Baileys Tiramisu in a dish with a slice cut out

Best ever Italian desserts

In our Italian desserts collection we have a number of fun and exciting twists on classic Italian desserts including, creamy tiramisu, super light espresso panna cotta, citrusy Amalfi lemon cake and crunchy chocolate biscotti. These Italian desserts are the perfect way to finish any dinner party, plus they look really impressive too

Check out our best ever Italian dessert recipes and Italian pudding ideas. From the easy Italian dessert panna cotta, to the classic Italian pudding tiramisu. Try one of our easy recipes for an impressive way to show off at any dinner party…


Baileys tiramisu

This tiramisu recipe combines creamy baileys with soft sponge fingers, strong coffee and sweet almond liqueur to make a boozy and indulgent wintertime dessert.

Baileys Tiramisu in a dish with a slice cut out

Caffè latte panna cotta with espresso syrup

Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end any dinner party, it’s gluten-free and looks impressive.

Cafe Latte Pannacotta

Chocolate and hazelnut meringue semifreddo

The Italian dessert, semifreddo, is an ice cream with a mousse-like texture. This recipe not only looks impressive, but can be made in advance for easy dinner party entertaining. Plus, there’s no churning required.

Chocolate and Hazlenut Meringue Semifreddo

Passion fruit panna cotta

Check out this super creamy passion fruit panna cotta. This quick and simple panna cotta recipe can be made easily in advance, plus it looks impressive too.

Passion fruit panna cotta recipe

Coffee cake with cappuccino buttercream

Try our super easy coffee slab cake – an American favourite with an Italian twist. This recipe is nut-free and comes with an indulgent cappuccino buttercream, a simple yet moreish cake, perfect for parties, birthdays or just family gatherings.

Coffee Cake Recipe With Cappuccino Buttercream

Pine nut and ricotta tart with spiced syrup

This grown-up dessert is perfect for entertaining. A creamy, light ricotta and pine nut filling is baked in crisp pastry then topped with a wine and star-anise infused syrup.

Pine nut and ricotta tart with spiced syrup recipe

Italian hazelnut and chocolate torte

This rich decadent chocolate torte may look tricky but it’s so easy to put together for a dinner party. The secret is coating the outside with a layer of crunchy hazelnut and biscuit.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

These crunchy biscuits would make a great festive afternoon treat. Hang them from ribbons as an edible Christmas tree decoration or stack them on a plate and enjoy them with a comforting cup of tea.

Dark chocolate florentines

Almond and Amalfi lemon cake

Give our Italian almond and Amalfi lemon cake a go. The Amalfi lemons have a strong intense lemony aroma, and are slightly sweeter. This light summery cake is seriously moreish, a real crowd pleaser.

Almond and Amalfi lemon cake

Rich chocolate and hazelnut torte

This chocolate and hazelnut torte is a serious creamy and indulgent weekend treat. Our recipe only takes 30 minutes to whip up, and can feed up to 12 people.

Rich chocolate and Hazelnut Torte

Mascarpone raspberry trifle terrine

All the delicious flavours of a traditional Christmas Day trifle set in a loaf tin – it’s easy to slice and really smart. It will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Tiramisu cake

Here the traditional Italian tiramisu pudding of coffee, chocolate and mascarpone is given a twist to turn it into a beautiful cake – worthy of a French patisserie and beautiful enough for a proper high tea.

Tiramisu Cake Recipe

Pear and chocolate frangipane tart

Fruit, pastry and chocolate: always a good combo. This tart, with chocolate frangipane and pear quarters is sprinkled with flaked almonds for a luxury dessert.

Pear and Chocolate Frangipane Tart Recipe

Zabaglione ice cream

Zabaglione is a foamy Italian dessert made from whisked egg yolks, cream, sugar and dry Marsala. Here it is frozen and turned into a delicious ice cream. Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon, nuts or fresh berries in beautiful coupe glasses or cups.

Zabaglione Ice Cream Recipe

boozy tiramisu bombe

Everyone loves a boozy, coffee-flavoured Italian tiramisu and this is a great easy version, made with shop-bought sponge cake and without raw eggs and shaped like an ice cream bombe.

Boozy Tiramisu Bombe Recipe

Peach, almond and mascarpone tart

A frangipane tart is a treat for friends and family, especially if you make the pastry too. This easy-to-follow recipe is the best pudding for a crowd.

Peach, Almond and Mascarpone Tart Recip

Strawberry zabaglione

Marsala, the key flavour in this, is a perfect match for strawberries in this fresh twist on the Italian dessert zabaglione. Don’t over-beat the cream, otherwise combining it with the zabaglione will be difficult. Whisk until it is barely in soft peaks and then gently fold together.

Strawberry Zabaglione Recipe

Double chocolate almond biscotti

These double chocolate almond biscotti make great edible gifts, but are delicious all year round. Make them as a little treat to have with your coffee.

Almond Biscotti Recipe With Double Chocolate

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