A Very Special Tiramisu

A Very Special Tiramisu

Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Halloween, Valentines day
By author Lina Bifano


  • 3 cups Manhattan Special™ cola
  • ½ tablespoon Instant espresso powder
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 2 ½ 8oz. Tubs of mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Packages of ladyfingers (depending on how many individual portions you will make)
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened, for dusting


Mix the Manhattan Special™ cola and the espresso powder together and set aside.

Whip the egg yolks and sugar over a double boiler until the mixture is thick and lemon yellow. Usually between 5-10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it gets too difficult to whip by hand and takes on the consistency of a light pudding. You can also use an electric hand-mixer here, but be mindful when working over a stove.

Once your eggs have reached their desired consistency, remove them from the heat source and whisk in the mascarpone, removing all lumps while working. Set aside your mascarpone pudding to cool.

In a chilled bowl, begin to whip the heavy cream. When soft peaks form, add the vanilla and confectioner’s sugar and continue to whip until you reach the stiff peak stage. Do not over mix. Over mixing will create a watery mess and will ruin the dessert. Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the mascarpone pudding until it’s incorporated and smooth. Fill a piping bag with the pudding and another with the rest of the whipped cream.

Fill the bottom of a bowl or deep container with the Manhattan Special™ soda. Dip the ladyfingers into the mixture, quickly turning them, so as not to oversaturate. They should have a crunch to them still. Push the ladyfinger into the bottom of the push pops or whatever vessel you’re using, creating your first layer. Top that with a layer of the Mascarpone pudding and sprinkle with good cocoa powder. Repeat until you reach the top layer, leaving room for some whipped cream. Dust the top of the whipped cream layer with some cocoa to finish.

Let these set in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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