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Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tiramisu cupcakes, because they are served cold, are a refreshing way to beat the end of summer heat.  Making tiramisu cupcakes is not an original idea; many cupcake bloggers have made cupcake versions of tiramisu.  The common way of making tiramisu cupcakes is to start with a basic yellow or white cupcake recipe, flavor it with some rum and coffee, and top it with mascarpone, whipped cream, and cocoa powder.  While I would never turn down tiramisu cupcakes made that way, they miss out on what is to me the key feature of tiramisu – the topping to cake ratio.

Tiramisu has very little cake (ladyfingers) and LOTS of mascarpone and whipped cream topping.  Tiramisu’s ladyfingers are like circus ringmasters: they keep everything together, but no one goes home talking about them.  The rum, coffee, mascarpone, whipped cream, and chocolate are the clowns, elephants, contortionists, unicycle rider, and man flying out of a cannon.  You simply won’t forget them.  Because my tiramisu cupcakes start with just a small amount of “cupcake” (ladyfingers baked into cupcake wrappers), there is a TON of room for the “big top”.

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • ladyfingers baked in cupcake wrappers (see my post on ladyfingers for instructions.)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a small amount of dark chocolate for chocolate curls (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  2. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
  3. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and whisk in mascarpone until smooth. Set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum.
  8. Drizzle approximately 1 tbsp + 2 tsp of the coffee/rum mixture over each pre-baked ladyfinger. Add it a little at a time and wait for it to absorb into the ladyfingers before adding more. When it stops absorbing, stop adding more.
  9. Spread the mascarpone mixture over the soaked ladyfingers.
  10. Pipe or spread the whipped cream over the mascarpone.
  11. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  12. Optionally, top with chocolate curls. Make the chocolate curls using a vegetable peeler on a piece of chocolate. It works best if the chocolate is slightly warm, but not melty.
  13. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.

Notes

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/08/tiramisu-cupcakes.html

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85 Responses to Tiramisu Cupcakes

  1. Mimi August 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    just the title of this post immediately caught my eye. now looking at that photo, my mouth is watering! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

  2. MeNMyMiniz August 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    It looks like Heaven in a cupcake liner !!!

  3. Why yes, I hoop also! August 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Amazing!

  4. Chocolate August 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    yummy!!!

  5. Elizabeth August 13, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Wow I love that animation, makes me want to make tiramisu for breakfast! Wow, I’d forgotten how much I like a real tiramisu..yum!

  6. Nerdy Girl August 13, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    i am so going to make this now!

  7. Natalie August 13, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    great recipe…and i LOVE that picture of the eggshells in the sink! :)

  8. Genny G. August 13, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    very veru wonderfull!

  9. Marisa August 13, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Love the animation! Cupcakes look fantastic – definitely a contender for TheHusband’s upcoming birthday treats (he has a thing for tiramisu).

  10. Stacy's Eclectic Kitchen August 14, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    They look lovely, but how messy are they to eat?

  11. JudyR August 14, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Now I’m going to have to go to the store to buy the mascarpone cheese. They look fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe.

  12. Torviewtoronto August 14, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    lovely picture

  13. Stef August 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Stacy – It’s funny. I worried about that. When I served them, I gave people forks because I thought they would need them. But, they didn’t need them at all. They held together really well.

    • Tamra March 14, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      I was reading your post on ladyfingers and, it mentions using baking powder. Is it missing in the cupcake recipe. So now, I’m confused.
      The cupcake recipe “IS” the lady fingers and filling recipe all together. Right????

      • Stef March 15, 2014 at 11:57 am #

        To make the cupcakes, you first have to make the ladyfingers (separate recipe), then the cupcakes.

  14. Jo August 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    The cupcakes look great. Just by the look of the pictures I would say they are heavenly.

  15. Taylor August 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    I made tiramisu for a friend one time and ever since she has been begging me to make it again…I think I might try it in this cupcake form for a cuter (and less messy!) dessert :)

  16. baobabs August 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    i love that time lapse gif!!!

  17. Mei Teng August 16, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    Tiramisu is one of my fav desserts.

  18. Swee San August 16, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    The animation is … soo cool !!

  19. ali August 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    OH. MY. GOSH. I just finished making these cupcakes, after eyeing the recipe for a while… These are seriously delicious! Thanks bunches for sharing the recipe!

