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A Counterfeit Tiramisu—No Cooking Involved—For those Scorching Summer Days


Hi All,

I need some help out there from some tech-savvy bloggers. My blog has recently been copied (about 50 posts in total) at another location. I have contacted the host, Siteground.com, and they want a slew of personal information from me that I am not willing to give in order to take down the fake site. Any ideas out there? It infuriates me that this fake site is selling ad space which notice that I don’t. Any ideas how to get it down? Even my pics have been pinned from this site and lead there!

Thank you!

I am currently going on a little trip so I have left you all with a re-post of this very appropos “no bake” Tiramisu.

Yes, my mind has left the building(that’s nothing new), but no, I am not high on anything but life and just perhaps a teensy bit of Kahlua in my coffee.  This summery no-bake, no–cook Tiramisu is my way of sticking my tongue out at the sit-in being staged by my oven and stove at the moment.  Are you having that problem too….is there a nationwide sit-in going on?! I’m sorry…I think it may have started at my house. I’ve not been very kind to either one of them lately since I have started this baking blog.  We are currently in negotiations.

Their demands are below:

  1. Their work day will not start one minute before 6:00am nor end after 10:00pm (I’m contemplating this one…I am an early riser and sometimes start my baking around 5:30…stop wincing).
  2. They can only go on two times per day MAX- even a grilled cheese sandwich for the tall, angsty human counts as being “ON!” (Note to self: make sure to tell son).
  3. They must be well taken care of in the way of using the nice, no scratch blue sponges only and gently polishing the chrome…absolutely NO SCOURING.  OUCH! Just the thought hurts (Costco large pack of blue sponges…check!).
  4. They must get one day off entirely.  Nothing boiled, broiled or baked…NADA! (Totally on board with this one…love eating out on Friday nights and having a neat, clean kitchen just once in my week).
  5. Most importantly: DO NOT let the tallest, eldest male even near them! (no problem there).

I can honestly sympathize with their demands…it’s just not baking friendly temperatures these days.  I’ve seen the, “Let’s look all across the nation” weather report, and it’s just plain brutal.  It’s so DANG HOT just about everywhere.  So the answer to your dessert question in the throes of July is my Sip then  Dip the Ladies Tiramisu.  It’s creamy, it’s cool, a little tipsy (the dessert, not the baker hopefully) and definitely luscious.

Please do as this blog title dictates…First and foremost, make yourself a cup of iced coffee and add a cap full of Kahlua to it..then sip.   If you want to add a bit of the whipped cream, you have my blessing, and I can count you as one of my friends.

So thumb your noses at the oven and stove–even stick out your tongue if you want to join in, and let them know that you can go on without them…at least for a little while.

What no-bake desserts do you make in the summer?
Feel free to leave a link to a no-bake dessert in the comments section.

Easy Counterfeit Tiramisu

1 pint heavy whipping cream
6 T. powdered sugar
1 8 0z carton of Mascarpone cheese (Italian, sweet cream cheese)
1 8 0z carton of cream cheese(1/3 fat is fine)
1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1/2 c. hot water
1 T. instant espresso granules (instant coffee works too)
2 T. Kahlua
20 ladyfingers (usually found near the strawberries in your average market)
shaved chocolate or 1/2 t. unsweetened cocoa

You will need a 9×13 or similar baking dish (Pyrex works great and looks nice so you can see the layers from the side)

Step 1: Make the whipped cream (yes, you have my blessing to buy Cool Whip and make this SUPER, SUPER easy) by pouring the pint of whipping cream into a metal bowl or bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat on medium then high speed until soft peaks form.  Add one tablespoon of the powdered sugar at a time, beating in between each tablespoon until stiff peaks form.  Remove the whipped cream from the bowl and place in another bowl to save for later.  You can use the same mixing bowl from the whipped cream for the next step…don’t wash in between steps…you are just going to add  some whipped cream back in soon anyways.

Step 2: Put the Mascarpone, cream cheese and 1/2 c. powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and cream together on medium speed then higher speed until all of the ingredients are incorporated together and your filling is creamy and smooth.  Gently fold in 1/2  of your whipped cream with a rubber spatula until well mixed.  Save the other half to top your Tiramisu.

