the props and ice-cream all in all make these pictures a beautiful art piece!

Anna@CCS says:

We love tiramisu! And this ice cream looks stunning!

I am not a huge fan of ice cream either. That being said there are those moments when I MUST have ice cream. This looks like it is that moment!

Wow, another cookbook shot. Beautiful! :)

dixya says:

seeing everyone invest in ice cream maker – i am so tempted. I love love love tiramisu and the idea of ice cream is extremely delicious

Tiramisu and ice-cream – what a heavenly combination…!! I love the espresso idea too!

Pia says:

Kankana, some day your photography is going to be on a grand big coffee-table book, and it’ll be sitting on my coffee table then. They’re such a treat to the eye.

Colette says:

OMG these photos are making my mouth water.
Now, I have to make this ice cream!

This looks insanely good! Tiramisu ice cream & hot espresso…Now you have my heart skips twice. Mark would agree with you that an ice-cream deserves a spot in the kitchen once you get to know her:)

Memoria says:

I think this would be the only way I could enjoy Tiramisù! I would add crushed, espresso-dipped, Savoiardi cookies in the ice cream to make it even more authentic! Lovely shots!

I love to eat ice-cream when it is raining or freezing outside.Now I know I am not the only one and have a bunch of friends to accompany.

Your pictures are mindblowing as always. How do you manage to get your props match with whatever you cook in the kitchen. They are so pretty.

Wow, this ice cream looks AMAZING!!! As do those photos. Simply stunning!

Estee Tea says:

Everything is beautiful up there at Victoria Peak, especially at night. :-) Great to have something inspired from a beautiful trip. Love your photos.

now this looks amazing and I want it now! All of it! too good to be true

Hi, Kana.. your tiramisu ice cream looks tempting and so creamy. Bookmarked it and will try it soon. Your new blog is lovely and all photographs are breathtaking :)

Mmm… Affogato with Tiramisu ice cream now we’re talking!

Sam says:

HI Kankana, I just had to come over and tell you what an absolutely exquisite post this is. I love the use of DOF in your image sand your composition is unusual and stunning. very inspirational.

We love Tiramisu ice cream a lot! I’ve also made a Tiramisu ice cream recipe with ladyfingers dipped in espresso and freeze them along with the ice cream. Amazing taste indeed.

Kiran says:

Gah. I need this ice cream in my life. Pronto 😀

Simone says:

Ahhh… What are you doing to me so early in the morning? Here I sit and I immediately start to crave ice cream. How insanely delicious and those photos!!! Gorgeous!

My husband is a huuuge tiramisu lover and I remember he was asking me to make the ice cream version. I don’t even remember when but I didn’t have the ice cream maker before too (and agree, it’s one of the best investment). I need to save this recipe and try one day. I think he probably make it himself if I forward this recipe to him. LOL. 😉 Beautiful pictures and pinned!

Loving those cute bowls/cups…with the ice cream of course :)

carey says:

Ice cream — yay!! (: Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, and I can only imagine how amazing the ice cream version is. And yes, affogatos! We have a little coffee stop on the walking street downtown that serves them. Soooo good.

Amazing photography and beautiful post. This ice cream looks heavenly, thank you for sharing!

This looks so delicious Kankana, every photo is perfect.

Kankana, I’m a huge fan of affogato and love tiramisu…putting the two together sounds like heaven. Beautiful shots as always!

nipponnin says:

This looks fantastic!!! This may be the reason I can’t loose weight? But I want to make it tonight!

Oh my goodness, Kankana this looks so, so good! You are amazing to think of such a delicious combination!! And the photos, just beautiful as always :)

Amy Tong says:

Oh my….Your tiramisu ice cream looks amazing. I just made some tiramusi yesterday. I can’t wait to give this a try. Ice cream at the peak in winter? What a fun adventures. I’m originally from Hong Kong so I know how cold and freezing it must be. It’s the humidity that makes you feel colder in winter and hotter in the summer. hehe…but I’m glad that you tried the ice cream so you can recreate this. Thank you so much for sharing. Will let you know how it goes after trying.

Des says:

I love Tiramisu but have never had it as an ice cream before. It looks scrumptious!

Habiba says:

Amazing recipe and such beautiful photos!!

Carole says:

Those arrows on your blog are giving me fits. lol

What’s funny is that I’ve been thinking about devising my own Tiramisu ice cream recipe, and today I decided to do a little research beforehand. There are a ton of recipes out there! What I like about yours is that it doesn’t use alcohol. Nothing wrong with using it (Kahlua and rum), but I’d like a non alcoholic ice cream. lol

I also like that your sugar content is low. I like to taste the ingredients, not the sugar.

The only thing I’ll change is to use arrowroot in place of the eggs. I discovered that trick some time back, and it still gives the smooth texture I’m after, without the added cholesterol. I’ve used it successfully in batch after batch of ice cream. :-)

Thanks for sharing.

Carole says:

I forgot to mention that I love affogato’s!

Carole says:

Made it, used arrowroot, turned out fabulous. Still extremely rich even without the eggs, but wonderful flavor and texture! Will definitely make again.