  20. The Kitchen Buzz August 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    These cupcakes look like art. They must taste even better than they look. Can’t wait to try them. I am my Nancy. This is my blog – http://thekitchenbuzzz.blogspot.com

  21. DeeelishByMish September 12, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    these look amazing!

  22. Anonymous September 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I just made these today and all I can say is OMG!!! We happen to love tiramisu and I am on a cupcake binge right now. We must have exra large eggs, because the lady finger recipe made 30 cupcakes so I had to double the custard/whipped cream recipes. I am sure my coworkers won’t mind a bit eating the extras.

  23. NuM NuM January 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi,

    I would love to make these cupcakes but would you recommend making them one day in advance? I know when I’ve made tiramisu cake before it always taste better the next day. Would it be the same for these?

  24. Stef January 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Num – They were great the day I made them, but yes, they did get better the next day.

  25. Kelly January 11, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Just made these over the weekend and they came out fabulous. Seriously the best tiramisu I have ever had. I made a slight change – for the coffee I used Starbucks with a shot of espresso, and a dark jamaican rum- prob about 5 tbs and a large coffee. The recipe yielded about 20 cupcakes but probably would have been more because I added too much ladyfinger batter so I had a lot of soaking to do. I also added powdered sugar to the whipped cream mixture to taste. I’ve gotten rave reviews from them and am now directing people here. I will for sure check out your other recipes- thanks so much!!

  26. Branda January 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m thinking about making these for an event of 75 people. I’d want to do them in a mini-cupcake version for that many people. Any thoughts on whether that would work? Sounds like they could easily be assembled a day ahead and brought out at the end of the cocktail party.

  27. Stef January 26, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Branda – There’s no reason that these wouldn’t work as minis. Go for it!

  28. Anonymous February 9, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    These were delish ..loved them

  29. Anonymous June 25, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    How many cupcakes will this recipe make? Someone said 20, but the instructions say 12…..

  30. Yulia July 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    The recipe, along with the ladyfinger batter recipe makes significantly more then 12. Closer to 36 or 48, depending on how big your cookies turn out. I like the idea, but this recipe was not adjusted at all from a double-layer cake that uses an 11×8 pan in the original recipe on Allrecipes.com (tiramisu II)

  31. Stef July 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    All – I just wanted to let everyone know that, taking your comments into account, I updated the ladyfinger recipe with instructions to half it if it will be used for the cupcakes. Thanks for alerting me to the problem.

  32. Stacy August 28, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I just made these for a Coaches dinner! Wow!! Delicious!! I followed everything to a tee. I have a ton of whipped cream left over. That’s the only thing I would do differently. Not double the whipped cream. We’ll just use the extra on coffee and hot chocolate. Perfect recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing! Oh and the lady fingers recipe… perfection! And EASY! I’ll never buy lady fingers when they’re this simple to make.

  33. Janel September 22, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    my mascarpone mixture is very thin, i followed the directions as given. is there anyway to fix this? it sort of just runs everywhere

  34. Katie September 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I made these cupcakes for my wedding in August. They were amazing and everyone loved them! Thanks for the great recipe; it really made my wedding “cake” unique!

  35. Stef October 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Janel – Maybe it wasn’t chilled enough?

  36. Rodney November 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Holy Tiramisu!!! These are the all time BEST cupcakes I have ever made, or tasted, for that matter. Everyone I gave these to was absolutely blown away and claimed they were the Ultimate Cupcake! This will become my “knock em dead” cupcake from now on. Thanks for the recipe!! If there’s a way for me to post a picture, please let me know. They also look amazing!

  37. Anonymous November 20, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Just wondering how long in advance can you make this? 2days before a party? Will the taste be the same?

  38. Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Hi there….

    I had gotten the tiramisu ingredients already and then read the comment just now… I was going to double the recipe thinking this current recipe only made 12 cupcakes.

    Stef, I read that you mentioned now to half the recipe? What is posted right now should be halved? Can you possibly change the Yield # instead?

    I need to make about 20 or so cupcakes for TG and not sure now what recipe measurements to follow.

    Thank you!