Step 3: Mix HOT water, espresso and Kahlua together in a small bowl (If you’ve made coffee already in a pot, just use a 1/2 cup of your coffee instead of water and espresso…it will work fine).  DIP (YES, finally you get to dip the ladies)– DIP the bottom half of  10 of the lady fingers in the Kahlua mixture and lay them across your baking dish. Lay each lady finger side by side and fill in any empty space with a lady finger pushed in, Kahlua side up.   Then dollop 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture in spoon fulls on top of the dipped ladyfingers.  Carefully, spread the cream cheese filling over the ladyfingers with a spatula.  Dip the last 10 ladyfingers in the remaining Kahlua mixture. If you don’t have enough left, just mix another 1/4 c. of water, 1 1/2 t. espresso and 1 T. Kahlua so you have plenty.  Then place them on top of the cream cheese layer.  Repeat the cream cheese dolloping and spreading process.  Gently, spread your reserved whipped cream over the top.  Shave chocolate or dust cocoa powder on top for a pretty finish.  Refrigerate for at least one hour for the best results.  This allows your ladies to get amply tipsy from the Kahlua and will help permeate the whole dessert with the layers of sumptuous coffee flavor.  Enjoy!

33 thoughts on “A Counterfeit Tiramisu—No Cooking Involved—For those Scorching Summer Days

  1. My oven is definitely off-limits right now – 108 here yesterday! I’ve actually changed plans for desserts in order to avoid it. Love this recipe, no-bake is so awesome and I love tiramisu. And that whole stealing thing…I can’t believe it! I wish I had some suggestions for you. Good luck!

  2. Oh, Geni!! I am so sorry! Chef Dennis has been a huge help to me with understanding much of the copyrighting legalese, so if it were me, I would start by dropping him an email and see if he can point you in the right direction. Personally, I would remove the link you’ve posted to the copying site, as you are sending them traffic by linking here. Make sense? Good luck , hon. What a mess.

  3. This is a delicious sounding tiramisu, Geni, and just perfect for these hot, Summer days.
    I’m sorry you’re being pirated, for lack of a better word and, worse yet, have no idea what to do about it. I hope one of your commenters can point you in the right direction. I know I’m anxious to learn what to do.

  4. It sounds as great as original tiramisu.

  5. This tiramisu is absolutely perfect for summer, and looks just as delicious as the traditional 😀
    I’m so sorry to hear about this my friend, have you contacted support at WordPress for advice? I’m not very tech savvy so I wish I could help more!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Ugh, Charles at Five Euro Food may have some suggestions or Joanne at 15 Spatulas. They’ve both written about this sort of thing. Anyway, good luck and this looks great.

    • This was immensely helpful! I am now armed with a plan. Thanks Greg!

      • Hi Geni, I just happened to stumble across this post when I was (wouldn’t you believe it?) doing a trawl through Google’s blog search to check out who’s linking to me, see if anyone’s using my content etc.

        I wrote a post about copyright here. If the company hosting the site is located in the USA then you can file a DMCA takedown notice against them… even if the people running the site are not in the US (it’s the server location that matters). The host is obligated by US law to acknowledge and process your request.

        You should contact the site owners first, as it seems that you have done, and specify very clearly your demands, the links to the content that is being stolen on your site, the links on their site, and let them know that they have X days (usually 14) to comply. Let them know that you will contact their host and file a DMCA takedown notice if they do not comply (if they’re located in the US). Be aware as well that you do not have to specify at any place in your site that your content is “copyrighted” in order to be able to claim copyright over content.

        Maybe your problem is already resolved, but I hope this will help for next time in any case 🙂

      • Hi Charles! Thank you so much. I have gotten it taken down, but I am curious how to do a trawl through Google’s blog search to see who’s linking to you? I really should start doing that. What a pain! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I am so sorry this has happened to you. How did you find out about it? I hope they shut them down. Loving your tiramisu. Great minds do think alike. Take care, BAM

  8. What an awful feeling, to know your personal work has been taken without permission. I hope you are able to resolve this matter and spend your time and energy on more enjoyable activities! Although it is not hot here along the coast, I often seek out easy recipes that still are delicious and full of flavor. Your tiramisu recipe is not counterfeit and certainly is a scrumptious dessert!

