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Tiramisu Dessert Cake Recipe

Tiramisu Cake

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This Tiramisu Dessert Cake recipe is a new twist on a much-loved classic. Rich and creamy, full of chocolate, vanilla and espresso coffee flavours with a cheeky splash of Kahlua here and there. Layers and layers of tiramisu cake deliciousness.

This lovely presentation is a very sophisticated way to enjoy the joys of a tiramisu dessert without the bowl of cake and cream look – not that there’s anything wrong with a bowl of cake and cream mind you.

Perfect for your next dinner party dessert. Especially as tiramisu, and tiramisu cake, is best made in advance to allow the flavours time to mingle and intensify. You’ll really need to get organised and plan ahead if you’re baking your own lady-finger biscuits too. I’ve never gone this far for tiramisu. The store bought biscuits are always excellent in my opinion, but do I appreciate that there are tiramisu purists out there.

This Tiramisu Dessert Cake Recipe is brought to you by the baking genus of The Pastry Affair.

Tiramisu Dessert Cake Recipe
For the Tiramisu Cake Layers:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cream
  • For the Espresso Extract:
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • For the Espresso Syrup:
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua (optional)
For the Filling and Frosting:
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua (optional)
  • 4-5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate shavings
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 20-30 ladyfingers, for garnish (homemade and store-bought work equally well)
  1. For the full recipe go here: Tiramisu Dessert Cake.


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