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Tiramisu Cake on a white plate with a wood background

The BEST Tiramisu Cake

Moist Yellow Cake is brushed with a Boozy Coffee Syrup topped with a Mascarpone Cream Filling and tons of Cocoa Powder & Easy Chocolate Curls. This combination of the Classic Tiramisu and a layer Cake makes an extra special dessert for your next party, you will love this Tiramisu Layer Cake!

  • Total Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Slices 1x


Units Scale


  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs (2 whole and 3 separated), room temperature
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Cream Filling

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 8oz container Mascarpone Cheese, at room temp.
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Kahlua

Coffee Syrup

  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsp boiling hot water
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder for dusting



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a 9 by 2-inch cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and all but 3 tablespoons sugar in mixing bowl. Whisk in 2 whole eggs and 3 yolks (reserving whites), butter, water, vanilla, and Kahlua. Mix until smooth- no lumps remaining.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the 3 egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Keep whisk attachment still running and slowly add in the 3 tbsp of sugar, beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir one-third of egg whites into cake batter. Fold in remaining egg whites to batter until no white streaks remain. Pour into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes in pan then invert to a wire rack.

Cream Filling

  1. In a large mixer beat heavy whipping cream until light and fluffy, a few minutes at high speed. Scrape whipped cream out, then put mascarpone in bowl and beat that for 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and Kahlua beat until fully combined. Fold in whipped cream until fully combined.

Coffee Syrup

  1. In a small bowl place instant coffee granules, add boiling water and mix until no granules remain. Stir in Kahlua.


  1. Once the cake is cool cut in half. Place first half on the cake plate. Using a pastry brush brush the cake with the coffee syrup, use half for the first layer. Then scoop half of the cream mixture on top, dust cocoa powder and sprinkle all chocolate chips on top. Place the second cake layer, brush with remaining coffee syrup. Top with remaining cream and dust with cocoa powder. Optional to make chocolate curls, check out this how-to on chocolate curls. Let cake chill and marinate for at least 3 hours before serving. Store in fridge.


This is a great make-ahead dessert, the cake is best after chilling in the fridge for a long while.

**Total Time includes Chill Time

Cake Recipe: Cooks Illustrated

  • Author: Elizabeth I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian/ American

Keywords: dessert, layer cake, boozy baking, mascarpone frosting, chocolate curls, tiramisu

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