Saturday, 31 December 2011

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Another year over and a new one just begun...............

I've been baking for years and years, even when I thought it was not cool for someone in her 20's to prefer to bake a batch of scones than play drinking games (I was never cool, even back then).  Something kicked in when I hit 30 and I realised that I didn't care if the guy I'd just started dating knew that my idea of a great Saturday night was perfecting choux pastry - he'd just have to deal with it!

I started blogging in October 2011, for no reasons other than I love to bake, I love to write, I love keeping track of recipes that work for me, and I love sharing the recipes that work for me with anyone who's interested.  Already I'm hooked on blogging although I didn't realise it would be so difficult to take good food photos and to find time to bake and blog about all the things that I would love to bake and blog about.  I am in awe of all of the people behind all the blogs I follow because they make it look much easier than it actually is.  So, just now this blog is a work in progress but stick with me as I hope to get better at it as I go along.

Here's to 2012, the year when I learn how to take the perfect food photo!  Until then, I'll keep practising by making Tiramisu Cupcakes.

Happy New Year


I can't even begin to tell you how delicious these little beauties are.  Sponge partially soaked in coffee, topped with mascarpone cream, then more coffee soaked sponge and more mascarpone cream.  If you like tiramisu, you should try these.  They look like regular vanilla or white chocolate cupcakes until you bite into one.  Please please try them and let me know what you think.

This recipe is inspired by The Hummingbird "Cake Days" although I've changed it quite a bit to suit the ingredients I had in the cupboard today.  The Boston Cream Cupcakes are similar to these and the post includes more photos.

Makes 12 cupcakes


For the sponge
110g butter softened
110g granulated sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
90g self raising flour
75g plain flour
120ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the soaking syrup
150ml strong coffee
1 tbsp granulated sugar

For the filling and frosting
200g mascarpone cream
25ml strong coffee
60g icing sugar
Cocoa powder for dusting

Line a muffin tin with paper cases and preheat the oven to 180C.
In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine the flours and add in 4 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition.
Spoon the batter into the paper cases til they are about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20-22 mins until the tops are golden.
Remove cupcakes from tin and allow to cool while you make the soaking syrup.
Pour the coffee into a saucepan and stir in the sugar.  Bring to the boil and allow the liquid to reduce to about half , then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, make the frosting.  Beat the mascarpone, coffee and icing sugar lightly together until just combined.
When the cupcakes have cooled, use a sharp knife to cut a piece out of the centre of each cupcake, about 2cm in diametre and 3cm deep, reserving the scooped out pieces of sponge.  Pour about 1 teaspoon of the soaking syrup over each cut out piece of sponge and pour another teaspoon into the hollow of each cupcake.  Fill each hollow with the mascarpone cream then place the cut out piece of sponge back on top of the hole covering the filling.
Lastly, frost the cupcakes with the remaining mascarpone cream and dust lightly with cocoa powder.


  1. Happy New Year Claire! I look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2012 :)

    I got 'Cake Days' for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and bookmarked this recipe - I'm glad they are as good as I imagined! Will definitely have to give them a go :)

  2. London Bakes: Hi Kathryn. "Cake Days" is definitely better than Hummingbirds previous books - more everyday recipes. I may have to buy a copy when its time to return my library copy!

  3. Mmm tiramisu cupcakes have me drooling, I love tiramisu and its associated flavours! Also glad am not the only one who uses mascarpone for icing, so delicious!!

    Glad you are enjoying blogging - and speaking as a somewhat veteran yes - it does become quite time consuming!

  4. Anne, I guess you always find time for something you enjoy. It's the house work that suffers!

  5. These look great, as do your boston cream cupcakes in the previous post. I made them in the summer last year and was so chuffed that I made my own custard too!

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I am not cool either. I will always find baking scones more fun than drinking games. By the way I love the image for your blog header!

  6. Jo, thanks for your sweet comments. Here's to baking scones on a Saturday night!!

  7. Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog, always lovely to meet another fellow baker! I won't hold it against you for taking pleasure in my cake pop disaster, I would be the same! Look forward to seeing what you bake in 2012, if these are anything to go by it's going to be amazing! :)

  8. Happy New Year to you and I wish you every success with your blog. Your photographs look really good. Blogging isn't at all easy and takes up a lot of time AND taking good photographs I find nigh on impossible. But it's very rewarding sharing baking and chocolate adventures with others who are actually interested.

    I'm not a fan of tiramisu, but your cupcakes look amazing.

  9. Kim, Choclette: Thanks for the lovely comments. Looking forward to posting again soon x

  10. I hear you re the photo' takes time and practice and a decent camera. I've been blogging since 2008 and still haven't got it perfected. At least now I have a DSLR I might be in with more of a chance! Loving the cupcakes!

  11. Beth - I'm staying positive about my photo taking ability. Thanks for visiting x