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Add a splash of bourbon to make this homemade tiramisu cake extra spirited. Made with lightened-up pudding, whipped topping, and cream cheese (yet still full of flavor!) this chocolate dessert recipe is surprisingly low in calories.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Karla Conrad

Recipe Summary

35 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 35 mins


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  • For syrup mixture, in a small bowl combine boiling water and espresso powder; stir to dissolve espresso powder. Stir in maple syrup and bourbon (if using). Set aside.

  • In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Fold in dessert topping. Set aside.

  • Arrange half of the ladyfinger halves in the bottom of a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Brush with half of the syrup mixture. Top with chocolate pudding, spreading evenly. Top with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining syrup mixture. Top with cream cheese mixture, spreading evenly. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

  • To serve, cut into 12 portions. Sprinkle each serving with pecans. If desired, garnish with chocolate curls.


For easy pudding, use a 4-serving-size package fat-free sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix. Prepare according to package directions and measure 1 1/2 cups to use in the tiramisu.

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 42mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 18g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 9g; protein 5g; vitamin a 185.8IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; folate 11.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 180mg; potassium 168mg; calcium 69mg; iron 0.8mg.