Tiramisu Cake Recipe

Ding Ding. The first “punch” was served. If you remember I had a post about “A Sweet Punch” sometime back. In the first round, our challenge was Tiramisu. The recipe was selected by Ria from “Baking: From My Home to Yours” by Dorie Greenspan. Though I got scared after seeing the recipe, Ria assured me that it was easy. It certainly did turn out to be an easy one. Please dont shy away from this after seeing the lengthy recipe! It’s just detailed instructions to make it easy for you :)

I baked this cake twice. First I used the wrong cream and my frosting turned out to be too too liquidy. Second time I used the right cream and the frosting came out well. But then I literally bathed  the cake with the moistening syrup that my cake was drenched with the coffee & rum. So when I started frosting the cake, the crumbs of the cake got mixed with the frosting. No complaints, it was super duper moist cake, that tasted great ;)

Will I bake it again, def yes! I gave the cake to our friends and all of them gave me a thumbs up :)

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  • Hello! I was just wondering on the thickness of the cake? I don’t want to make too big of a cake and was thinking about halving the recipe. but i don’t know how thick the actual cake would be. So how tall was your cake?

    • Hi Anne,

      First of all so sorry for the delayed response.

      This cake is actually quite a big one. I used two 9 inch round pans to bake this cake & it was kinda tall. If you want a small cake, half the qty & bake in two 5-6 inch round tin. Hope you will like this cake.


  • Hi Maria,

    I am a complete baking novice. Your recipe looks interesting and I am attempting to make it. So, I have these set of questions which may sound quite dumb. –

    1. I have a conventional microwave oven. Can I bake the cake in that?

    2. Is there any substitute mascarpone?

    3. Buttermilk – Can we use any store brought buttermilk (chaas/ sambharam)?

    4. In the section “To make the cake”, I havent understood point 3. If I have understood it correctly does it mean I have to layer cake flour mixture alternatively with the buttermilk and then divide the batter between the two baking tins?

    • Hi Ligy,

      Thank you and as far as I’m concerned no doubts are classified as dumb ;)

      About your doubts:

      1. If you MW had convection oven feature, you can bake in that. Please check out this link to know more about MW baking: http://chefinyou.com/2010/05/baking-in-microwave-convection-oven/

      2. Substitute for mascarpone cheese – For 1 cup mascarpone – 3/4 cup (170 grams) cream cheese beaten with 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream (35%) (source: joy of baking)

      3. Yes you can use store bought buttermilk provided it is unflavored/plain. I dont think you can use sambharam, since it has chilly & ginger in it. I’ve used plain store bought buttermilk for this cake.

      4. It means that you have to add the flour & buttermilk to the sugar, butter & egg mixture alternatively. First add the flour, beat the mix, then add buttermilk, beat again and continue this process until the flour & buttermilk is completely added. Finally divide the cake batter between the cake tins.

      Hope your doubts are clear now. Please do try baking the cake and let me know your feedback.


  • Hai Maria,
    You can make a slight variation, instead of baking you can use a biscuit called Ladyfingers which are light, crispy and sweet génoise cakes roughly shaped like a large finger., called savoiardi in Italian which is available in Abu Dhabi. But my filling and frosting consists of 6 egg yokes with all the ingridients you have mentioned but made in the form of custard and the it tastes really good. Very simple and just arrange it in a Clear glass rectangular bowl like Pyrex and set it in the fridge.

    Your cake looks really great . I appreciate your hardwork coz cooking needs patience.

    Smitha Varghese
    Abu Dhabi

    • Hi Smitha,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I’ve seen recipes similar to the one you have mentioned. I made this cake as part of a baking group called sweet punch. We are supposed to follow the recipe given, hence I’ve made this baked version.

      I would like to try your version also sometime :)


  • Thanks Maria..I hope you meant liquid whipping cream..as I have seen only the whipping cream in powder form (cant remember their names).. will check out the diary section .

  • Nice one..I have a query.What cream do u use ? especially in cakes for frosting or whipping..i cant find any whipping cream here in gulf

    • Hi REENA,

      Thank you :)

      I’ve used President (French Brand) whipping cream for this recipe. It has a milk fat of 35.1 %.

      There are a number of brands of whipping cream here. However the brands I remember are Al Marai, President, Brides etc; Check out in the dairy section. I’m sure you will find it.


  • Divs – :), that’s so sweet dear. Yeah me too loved it inspite of the hazzles with cream and ofcourse cheers to sweet punch :)

    Thanks HC & KS & Pooja :)

    Sowmya – its very easy and I’m sure you will agree with me after you make it :)

    Sheba – yep, thats the best part of it :)

    Priya – thank you so much dear :)

    Leena – thank you :)

  • This looks yumm!!! I once made Tiramisu using lady fingers but never heard about a Tiramisu cake! Recipe bookmarked!

    • Hi Arti,

      Thank you :) Even I didnt know about Tiramisu cake till a few months back. Please do try baking it. i’m sure you will love it :)


  • hi maria….
    looks nice….but did u forgot something to write in ingredients,i mean the main one….i think u missed how much cake flour u used for this recipe….

  • Tiramisu is one my favorite!! I made chocolate Tiramisu some time back. It turned out good. Here instead of baking the cake can we use the pound cake from the store? Just to save some time!!

  • Maria..would you believe me if I said I’ve checked your blog at least 5 times today to see if you have posted this recipe???

    The cake slice looks so moist and delicious!! I suffered few setbacks too but absolutely no complaints..I am definitely making it again and again!!Cheers to Sweet Punch!!

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