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Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tiramisu cupcakes, because they are served cold, are a refreshing way to beat the end of summer heat. If you want the delicate coffee and rum flavors without all the work, then take a look at my fluffy and irresistible tiramisu frosting. But if want to roll up your sleeves and spend a little time making one of the greatest tasting cupcakes around—read on!

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

Tiramisu cupcakes, because they are served cold, are a refreshing way to beat the end of summer heat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword tiramisu cupcake recipe, tiramisu cupcakes
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 348kcal
Author Stef


  • 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


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  • Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
  • Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator and whisk in mascarpone until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum.
  • 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.
  • Spread the mascarpone mixture over the soaked ladyfingers.
  • Pipe or spread the whipped cream over the mascarpone.
  • Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  • 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.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.



Nutrition Facts
Tiramisu Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1045IU21%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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