Tiramisu Cake

My sister is a fan of tiramisu cake because the cake is soaked in strong coffee. It was her birthday last Friday so I made her a tiramisu cake. The cake has four layers with two different sponges, a vanilla sponge and a coffee sponge. Each layer of sponge is soaked in coffee and topped with mascarpone cream.

Tiramisu means “lift me up”. It originated from Veneto Italy in 1960. Tiramisu is an Italian dessert where lady fingers are dipped in coffee. It covered in mascarpone, whipped cream and sabayon. The recipe has been adopted in different ways over the years.

Ingredients

Vanilla sponge

4 eggs

1 cup plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

drop of vanilla paste or essence

2/3 cup sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 1800

Line a swiss roll pan or a large square pan 36×21, or two small square pans 18×21 with oil and non stick baking paper.

In a mixer place egg, vanilla paste and sugar and whisk until it is creamy, foamy, pale and four times the size.

Once ready, gradually add flour and fold the mixture.

Place on baking pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until fully baked. To test the cake, touch it, when it springs back it is ready or use a skewer. If it is clear than it’s ready.

After five minutes, remove from pan and let it cool.

Coffee Sponge

4 eggs

1 cup plain flour (remove two tablespoons of flour and replace with two table spoons of ground coffee).

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

drop of vanilla paste

2/3 cup sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 1800

Line a swiss roll pan or a large square pan 36×21, or two small square pans 18×21 with oil and non stick baking paper.

In a mixer beater place egg, vanilla paste and sugar and whisk until it is creamy, foamy, pale and four times the size.

Once ready, gradually add flour and fold the mixture.

Place on baking pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until fully baked. To test the cake, touch it, when it springs back it is ready or use a skewer.

After five minutes, remove from pan and let it cool.

To make Coffee Syrup

You can extract coffee from your coffee machine and add a bit of sugar, when it is cool add marsala.

or make a syrup

Ingredients

100g Sugar

100g water

1-2 tablespoon of coffee

15g Marsala (optional)

Method

Boil water and sugar together. Let sugar dissolve, remove from heat and add the coffee. Let it cool and add marsala.

To make Mascarpone cream

The ratio is 1:1

600g thick cream

600g Mascarpone

Method

Whisk Mascarpone and place in a bowl.

Whisk thick cream until it is a firm peek.

Add a bit of mascarpone to the cream and fold, add more mascarpone and continue folding.

If not using mascarpone

2x 600g whipped cream.

Method.

Whip cream until it’s a firm peek.

To assemble.

If you used the large tray, cut sponge in half.

Place coffee sponge at the bottom, use a brush and dab coffee syrup on the cake, add the mascarpone cream, add the vanilla sponge, dab coffee syrup and mascarpone cream. Continue with the remaking two layers.

Once done ice the whole cake and place in the fridge.

Use the remaking icing to make decorations on top of cake.

Dust with cocoa powder.