  9. What a terrible feeling, knowing that someone is using your work without permission. I hope that you are able to resolve this quickly! Although it is not hot here along the coast, I often cook recipes that are easy and yet full of flavor. Your tiramisu certainly falls in this category! Not sure if it’s counterfeit but it is scrumptious!

  10. What a delicious tiramisu! Sorry to hear about the counterfeiting issues. How were you informed about it?

  11. Oh, no, that’s terrible! I really hope you are able to get things taken care of asap. So, so wrong! On a better note, love the new look!! and the tiramasu looks great – and perfect for those no-way oven heating days. Have fun on your trip!

  12. Hahaha.. thumbing them right as we speak!! I’ve been thinking it’s far too hot to do anything inside unless it’s at 5:30 and then I’d hear about that one for waking everyone up, lol! I’m sick about your posts.. please give us the link.. we’ll go over there and leave nasty sort of comments.. I’m quite good at “Blog Rage”… 😀 ps…

  13. ps.. how did you find out about this other blog.. perhaps all of us are at risk of this happening??? Yikes.. I thought there was an “approve” sort of button for reposting???

  14. Love no bake recipes! Enjoy your trip!!!!! Hugs to you. 🙂

  15. Oh Geni, that’s horrible about the other blog!! I’m so sorry to hear that’s happened. If you do manage to get it resolved will you do a follow up post and let us all know what you did? Sounds like its info we all need to be armed with.

    The tiramisu looks awesome, sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

  16. Sorry about that happened to you about the “copy cat” site. That’s is just terrible. Hope you’ll get the issue resolved soon. I have to agree, Tiramisu is one of the best summer dessert. I love to keep my house and kitchen cool in the summer.

  17. Oh no! Hope you get sorted with those pesky thieves! Sorry I don’t have any helpful information!
    Fabulous tiramisu – can’t wait for summer to roll around here!
    🙂 Mandy

  18. That must be so frustrating for you! I’m really sorry to hear about the copyright infringement.

    Your tiramisu looks wonderful.

  19. That it annoying that someone copies you, I hope someone can help you here. Anyways that tiramisu looks amazing

  20. oh man! i wish i knew what to tell you to do. I am so sorry that has happened. I hope everyday it doesn’t happen to me because i know so many people who are having these issues. maybe contact your own host about it and see if they can do something since it is an infringment on your own self-hosting site. Or at least contact them and see if they know what you should do

  21. UGH Geni that is SO AWFUL. So first things first, you can report them to google for stealing your content which is important because then google will stop allowing people to find them in searches. http://support.google.com/sites/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=116262

    Then what I would do (and have done) is threaten to sue them for copyright violations Here is a message that I have written in the past – This is to advise you that you are using copyrighted and protected material on your website/blog. Your illegal use of this and other articles articles at http://www.justfeed.us is originally from my website/blog called Eats Well With Others at http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com. This is original content and I am the author and copyright holder. Use of copyright protected material without permission is illegal under copyright laws.

    Please take one or more of the following actions immediately:

    * Re-write the post to include excerpts with a link to the original content.
    * Credit the material specifically to me, as author, and my website [be specific].
    * Remove the plagiarized material immediately.

    I expect a response within 5 days to this issue. If it is not resolved within 5 days, I will be forced to take legal action. Thank you for your immediate action on this matter.

    I hope that helps! and if you have ANY questions then email me – jhbruno87@gmail.com

    LOVE tiramisu. And this.

  22. Thanks to everyone for your support and helpful advice! I am in the process of getting it resolved and will share the information once I do.

  23. Hey Geni! Sorry to hear about that! It must be really frustrating! Hopefully it all works out for you! Anyway, your Tiramisu looks great! i love no-bake recipes!! Yummyy!

  24. Sorry to here about your material being stolen Geni, but sounds like you have received some good advice. I hope you have it all resolved soon and am interested to see how you did it.

  25. Hello Geni, I am so sorry that this has happened to you. Here is the link to a post I hope will help with steps of what to do

  26. I need to try this! Maybe I could convince my non-cheese-eating boyfriend to try it as long as he doesn’t figure out what Marscapone is. Hmmm.

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