Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Best Italian desserts

Try our sweet Italian entertaining ideas, from a show-stopping Amalfi lemon cake to twists on panna cottas and the best tiramisu

Looking for Italian desserts to serve at your next dinner party? Want an easy Italian cake for a summer afternoon tea event? Try our dessert ideas including Italian biscuits to serve with coffee, chocolate tortes and, of course, plenty of panna cotta and tiramisu recipes


Easy Italian dessert recipes

Classic tiramisu

Whip up our smart, authentic version of this classic Italian dessert, made with mascarpone, marsala and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria.

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Italian 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 than normal lemons. This light cake is seriously moreish and a real crowd pleaser.

Almond and Amalfi lemon cake

Double chocolate Italian biscotti

These chocolaty almond biscotti make great edible gifts for the festive season, but are delicious all year round. Make them as a little treat to have with your coffee.

Almond Biscotti Recipe With Double Chocolate

Panna cotta with cherry and ginger sauce

Learn how to make the best version of this Italian dessert. The perfect panna cotta (‘cooked cream’ in Italian) should be just set enough to hold together, but soft and creamy enough to melt in the mouth. Gelatine is the secret to this texture and it can be a tricky ingredient to handle – but follow these simple rules and you’ll have it mastered in no time.

Panna Cotta Dessert Recipe with Cherry Sauce

Check out this quick and easy chocolate mousse recipe with espresso for an Italian twist. If you’re hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent yet easy dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these gluten-free creamy puds – ready in 15 minutes.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Affogato

Raspberry granita with balsamic caramel

Mix up your caramels and try this raspberry granita with balsamic caramel to get your taste buds tingling. The natural sweetness of the sharp Italian vinegar works brilliantly with the zing of the soft fruit. It totally works so go on, give it a go!

Raspberry granita with balsamic caramel

Espresso martini tiramisu

Need a show-stopping Italian dessert? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, kahlúa and vodka. This indulgent recipe is easy to make and will be a hit with all your friends.

Espresso Martini Tiramisu Recipe

Amalfi lemon syllabub

Try this refreshing lemon dessert from Italian restaurant Bancone in Covent Garden. Bancone’s easy recipe makes more lemony granita than you’ll need – store any leftovers in the freezer.

Lemon Syllabub Recipe

Caffè latte panna cotta with espresso syrup

Try 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 served in martini glasses.

Espresso PannaEspresso Panna Cotta Recipe

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

Italian 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. More tray bake recipes here…

Coffee Cake Recipe With Cappuccino Buttercream

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.

Rich chocolate and Hazelnut Torte

Dark chocolate florentines

These crunchy biscuits would make a great dessert alternative to serve with coffee. Otherwise, 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 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 Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

Strawberry zabaglione

Strawberry Zabaglione Recipe

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.


Blood orange polenta cake

Change up the classic lemon drizzle with juicy blood oranges. Our polenta cake is easy to make and the ideal sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.

Orange Polenta Cake Recipe