Tiramisu is Italy’s most famous dessert, with its name coming from the Italian phrase "tira mi su", meaning "pick me up."

However, there’s no way anybody could lift this 266.90-m-long (875.66 ft) treat, which has just achieved a Guinness World Records title for being the Longest tiramisu.

The delectable dessert was made by 30 pastry chefs and a large team of volunteers, who baked the tiramisu in 420 giant slabs, before joining them all together at a busy shopping centre in Villesse, Italy.

The recipe included all the elements of a traditional Italian tiramisu – just on an epic scale:

  • 400-kg mascarpone cheese
  • 400-kg cream
  • 48,000 savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits)
  • 420-litres coffee
  • 200-kg sugar
  • 3,000 eggs
  • 47-litres marsala wine

Each chunk of cake consisted of four layers so that the tiramisu met the minimum height required by Guinness World Records (8 cm).

GWR adjudicator Lorenzo Veltri measuring the longest tiramisu

The attempt was organised by the Tiare Shopping shopping centre in collaboration with Mirko Ricci, Latterie Friuliane, Uova Pascolo, Oro Caffè, Forno Bonomi, Scarbolo and Ciemme Liquori.

After the coffee-soaked pudding had been measured by Guinness World Records adjudicator Lorenzo Veltri, it was cut up and distributed to the hundreds of hungry spectators who had eagerly gathered.

Longest tiramisu certificate presentation

The current record for the Largest tiramisu was also achieved in Italy, in 2015.

Weighing in at 3,015 kg (6,646 lb) – nearly 50 times heavier than the average man – the enormous tiramisu was prepared by Associazione Cons.erva with Despar, Latte Blanc, Caffè Toto and Uova Pascolo in Gemona del Friuli, Italy.

If tiramisu is Italy’s best loved dessert, then pizza is definitely one of the country’s most popular main courses.

It will come as no surprise then, that the world’s Largest pizza was also cooked in Italy.

With a surface area of 1,261.65 m² (13,580.28 sq ft), this gigantic pizza (also the Largest gluten-free pizza) was nearly five times the size of a tennis court!

It was prepared by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte from NIPfood at the Fiera di Roma trade fair in the Italian capital city of Rome in 2012.

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