Saturday, April 20, 2013

Simple, Scrumptious Tiramisu Cake

Oh, My!

I made a cake yesterday-
a super simple, super scrumptious Tiramisu Cake.
I love cake and I love baking.
I especially love baking, because I love anything I can claim to be "cooking" 
while I'm actually sitting, reading blogs on my iPad.
So, a super simple, super scrumptious cake recipe is Just*Grand!

I want to thank all the people who ever posted their Tiramisu recipes on the internet
because I think I read all of them, looking for exactly what I wanted to make.
I didn't find it, but I got inspired.
In my "research"  
I learned that Traditional Tiramisu calls for delicate little finger cakes called Ladyfingers 
which are delicious, but not always available at my usual grocery stores.
It also contains a heavenly filling using Mascarpone cheese, a sweet, light creamy cheese,
and sometimes rum and coffee flavors.

I had recently made a Mascarpone Frosting for another dessert 
and wanted to try it in a Tiramisu.

I had a yellow cake mix on hand.
And chocolate liquor.
And Instant coffee.

I made the yellow cake according to the package directions.

Then I mixed a heaping Tablespoon of instant coffee into a Tablespoon of boiling water.
I added the coffee mixture to 3/4 cup of chocolate liquor.

After the cake had cooled a bit, I poked holes all over the tops of the cake layers 
while they were still in the pans. 
Then I drizzled the coffee/chocolate liquor mixture over the tops of the layers. 
I didn't quite need all of the chocolate liquor mixture, 
so I enjoyed sipping that while the cake cooled.

After the layers had cooled completely, 
I frosted the cake with the mascarpone frosting (recipe follows)
and shaved a chocolate candy bar over the top.


Here's how to make the frosting:

1  8 oz container of Mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl 
and beat with an electric mixer about 4 or 5 minutes, 
until it has a frosting like consistancy and forms stiff peaks.

This frosting is so easy to make 
and is lighter than cream cheese frosting, and less tangy, 
so it would work on a lot of cakes where cream cheese icing might not.

It has a great consistancy for piping, too.
And it's so good.

Here's a slice of heaven!

Doesn't it look pretty on my Mom's gorgeous Limoge plates?

One of my most cherished recipes is from my Mom,
for a Chocolate Heath Bar Trifle.
She didn't bake much- she was busy decorating and collecting.
The recipe is handwritten by her and she mailed it to me years ago.

And it ends with the words, "Oh, My!"

Linking to:
 Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
The Scoop Link Party at Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sunday Showcase Party at Stephanie Lynne
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
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  1. "Oh My" Tiramisu Cake . . . by Erin looks devine . . .
    A baker I am not . . . but I feel inspired to try!
    I really, really like your "Just Grand," especially your stories.
    Handwritten recipes, oh my . . . perfecto . . .

  2. You had me at Tiramisu..., I'm your newest follower and would like to invite you to visit me at Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh I will alway stop at a Tiramisu recipe! This looks so easy and delicious! I'm going to follow your directions precisely so I can drink the leftover liqueur mix too! Pinned this's a keeper, I can tell!

  4. YUM! You know, if you ever have left overs, you can come and drop a few pieces off :)

    I love that you served some on your mom's plates.

  5. Yum! A piece of that cake, a glass of chocolate liquor and a cappuccino and I'd be in heaven. Pinning.

  6. Perfect post, I'm having out of state guests this coming weekend. They count on me for fabulous desserts and they adore Tiramisu. So guess what I'm making.

    Enjoyed the post of your Mama's house. She is a very attractive woman. So sorry dementia has reared its ugly head within her. So tough to deal hope she has glimpses of sweet times with you.

  7. Oh my is right! That cake wouldn't last long around me!! so yummy.....

  8. I don't set my paintbrush down long enough to bake.
    But I do entertain a this will be one to remember.

  9. Sounds heavenly! Love the tip about the frosting on other cakes too. My daughter loves tiramisu, she served it at her wedding instead of cake! I am going to surprise her with this cake, Thank you

  10. This looks delicious! I also love to bake. I love the shaved candy bar on the top. That's a great idea. Thank you for sharing! Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would love to see your recipe too. Hope to see you soon!


  11. Now this is so yummy sounding and I would probably eat the whole thing by myself. I still think I have to make one. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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