Orange Chocolate Tiramisu Dome

The Italian word tiramisu translates to "pick me up," which we think fits the tasty dessert perfectly. From its light ladyfinger base, creamy mascarpone layers, and rich combination of coffee and chocolate, tiramisu is certainly a great way to make any day better. While we love the classic version, we wanted to find a way to give tiramisu a little pick me up of its own. Instead of soaking ladyfingers in coffee, we're starting things off by soaking them in amaretto – and then the real fun begins. Layers of orange whipped cream, almond-flavored ladyfingers, and fresh oranges all get served under a decadent chocolate dome and topped off with an orange glaze, making for a dessert unlike any you've tried before. One bite and your good mood will be unstoppable! 

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: Advanced


For the chocolate dome:

  • ½ orange to freeze
  • 4 cups water
  • 36 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

For the orange whipped cream:

  • 1⅓ cups cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 cups whipped cream

For the orange tiramisu filling:

  • orange whipped cream
  • 12-14 ladyfingers + ⅓ cup amaretto
  • 8 oz Mandarin oranges

For the orange glaze:

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ⅓ cup sugar


1. For the chocolate dome, place the orange half in the center of an 8-inch glass bowl with the cut side facing down. Place 2 forks on top of the orange to weigh it down, pour the water into the bowl, and freeze for 24 hours.

Eisblock für Orangen-Tiramisu

2. Temper the chopped semi-sweet chocolate over a water bath and pour the liquid into a 9-inch glass bowl. Take the smaller glass bowl out of the freezer and remove the ice dome from the bowl. Remove the orange half from the ice dome and dip the ice dome into the tempered chocolate until it is completely coated (make sure the hollow left from the orange half is also covered).

Eisblock wird in Zartbitterschokolade getaucht

3. Flip the chocolate-coated ice dome over, place it on top of an upside-down casserole dish, and let the chocolate harden.

Schokoschale für Orangen-Tiramisu

4. Once the chocolate dome has set, carefully remove it from the ice dome and flip it over so it's like a bowl.

Schokoschale fürs Orangen-Tiramisu

5. For the orange whipped cream, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and juice of 1 orange, gently fold in the whipped cream, and transfer the mixture to a piping bag. For the orange tiramisu filling, first pipe some of the orange whipped cream into the bottom of the chocolate dome. Dip a couple ladyfingers in amaretto, break them up into smaller pieces, and place them on top of the orange whipped cream in the chocolate dome.

Schokoschale wird mit Frischkäsecreme und Orangen gefüllt

6. Cover the ladyfinger pieces with another layer of orange whipped cream and top with half of the Mandarin oranges.

Orangenfilets auf Frischkäsecreme

7. Dip 5-6 ladyfingers in amaretto and arrange them on top of the Mandarin oranges in one layer. Top with a layer of orange whipped cream, followed by the rest of the Mandarin oranges, and the final layer of the amaretto-dipped ladyfingers. 

Orangen-Tiramisu vor dem Kühlen

8. Flip the orange chocolate tiramisu dome over and refrigerate for 4 hours. Shortly before serving, prepare the orange glaze. Bring the orange juice and sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and let the mixture reduce by half. Remove the chilled orange chocolate tiramisu dome from the fridge and pour the hot orange glaze into the well on top, which will cause the chocolate to melt, revealing the delicious filling inside.

Orangen-Tiramisu wird mit Orangensoße übergossen

While classic tiramisu's rich combination of coffee, chocolate, and mascarpone is hard to beat, this orange chocolate tiramisu dome takes everything to the next level. Citrusy, chocolatey, creamy, and perfectly balanced – this dessert has it all!


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