I'm excited to share this recipe with you. Of all the desserts, cupcakes, and sweet treats I've made to date, these cupcakes absolutely received the most rave reviews. They are both pretty and pretty easy to make! If you like tiramisu, I cannot recommend these enough.
To begin, mix up your favorite yellow cake recipe and bake it into cupcakes.
As they are cooling, make a cup of coffee. Any flavor you like will do just fine.
Next, using a skewer, poke holes into the cupcakes. Be sure to poke several holes so the coffee absorbs. You can either use a pastry brush to apply the coffee to the cupcakes or a spoon to pour it on. I found using a spoon worked better to achieve the sponge-soaked cake effect of tiramisu. I poured a teaspoon sized spoon of coffee onto each cupcake, one at a time, and repeated the process until the cup of coffee was gone.
This photo shows the three steps from bottom to top:
1. Bake cupcakes
2. Poke holes with skewer
3. Apply coffee with pastry bush or spoon
While the cupcakes sit soaking up the coffee, prepare the icing (which is soooo delicious!). One of the distinctive flavors of tiramisu is mascarpone cheese, a smooth and soft buttery cream mixture with a sweet, light flavor. In the cupcake version it's used in the icing. You can find it in the cheese section at most grocery stores.
Mascarpone Cheese Icing
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 8 oz. package of mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
Using an electric mixer, beat heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. (To see the progression of stiffness as you beat the cream, click here for photos at one minute intervals).
In a separate bowl, beat together mascarpone cheese and sugar. Once the mixture if fully creamed together, add the whipped cream in three increments, beating until completely incorporated at each interval. The final product of icing will look like this:
To ice the cupcakes, I used a piping bag with the end snipped off.
After each cupcake is piled high with fluffy icing, dust the tops with cocoa powder.
Lastly, add some bittersweet chocolate shavings for garnish (if desired).
And there you have it!
You can see the coffee soaked cake deliciousness after just one bite.
Tiramisu is my Husband's favorite dessert so I'll be baking him these for Valentine's Day. I hope you have an opportunity to make and enjoy them, too!