Matcha Tiramisu Cake

Matcha or green tea powder is perfect for making desserts. Here's a simple no-bake and no-egg matcha cake recipe using soaked ladyfinger cookies layered with mascarpone cheese. You may assemble this green tea powder tiramisu as a whole cake or in small bottle containers.

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Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 240 mins


No-Bake Matcha Cake

Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

372 kcal
26 g
28 g
6 g

Matcha, a powdered green tea is known to contain a high level of antioxidants. I have always been a lover of matcha tea and that probably explains my avid interest in incorporating it into some of my recipes. It works exceptionally well with desserts especially cakes.

It all started when a friend of mine brought over some tiramisu a couple of years ago. It tastes simply amazing and I was over the moon! That was probably the best tiramisu I had ever tasted. My special thanks to him for being so kind and generous to share the recipe with me. Since then, it is my preferred choice each time I need to impress at gatherings.

After a while, I started to replace coffee (normally used in the classic tiramisu recipe) with matcha powder. There was no going back since then because it tastes just great. I especially enjoy serving it to friends who had never heard of matcha before. It is always so pleasant to see the surprised look on their faces, not to mention their heaps of praises once they sink their teeth into the cake.

Type of matcha powder

I normally use cooking-grade matcha powder which is usually cheaper than ceremonial and premium grade matcha. Cooking matcha is said to be more bitter but it creates a delicious balance when paired with the sweet Mascarpone cheese layers. In fact, the bitterness of the matcha powder is not noticeable.

Just remember to sprinkle matcha powder on the top of the tiramisu shortly before serving, if you like a thin powdery layer. Matcha powder soaks up the liquid from the cream rather quickly and changes into a darker shade of green.

Sprinkling Matcha powder
Sprinkling Matcha powder

Substitute for coconut liquor

In Italy, many enjoy adding alcohol such as Amaretto, brandy or dark rum into tiramisu. I found that pairing it with coconut liquor is perfect as it compliments the matcha by giving it a sweet nutty flavour. If you don't have coconut liquor, substitute it with any of the mentioned alcohol or simply omit it from the recipe.

Vanilla sugar

There were many questions about vanilla sugar. It is simply granulated sugar which has been infused with vanilla beans for its aroma. If vanilla sugar is unavailable in your local baking store or supermarket, substitute it with a few drops of vanilla aroma or one whole vanilla bean.

Texture of Mascarpone cheese

Mascarpone cheese has a very thick consistency as seen in the photo below.

Tiramisu mascarpone cheese
Tiramisu mascarpone cheese

After adding milk and alcohol, it has a very fluid texture and you are supposed to beat the ingredients until they come together creating a stiff Mascarpone cheese mixture.

If you do not have an electronic mixer, it might take a little longer to beat the Mascarpone cheese manually. Just ensure that it is well mixed, stiff and has a thick texture to enable it to hold the cake together. At the same time, avoid over mixing as it may then curdle or split. Trust me, after all the effort, you will smile while enjoying the cake

The arrangement of ladyfinger biscuits

I love arranging them very closely to each other, simply because I enjoy eating a whole layer of biscuits. You may arrange them slightly apart to allow the Mascarpone cheese to sit between the biscuits if you prefer a less dense tiramisu with more cheese.

Matcha lady fingers arrangement
Matcha lady fingers arrangement

Wait for 4 hours

Tiramisu may be the easiest no-bake cake to attempt. The only drawback is the waiting time. We recommend to wait for at least 4 hours before enjoying the cake. This allows the Mascarpone cheese to take its form spreading between the biscuits evenly and for the flavours to develop further. The matcha tiramisu cake tastes even better the next day. That being said, you can of course enjoy the cake immediately after assembling it.


4 tsp
matcha powder
250 g
80 ml
coconut liquor
500 g
75 g
8 g
vanilla sugar
150 ml
200 g
ladyfinger biscuits

Steps to Prepare

Matcha Tiramisu Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 5

    • 4 tsp matcha powder
    • 250 g water
    • 40 ml coconut liquor

Mix matcha powder with warm water until thoroughly dissolved. Then, add the coconut liquor (40ml). Mix well. Pour mixture onto a plate.

Matcha Tiramisu Cake Step 2

Step 2 of 5

    • 500 g mascarpone
    • 75 g sugar
    • 8 g vanilla sugar
    • 150 ml milk
    • 40 ml coconut liquor

Beat mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla sugar, milk and the rest of the coconut liquor until stiff.

Matcha Tiramisu Cake Step 3

Step 3 of 5

    • 200 g ladyfinger biscuits

Dip ladyfinger biscuits into matcha mixture and place them closely in a cake pan or container to build the first layer.

Matcha Tiramisu Cake Step 4

Step 4 of 5

Cover the ladyfinger biscuits with a generous layer of mascarpone cheese mixture. Repeat the steps. Finish with a final layer of mascarpone cheese. Refrigerate matcha tiramisu for at least 4 hours or overnight for optimum taste.

Matcha Tiramisu Cake Step 5

Step 5 of 5

After that, cut some ladyfinger biscuits into halves and lightly sprinkle them with matcha powder. Place them around the cake. Lastly, sprinkle matcha powder on the cake.

Published: September 4, 2016

2 Discussions

2 years ago


thanks Mira. Do I use 8g of plain sugar and just a drop or two of vanilla essence?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Yes, it will be just fine.

2 years ago


I made it today. However, the mascarpone cheese mixture did not turn stiff despite beating with an electric mixture for 20 mins. Not sure if this is because I did not add any liquor. The cake collapsed as the mixture was not stiff. However, the taste is still nice though. Should I add more milk if I did not add liquor so that the mixture would be stiff when mixed?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Don't think it is the alcohol. You can use more milk or water, it doesn't matter. Try the following in your next attempt: Mascarpone cheese must be cold (directly from the fridge) and incorporate ingredients in step 2 slowly (too fast and it will lose its fluffiness). Coincidently, I made this a few minutes ago with coffee. The cheese took only a few minutes to stiffen, maybe ~4 to 5 minutes. I'm sure it didn't take too long.

2 years ago


I have difficulties getting vanilla sugar. Can I use normal sugar? I live in Singapore, so if there's any Singaporeans here who know where to get it, please let me know. And where to get ladyfinger biscuits? Thanks!

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Use plain sugar with a bit of vanilla essence. That will do the trick. Try Fairprice or Cold storage. The biscuits are also known as sponge fingers or Savoiardi.

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