    Mo

  39. Stef November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Anon – Yes – 2 days will be fine!

    Anon – Make the ladyfingers recipe as written but double the timamisu recipe.

  40. Anonymous December 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    My marscapone mixture turned out disgusting… Reeks of cooked eggs– but I followed the recipe just as it says? Is this how it should be?

  41. Anonymous December 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Not trying to sound negative on the previous post… Fabulous recipe! Just trying to figure out where I went wrong… :/

  42. Anonymous January 15, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    can i use soy milk in replacement of milk? i’m lactose intolerant.

  43. Stef January 15, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Anon who said it tasted bad – I have no idea what went wrong. I’m so sorry to hear that.

    Anon who is lactose intolerant – You could, but it wouldn’t be as good. This recipe calls for both milk and heavy whipping cream. Soy just isn’t going to taste the same. Sorry. You can use soy milk in most of my recipes that call for regular milk. I’m just skeptical about this one.

  44. J9 January 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I am planning on making these for a special dinner. On the recipie it says to pour the coffee mixture on a pre-baked ladyfinger cupcake??? I am confused I thought the lady finger should be baked already or do you cook it after your pour the coffee?

  45. J9 January 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    nevermind i understand now :)

  46. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Love tirimusu, move cupcakes but, seriously, can’t we have a dessert without making the ladyfingers from scratch? I bake all of the time, but can’t imagine doing this recipe with having to start with making the ladyfingers. Entirely too much work for me, and I’m a big time baker – but I also have children and a busy life;

    • Anonymous May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      You can do it if I can do it. I’ve got two small children and i managed. I will say that I was in a hurry to make cupcakes for someone and used a vanilla cupcake recipe and although it wasn’t as fabulous as the ladyfingers, it worked ok. I also made it with amaretto to make a tiramisu à l’amaretto. I hate rum unless it is in a mojito. ;)

  47. Nidia February 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I love Tiramisu and these cupcakes were delicious. I baked a test batch that recieved great reviews so I entered then in a cupcake competition and won 3rd place. They were sold out. Thanks. I’m making some more for home now…

  48. Ashley @ FROSTEDChic March 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    So yummmm!

  49. mariam correa April 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    for what thing I can substitute the mascarpone cheese ?

  50. gunnerhepp April 14, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Just finished making these cupcakes. They are delicious. I too had about a dozen minis after i made 12 ladyfinger cupcakes. My cupcakes did dome a bit so I just cut that off so i would have more room for the cheese filling. I also added a bit of confectioners sugar to the heavy cream. They are a bit time consuming but are well worth the extra time. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

  51. Anonymous May 2, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    I made this and brought it in to work and everyone LOVED them!!! It was easy to make but I did have a lot of the mascarpone mixture left over, but it’s okay because I will make some this weekend for my parents.

    I am not a big fan of tiramisu myself, but they looked so yummy that I had to try one and I thought it was great!

    This is a wonderful recipe and I know I will be making it again. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  52. Jeni May 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Just made these for an Italian themed potluck at work. As my kids put it “I’m not domesticated” but the recipe was very easy to follow!

    Thanks!

    • Jeni June 1, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Follow up – these cupcakes where a crowd fav at our company potluck! I pointed several folks to this blog =)

  53. juliemarg June 19, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Wow thank you for this… I love cupcakes…

  54. Melissa June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    hmm…I bake a lot, and I had minimal problems following the recipe. However, my mascarpone mixture became a bit runny as well, and I think its because the egg mix was still warm, and the coffee and rum mix was warm. I forgot to cut the ladyfingers recipe in half, so I made 12 lady fingers and 12 cupcakes and used the left over custard to make a small tiramisu in a pan. I think if the directions where changed to refrigerate until chilled instead of just an hour it might come out better? otherwise, VERY tasty recipe!!

  55. Amanda June 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Just made these and WOW! They taste just as good as they look, if not better! Time consuming since you have to make the ladyfingers, and chill the egg mix, which should be done for LONGER than an hour until chilled, mine was a bit runny but was fine. Also, if you cannot find mascarpone cheese, you substitute it for 8 oz cream cheese , 1/2 cup sour cream, and 1/4 whipping cream. perfect!

  56. Amanda July 1, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    8-16 oz od cream cheese, 1/2 sour cream, and 1/4 heavy whipping cream. It worked and tasted great!

