Oct 3, 2009

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Classic tiramisu is one of my boys favorite dessert, even Cass who doesn't like coffee  flavored desserts loves tiramisu. So, Brandon was asking for a wile now when are we going to try the tiramisu cupcakes?
Translation! Mom when are YOU going to make the tiramisu cupcakes?
Well, finally the day arrived when the tiramisu cupcakes got their turn. Needless to say these were devoured that very afternoon. I got to taste one myself, and I have to say they were delicious, probably they would have taste better if given the chance to rest in the fridge for 2 or 3 hours, but no chance with my boys. Makes 18 cupcakes. The recipe is from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.


1 1/4 cups cake flour ( not self rising)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup milk
1 vanilla bean split length wise, seed scraped and reserved
4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature cut into pieces ( 1/2 stick)
3 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, room temperature
1 cup sugar
coffee marsala syrup ( recipe follows)
        1/3 cup strong espresso
        1 once marsala
        1/4 cup sugar.
mascarpone frosting ( recipe follows)
        1 cup heavy cream
        8 ounces mascarpone cheese room temperature
        1/2 cup confectioners sugar sifted
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting.

Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line standard tins with paper liners, and set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds.

Heat the milk, vanilla pod and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles appear.
Remove from heat and add butter whisk until melted. Let rest for 15 minutes. Strain the milk mixture thru a fine sieve into a bowl and discard pod.

With a mixer on medium speed whisk together the eggs, eggs yolks and sugar. Set the mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk by hand until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm ( about 5-6 minutes). Remove the bowl from heat.

With an electric mixer on high speed whisk until mixture is fluffy,  and pale yellow, and thick enough to hold a ribbon on the surface for several seconds.

Gently but thoroughly fold flour mixture into the egg mixture in three batches.

Stir 1 cup of batter into the strained milk mixture to thicken. Fold the milk mixture into the remaining batter until until just combined.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins. Bake, rotating tins, for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

To make the coffee-marsala syrup.
Stir together coffee, marsala and sugar until very well combined.

Transfer tins to wire rack to cool completely before removing the cupcakes.

Brush the cupcakes with the syrup. Repeat until all the syrup has been used. Allow the cupcakes to absorb the syrup for 30 minutes.

To  make the frosting.
Whisk mascarpone and icing sugar ( confectioners sugar) until smooth.

Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese until completely incorporated.

Decorate the cupcakes with dollops of frosting, and dust with cocoa.



alison said...

super ti-au iesit!va pup,o seara buna!

Tien said...

Is masala the indian spice? -Tien

Laura said...

Thanks Simona.

Laura said...

Hi Tien,
No, marsala is the Italian sweet wine not the indian spice. But you can use any dessert wine ( like "ice wine")or you can skip it. If you decide not to use the wine you can add 1 tsp of rum extract for flavor.

Anonymous said...

Hey Laura, I can live on Tiramisu cake. I have got to try these cupcakes!! Where can I buy vanilla beans?

lululu said...

all of my family members love tiramisu!!!! too heavy to hv it daily though. isnt it great to hv a cupcake instead for daily treat?!

Laura said...

Hi, Anonymous,
Vanilla beans are available in supermarkets( depending on where you live). Usually you find it with the spices, in small glass tubs.

Laura said...

It's amazing, and these are so easy to make, and 18 of them. Not bad!

Anonymous said...

hi laura.
these r "TO DIE FOR".looking gorgeous.lovely click as usual.where i cld get vanilla bean?
btw the rosemary chicken came out too dry,cld u tell me what i did wrong?the taste was quite good.it was dry&chewy.let me know i want 2 try it again.thanks 4 sharing.
love &tc.
any thanks giving recipe u can post.i don't like the stuffing stuff.

Laura said...

The Vanilla bean you can find it at Sobeys or Bulk Barn. As for the chicken, I'm not exactly sure, The cooking time varies. Each oven cooks differently. If it was to dry the only thing I can think of is: it was overcooked, then it becomes chewy and dry.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,

I meant to say where can I get vanilla pods. The ones that you used in this recipe.

Laura said...

Hello again Anonymous,
I guess the answer is the same. Depending on where you live ( country, continent etc) usually you can find it in well stocked supermarkets, or baking supply stores.
I live in Canada (ON), here sobeys sells it and also Bulk Barn. Usually those are sold in little glass tubes ( just like the ones you use in the chemistry lab (LOL).
Hope this helps.

Divina Pe said...

I love tiramisu. It's one of my favorite desserts. Your tiramisu cupcakes are really cute. Congratulations on your 100th post. Here's to the next 100 posts.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Tiramisu cupcakes are an awesome idea! They are beautiful. I could eat one right now... :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

So tempting to go out and a quick cupcake fix now~

Nina's Recipes said...

Hello Laura, complimente pentru tot. Foarte dragute si delicioase arata toate preparatele tale! Pozele sint super! BRAVO! :) xo

pegasuslegend said...


Laura said...

thanks Divina Pe,
We love tiramisu too, and thank you for the kind words.

Laura said...

Hello Andrea,
I think so to, the idea is great. plus you don't have to wait that long to eat them....:)

Laura said...

i know what you mean Penny,
Just looking at the pictures you start craving....:)

Laura said...

Hy Nina,
Multumesc pentru cuvintele frumoase, si pentru ca mi=ai visitat site-ul.
hugs and kisses!

Laura said...

My Greek Legend friend:D

Anncoo said...

This is looks great, wish I can have one now :)

Laura said...

You are welcomed to one :D

sam said...

those cupcakes look so delicious! For some reason whenever I try to make cupcakes or cake mine never come out as fluffy as they are supposed to.

Sage said...

These are something I will have to make for my daughter in law; they look fabulous.

Laura said...

Hi Sam,
thanks for visiting my blog,as for your cupcakes not being fluffy, over-mixing comes to my mind....

Laura said...

Hello Sage.
Thank you. It looks to me like you are great mother in law.

the ungourmet said...

What a wonderful twist on Tiramisu! Just so lovely!

Laura said...

Thank you, the ungourmet:)

Julia said...

Tiramisu is my favoriet dessert. Today I decided I want to turn my favorite dessert into a cupcake. And low and behold you already did that! Love it!

Laura said...

Hello Julia,
There is something about tiramisu thats very appealing to everyone. I personally love it as a cupcake more than as a cake. Its lighter :)

alison said...

hello!sunteti ok?atunci va astept cu premii la mine!

alison said...

draga laura,acum am intrat in casa si acusi plec la slujba,asa ca nu am vazut intrebarea ta.dai click dreapta,copy image location,la editat postarea incarci imaginea in partea dreapta,responsabila cu imaginile de pe web.trebuie pus link-ul persoanei de la care l-ai primit si link cu persoanele la care il transmiti.acest premiu se transmite la 10 persoane.sper ca am fost explicita...bye!
p.s.:si sper sa ne arati ce-ai pregatit...

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