Tiramisu might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Super Bowl food, but hear us out here.
This no-bake, football-shaped confection feeds a crowd and takes just 15 minutes to throw together (though it does require some chill time in the fridge, so you probably want to think a day ahead). Other pros: It looks super cool, its message is on-brand, and, most importantly, it tastes fantastic.
Most tiramisu recipes use raw egg yolks to thicken the cream, and while we’re not opposed to a minuscule salmonella risk for the sake of a sugar fix, we found it tastes even better without it — the yolkless version yields a light and airy dream dessert.
To booze it up, we used hazelnut liqueur, but you can leave it out altogether or substitute whatever you’ve got on hand…rum, brandy, amaretto, or Irish cream would not be a bad idea.
Watch the video above to see exactly how it’s done, then make it for your Super Bowl party — it will be the star of the show (but please don’t tell Beyoncé we said that).
Football Tiramisu Cake
Time: 15 minutes, plus chilling overnight
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. hazelnut liqueur
2 tsp. vanilla extract
24 ladyfinger cookies
1 cup coffee, cooled
¼ cup cocoa powder, for dusting
1. In a bowl, whisk together mascarpone, heavy cream, sugar, liqueur, and vanilla. Continue whisking until it is thickened and soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. (If you have an electric mixer, this would be a good time to use that).
2. Dip each ladyfinger in coffee for 1 second and transfer to a plate (if you soak them for longer, they will fall apart). On a platter, layer 12 of the cookies into the shape of a football (watch video above for the exact layout).
3. Add 2 cups of the mascarpone cream over the cookies and spread into an even layer. Repeat with remaining cookies and 2 more cups of cream. Transfer the rest of the cream (you should have about ¼ cup left) to a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with one of the corners cut off.
4. Dust with cocoa powder and pipe the remaining cream across the middle to resemble football laces. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
—Shay Spence, @chezspence