  57. I'm Busy Procrastinating July 4, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Found this on Pinterest. We make America’s Test Kitchen’s tiramisu recipe, which is the best I have ever tasted. When I clicked on your link, I just figured you layered the ingredients into cupcake liners as a portioning tool. I didn’t expect for the ladyfingers to be baked in. We’ve always bought our ladyfingers from the grocery before, but I just might have to try this method. Fun!

  58. Kourtney August 5, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Tiramisu is my favorite dessert hands down. I followed both of your recipes for the lady fingers and the cupcakes and they turned out to be extremely delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  59. love life October 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    wow amazing blog, love all the recipes and great photos and gif too

  60. Cher January 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve made the cupcakes three times. Most love it, but the biggest critique I get is it needs to be firmer. I have to say I agree. I was thinking about cooking the initial egg, milk, sugar mixture longer. Anyone have any suggestions; I’m all ears! : )

  61. Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Just made this recipe and it came out tasting a bit eggy…. not exactly sure why. Thoughts?

  62. Anonymous March 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I just made these tasty morsels. I tasted the mascarpone filling, very delicious. I took the tip from a comment above and refrigerated the mascarpone mixture for 2 hours instead of 1 hour, and it set up nicely. I also set the mascarpone out on counter for an hour so it would be soft, I think this made a difference in having it mix well with the chilled egg mixture. Next time I make this I will cut this recipe in half, it made way to much filling! The home made lady fingers came out very good, my mistake is that instead of baking them for 8 minutes I need to take them out at 6 minutes. They did not burn but are well done on the bottom. The whipped cream is good, but makes way too much, so will half that recipe also. They are chilling over night, can not wait to taste them. It sure is a lot of work. I am taking them to a Pinterest party tomorrow, hope the girls like them.

  63. Amy July 18, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Just made these for my Husband and his co-workers. They were AMAZING!!! Thank you!

  64. Heidi August 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Those cupcakes are absolutely to die for. I made 20 cupcakes out of the above ingredients, but it was kind of a stretch (I had to resist licking the spoon and instead scrape it into the last cupcake!). I took the above suggestions and refrigerated the mixture for two hours, as well as took the mascarpone out an hour ahead, and it turned out incredible.

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!

  65. Lisa January 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    If I make two days ahead of time, do you think they will keep well? Please let me know!

  66. Marissa February 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    My boyfriend’s favourite dessert is tiramisu so I made these tasty for Valentine’s day! We loved them!!! Each layer of the tiramisu was proportional so there wasn’t too much of this and too little of that. I added a little something since we’re both chocolate lovers. I made chocolate cups (see below for recipe) and placed my lady fingers in them before finishing the rest of the layers. They turned out amazing! Just watch out for melting chocolate…it’s best if you put your chocolate cups into cupcake holders and keep them in there just in case some of the coffee and rum mixture leaks ;)

    Thank you so much for this recipe!

    To make the chocolate cups go to: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2013/04/how-to-make-a-chocolate-cup-its-shockingly-simple.html

  67. Daniel March 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    At my mom’s bakery, I was getting tired of just making tiramisu slices, so I decided to make cupcakes to compliment our other cupcake selections. This is, actually, the same exact recipe I use for slices (so I knew it was going to be good!).

    Excellent website, my dear! I love your pictures and step-by-step directions. Anyone can do this. The lady finger recipe was also real easy and tastes wonderfully (never made lady fingers to be honest)!

    I found this recipe, though, to make 24 cupcakes. In my opinion, it was too much mascarpone filling. So I made a single batch of lady finger cupcakes and a single batch of mascarpone filling and it worked out perfectly. (Maybe I just can’t handle all that mascarpone goodness, hah)

    Thanks for the instructions!

  68. Anusha April 10, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    I would like to know if you can substitute rum oil flavor for rum and if so how much?
    Thanks in advance

  69. C June 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi,
    Quick question,
    I’m making this for a work do, and I wondered when the sponge is soaked will it cause the cupcake paper to get soggy? Or am I worrying for nothing? Will the rum make it boozy or is it mind?

    Sorry can you tell i’m a total noob? :)
    Thanks in advance!
    Caroline

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