Rachael Ray's quick tiramisu recipe takes about 10 minutes to complete. Open a package of ladyfingers (sponge cakes), and separate them from one another. Mix 2 ounces of coffee flavor liqueur into 1/2 cup strong black coffee, and apply it to the ladyfingers with a pastry brush.
Place a single layer of ladyfingers in the bottom of four martini glasses, letting the cakes overlap near the stem. Push them down so that they correspond to the lines inside the glass. Beat 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and 2 cups mascarpone cheese for two or three minutes before spooning the mixture into the glasses. Put another layer of ladyfingers across the top of the mixture. Place any remaining mixture across the tops of the second layer, and sprinkle cinnamon and cocoa powder along the top of each glass.
Alternatively, use savoiardi cookies to change the texture. These are firm ladyfingers. Adding Italian marsala or rum to the glaze contributes sweetness to the overall mixture, as well as an adult kick. Shaved dark chocolate is a more dramatic garnish. Some recipes include a pinch of salt to combat the sweetness of the alcohol. Finding the exact blend of sweet and savory is one of the artistic elements of making this Italian dessert.