I love tiramisu, but I haven’t had it nearly enough. In fact, I may have eaten tiramisu only twice in my life. The most recent tasting was amazing. My husband’s work had a Christmas party at an Italian restaurant early this past December. I stayed at home with the kids that night, and I was surprised to see that my husband had brought something home for me. It was a rather large slab of tiramisu. It looked beautiful and even had an intricately designed sugar decoration on top of it. It was absolutely delicious.
It inspired me. I had to make my own tiramisu. Well, I decided to just make a little foray into the world of tiramisu first and make a batch of tiramisu cupcakes, recipe courtesy of who else but Martha Stewart.
The cake recipe is a little more time-consuming that your average cake recipe. It isn’t tricky, it’s just that there are a few more steps involved. It is totally worth it in the end though. Don’t try to substitute an average cake recipe; definitely use this one to experience a more tiramisu-like flavor.
After the cakes come out of the oven, you’ll need to prick them all over their tops with a fork and then drizzle over a coffee-Marsala syrup. This is easy – just stir together freshly brewed coffee, Marsala and sugar. As I planned on letting my children sample these, I omitted the Marsala altogether and it still tasted wonderful.
The frosting is super easy as well. It’s just a mix of heavy cream, mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar. This tastes lovely and I could have just eaten the whole bowl full of it rather than frost the cupcakes with it! The frosting is dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with chocolate shavings.
While this isn’t a classic tiramisu (as classic tiramisu is not a cupcake!) this can pretty much hit the spot for any tiramisu craving you may have. I definitely recommend these and I would definitely make them again. The recipe can be found on the Martha Stewart website and in Martha’s Cupcakes book.