Tiramisu Cake with Vanilla Bean Sponge, Coffee Soak, and Mascarpone Frosting

This Tiramisu Cake transforms the classic Italian dessert into a delightful cake form. Featuring a light and airy vanilla bean sponge soaked in a rich coffee mixture, and topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting, this cake is a sophisticated blend of flavors and textures that coffee lovers will adore.

Why You’ll Love This: This cake is an elegant twist on traditional tiramisu, maintaining all the beloved flavors—coffee, mascarpone, and a hint of alcohol—while presenting them in a beautiful cake format. The vanilla bean in the sponge adds a gourmet touch, and the mascarpone frosting is silky smooth, providing a luxurious mouthfeel.

Perfect Occasion: Ideal for celebrations, dinner parties, or as a weekend treat, this Tiramisu Cake is sure to impress. It’s perfect for any event where you want to offer something a bit special and indulgent, such as anniversaries, birthdays, or holiday gatherings.

Decoration Tips: For a classic finish, dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder or finely ground coffee before serving. You can also garnish with chocolate shavings or curls for added elegance. Consider adding a few espresso beans as a decorative and flavorful touch.


  • For the Vanilla Bean Sponge:
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 70g sugar
    • Vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod
    • 100g melted butter
    • 100g Greek yogurt, room temperature
    • 50ml milk, room temperature
    • 150g flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • For the Coffee Soak:
    • 70ml strong brewed coffee
    • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
    • 20ml rum or your favorite liquor
  • For the Mascarpone Frosting:
    • 350g mascarpone cheese
    • 250ml heavy cream
    • 80g sugar or caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon coffee (brewed or espresso, cooled)

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prepare the Sponge:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar, and beat until fluffy. Mix in vanilla, melted butter, Greek yogurt, and milk.
    • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and fold into the wet ingredients until just combined.
    • Pour the batter into a greased 18cm baking dish and bake at 180°C (356°F) for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Allow the cake to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Make the Coffee Soak:
    • Combine the coffee, sugar (or honey), and rum (or liquor) in a small bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Prepare the Mascarpone Frosting:
    • In a bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar until soft peaks form.
    • Add the mascarpone and cooled coffee, and fold gently until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Be careful not to overmix to prevent the frosting from becoming too thick.
  4. Assemble the Cake:
    • Slice the cooled sponge horizontally into layers.
    • Brush each layer generously with the coffee soak.
    • Spread a layer of mascarpone frosting between each soaked sponge layer and cover the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
    • Chill the assembled cake in the refrigerator for at least a few hours to set.
  5. Serve:
    • Before serving, dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder or ground coffee and garnish as desired.

Enjoy your homemade Tiramisu Cake, a decadent treat that combines the beloved flavors of tiramisu in a fresh, delightful way!

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